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The Autism Diagnostic Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation services to children ages 18 months to 8 years with symptoms that may indicate the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A collaboration of Easter Seals Crossroads and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, the clinic consists of a medical evaluation with a developmental pediatrician and a developmental/behavioral evaluation with a psychologist and certified behavior analyst. For your convenience, these specialists will see your child on the same day at Easter Seals Crossroads.

Our goal is to diagnose early, provide the most comprehensive assessment and treatment plan possible, and provide families with the support to best take care of their child. Families will leave the clinic with a diagnosis and initial treatment guidelines that will help their child meet his or her maximum potential. We will also partner with your primary care physician to coordinate the greatest possible care.

The Autism Diagnostic Clinic also helps identify medical diagnoses that are often associated with autism spectrum disorders, such as seizures, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders and behavioral disorders. We coordinate referrals to the appropriate specialists for your convenience after we have received documentation from your physician, which includes your records, demographics and insurance information.

The team will use a variety of assessments to determine the needs of your child. Areas that will be assessed include:

  • Sensory processing
  • Expressive and receptive communication
  • Social communication
  • Play skills 
  • Behavior
  • Language
  • Social development

For more information, view commonly asked questions.

Diagnostic Team Information

Dr. Smith photoDr. Ernie Smith, MD
Dr. Ernie Smith is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician who has practiced in Indianapolis for more than 30 years. He has his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine; completed his residency at Riley Hospital; and his fellowship training through the Yale University of Medicine Child Study Center. Dr. Smith was an assistant professor of pediatrics and the director of residency training in behavioral pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He was also the director of the Riley Hospital University-affiliated Child Development Center. In addition to caring for young patients and their families, Dr. Smith trains St.Vincent pediatric residents at the Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center.

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Tracy Gale, PsyD, HSPP

Dr. Tracy Gale is a licensed clinical psychologist. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Indianapolis, completing her internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science in Memphis, Tennessee.

At Easter Seals Crossroads, Dr. Gale provides administrative direction to autism and behavioral services, as well as effective, efficient and accessible clinical supervision and services.