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Referring Physicians

How do you refer a patient to the ECTC?

We accept referrals directly from pediatricians, other physicians or mental health professionals.

Making a referral is simple.  Just call our office, send a referral letter or even make the referral on a prescription form.  We will begin the Admission Process, which includes:

Diagnostic Evaluation:

All children are evaluated by our team of behavioral health specialists, which includes:

  • Parent and/or caregiver interview,
  • Direct observation of the child, and
  • Evaluation of the child’s cognitive and adaptive functions by the Medical Director.


Assessment Areas:

One or more of the following assessment areas may be evaluated to assist in the development of the treatment plan:


  • Cognitive Ability/Intelligence
  • Development
  • ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale)
  • ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised)
  • Adaptive Behavior
  • Pre-academic/Academic Acheivement
  • Speech and Language
  • Sensory Functioning



Assessment Tools:

One or more of the following assessment tools may be utilized to assist with the evaluation and development of the treatment plan:


  • Mullen Evaluation
  • The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale
  • ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale)
  • ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised)
  • Weschler Preschool and Primary Scale or Intelligence
  • Weshler Intelligence Scale for Children
  • Wood-Cock Johnson




If necessary, an authorization will be obtained from the insurance company or health plan.  Pediatric Minds Medical Center works with most major insurance companies for coverage in the Early Childhood Treatment Program.


Insurances Accepted:

Please call our office to ask about insurances accepted.  If we do not already contract with your patient’s health plan or insurance company, we may still be able to obtain an authorization to see your patient on an out-of-network basis.


Autism Screening:

There is a simple screening tool for pediatricians/family practitioners to use for finding early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT™, Robins, Fein & Barton, 1999) is available for free downloads for clinical, research and educational purposes.

The M-CHAT™ and scoring instructions are available for download here:

M-CHAT and M-CHAT Scoring Instructions.  Additional information on the use of M-CHAT™ is available at M-CHAT Information.  Please note there are important qualifications and copyright information related to use of this tool.