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Programs and Clinical Services at the Child Study Center

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics experts at the Child Study Center assist children with developmental, educational, behavioral or medical needs through evaluations, consultations and treatment from a highly skilled team of pediatric specialists, including board certified: 

  • Developmental & behavioral pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Professional counselors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Child development specialists

The Child Study Center has many programs and clinical services/research available, which include:

  • A Better Chance - a program for infants and children who were exposed to drugs and/or alcohol before birth.
  • Individual Therapy and Assessment - a program that provides therapy and assessment services for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or another serious trauma or loss.
  • Jump Start Developmental Clinic - to help families and care providers understand the developmental and behavioral strengths and challenges faced by young children suspected of having developmental delays.
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy - a short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families.
  • Oklahoma Autism Center - assists local school districts in the implementation of effective programs for children with disabilities.
  • Sooner SUCCESS - Serves families and providers that care for a child with special needs from birth to age 21 with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional/behavioral Issues, developmental delays/disabilities, learning disabilities, abuse or neglect.
  • Clinical Research - provides new or most current medical treatments for patients who may have a neurodevelopmental or behavioral condition such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism, etc.
  • Neuropsychology Clinic - provides services to children and adolescents with known or suspected neurological disorders as well as those with neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism, Asperger's, dyslexia, severe communication disorders, etc.)
  • Developmental/Behavioral Consultation Services - a service to assist SoonerCare providers with referrals and resources.
  • Selective Mutism Treatment and Training Program 
    Established in 2017, the program continued to build in its 3rd year. It is the only treatment program in the region that that offers an intensive behavioral treatment program, Mighty Mouth Kids Camp, for young children with Selective Mutism. In 2019, the intensive program offered services to 18 families from three states. The 11 day period of 5 days of camp and 6 days of pre-work preparation before camp resulted in over 200 direct clinical hours. Camp was attended by 19 campers, ages 4-10 and their parents participated in 8 hours of training as well. To achieve results, the program recruited and trained 23 staff volunteers that included members of our section, graduate students from Allied Health in speech and language pathology, as well as graduate students from the clinical program at OSU. Faculty members included are Drs. Funderburk and Shawler from DBP and Mona Ryan from Allied Health and Lucia Ciciolla from OSU. In addition to the strong interdisciplinary and inter-university programming vital to camp, Shawna Standiford, M.Ed directs SM assessment and services to individual families throughout the year.

For more information on our clinical offerings, visit the Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics page on the OU Health website


Oklahoma Autism Center for Applied Research and Training (OAC) 

Over the past 12 years, the Oklahoma Autism Center has created an infrastructure for statewide research and professional development in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The mission of the Oklahoma Autism Center is to improve the quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorder (and related disabilities) and their families by building capacity of public programs and other providers to offer effective services in Oklahoma. This mission has been accomplished through promoting the use of evidence-based practices in community and public agencies through education, training, and direct service to children and families. OAC offers comprehensive services for children with ASD and their families in the state and is connected to programs on a national level. The Oklahoma Autism Center specializes in early identification, early intervention, training, research, consultation and service provision. OAC currently includes: 1) Early Foundations: Autism Model and Outreach Project-a community based, inclusive model for early intensive intervention for toddlers at risk for ASD; 2) MESA Project- an in-depth training and on-site consultation for teachers, early interventionist and other school professionals; 3) Early Access- a statewide autism outreach and awareness campaign to improve early screening and connection to needed services. 4) Project DATA-an efficacy research project on an intervention model for toddlers and preschools with ASD in community and school-based settings; 5) Autism Workforce Initiative- replication of the Early Foundations model to provide early intervention in 3 Oklahoma counties; and 6) Oklahoma Combating Autism Leadership Council- coordinates a state level leadership team addressing ASD national priorities for young children. In 2019 over 2,000 educators and other professionals were involved in professional development activities including: statewide trainings, school district level trainings, individual student and teacher consultation and short-term internships.