Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 88 children in the U.S. This lifelong developmental disorder affects development and learning, and significantly influences how children understand and relate to the world. Our team at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism believes that all children deserve the opportunity to laugh and play and to become healthy, happy and productive adults. We provide specially designed diagnostic, treatment, and education services to reach those goals. We also offer consultations and conduct training and research to improve the lives of children with autism and their families.
Specialists at the Center for Autism, including psychologists, speech-language pathologists, behavior therapists, teachers, intervention specialists and consulting physicians, develop individual programs for each child, depending on his or her need. They provide diagnostic and follow-up evaluation, speech, language, and communication services, behavioral and educational consultation, functional behavior assessment, behavior therapy and consultation and intensive behavioral intervention. All programs rely on current evidence-based research, with a strong focus on applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Applied behavior analysis is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by modifying the consequences of behavior, such that appropriate behavior is increased while inappropriate or interfering behavior is decreased. Opportunities for success are built into the program. Adjustments are made as children progress, helping them to function with increased independence.
Thomas W. Frazier II, PhD, is the director of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism and a staff member with Center for Behavioral Health. He is the research director at the Center for Autism and also is jointly appointed in the Genomic Medicine Institute and in the Lerner College of Medicine.
Dr. Frazier received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude in psychology from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University. His post-graduate training includes an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and one year of a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Section of Neuropsychology.
Dr. Frazier’s primary clinical interests include the assessment and behavioral treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. However, Dr. Frazier also specializes in the assessment and differentiation of pediatric bipolar disorder, ADHD, and other disruptive behavior disorders in his clinical practice.
Timothy Moss, Md. PhD is an Associate Staff with Cleveland Clinic Genomic Medicine Institute with a joint appointment in the Lerner Research Institute.
Dr. Moss received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and completed his medical degree and post-doctoral degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Dr. Moss’s specialty interests include the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected inherited disorders.
Join us as Dr. Frazier and Dr. Moss answer your questions about autism and genetics.