ABOUT GEORGIA AUTISM CENTER

The Georgia Autism Center (GAC) is highly committed and eager to assist individuals and families of children or loved ones with an autism spectrum and other related neurodevelopmental disorders to receive proper diagnoses, aid in the development of their individualized treatment plans, enhance independence, and foster the utmost quality of their lives.

 

Dr. Fox, former proud owner of Georgia Pediatric Psychology, routinely performs evaluations on children as young as 12 months through early adulthood to detect signs of neurocognitive or developmental delays. Dr. Fox also assesses adults with disabilities in need of obtaining home and community-based services. Assessments are performed in order to determine the need for community-based services and financial support that would help increase an individual's independence and quality of life while also helping to reduce some of the financial burden which they or their families endure while providing for their needs.

In addition to the developmental and ASD evaluations provided by Dr. Fox, Dr. Coleman performs psychoeducational evaluations to assess for intellectual deficits, learning disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a part of that process, she will also explore any potential for academic-related anxiety, which, in her experience, is often present, to some degree, for many children with learning challenges.

Dr. Smith joined the Georgia Autism Center team and provides evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children 12 months of age through adulthood. Dr. Smith’s experience providing feeding and ABA therapy to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ASD, has contributed to her focus on providing families with community supports to address co-morbid difficulties commonly associated with ASD (e.g., feeding and nutrition, sleep, toileting, challenging behaviors).

In 2019, Dr. Travers joined Georgia Autism Center to provide comprehensive evaluations for neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, including ASD and ADHD, to individuals from early childhood through adulthood. Informed by her prior training in therapy and research, Dr. Travers conducts assessments to identify evidence-based interventions, community services, and financial resources that will best support clients and their families. 

 

Due to our many combined years in pediatric psychology, the staff and providers at Georgia Autism Center understand the financial impact and emotional challenges associated with raising a child with special needs, or for our young adults, living with unique challenges. This is the reason they are dedicated to helping their clients find a team of trusted professionals and provide ongoing coordination of care to continue to support them as they transition into adulthood. They utilize a collaborative approach that includes bridging the gap between families and other specialists in the community. They also assist with learning about support groups for parents and siblings of children with special needs and believe it is important to stay current on new technologies and therapies as researchers continue to explore new approaches to help individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or some other widely known genetic condition.

OUR MISSION

The GAC mission is to work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds, abilities, ages, and developmental disabilities to develop a cognitive/ behavioral, family system, and community support plan to enable your child to experience an independent and satisfying quality of life.

DR. FOX' PASSION

Dr. Fox’ primary pediatric psychology specialty focuses on the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as neurocognitive deficits secondary to other acute and chronic medical or genetic conditions.

 

"I was a school counselor and worked directly with teachers and parents in the special education program, so I saw firsthand what parents experienced as they tried desperately to figure out how they could help their children. It was frustrating and heart wrenching. That's why I chose to specialize in ASD."

 

Due to Dr. Fox’ experience owning Georgia Pediatric Psychology and working with the pediatric psychology population, she is able to assist families of children with special needs and provide useful feedback regarding special education eligibility criteria and offer educational accommodations that will optimize each child’s learning experience while being served in the least restrictive academic environment.

DR. COLEMAN'S PASSION

Dr. Coleman’s primary specialty focuses on the assessment of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, as well as ADHD and anxiety secondary to academic challenges.

“During my internship and postdoc, I worked within the public school system performing psychoeducational evaluations with elementary and middle school students, who were displaying major learning weaknesses that were significantly affecting the child’s self-confidence. I often found myself stuck with regard to what support and guidance I could provide to families within the school setting, given my specific and limited role. It was during that time, I decided that I wanted to primarily focus on working with families of children with learning weaknesses, so that I could identify specific areas of strength versus weakness, provide answers to why the child is having trouble, and coordinate with parents and teachers in knowing how to best support their children and students.”

Given Dr. Coleman’s experience working with children and their families and her previous experience being a part of the student support team within the public school, she is able to assist families of children with learning challenges in seeking the necessary supports (whether through 504 plan or IEP) to maximize their child’s potential in and outside of the school setting. 

DR. SMITH'S PASSION

Dr. Smith’s passion lies in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Most of my training and experience has been with working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders including individuals with ADHD, in utero substance exposure, intellectual disability, genetic conditions, and other chronic medical conditions affecting development. I chose to specialize in neurodevelopmental disorders because I thoroughly enjoy working with these children, but, more importantly, I wanted to help families understand their children better and help them to find the supports and resources they need so that their child is succeeding, no matter their differences.”

Given Dr. Smith’s wide range of experiences providing evaluations and therapy services to children with neurodevelopmental disorders, she is able to assist in providing diagnostic evaluations which enable families to better understand the needs of their child as well as provide information regarding what types of supports and accommodations are beneficial in ensuring their child reaches their optimal potential.

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Georgia Autism Center

4046 Wetherburn Way, Ste. 1, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

P: 770-696-4384  F: 770-864-1922 info@georgiaautismcenter.com

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