University of Wisconsin–Madison

Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Welcome

Young boy with autismThe Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with disabilities and their families. The Waisman Center Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is a partnership with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital. The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides diagnosis and clinical care for children with a developmental disability including: autism spectrum disorders (ASD), intellectual disability, fragile X, and genetic disorders associated with developmental delay.

Diagnostic evaluations, including medical, cognitive, behavioral and related developmental assessments, are conducted by an interdisciplinary team of providers experienced and skilled with a range of developmental disorders. Ongoing clinical care is provided by professionals from the team.

YOUR CLINIC VISIT

If you are interested in an appointment, please have your/your child’s primary care provider fill out a referral at uwhealth.org/referral.  We will call you to schedule an appointment once we have processed the referral.

  • Prior to your appointment, a packet of materials will be sent to you including directions to the Waisman Center and a parking permit. Park in the designated BLUE visitor and client parking stalls. (See map and directions below.)
  • Our clinic is located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue. Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Check in at the clinic reception desk located just beyond the Waisman Center’s main lobby.
  • A medical assistant will obtain your child’s height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. You and your child will be taken to an examination room.
  • A developmental pediatrician or nurse practitioner will obtain a thorough health history, examine your child, discuss the evaluation and answer any questions.
  • Other professionals may also provide evaluations and/or consultations including: a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, an audiologist, a psychologist, a dietitian, and a social worker.
  • A geneticist and genetic counselor are available for interdisciplinary care of patients with fragile X syndrome.
  • A family conference may be scheduled the same day or at a future appointment to provide integrated interdisciplinary recommendations at the conclusion of the diagnostic process.
  • Your child’s follow-up visits will be arranged depending upon your needs.NOTE: Full visit information will be shared in writing with you and your child’s primary health care provider, subspecialists, and others as indicated by signed release of information forms.

GOALS OF THE CLINIC TEAM

  • Provide diagnosis and medical treatment for patients with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, including genetic conditions affecting neurodevelopment.
  • Provide support, recommendations, and resources for patients and families experiencing ongoing challenges associated with a developmental disability.

Clinic Director

Clinic Coordinator

Physicians

Kathleen Kastner, MD

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Maria Stanley, MD

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Clinic Team

Elizabeth Delsandro, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sharon Gartland, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kellie Haugen, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lynn Havemann, MA

Family Navigator

Catherine Kanter, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy Lyle, MSSW

Family Navigator, Waisman Resource Center

Catherine J. Nelson, APNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Erin Thomson, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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