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Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Autism affects about one in 59 children, yet it’s diagnosed four times more frequently in boys. The exceptional team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, has devoted years to working with children on the autism spectrum. They begin with a comprehensive assessment and use that information to create multisensory treatment plans grounded in goals that build on your child’s strengths and help them overcome their weaknesses. If you have questions about autism or you need to schedule an appointment, call the office today. The clinic is now offering telehealth to patients in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Napa, Orinda, Hillsborough, Belvedere Tiburon, Blackhawk, Noe Valley, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and La Jolla

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What does it mean to have autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder that encompasses a wide spectrum of abilities and disabilities. While each person with autism has their own strengths and weaknesses, everyone diagnosed with autism has three core problems:

  • Difficulty with social skills and communicating
  • Repetitive patterns of behavior
  • Restrictive interests and activities

These core problems interfere with your child’s development, learning, and success in school, at home, and in the community.

What early symptoms develop in children with autism?

Signs of communication or socialization problems include:

  • Not making eye contact
  • Failure to respond to their name
  • Preferring to play alone
  • Repeating phrases verbatim

Signs of repetitive and restrictive behaviors include:

  • Interest in one toy, movie, topic, or object
  • Repeating the same motion
  • Constantly watching the same video
  • Becoming upset at slight changes in routine

Many children with autism also have an acute sensitivity to light, odors, temperature, and sounds.

What assessments diagnose autism?

An early and accurate diagnosis allows children with autism to receive the individualized supports and interventions they need at school and home. The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic offers a variety of assessments, including:

  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Psychological assessments
  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • IEP/504 school evaluations

Within the four main categories of testing, your provider at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic chooses from many possible standardized tests and questionnaires, depending on the needs of your child. Your provider doesn’t rely solely on tests; they spend time observing and interacting with your child.

On average, the clinicians at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic spend 14-16 hours of in-person time during comprehensive assessments. That may sound extreme, but it’s essential. Taking extra time is the only way to gain true insight and obtain a holistic picture of your child and to be sure your clinician rules out or identifies other problems associated with autism. 

What’s the follow-up to a comprehensive autism evaluation?

After your comprehensive evaluation, you’ll receive a thorough report with individualized recommendations for interventions at school, home, and in the clinic. The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic develops a customized treatment plan that builds on each child’s strengths and supports areas of weakness.

They provide many types of therapies for children, teens, and adults with autism, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Play- and art-based therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Parent coaching
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neurovisual training
  • Cogmed Working Memory Training®

The clinicians at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic are known for their special ability to connect with children and build relationships that are supportive and collaborative. 

If you’re worried about your child’s development, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today.



Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
366 S. California Avenue, Suite 14
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-204-4779
Fax: 650-204-6502
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