Child Development Clinic
Contact: Susan Ramage,
For appointments call 206-598-9346
Core Function: Clinical Services
The Child Development Clinic provides diagnosis, assessment and management plans for children from early childhood to adolescence with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. Clinic staff members work in interdisciplinary teams, combining expertise to evaluate each child and make recommendations for care.
Staff members include professionals from audiology, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, nursing, nutrition, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and speech and language pathology. Faculty members connected with the clinic have special interests in autism, Fragile-X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Tourette syndrome.
The clinic is the primary venue for interdisciplinary clinical training under the auspices of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training grant awarded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau using Combating Autism Act funds. Trainees participate in hands-on and didactic training which includes assessments, parent conferences, lectures, and report writing.
The Child Development Clinic has been operating since 1965 and serves approximately 200 children each year. Each child visits the clinic one to three times during the year and is served by multiple clinicians at each visit. About 80% of clients seen at this clinic are less than nine years of age. Over 50% of children served in 2010 were insured by Medicaid.
Clients are diagnosed with an array of developmental disabilities including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, motor disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, communication disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.