What is the Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute?
The Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) aspires to be a world-class center of excellence dedicated to clinical care, research, and education that will improve and expedite the diagnosis, treatment, and care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
The Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center in Lewisburg is the ADMI’s first location and headquarters. This collaborative effort will bring together Geisinger Health System’s neurodevelopmental pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, radiology, and genomic medicine departments and Bucknell University’s academic programs in neuroscience, psychology, education, mathematics, and computer sciences. The Center showcases a multidisciplinary team of physicians, physician assistants, speech-language pathologists, and genetic counselors who, in partnership with our families, will significantly enhance our understanding of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and ensure the development of more effective treatment plans that are highly individualized and tailored to each child’s unique needs.
How can I schedule an appointment for my child?
A referral from your primary care physician is required to obtain an appointment. Referrals should be made to Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics. There is currently a waiting list for new patients.
When will my child get an appointment?
Decreasing the wait time for an initial appointment is a priority for the ADMI team. For children 3 years old and under, you can expect an initial appointment to be scheduled within 9 – 12 months from the date that a referral is submitted by your primary care physician. We continue to address longer wait times for children 4 years of age and older. You will be called when an appointment is available.
Please note that referrals will be triaged and some will be directed to more appropriate resources.
What can I expect in visiting the ADMI?
- The initial diagnostic evaluation will be completed in one comprehensive appointment.
- You may receive some checklists or questionnaires to complete prior to or during your child’s appointment.
- You will meet with a clinician to review your child’s medical history, developmental and behavioral history, past and current interventions and family history.
- Your child will undergo testing to determine his or her level of developmental functioning, as well as a behavioral evaluation. A physical exam will also be performed.
- Information from these assessments will be analyzed by the clinician to form a diagnostic conclusion, and to determine the most appropriate interventions for your child.
What information do I need to bring to the ADMI?
Be prepared to provide as much information as you can about your child’s birth history, medical history, medications and developmental milestones. Bring a copy of your child’s previous developmental or psychological evaluations (including early intervention or school evaluations/re-evaluation reports), speech-language evaluations, occupational therapy evaluations, brain imaging (MRI or CT scan) results and results of any previous genetic testing. Write your child’s name and birthdate on each document.
Is genetic testing recommended for every patient?
The ADMI team will recommend genetic testing on a case-by-case basis.
Does genetic testing involve invasive procedures?
If genetic testing is ordered, all that’s needed is a blood test.
How do I know if the ADMI takes my insurance?
The ADMI is a part of Geisinger Health System, and accepts all insurance plans that the health system accepts.
What payment methods are accepted?
Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or debit cards are all accepted.
How can I learn more about and take part in research studies?
We have ongoing research studies in the areas of genetics/genomics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. For more information you can call us at (570) 522-9430 or email us at email@example.com.
Can you recommend additional resources for parents?
Visit our parent resource page for more information and check our website regularly for content updates.