Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorders Program - Clinic Services

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Program offers a diagnostic clinic for individuals who are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Rett's Syndrome.
  • Referrals - Referrals may be made for people of any age. An intake packet is mailed after a referral is received. The referred individual will be scheduled into the clinic once the necessary paperwork is completed. How to make a referral to the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.
  • Clinic Forms
    • The following forms are required for a request of clinic services.  Download the forms below, complete them by typing in the boxes, print the forms, sign the forms, and return the completed forms to the Center for Disabilities.
    • Please contact the Center for Disabilities to obtain a current Purchase of Service as well as other items needed to complete the intake referral process.
  • Clinic Specifics - Clinics usually begin on a Monday morning and finish late Tuesday afternoon with a family conference. Clinics are held at the USD Sanford School of Medicine Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. School/program/agency personnel are invited to participate in any or all of the evaluation process, providing appropriate releases are in place.
  • Clinic Components - The clinic may consist of the following components: audiological testing, communication testing, family resource information, motor evaluation, nutrition consultation, psychiatric testing, and psychological/educational testing, all completed with the use of Autism Spectrum Disorder specific instruments.
  • Clinic Follow-Ups - One clinic follow-up is completed at no hourly charge for individuals who have been diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additional follow-ups are available on request. Clinic follow-ups consist of an on-site consultation designed to assist the family and local service providers with the implementation of the clinic recommendations.
  • Clinic Cost - Clinic cost will vary.  For information on current clinic cost, contact the Center for Disabilities by phone at 800-658-3080 or 605-357-1439 or via e-mail at
  • Third Party Reimbursement - The Center for Disabilities does not accept third party reimbursement, including Medicaid or Private Insurance, due to the limitations of those reimbursement rates and recouping fees to cover our actual expenses for the specific service provided. If you have any questions on this issue, please contact the Director of Services and Supports by phone at 800-658-3080 or 605-357-1439 or via e-mail at
  • Family Services - Family services are a central component of the clinic. Family members are encouraged to utilize all the information and resources available at the Wegner Health Science Information Center (in which the Center for Disabilities is a partner). In addition, family support groups are held throughout the state.
  • Student Training  - Student training is an integral part of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program clinic. Certified and licensed professionals who have experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders from the Center for Disabilities staff and the faculty of The University of South Dakota supervise graduate and doctoral level students throughout the testing processes.
  • Diagnosis - Diagnosis and individualized recommendations are made through the utilization of an interdisciplinary team approach. Diagnoses, as appropriate, of an Autism Spectrum Disorder are made through criteria established in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM-IV) and according to the guidelines of the state of South Dakota.
  • Satisfaction Surveys - Satisfaction surveys are mailed by the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program to the family and referring school or agency on an annual basis. Responses from these surveys are shared with Autism Spectrum Disorders Program staff and the Autism Advisory Committee and are reported to the state funding source.

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