Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic
The Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic specializes in assessing and treating children and adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder. The clinic also works with children who have developmental disabilities and co-occurring psychiatric or behavioral disorders.
The Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic provides initial screenings, assessment and evaluation for children and adolescents. Staff make special efforts to obtain medical, school, and other information before the screening to maximize the value of the evaluation’s consultation. This initial screening focuses on:
- The child’s strengths, weaknesses, and current level of functioning
- Psychiatric diagnoses and treatment options
- Education to understand the child’s disorder and focus on treatment and advocacy issues
A specialty medication clinic provides comprehensive medication evaluation. Parents and caregivers receive education about medication risks and benefits. They receive help in monitoring the child’s symptoms and side effects and parents are asked to report changes to the treatment team.
Response to medications is documented by using standardized scales, questionnaires, and observation methods. Relevant physical markers (blood pressure, pulse, height, weight) and other laboratory tests also are monitored, as needed.
Comprehensive outpatient treatment services are provided.
Treatment may include family, group, and individual therapy. Social skills training groups are available for children and adolescents.
The clinic employs staff who are trained in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) for those children who require additional expert autism evaluation.