Hello and Welcome


The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, & Families is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Vermont Department of Health in providing autism assessments for Medicaid supported families.  Our clinic is interdisciplinary in nature and we strive to offer comprehensive autism spectrum disorder assessments using a family-based approach and incorporating evidenced-based evaluation tools while adhering to the State of Vermont Best Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorders.  To learn more about our clinic, click  here.    

For a downloadable PDF outline of our clinic, click here.

To initiate a referral to the clinic, please call us at 802-847-4563.


As you know, the numbers of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum illness has increased dramatically over the past several decades; as such, it is increasingly important for primary care clinicians to be diligent in their screening of young children for social, emotional, behavioral, and language developmental concerns and refer those children for a more thorough assessment.  Early screening and comprehensive assessments help to ensure that children who struggle with autism spectrum illness are provided with interventions that will help in fostering their developmental success.  Our literature continues to reveal that early intervention is critical in achieving positive outcomes for those with autism and related disorders.

As part our partnership with the Veront Department of Health, we have developed this Blog as a communication tool to enhance our clinic’s role in the Vermont system of care.  We aim to assist primary care clinicians in providing state-of-the-science care to the families that they serve by offering practical and easily accessible information related to the screening and assessment of autism spectrum illness.

This Blog will be regularly updated with:

  • Regular postings from VCCYF  and AAC staff about the screening, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum illnesses
  • Links to important local and national resources
  • Responses to questions proposed by Blog readers

We appreciate your continued interest and look forward to engaging in a dynamic and stimulating dialogue.

Jeremiah Dickerson, MD & the VCCYF Team



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