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Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major life event. Coping with the diagnosis and learning to manage the child’s treatment become lifelong tasks.

Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major life event. Coping with the diagnosis and learning to manage the child’s treatment become lifelong tasks.

Parents need help becoming effective consumers of autism services. They should keep realistic expectations for their child’s behavioral and cognitive growth, as well as outcomes at school and beyond. They must understand enough about how their child learns to provide “special parenting” when the child is not in organized treatment.

SNAP Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic (ANGC)

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.

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.

SNAP Cognitive and Behavioral Pediatric Neurology Clinic

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.

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, also a cognitive and behavioral child neurologist with an expertise in sleep medicine or sleep disorders.

Support Us

Our fees cover only a fraction of the cost of our clinical and research endeavors. Your contribution enables us to pursue autism and sensory research and treatment, so we can offer the highest quality of clinical care for patients and their families. We need your support.

Our fees cover only a fraction of the cost of our clinical and research endeavors. Your contribution enables us to pursue autism and sensory research and treatment, so we can offer the highest quality of clinical care for patients and their families. We need your support.

Make a gift today!

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Collaborations

Collaborations allow us to accomplish more research with fewer resources. Some of our collaborations have broad goals to understand autism and neurodevelopment over time, while others may have much more specific goals.

Bay Area Autism Consortium (BAAC)

The Bay Area Autism Consortium (BAAC) is a clinical research coalition of providers and investigators from many Bay Area autism programs, including: UCSF, Stanford, Kaiser, the Department of Public Health, and the Children's Health Council. This interdisciplinary group is forming to contribute to excellence of autism related care and discovery in the Bay Area.

Bunge Lab at UC Berkeley

Mission

The mission of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center’s Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program is to integrate personalized care with innovative research and education.

The mission of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center’s Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program is to integrate personalized care with innovative research and education.

Vision: Research and clinical care focused on the individual

  • Accurate and complete diagnosis including genetic, neurological, psychiatric, developmental pediatrics, and psychological evaluations for each family
  • Education, behavior, pharmacologic and nutrition-based treatments discussed and, when appropriate, implemented

Contact Us

The UCSF Pediatric Brain Center’s Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program is a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, geneticists, pediatricians, neuroscientists, research coordinators, technologists and administrators at the University of California, San Francisco. We strive to find the causes of autism – and the most effective treatments.

UCSF Pediatric Brain Center’s Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program

Elysa Marco, MD
UCSF SNAP Director
Elysa.Marco@ucsf.edu

Annie Brandes Aitken
SNAP Coordinator
Anne.Brandes-Aitken@ucsf.edu
(415) 640-2680

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