Mercy Kids Autism Center

12680 Olive Boulevard
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63141
Fax: (314) 872-3180
Services are provided by Mercy Hospital St. Louis Learn more »
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe a range of developmental challenges affecting socialization, communication and behavioral functioning. Children with ASD have difficulties with social interaction as well as verbal and nonverbal communication, and also exhibit patterns of restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

Symptoms range from mild to severe, and most children with ASD have associated medical and developmental conditions. While diagnosis can sometimes be made as early as 12 months of age, more obvious signs of autism may not be apparent until 24-36 months of age. In some situations, symptoms may not cause concerns until the elementary or middle school years. Accurate diagnosis of ASD and early intervention is crucial to helping a child reach his or her greatest potential.

Mercy Kids Autism Center provides a child-and-family-centered approach to ASD. Our services include diagnosis, medical and psychological care, family navigation services and treatment programs. We develop a tailor-made care plan for your child in partnership with you.

Our Autism Center services include:

  • ASD diagnosis and assessment – A complete assessment of your child. We make recommendations for care, treatment and additional services as needed
  • Ongoing care - Medical follow-up, psychological counseling, physical therapy, speech-language therapy and occupational therapy
  • Family navigation services
  • Intensive early intervention program/early start Denver model – For 18 - 60 month-olds. Led by Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)-certified speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and board-certified behavior analysts.
  • Social communication groups – To promote social interaction and communication and to enhance empathy
  • Augmentative and alternative communication program – For children with severe communication challenges
  • Feeding dysfunction evaluation team – For children with eating, chewing or swallowing concerns
  • Pediatric nutrition/dietary services – Consultations on healthy diets and how to adapt food preferences and improve nutrition for children with ASD
  • On-site genetic counseling – For families who can benefit from genetic testing and to help interpret results

How can you tell if your child has autism?

Our Providers

Sarah J. Grafeman, PhD, Mercy
Psychology
Mercy Clinic
John F. Mantovani, MD, Mercy
Pediatric Neurology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Mercy Clinic
Gretchen A. Meyer, MD, Mercy
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Mercy Clinic
Alison H. Morrison, PNP, Mercy
Pediatric
Mercy Clinic
Kimberly A. Twyman, MD, Mercy
Pediatric Developmental-Behavioral
Mercy Clinic
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Barbara Braddock, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Tina Preston
Occupational Therapist
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Susan Velders
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapist

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