The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1 in 44 children in the U.S. have some type of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of complex disorders of brain development. Usually diagnosed in childhood, these disorders can cause lifelong difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
As the only comprehensive Clinical Autism Treatment Program in the Sacramento Region, and one of the only programs in California, the Sutter Autism Treatment Center takes great pride in treating an underserved population with compassion and clinical excellence. We offer the latest in clinical diagnostic techniques and provide medical and nonmedical treatment recommendations that can offer relief for many symptoms of autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Our Sutter Autism Treatment Center provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services specifically for autism patients.
We work with a number of specialists to provide ancillary care and treatment to our patients, including:
- Clinical Psychology
- Genetic Counseling
- Social Work
- Speech and Occupational Therapy
Additionally, the Sutter Transition for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic (STAND) is a unique resource for patients 18 and older with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. We focus on clinical treatment as well as psychological issues, with the goal of maximizing quality of life. Active in research, our team is continually striving to learn more about developmental disorders and find new ways to diagnose and treat them. The STAND Clinic is held monthly for people with neurological care or behavioral issues related to their disability, including:
- Neurotropic medications for behavior, anxiety, aggression, sleep
- Movement disorders of muscle tone, gait, Parkinson-type issues, tremors, catatonia
- Side effects of medications
- Sleep disorders
During the clinic, patients can meet with members of our multidisciplinary team, including neurologists, neuropsychologists and social workers. Patients can expect to spend a half-day at the clinic. Call (916) 454-6850 for referrals.
The Sutter Neuroscience Institute also participates in cutting edge autism research. In partnership with the Cord Bank Registry, we are running the first FDA-regulated clinical trial to assess the use of a child’s own cord blood stem cells to treat select patients with autism.