Autism and Your Child

What is autism?

What causes autism?

How is autism diagnosed?

If my child has autism, does it mean that he or she is mentally retarded?

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What are the fees for services?
It is best to contact Dr. Cronin directly for a cost estimate of services because each individual has different needs. Fees for comprehensive evaluations typically range between $3000-$4000, but are highly dependent on the evaluation needs of the individual and his/her age. For more information, please see Dr. Cronins policies and procedures.

2. What insurance plans are accepted?
Dr. Cronin does not accept insurance but will provide insurance billing codes that families can choose to submit to their insurance plans. Insurance codes are based on the type of evaluation, consultation, or treatment provided so it is best to contact Dr. Cronin to discuss services that will then determine the potential insurance billing codes.

3. Will my child get a definitive diagnosis even if it is not autism?
Dr. Cronin is trained and experienced in child development and differentiating diagnoses that might occur in childhood.

4. What will the written report say and is it confidential?
The written report will provide the assessment results and recommendations discussed with you, including discussion of your child's strengths and challenges. Recommendations provided are specific to the individual and family. For example recommendations might include requesting specific interventions from the school district or the Regional Center (specific to California). In very young children this might include individualized structured teaching (e.g., discrete trial training), and as children get older this might include specific behavior modifications, communication strategies, and social skills training. The report remains confidential and your written permission must be provided for the report to be discussed or sent to anyone.