Autism Services

St. Mary's Center for Children uses a team approach in the care of children and families living with an autism diagnosis.

Autism Partnership Offers World-Class Care

Our award-winning autism program - Collaborative Autism and Related Disorders Services (CARDS) - uses a team approach to provide personalized autism assessment and treatment plans for children ages two to five who show signs of an autism spectrum disorder. We work with the nationally-recognized Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center at the University of Louisville and the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to help children and their caregivers improve the child's adaptive, social and academic skills.

Our highly experienced autism team is led by Dr. James Schroeder, who specializes in the evaluation of autism spectrum, learning and attention deficit concerns.

More on CARDS Assessment

Based on information obtained from parents, teachers, families, previous evaluations, service providers and direct interactions with the child, the CARDS team (Collaborative Autism and Related Disorders Services) provides a total assessment of skills in the areas of:

  • Cognition
  • Speech-language
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sensory integration

The assessment identifies the child's personal and environmental challenges and strengths. It provides priority goals and objectives for immediate and consistent treatment even when using multiple care providers and settings.

The team works closely with parents, school personnel and other service providers. Our autism service coordinator offers follow-up support as therapy services are coordinated with home, school and other agencies.

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