UCSF Autism Clinic

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Langley Porter Institute at the University of California, San Francisco

The Autism Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) provides diagnostic assessment and individualized behavior, education, and medication plans for each patient. Based on a child’s needs, we select one or more clinical teams to formulate comprehensive recommendations derived from a detailed family history, cognitive and play-based assessments, and neurological, genetic, gastrointestinal and other medical evaluations. The Autism Clinic provides care to all ages. The Autism Clinic collaborates with schools, special programs and regional centers in California and around the US.

*Currently, the clinic at LPPI's comprehensive diagnostic program with psychological testing is on hold. Psychiatric evaluations, medication and biomedical evaluations and referrals for further medical evaluations will continue.

Location

The UCSF Autism Clinic is located at Langley Porter Institute on the Parnassus Heights Campus in San Francisco.
Clinic address:
Langley Porter Institute
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94143

The parking at the Parnassus campus is challenging. There is limited 2-hour street parking. The Millberry Union Public Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave is commonly used by our patients. Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Preparation

To become a new patient at the UCSF Autism Clinic, simply call our intake specialists to set up an appointment: 415-476-7500 or 800-723-7140 (toll free). You may also ask your child’s primary care physician to complete our consultation request letter and fax to our Intake and Referral Office at 415-502-6361. Intake will first ask you a few screening questions and then will arrange an appointment for you in our clinic or a more appropriate UCSF clinic. They will guide you through the registration process, including how to obtain insurance authorization for our services. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an Intake Packet to complete and bring with you to your appointment.

Evaluation

  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Educational and behavioral consultation*
  • Medical and psychopharmacologic interventions
  • Training for autism professionals and parents*

Visits to the clinic are tailored for each patient and their family based on needed services. Assessment may require 1 to 3 visits of different lengths. As needed, each assessment will be assigned to one or more clinical teams who will

  • review current concerns, past assessments, and treatments,
  • detail a developmental history from first concerns to the present, and
  • conduct a behavioral exam, interpret the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Test and administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS).*

Patients requiring additional neuropsychological testing will be referred appropriately. Depending on the family’s needs, each of these activities may take a full visit or be consolidated. At the completion of assessment, families meet with the clinic team leaders who have participated in their child’s assessment. Together, they review diagnostic assessment and receive specific recommendations for treatments.

Insurance

Our Intake and Registration specialists will contact your insurance company to request authorization for services.

Interpretation services

Language should not be considered a barrier for patients and their families seeking evaluation. We have multi-lingual team members as well as access to UCSF Translator Services.