I think my child has autism...
Always express any developmental concerns you may have with your child's pediatrician. Ask about professionals who are comfortable and capable of evaluating an individual for autism spectrum disorder. This should not be done in a quick office visit. Provide information, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. Ask questions, no matter how ridiculous you think it sounds. If you don't understand something, ASK! You are your child's best advocate and sometimes a diagnosis can mean the difference between appropriate services and NO services. Early intervention is critical to young children on the spectrum. If your child is under the age of three seek out EarlySteps - Louisiana's early intervention program for babies 0-3. Your child may not qualify for services; however, they do offer an autism screening tool that can indicate some red flags and whether or not you should consult with your pediatrician. If your child is over the age of three and does not already have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), contact your child's teacher for a referral for service. You can also contact us if you need guidance on how to get an educational evaluation.
Resources for Obtaining an Evaluation
Please contact any of the following providers to see what type of insurance they accept and to make an appointment. This is not an exhaustive list of providers who may be able to evaluate an individual for autism spectrum disorder. SOAR does not endorse or promote any of the following professionals. They are listed as resources only.
Dr. Steven Felix - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
8415 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, La
Live Oak Children's Center
56 Louis Prima Drive
Covington, La 70433
Ochsner Children's Health Center, Pediatric Neurology
1315 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, La
Tulane School of Medicine Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Lisa Settles, PsyD
Dr. Veena Poole- North Shore and South Shore Counseling and Wellness
201 Holiday Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
Dr. Pamela B. Deters- Crossroads Behavioral Health
42334 Deluxe Plz Ste 2
Hammond, LA 70403
1150 W. Causeway Approach
Mandeville, La. 70471
BOH Center for Child Development
1319 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, La. 70121