Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if I should consider coming to the Center?

A: We encourage families and caregivers to contact us when they believe their child (of any age: toddler through adult) or loved one is not meeting developmental milestones when expected, is struggling to adapt to new or changing situations, and/or is engaging in behaviors that limit or interfere with his/her ability to function in home, school, work, or community settings. During a family's first visit to CADB, a licensed clinician collects information about social, developmental and educational history along with specific areas of concern. This visit serves as a guide for the planning of the person-specific assessment.

Q: Who do you treat? (Age-specific)

A: The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain supports individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. We see children as young as 11 months old through our Early Intervention Program and serve individuals through adulthood as they confront new challenges.

Q: Are you currently accepting new patients and how do I make an appointment?

A: We are currently accepting patients of all ages. If you are interested in making an initial appointment, please call our main number (914.997.5848) and choose option 1 or 3 (as appropriate). We will collect some preliminary information including the reason for your call and payment information (e.g., insurance). Subsequently, a member of the CADB team will call you back to schedule your first appointment.

Q: How do you diagnose developmental disabilities?

A: Diagnosis follows a series of diagnostic interviews, observations, and standardized assessments. This information is used to determine (a) the individual's strengths and challenges, (b) diagnostic clarification, and (c)to generate individualized recommendations that will guide the development of individualized interventions.

Q: What is involved with an initial patient assessment? How long does it take?

A: Assessment is a multi-step process. It starts with an initial one-hour visit during which caregivers participate in an initial diagnostic interview with one of our staff but without the patient. This is generally followed by three additional 3-hour visits during which more specialized and individualized testing is completed.

Q: What are resources of the center?

A: CADB is a free-standing comprehensive assessment and treatment center located on the Westchester campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The center is equipped with specially designed assessment/therapy rooms to meet the needs of our patient population. Additionally, each assessment/therapy room has an attached observation room to allow caregivers to observe and participate in the entire process. The center is also equipped with two classrooms and a small gym to allow for a variety of activities and therapies.

Q: Can Spanish-speaking families access services as CADB?

A: We are able to provide the same level of care across our English and Spanish speaking families. Several of our clinicians, across disciplines, speak Spanish fluently.

Q: Any insight into insurance information or acceptable plans?

A: The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain is happy to accept a variety of third-party payers. Licensed though the Office of Mental Health, we accept most private insurance (in-network), Medicaid, Medicare, as well as self-pay. Staff in our finance office will work with families to determine what services will likely be covered.

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