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Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Caregivers and families

Information for caregivers and families

Learning that a child has an autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability can be confusing and challenging. Caregivers often want to better understand underlying causes, what to expect, and the best way to support the child.

You want answers (so do we)

What should you do if you have concerns about a child's development?

Watch the short video.

Where to get support

As a public health autism research center, we do not offer diagnosis or clinical services. For screening and clinical support, please contact:

Center for Autism and Related Disorders | Kennedy Krieger Institute 

Below are reputable sources for more information.

For information  

Services based in Maryland and DC

Support groups and local information 

Sibshop locations in Maryland 

Concerned about your child’s development? 

The CDC recommends that parents track their child’s development, act quickly, and get their child screened if they have a concern. Get their free checklists and information for parents, physicians, and childcare providers. 

Join SPARK to accelerate research 

Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders invite you to join SPARK, which combines a web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research. Learn more and join.

Pregnant or have a new baby? 

We welcome all new or expecting parents in Maryland to participate in our B'more HBCD Study and Study to Explore Early Development to help uncover experiences of early childhood that affect an individual’s brain development. Learn more here or contact Julia Chavez, Community Program Coordinator: