Autism Assessment Services
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Our assessment waitlist has approximately 500 people on it and we cannot take new referrals at this time. The CAC’s outpatient clinic provides autism assessments and diagnostic services using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). The clinic also provides cognitive behavior therapy for people of all ages who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Types of insurances accepted are BlueCare, Cover Kids, TNCare Select, UHC Community, Amerigroup TN, BCBS, CIGNA, TriCare, UHC, Alliant, and Aetna, as of June 2018.
Ages served: all ages
Referral: not needed
Web address: www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org
Location: 1400 McCallie Ave, Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37404
Agape Youth Behavioral Health
Agape Youth Behavioral Health serves patients with ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Dr. Ken Pittman and Dr. Mark Jennings are Pediatric Psychiatrists who lead a team that offers autism assessments (including the ADOS), medication management, individual therapy, family therapy, social skills groups, psychological testing (including IQ and learning disabilities) and other psychiatric services. Almost all insurances accepted for most services although some services (including ADOS, psychological testing, and most social skills groups) are cash-only.
Ages served: 5-17 years old
Web address: http://youthbehavior.com/
Location: 1360 Mackey Branch Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 443-3336
Amy Piazza Preschool Assessment Center- Preschool Assessment and Learning Services (P.A.L.S)
The Amy Piazza Preschool Assessment Center is a part of the Exceptional Education Department of Hamilton County Schools and can provide comprehensive developmental assessments for children that reside in Hamilton County. Tailored to the specific needs of the child, each assessment is completed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals in close collaboration with the family. This assessment team can also complete assessments for suspected developmental delays, other health impairments, orthopedic impairments, speech impairments, language impairments, and an intellectual disability. If a child is eligible for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act services, the PALS Center staff, in conjunction with the district’s lead preschool teachers, will develop an Individualized Education Plan. Because PALS' services are free they do not require any insurance coverage.
Ages served: 3-5 years old
Location: 1161 W 40th St Chattanooga, TN 37409
Phone: (423) 498-7200
Anna Shaw Children's Institute
The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute is a developmental center which provides assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of autism and other developmental delays. Our Developmental Behavioral/Neurodevelopmental Pediatricians Emily Brandt, MD & Medical Director, Nancy Carnevale, MD, begin the evaluation process. Using a collaborative team approach, additional assessments are provided as needed for each individual child. Our care team has two psychologists who complete autism, developmental, and psychoeducational evaluations. Additionally, we have outpatient pediatric therapy programs provided by our speech language pathologists (for speech and feeding therapies), physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Ages Served: Birth to 11 years
Location: 1201 Burleyson Rd Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: (706) 226-8900
Athena Consulting and Psychological Services, LLC, (three locations)
They work with both children and adults and accept various private insurance plans. They also offer a sliding fee scale for those that qualify.
Ages Served: Children and Adults
220 Athens Way, Ste 104, Nashville
109 Hazel Path Suite 4, Hendersonville
1725 Medical Center Pkwy, Ste 215, Murfreesboro
Phone: (615) 320-1155 (main intake line)
Autism Center for Children (Georgia)
For parents concerned about their toddler's social communication development, the Autism Center for Children provides accurate identification and treatment of autism -- at the earliest possible signs of detection -- for the most immediate, profound and lasting improvement in their quality of life. Dr. Crittendon is a licensed clinical psychologist, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and the head of the Autism Center for Children. Her specialty is infant-toddler diagnostic assessment and early intervention for children diagnosed with autism. Types of insurance accepted are BCBS, CIGNA, Aetna, and Georgia Medicaid, as of June 2018.
Ages served: 1-3 years old
Referral: not needed
Web address: https://www.autismcenterga.com/
Location: 429 Creekstone Ridge Woodstock, Georgia 30188
Phone: (678) 996-4998
Autism Education and Therapy Center
Dr. Michelle McAtee is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides autism assessments through the Autism Education and Therapy Center. The clinic also provides ABA therapy. You can be added to their waitlist by going to their web address listed below and clicking on “Enroll Now.” Types of insurances accepted are BCBS, Tricare, UHC, TNCare Plans, and CIGNA, as of June 2018.
Ages served: 2-18 years old
Web address: https://autismetc.org/
Location: 6515 Holt Rd Nashville, TN 37211
941 Proessional Park Dr Clarksville, TN 37043
Phone: (615) 376-0034
The Babb Center works with all ages providing psycho-evaluations, consultations and therapy options. They accept various private insurance plans and offer a sliding fee scale & financial assistance for those who qualify.
Ages served: All Ages
Web address: https://www.babbcenter.org/
Location: Hendersonville, TN
Bearden Behavioral Health
Amanda Surdock, PhD at Bearden Behavioral Health
Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who graduated from the University of Mississippi. She has worked in a range of clinical settings from community mental health to residential care to consulting in the schools. Her specialization is in assessment and evaluation with children and adolescents. Amanda is experienced in working with individuals with autism, ADHD, developmental disabilities, anxiety and depression. She utilizes therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, social skills training, and biofeedback to provide brief and focused interventions.
Ages served: lifespan
Web address: https://www.beardenbehavioralhealth.com/
Location: 162 D Market Place Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37922
Dr. Jason Steadman, Psy.D., ABPP is a board-certified developmental and clinical child psychologist who provides comprehensive developmental evaluations including autism assessments. He includes the ADOS-2 in his battery, among other tests. He is currently accepting new patients and provides treatment and evaluations for pediatric patients and their families, including services for anxiety, depression, autism, trauma, feeding problems, adoption, traumatic brain injury, and many others. He currently accepts AETNA, BCBS, Tricare, Healthscope, and EHN.
Ages served: children
Web address: https://chattanoogapeds.com/
Location: 3328 Jenkins Road, Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 825-4040
Dr. Deborah Doineau, Psychologist
Dr. Doineau accepts various private insurance plans. She works with children (ages 3 and up), adolescents, and adults and provides Individuals, couples, and groups counseling. Psychological evaluations/assessments: ages 2 months through adulthood
Ages served: lifespan
Web address: http://www.deborahdoineau.com/
2200 21st Ave. S. Suite 409, Nashville
1402 Rosewood Drive, Columbia
Phone: (615) 297-1816
Emory Autism Center
The goal of the Autism Screening and Assessment Clinic is to provide identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to inform intensive behavioral treatment, while addressing specific skill deficits and enhancing community inclusion. The Autism Screening and Assessment Clinic provides a state-of-the-art assessment to determine if children from 12 months of age to 5th grade qualify for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using “gold standard” autism assessment instruments, a team of experts provides hands-on assessment, observations of child’s behavior and in-depth interview with parents/guardians.
Teen and Adult Assessment Program (TAAP)
Some adults or teenagers with autism spectrum disorder will need updated assessments prior to attending college. Assessments may also be needed when applying for social security disability insurance (SSDI).
Ages served: 12 months to 21 years
Location: The Justin Tyler Truax Building, 1551 Shoup Court, Decatur, Georgia 30033
Assessments for teens and adults contact:
Dr. Paul Long provides autism assessment and diagnostic services, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). Dr. Long also provides Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Types of insurance accepted are BlueCare, Cover Kids, TNCare Select, UHC Community, Amerigroup TN, BCBS, CIGNA, TriCare, UHC, Alliant, Aetna, Humana, Magellan Health, and Beacon Health, as of June 2018.
Ages served: 3-17 years old
Web address: https://www.facebook.com/focuspsychiatricservices/
Location: 6400 Lee Hwy, Suite 110 Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 899-5081
Georgia Autism Initiative
The goal of the Autism Initiative is to improve Georgia’s capacity for early identification, screening, diagnosis, early intervention, and family support for children suspected of having, or diagnosed with, ASD. To achieve this goal, the DPH is partnering with state, public, private, and community organizations as well as universities to provide education, training, and support to providers, families, and advocates.
Main Location: Georgia Department of Public Health, 2 Peachtree Street, NW, 11th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-657-2850 or 888-651-8224
Statewide Directory: (Parent to Parent of Georgia) 800-229-2038
Dr. Allison Gunne, Ph.D
Dr. Gunne is a provider in Tullahoma and although she does not accept insurance. She currently charges $850 for the full evaluation including the follow-up report and allows families to make payments toward the balance.
Ages served: children, adolescents and individual adults depending on the service requested
Location: 311 N Jackson St Suite 4, Tullahoma, TN 37388
The Harbin Clinic believes it's important for you to be involved in your healthcare, so they work with you to provide care that is tailored to your needs. Their services include child and adolescent psychology, and autism assessment and diagnosis. Call to ask for more information about their services, providers, and insurance.
Web address: https://harbinclinic.com/
Location: 701 Broad Street, Suite 350, Rome, GA 30161
Marcus Autism Center
The Marcus Autism Center offers autism evaluations by their clinical psychologists, with an estimated waitlist of 6-12 months. Other services provided are psychiatry, Severe Behavior Program, Feeding Program, Educational Outreach Program, and Language and Learning Clinic. Types of insurances accepted are BCBS, Aetna, Kaiser, and all Medicaid EXCEPT Ambetter, as of June 2018.
Ages served: 2-18 years old
Web address: https://www.marcus.org/
Location: 1920 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30329
Phone: (404) 785-9350
Journey Psychotherapy Center
Journey Psychotherapy Center provides assessments and therapy for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. Dr. Erica Skidmore is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating Autistic children and adults, as well as those with ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, and other psychological challenges. Dr. Skidmore and other clinicians on her team have experience administering the ADOS-2 and other standardized measures used to diagnose Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, anxiety, OCD, and other psychological concerns. JPC does not accept insurance, but a sliding scale (ranging from $85 - $150/hour for assessments) is available based on household income. Journey's waitlist for assessments is typically only 3 - 4 weeks.
Ages served: 2 through adults
Referral: None needed
Web address: www.chattanoogatherapy.com
Location: 3505 Brainerd Road, Suite #1; Chattanooga, TN 37411
Phone: (423) 521-5678
Michelle McAtee, PHD
Dr. Gunn provides therapy and testing to children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome, as well as to parents and siblings. While individuals on the spectrum have myriad strengths, many also experience anxiety or depression, or need someone to talk to better understand their experiences. She also provides therapy to parents and siblings who may need support in coping with the struggles that sometimes accompany having a family member on the spectrum. Her wellness approach includes cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques, and relaxation and stress reduction strategies.
Ages Served: children, teens, adults
Web address: http://www.michellemcatee.com/
Location: 109 Holiday Court #D6, Franklin
Phone: (615) 933-2695
Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia
Mind and Motion Developmental is an outpatient center that consists of clinical psychologists who provide autism assessments and diagnostic services using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). The clinic also provides cognitive behavioral therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, among other counseling services. To schedule an appointment you need to go to the website and fill out the Pre-Appointment form under “Click here for an appointment.” Types of insurances accepted are BCBS, UHC, Humana, Aetna, Optum, Magellan, Medicaid, Amerigroup, CareSource, PeachState, WellCare, and Ambetter, as of July 2018.
Ages served: pre-school age to adults
Referral: not needed
Web address: www.mindmotioncenters.com
Location: 5050 Research Ct #800 Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (678) 749-7600
Nashville Neuropsychology & Family Services
Accepts private insurance (BCBS, Aetna and UHC) for assessments only and serves infants through age 30.
Specialties Include: Testing and Evaluation, School Issues, Developmental Disorders Issues, ADHD, Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Child or Adolescent Depression, Emotional, Disturbance, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiance, Peer Relationships, Self Esteem, Traumatic Brain Injury
Types of Therapy Include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family Systems, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Strength-Based
Ages served: serves infants through age 30.
Web address: https://www.nashvilleneuropsychology.com/
Location: 2200 21st Ave S, Ste 300, Nashville
Phone: (615) 933-3571
North Metro Psychological Services
Dr. Korey specializes in psychological assessments for children and adults for Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. She also provides individual and couples counseling for adults with high functioning ASD and ADHD diagnoses. The waitlist for autism assessments is 2-3 weeks. They are not in-network with insurance companies (private-pay only).
Ages served: 4 years old and up
Referral: not needed
Web address: www.northmetropsych.com
Location: 800 Kennesaw Avenue, Suite 250, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Peachtree Pediatric Psychology
The pediatric psychologists at Peachtree Pediatric Psychology endeavor to provide a complete, in-depth assessment and accurate diagnosis in order to develop a personalized, effective treatment plan. Areas of specialty include evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, child behavioral disorders (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder); Oppositional/Defiant Disorder (ODD), trauma, anxiety, learning disorders, and neurocognitive deficits. Other services provided are psychological, psychoeducational, neuropsychological testing, and psychotherapeutic services. Types of insurances accepted are all EXCEPT WellCare, United, Kaiser, and TriCare, as of June 2018
Ages served: birth-21 years old, serves over 21 years old with any insurance but Medicaid
Referral: not needed
Web address: https://peachpsychology.com/
Location: 750 Hammond Dr NE Bldg 10, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (404) 796-7777
Roof & Associates
Dr. Kreig Roof, provides neuropsychological services to all ages. Takes TennCare and private insurance.
Ages Served: 0- Adulthood
Location: 3325 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 102, Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: (615) 778-9978
Sabin Behavioral Health / Ward Psychological Services
Neuropsychological evaluations address the cognitive, behavioral and emotional consequence of traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, or other central nervous system disorders.
Clinical psychological evaluations for Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder), Social Anxiety Disorder and PTSD due to violence or physical trauma.
Student accommodation evaluations provide specific testing that may be utilized when seeking accommodations, based on disability, for standardized testing or classroom accommodations in college.
Treatment, based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is provided to assist adult clients with specific psychological difficulties. Accepts private insurance and TennCare.
Ages Served: 4 - Adulthood
695 President Place Suite 202, Smyrna
404 North Castle Heights Ave Suite F Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: (615) 269-4990
Siskin Children's Institute - Center for Developmental Pediatrics
The Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Siskin Children’s Institute was established in 2009 to serve children with special needs and their families in the Chattanooga region. With an interdisciplinary approach to early identification and intervention for neurodevelopmental concerns, our professionals work collaboratively with families to support the unique needs of each child. Our team consists of specialists in the areas of developmental pediatrics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior psychology, and applied behavior analysis. We provide access to multi-specialty developmental services that include comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and family-centered treatment, optimizing potentials and long-term developmental outcomes in infants and children. We specialize in the diagnostic evaluation, medical management, and family support for children with motor, communicative, sensory, developmental, genetic, neurological, learning, and behavioral disorders – including Autism Spectrum Disorder, complex ADHD, learning disorders, speech and language disorders, intellectual disability, developmental delays, and behavioral disorders.
Ages served: 18 months-5 years old
Web address: https://siskin.org
Chattanooga Location: 1101 Carter Street Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 490-7710
Nashville Location: 2201 Murphy Ave, Suite 306, Nashville TN 37203
Phone: (615) 730-8095
Ages served: Birth - 12 years old
Spectrum Behavioral Associates (Currently not taking new clients as of February 19th, 2019)
Spectrum Behavioral Associates provides autism diagnostic assessments, among other diagnostic evaluations. They additionally provide in-home and clinic based ABA services with a focus on social skills training. They believe in a multi-faceted assessment, skill building, and appropriate goal setting to develop well rounded outcomes.
Ages served: birth- 25 years old
Web address: www.spectrumba.com
Location: 4492 Acworth Industrial Dr suite 100-B Acworth, GA 30101
Phone: (770) 974-2945
Spectrum Counseling, LLC
Offers evaluation and therapy for adolescents (12+) through adulthood.
Ages served: 12 through adulthood
Web address: https://www.spectrumcounselingllc.com/
Location: 256 Seaboard Lane, Suite F103, Franklin
Phone: (615) 208-3936
Spectrum Psychological Services (Georgia)
Sarah Golsen, PSY.D, BCBA-D provides autism diagnostic, psychological, and psychoeducational evaluations with a wide variety of developmental, emotional, and behavioral presentations. Dr. Golsen also provides behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy for children and adolescents, social skills training, and parent training. Dr. Golsen is not in-network with insurance companies (private-pay only). She provides a superbill at the end of her session for patients to file on their own. Her assessment costs can range from $900-$1200.
Ages served: birth to 21 years old
Referral: not needed
Web address: www.spectrum-psychological.com
Location: 2551 Roswell Road #525 Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (404) 987-2531
Speech Language Reading Center
The Speech Language Reading Center provides high-quality, individualized communication and reading interventions to children and young adults in the Chattanooga area. They also provide comprehensive evaluations in order to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders, Speech and Language Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and more. They tailor therapy to the specific needs of each client and work closely with families and teachers for the most rapid and permanent success. BCBS is the insurance company they are in-network with, as of June 2018.
Ages served: 6-20 years old
Referral: not needed
Web address: www.ChattanoogaSpeech.com
Location: 5819 Winding Lane, Suite 105, Hixson, TN 37343
Phone: (423) 877-5042
Tennessee Early Intervention Services (T.E.I.S.)
While T.E.I.S. does not provide assessments, they can help parents of young children get access to these services. T.E.I.S. is a voluntary education program for families with children with disabilities or developmental delays. If your child is under 3 years old, you may qualify for services and this can include an autism assessment provided through your school system.
Ages served: birth-3 years old
Referral: not needed
Phone: (423) 434-4401
Vanderbilt - Autism Project Clinic - Center for Child Development
Vanderbilt has been designated as one of only 14 institutions in the U.S. to form the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), comprising elite centers dedicated to improving care for children and adolescents with autism through diagnosis, treatment, and counseling. This clinic is equipped to provide an autism evaluation with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2) in one visit. Visit the link below to show your kids a video about what it is like to visit the center.
Ages served: birth-18 years old
Location: Center for Child Development, Doctor's Office Tower, 9th Floor Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-0249