Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment
Get a Referral From your Primary Care Provider
You'll need a referral for a Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) directed to the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. Your primary care physician or pediatrician can you provide you with a referral. The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities can also provide a referral.
Referral Letter and Forms
When we receive the referral, we will send you a referral letter. The letter will explain how to fill out and return the necessary forms. Once you submit the forms as instructed in the referral letter:
- The patient navigator will call you to answer any questions you may have.
- Our department schedulers will call to schedule an appointment. Appointments are in high demand, so please plan accordingly.
We will not process the forms unless we receive the referral.
- Developmental history: for children from birth - 17 years old
- Developmental history: for adults 18 years old and above
- Feeding form for all patients
- Release of information form
Be sure to mark all information you approve to be shared. You'll see a highlighted yellow box about our case conference. In a case conference, your health care team discuss the strategy to best provide you care. This team includes:
- rehabilitation therapists,
- child psychiatrists,
- patient navigators, and
- other autism specialists
Case conferences allow us to deliver faster care to our patients with the greatest needs.
You will receive recommendations from your provider during your visit. After your appointment, your patient navigator will call you. They will discuss available resources to act on those recommendations.
Questions or Concerns?
Please call patient navigator at (352) 733-1030.
Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.