Autism Spectrum Disorder Service

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone, specializes in identifying social and communication difficulties in children as young as 12 months old. We also provide evaluation and care through the adult years.

Dr. Yamalis Diaz and Dr. Alan Schlechter

Dr. Yamalis Diaz and Dr. Alan Schlechter discuss treatment at the Child Study Center.

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by delayed or atypical behavior in: social interaction and communication. Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors are also common. The Child Study Center works with your child and family to create an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan with strategies and supports for both home and school.

Our specialized services for children, adolescents, and adults include:

  • diagnostic, psychiatric, and neuropsychological assessments
  • service navigation, and educational and transition planning
  • functional behavior assessments and behavior plans
  • behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • social learning groups
  • parent training and sibling support
  • college student preparation and support
  • school consultation

Evaluation and Consultation

The Child Study Center provides expert diagnostic evaluation from toddler age through adulthood. We also offer comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, psychiatric assessment, and functional behavior assessments in homes and schools.

Our unique Service Navigation Program provides ongoing therapeutic and educational support and information for families. We have extensive experience in educational planning in New York City, including consultation on individualized education programs, school placement, and transition planning.


Our experts provide behavioral treatment including early social interaction and pivotal response treatment for language, social, and behavior goals. We specialize in treating children and young adults who have complex concerns, including co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medication evaluation and treatment are available as a part of our multidisciplinary team approach. Learn more about our treatments for autism.

Social Learning Program (SLP)—Group-Based Therapies

Our Social Learning Program (SLP) provides group-based therapies for children, adolescents, and adults. We offer the only evidence-based social skills programming in the New York tri-state area to treat individuals with social skills challenges across the lifespan (ages 3 to 35). The social skills programs use the PEERS® method and Children’s Friendship Program to provide skills instruction and parent coaching about making and keeping friends. Other group based offerings include Facing Your Fears, a cognitive behavior therapy group for children with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder, a naturalistic behavioral playgroup, and a parenting group for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Outreach Presentations

Our specialists are available to parents, professionals, and schools for training and workshops on a wide range of topics. A sample of topics includes: Behavior Management Basics, Strategies to Increase Communication, Problem-Solving Challenging Behavior, Transition Planning, Supporting Siblings, Dating and Relationships on the Spectrum, Teaching Social Cognition, and Current Trends in Autism Research.

Please email for more information or to schedule a speaker.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our care management team at -754-5000 or email us at