Autism Spectrum Evaluation Team (A.S.E.T.)
Interdisciplinary Evaluation Clinic

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which impacts communication, socialization, and behavior. Some children display signs of autism at a very early age. We will see children at the age of first concerns; children who show developmental delays and symptoms characteristic of an autism spectrum disorder, or who have failed an autism screenings.  We also see adolescents and adults.

We conduct interdisciplinary evaluations, utilizing evidence based measures, allowing for multiple providers to spend time with the family and patient. This in turn allows us to provide a comprehensive evaluation of overall development and medical needs and offer families extensive treatment recommendations and guidance.

Interdisciplinary teams include a medical provider, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and clinical assistant.

These evaluations take place over the course of two weeks (with a two-hour appointment each week), and then parents / patient returns for the results of their evaluation. Evaluations consist of:

  • Consult with medical provider (Medical and developmental history)
  • Diagnostic interview with psychologist
  • ADOS (social/play based assessment)
  • Speech and language evaluation

Families / patients receive a comprehensive report which includes treatment recommendations and referrals to community resources.

Arrange an Evaluation
To arrange an evaluation, please contact the Center for Autism at 216.448.6440.

Lerner School

Lerner School

Cleveland Clinic Children's Lerner School for Autism

Cleveland Clinic Children's Lerner School for Autism

Program Description

The state-of-the-art Lerner School for Autism is the centerpiece of the 20,000-square-foot Debra Ann November Wing. The Lerner School is a chartered, non-public day school certified by the state of Ohio. The school serves students from age of earliest diagnosis through age 21 and consists of four divisions (preschool, primary, intermediate, and secondary) divided by the age of the student. The Lerner School provides a full-day (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.), year-round, intensive program utilizing the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Infant/Toddler and Preschool Program

This program focuses on teaching communication, play, socialization, and developmentally appropriate skills. We offer parents a variety of opportunities for coaching, including a lecture series and guided classroom and home visits.

School-Age Program

This program focuses on teaching communication, play and leisure, socialization, vocational, self-help, fine motor, gross motor, adaptive behavior, and pre-academic/academic skills. We offer parents a variety of opportunities for coaching, including guided classroom and home visits.

Program highlights include:

  • Assessments to drive individualized program development
  • Individualized daily schedules
  • Small staff to student ratio with opportunities for 2:1 and small group instruction
  • Neuro-typical peer models in the Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs
  • Speech language therapy services
    • Determined based on the results of initial and on-going assessments
    • Individual, group, integrated, and consultation services
    • Collaboration with classroom staff through regular curriculum meetings and classroom consultation


With over 100 staff, the multi-disciplinary team at the Lerner school is comprised of:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrist
  • BCBAs
  • Teachers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Classroom Behavioral Therapists


We offer free public tours which include an overview of our outreach and consultation services, a walkthrough of the Lerner School for Autism classrooms, as well as our dedicated clinical and research areas.

To schedule a tour call 216.448.6440. Our tours are for informational purposes only and not medical or clinical consultation.

If you are interested in scheduling an individual consultation or assessment, please call 216.448.6440.

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient Therapy

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism offers multiple outpatient therapies across our two locations and in-home.  All our therapists are trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and use behavioral techniques in therapy.

Speech & Language Therapy

The speech/language therapy team includes therapists trained in PROMPT©, a multidimensional approach to speech production.  The Center for Autism’s outpatient speech department specializes in providing the following services for patients with ASD:

  • Individual therapy
  • Small group therapy
  • Speech/language evaluations
  • Augmentative/alternative communication evaluations
  • Locations offered: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation & Rocky River

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists evaluate fine motor, play, sensory processing and self-care skills in children with ASD. They aim to maximize functional independence by teaching adaptive techniques and using adaptive equipment.   These skills are important to everyday functioning, including school and home tasks.

  • Locations offered: Rocky River 

Behavior Therapy

Our behavior therapists work with children who have ASD and their parents to manage behaviors, encourage academic success, and improve social and communication skills.  We develop a specialized program just for you and your child using the science of ABA.  Services include:

  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Functional behavioral analysis
  • Ongoing therapy
  • Tutor training and support
  • School-based support
  • Parent training
  • Available locations: Rocky River and in-home consultation)

More Information

For more information about outpatient services at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism, 216.448.6440.

Social Skills

Social Skills

Social SPIES Program

The Social S.P.I.E.S. program is a social skills treatment program for children ages 5-12 with ASD that focuses primarily on teaching social cognitive skills. There are three major components to this program:

  1. Social skills training during the school year. Children participate in structured group sessions for 18 weeks spanning October-May to learn social thinking concepts leading to friendship development.
  2. Parent therapeutic/training groups. While children attend their groups, parents also attend a group. Parents attend 18 training sessions from October-May. Group sessions teach parents ways to increase generalization of their child’s targeted skills in the home and community setting. Parents learn the necessary skills to maintain behavioral change in their child(ren).
  3. Summer treatment at a local inclusive camp. After receiving the social skills training, children are paired with a behavioral coach and attend a summer camp for 6 weeks in order to generalize their skills into a more natural setting.

Upon successful completion of the first year of Social S.P.I.E.S., children and parents may return for subsequent years (child age permitting) to participate in 6 booster sessions throughout the year and in the full inclusive summer treatment portion.

Children typically sign up for the program during the summer, with the program beginning in the fall and lasting for 10 months.

Group Offerings

Additional group offerings are available based upon communication, ability and age.  These groups focus on social and language skills with peers.  Contact us to learn more about group days and times.



School Consultation Services

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism partners with school districts across Ohio and the United States.  We provide consultation, direct assistance and training utilizing ABA techniques and following the best evidence-based practices in every school district we serve.  Services include:

  • Behavior management
  • Social and communication development
  • Vocational learning
  • Staff training and ongoing consultation
  • IEP assistance
  • Functional behavioral analysis
Support Groups & Training

Support Groups & Training

Support Groups

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism offers a number of different support groups throughout the year.  Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or someone else who cares about a child for autism we offer a wide variety of programming to support those living with a child with autism.


The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism offers a variety of training and education opportunities open to parents, educators and anyone interested in learning more.  Topics are updated regularly based upon interest. Examples of topics include:

Registration Information

  • Please register as early as possible. Seating is limited and space cannot be reserved without payment or purchase order.
  • Parking at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism, Independence Family Health Center, and Lyndhurst campus is free and located on-site.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the workshops in order to be signed in at the front desk.
  • Please contact Cheryl Brooks 216.448.6438 in Patient Financial Services with questions about payment and/or invoices. Only those individuals who have pre-paid will be allowed to attend the workshop.