SNAP Patient Care

The SNAP Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Program is directed by Dr. Elysa Marco, who is a child neurologist with training in genetics, cognition and functional imaging and is active in clinical research in this field. She is joined by Dr. Jessica Litwin, a cognitive and behavioral child neurologist with an expertise in sleep medicine or sleep disorders, and Dr. Audrey Brumback, a child neurologist, who also is pushing our understanding of the basic mechanisms of autism in her research pursuits.

SNAP NeuroGenetic Clinic is a coordinated effort between the division of Child Neurology and Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Marco and Dr. Litwin, cognitive and behavioral child neurologists, lead the neurologic assessment, and Dr. Anne Slavotinek, an expert in pediatric genetics, guides an in-depth investigation of metabolic and genetic causes of neurodevelopmental delay and autism. This clinic focuses on finding the underlying cause, or etiology, of your child’s neurodevelopmental challenges. We work hand in hand with our other clinics to provide wrap around care for full diagnostic assessment and treatment planning.

The Developmental Medicine Clinic provides a comprehensive approach to care with a multidisciplinary team. Specific services include developmental evaluation, behavior management, medication management, and parent education to address a variety of developmental and behavioral needs facing children, adolescents, and their families. Drs. Tom Boyce, Neal Rojas, and Susanne Martin Herz bring their expertise in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics to this clinic. A growing group of psychologists, lead by Neuropsychologist Shannon Lundy, PhD, also guide assessments and therapeutic interventions.

The Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is headed by Sanford C. Newmark, MD. Dr. Newmark specializes in the integrative and holistic treatment of children with autism and ADHD. He combines conventional medicine with nutrition, behavior management and various complementary modalities. Working with Dr. Newmark in this clinic are Dionne Detraz, integrative nutritionist, and Kimberly Tompkins, child psychologist. We strive to work seamlessly with the ANP clinics to provide comprehensive evaluation and care.

The UCSF Multi-Disciplinary Assessment Center (MDAC) at San Francisco General Hospital provides family-centered assessment services, diagnosis, service linkage, short-term intervention and case management to children and families needing neurological, psychological and medical assessment for suspected or actual developmental delay. MDAC is supported by First5 San Francisco.

The UCSF Pediatric Language Clinic specializes in the evaluation of children with language difficulties at different stages of development, including young children with speech and language delays and apraxia of speech, and older children who struggle with reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. We are closely affiliated with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, and we are the primary referral clinic for children suspected to have dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.

The SNAP Neuro Gastrointestinal Clinic is a coordinated effort between the divisions of Child Neurology and Pediatric Gastroenterology. This clinic specializes in the assessment of children on and off the autism spectrum with additional challenges with GI conditions such as diarrhea, constipation and cyclical vomiting. Evaluation at our clinic provides investigation into the underlying cause of your child’s neurodevelopmental and gastrointestinal difference as well as behavioral/educational guidance and basic pharmacologic management.

The UCSF STAR Center for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) is directed by Dr. Young Shin Kim. Our goal at STAR is to lead the way to better understanding, treatment, and promotion of well-being for people with ASD and NDDs. Our services for individuals across the lifespan are conducted by teams of psychiatrists, psychologists, and speech and language therapists.