Treatments and Services
Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic
What is the Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic?
Our team specializes in how certain rare genetic changes (mutations) linked to autism spectrum disorder affect the ways a child functions. We are a short-term consultation service. We assess your child and recommend treatment to fit their needs.
We give you a full report and information on the latest research related to your child’s genetic change. Our team does not provide therapy.
What’s special about Seattle Children’s Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic?
Our team has special expertise in working with and understanding children with rare genetic changes linked to autism.
If your child is referred to the program, they may see:
- Clinical psychologists
- Speech and language pathologists
- Doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in neurodevelopmental pediatrics
We have strong partnerships with other specialists who may also meet with your child. These include Seattle Children’s experts in:
We see children with certain genetic changes linked to autism. These include 16p11.2 deletion/duplication and mutations to these genes:
We will fully assess your child and talk with you about the results in an easy-to-understand way. Our multidisciplinary team will explain how your child’s genetic changes affect their functioning in areas such as:
- Speech and language
- Thinking and emotions
- Social skills
- Digestive system
- Sleep patterns
We will work with you to create treatment plans to meet the needs of your child and your family. You will receive a full report with our findings and treatment recommendations. This can help guide providers, school officials and others in your community.
Scheduling a Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation
- Ask your primary care provider to refer your child to the Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic. Providers, see how to refer a patient.
- If you have a referral, please call 206-987-8080 to schedule an appointment.
- Learn about autism resources such as useful links, videos and recommended reading for you and your family.
What to Expect
- We will call you to learn about your concerns and needs.
- Fill out the intake form if you received one from your provider or our scheduling team.
- Gather information such as your child’s medical records, genetic testing results and Individualized Education Program (IEP). Ask your child’s providers to fax records to 206-987-8081 or bring them with you. This step may not be needed if your child already is a patient at Seattle Children’s.
- We will review your child’s records to be sure that a clinic visit will be useful for your family.
- Results from past evaluations of your child, if they have not already been sent.
- A completed intake form, if you received one from your provider or our scheduling team.
- Our team will set up 3 or 4 appointments, often on the same day.
- You and your child will meet with different members of our team.
- At the last visit of the day, we will share our impressions and recommendations.
- We may recommend that your child see other providers at Seattle Children’s or somewhere else, like at school or in your local community.
- Our clinic does not provide ongoing therapy or care, since we are a consultation service.
Who is on the team?
Our team includes experts in child development, mental health and communication. If needed, your child may also see providers in other Seattle Children’s specialties, such as Neurosciences, Sleep Disorders, Gastroenterology and Medical Genetics.
The Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic team includes experts in:
Nurse practitioners who specialize in neurodevelopmental pediatrics have a deep understanding of healthy brain and body development and medical conditions that often go along with a rare genetic diagnosis.
Clinical psychologists are experts in mental health and developmental issues that affect the problem-solving skills, social abilities, emotions or behavior of children and teens.
- Jennifer Gerdts, PhD, director of our clinic
Speech and language pathologists work with children and teens who have problems understanding language and communicating with others in a meaningful way.
- James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP