Do your patients have ASD? Do they want to participate in something fun for the summer?

Join the PETRA project!

 The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is conducting a research study and we need your help! In the Physical Exercise to Reduce Anxiety (PETRA) study, we are investigating the effects of physical exercise on anxiety in children 6-12 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and anxiety. Participants will be asked to participate 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks in physical exercise or LEGO/Minecraft therapy. Parents will complete questionnaires and participants will be asked to provide saliva samples. There will be small prizes for the participants throughout the study and up to $80 in gift cards provided for your participation.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharina Dyan Alejo (Research Coordinator) at (949) 267-0491 or

PETRA Study – English Flyer
PETRA Study – Spanish Flyer

Family Support Network

Developmental Screenings Calendar of Events

The Developmental Screening Program is designed for children ages 0-5. Focusing in 7 key areas of Development.  A comprehensive screening is conducted for developmental, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and physical health.  Qualified therapists screen children in the following areas: gross and fine motor skills, speech and language, vision, hearing, dental health, physical health and emotional/behavior health.

Participating in all screenings are the following agencies:

Providence Speech and Hearing Center  ·  Western Youth Services
Intervention Center for Early Childhood  ·  Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County
Regional Center of Orange County · Blind Children’s Learning Center

June 2018 English Screening Schedule
June 2018 Spanish Screening Schedule

ECHO Autism UCI Research Study

Wish you knew more about Autism? Want to learn more about the different resources available to you and your patients? Do you want free CME credits? Then join the ECHO Project!

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is conducting a research study and we need your help! In this study, we are looking to determine and evaluate the effectiveness of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model in providing primary care providers (i.e. pediatricians, nurse practitioners, family practice physicians, etc.) with education specific to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ECHO model utilizes video-conference sessions to provide the care providers free mentorship and education in a specialty area through didactic presentations alongside case-presentations, expert feedback and group discussion.

The study will take over the course of 6 months with 2 video conference calls a month. You will have access to a specialist team consisting of a developmental behavioral pediatrician, nutritionist, family navigator, psychologist and parent expert.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you:
1. Are currently practicing as a primary care provider (PCP).
2. Are currently providing care for children.
3. Have professional training in: general pediatrics, family medicine, advanced practice nursing (i.e. nurse practitioner or physician assistant).
4. Have an active medical license in your state of practice.
5. Have a patient population that is at least 50% underserved.

Contact: Sharina Dyan Alejo (Research Coordinator) (949) 267-0491 or

Research Study Flyer
Research Study Information Sheet

Children’s Bureau
Infant/Toddler Home Visitation Program

If you have a child age 0 to 5 years, we are here to help you:

  • Boost your confidence as a parent
  • Help your child grow up healthy
  • Learn parenting techniques that really work

Please call (714) 399-2621 for more information

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