As stated earlier, there is a difference between a medical diagnosis, an educational assessment (for special education services) and a Regional Center assessment. It is possible to have a medical diagnosis and not qualify for services. We recommend you seek out a formal medical diagnosis through your health care provider as soon as possible. A medical diagnosis may give you access to certain services covered under your health insurance, and it may provide an outside source of information if you choose to pursue services through the school or Regional Center.
There are no medical tests for diagnosing autism. An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the individual’s communication, behavior, and developmental levels. Because many of the behaviors associated with autism are shared by other disorders, various medical tests may be ordered to rule out or identify other possible causes of the symptoms being exhibited. A developmental pediatrician, a psychiatrist or psychologist, or a neurologist can assist in making a diagnosis.
Dr Kitlowski, PH D, BCBA
27268 Via Industria, Temecula
Clinical psychologist with 20 years’ experience with children and adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, Tourette Syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Anxiety.
Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence
1499 S. Tippecanoe Avenue, Building A
San Bernardino CA 92408
The Amen Clinic Newport Beach
3150 Bristol St., Suite 400 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 266 3750 or 1(888) 564-2700
Specializes in innovative diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of neuropsychiatric, behavioral and learning problems among children, teenagers and adults. The center utilizes brain SPECT imaging for a wide variety of neuropsychiatric problems.
Anthony Benigno, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist PSY26432
AB Psych Consulting
3200 Guasti Road, Suite 100
Ontario, CA 91761
Assessments in the areas of Autism, Learning Disability, ADHD, Cognitive Capacity and Immigration.
Autism Discovery Institute – Rady’s Children’s Hospital
3685 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123
Scheduling evaluation or service, call Bonnie Corbin: 858-966-7453 or 877-64AUTISM
For general information, call Janae Deyoe: 858-966-1700, ext. 6170
Our multidisciplinary staff includes: Occupational therapists, Speech-language pathologists, Audiologists, Neurologists and other medical specialists, Specialists in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Developmental specialists, and Psychologists. Along with serving children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, we provide services and training for professionals working in this area.
Autism Evaluation Clinic (AEC) at UCLA
Semel Institute, Rm 68-237 University of California, Los Angeles
300 Medical Plaza, Suite 1200, Los Angeles
Provides a specialized, high-level of multi-disciplinary expertise. The assessment protocol routinely includes comprehensive diagnostic and cognitive testing by child psychologists, speech and language assessment and occupational therapy evaluation all with practitioner’s skilled and experienced with autism spectrum disorders. A pediatric neurologist is also available as needed for exploration of the many co-morbid medical issues that are seen in this complex disorder.
The CARE Clinic Program
17800 Highway 18, Apple Valley
Provides screening, assessment, and referral for children ages birth through five who are developmentally delayed, have severe behaviors or fall on the autism spectrum.
255 East Bonita Ave, Pomona
(909) 596-7733 or 1 (866) 724-4127
Many programs are offered for children ages 1 month to 15 years with various disabilities or developmental disorders. Physical, occupational, speech therapists and early intervention specialists provide treatments in both indoor and outdoor settings designed specifically for children.
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California
2500 Red Hill Ave, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis of children birth to 22 years. Center-based services for patients that include: Ongoing care coordination and medical management up to age 5 years; Evidence-based treatment recommendations and advocacy; Social worker assessment and support services, including individual consultations, parent training, and connection to community resources; Behavior Intervention services; Speech and language services and Psychology services.
CHOC Children’s Health Center
854 Magnolia Ave – #101, Corona, CA 92879
In this new, state-of-the-art facility, CHOC offers the following pediatric specialty care services in a convenient, family centered-care environment: Cardiology, Pediatric Surgery, Pulmonology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics. Currently accepts: Cigna, Aetna Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Most PPO and HMO Plans accepted.
CHOC Children’s Hospital
1201 W La Veta Ave Orange, CA 92868-3874
Will accept Medi-Cal for diagnosis
Diagnostic Center South
4339 State University Drive, Los Angeles CA 90032
Provides comprehensive assessments, research-based interventions, quality professional development, and a continuum of technical assistance for special education students with complex needs. To be eligible students must be between the ages of 3 and 21, be must be receiving public special education services or eligibility for special education as an issue in a Southern California county.
Dr. Alan Kwasman
6950 Brockton Ave, Riverside CA 92506
Alan Kwasman, M.D. is board certified in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. The office accepts many types of private insurances except Medi-Cal, IEHP, and Molina.
Dr. Varsha Patel, MD
127 North McKinley Street Suite 101, Corona
Dr. Patel practices Geriatric Psychiatry, Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatry, and Psychiatry.
Dr. Charity Plaxton-Hennings, Psy.D, M.P.H.
1881 Business Center Dr, Suite 11, San Bernardino, CA 92408
specialized in Clinical Neuropsychologist–Pediatrics/Child. Provides testing and assessment for Learning Disabilities, Autism, Emotional and Behavior Issues. Consulting for child health issues such as childhood obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Provides counseling for children and families.
Gunn Psychological Services
10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga
Group psychology practice in Rancho Cucamonga which conducts objective testing including the ADOS-2 as part of evaluating children for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Work with all ages from infants/toddlers through adulthood. Accepts most insurance plans. Additionally can test for intellectual giftedness, or for a emotional, behavioral or cognitive disorder (e.g. ADHD, Learning Disorder, Autism, Post concussion syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, etc).
José L. Fuentes, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 10545 San Bernardino, CA 92423
(909) 248 4332
Offers Neurobehavioral Consultation, Neuropsychological Assessment, Independent Evaluations (IEE’s), Autism Intervention Program (Family Interact Program, Consultation via Phone and iChat also available. Dr. Fuentes provides consultation services to assist families who have questions regarding services for their children with special needs. This service can include preliminary diagnoses for specific disorders, recommendations/referral for additional interventions and/or assessment, consultation on behavioral intervention, on-going support. The Family Interact Program is a center-based, behavioral intervention program funded by the Inland Regional Center for families how have children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders. The program is based on the Adaptive Independence Model, which assists families in addressing behavioral problems that interfere with their child’s ability to reach her/his full potential for independent living. The Interact Program also provides social interaction skills training for children who are on the higher functioning spectrum of autism.
Haven Psychology – Dr. Lori A. Harral
Private practice psychological assessments which is a fee for service provider. Dr. Harral is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Qualified Medical Evaluator and has been working in the field of psychology for over eighteen years. The clinicians working with her have been thoroughly trained in psychotherapy and testing administration and measurements. Offers a wide variety of diagnostic services for children, adolescents, adults and families including: Ability Testing, Achievement Testing, Behavioral Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, and Personality Testing.
Inland Psychiatric Medical Group Inc
Dr Sai Chundra, Riverside
1809 W. Redlands Blvd, Redlands
Provides Adolescent and young adult psychiatry, Adult psychiatry, Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Consultation Services, Evaluation and Treatment, and Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapy. Speak: Farsi, Hindi, Persian, Spanish and Telugu. Takes a number of insurances, check the website for up to date info.
Kyle D. Pontius, Ph.D.
23441 South Pointe Drive, Ste 250, Laguna Hills
(949) 454-9016, x3
Licensed Psychologist, #PSY 14186. Dr. Pontius specializes in diagnostic assessments for use in service applications (regional center, SSI, IEEs, etc.). Lots of experience with Asperger’s. Psychological, neuropsychological, and psycho-educational assessments.
Loma Linda University, Division of Child Neurology, Department of Pediatrics
11234 Anderson Street Loma Linda, California 92354
(877) 558 6248
Pediatric neurologists provides assessment and treatment. They are currently not seeing mild ADHD, mood disorders, LD, autism and mild retardation. If there is regressive aggression, progressive symptomology and/or children with moderate to severe or intellectual disabilities, they need a typed letter from the referring physician.
Quality Life Group, Dr. Kotomori – Child, Adolescent Psychiatrist
6529 Riverside Ave Ste 133, Riverside
(951) 684 2627
Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. An expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Psychiatric Disorders and experienced with cultural issues and how they may affect the presentation, course, and treatment of psychiatric conditions. Accepts insurance including IEHP – call for more information.
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