Autism Center

Autism Center boy playing with blocksThe Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC provides evaluations, referral coordination and support, and treatment options for young children suspected to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We strive to improve the lives of these young children and their families through service, research, and education.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurologically based developmental disorders of childhood onset characterized by impairment in social interactions and communication as well as restricted or stereotyped patterns of behavior and interest. As many as one in 88 to 110 children may be affected by ASD. Many children with ASD have developmental delays while others have above-age expectancy skills. Challenging behaviors often co-exist. These include severe tantrums, aggression, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and self-injury. Many children with ASD often have sleep disorders, eating problems, and sensory sensitivities.

Diagnosis, early treatment and family support are critical to the functioning of the child and family.

Specialists from the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital provide:

  • Comprehensive developmental and behavioral assessments
  • Appropriate referrals
  • Training, education, and support
  • Opportunities to participate in research
  • Resource information

A part of Children’s Child Development Unit, the Autism Center works closely with the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the nation’s first network of hospitals and multidisciplinary professionals committed to furthering our understanding of and improving medical treatments for individuals with ASD.

Referral Requirements

Referrals are required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed.

Related Resources

Related Organizations

For more information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders, contact the following research and education organizations:

Autism Speaks

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS)


  • Autism Center

    Oakland Medical Building
    3420 Fifth Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213