NESCA Launches TDC: The Develomental Collaborative - New Clinical Division Specializes in Autism Diagnosis and Treatment

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Dr. Ann Helmus, founder and director of NESCA, p.c. (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) has announced the formation of a new division specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, The Developmental Collaborative at NESCA (TDC), and the appointment of Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. as its clinical director. TDC staff includes senior neuropsychologists, social workers, special educators and a developmental pediatrician/child psychiatrist, who together can evaluate and treat children aged two years through adolescence, and manage their transition into early adulthood.

Dr. Ann Helmus, founder and director of NESCA, p.c. (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) has announced the formation of a new division specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, The Developmental Collaborative at NESCA (TDC), and the appointment of Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. as its clinical director.

The Developmental Collaborative at currently offers these services:

-- Diagnostic testing for developmental disorders using the ADOS and other very specific, sensitive
    instruments which its staff has been professionally trained to administer;

-- Multi-disciplinary team evaluations, involving a neuropsychologist, physician and others;

-- Consultation on topics including medication issues and behavioral and/or adjunctive therapies
    including nutritional and other biomedical interventions;

-- Counseling for individuals, couples and siblings;

-- Parent coaching and support groups;

-- Transitional and other support services to adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders as they
    move into post-secondary education and beyond, into the workplace.

One of the missions of The Developmental Collaborative at NESCA is to offer unsurpassed thoroughness and accuracy in the evaluation of autism spectrum and other developmental disorders, by highly-trained and experienced clinicians using the best diagnostic instruments available and upholding an evolving standard of care reflecting best practices.

Accordingly, TDC has developed an innovative testing and diagnostic protocol. Working in pairs, clinical teams accurately assess children as young as two years old. Appointments for other services are scheduled according to the availability of the appropriate clinician, and discussion/support groups are offered regularly.

Of special note is that TDC is a biomedically-inclusive practice receptive to the new science of autism, and fully supportive of families who choose to pursue a range of treatment options.

TDC's mission statement also pledges openness and humane, compassionate care within a broader commitment to best professional practice and timely performance. Dr. Roosa says, "we intend to listen, to learn, to grow and to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, training and innovation in order to become and remain a trusted resource for the autism community."

THe Developmental Collaborative at NESCA is now accepting referrals for diagnostic testing and other services. The practice still has a relatively short waiting list and a flexible schedule, so it is often able to see clients on fairly short notice. TDC is an in-plan provider to all of the indemnity, HMO and PPO plans offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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