Evaluation and Treatment for Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome
Children with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome often have difficulty forging relationships and interacting with others, but Medical Center at Augusta University offers a behavior-modification program that can improve these skills. Patients must undergo an initial assessment by a Medical Center at Augusta University psychiatrists, then be internally referred for admittance. Directed by a psychiatrist who specializes in autism, the social skills program offers:
- Outpatient or inpatient psychiatric assessment of autism
- Group therapy focusing on behavior modification and socialization skills
- Medical management of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
To schedule an assessment, please call 706-721-6597.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists:
Eric Lewkowiez, MD
Dr. Eric Lewkowiez is a graduate of Temple University and received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Lewkowiez completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is board certified in psychiatry. His clinical interests include ADHD, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.
Donna Londino, MD
Dr. Londino is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry at the Medical Center at Augusta University. She also is Medical Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services. She is a graduate of the Medical Center at Augusta University School of Medicine and received her residency and fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Medical Center at Augusta University. She is board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her clinical interests include acute stabilization and care through a multidisciplinary approach on the inpatient unit, high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, psychopharmacology, and therapy for young children and their families.
Dale Peeples, MD
Dr. Dale Peeples was a graduate of Winthrop University before attending medical school at the University of South Carolina. He completed his general psychiatry training and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Medical Center at Augusta University. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Areas of interest include telepsychiatry, juvenile justice and the effects of media exposure on children.
Sandra G. Sexson, MD
Dr. Sexson is Professor and Chief of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry at the Medical Center at Augusta University. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, University of Texas at San Antonio and Washington University. She is board certified in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and has been named as one of "America's Top Doctors" each year since coming to Medical Center at Augusta University. Her primary research interests are in the developmental, psychological and emotional issues of chronic illness in children and adolescents.
Child and Adolescent Psychologists:
Alex Mabe, Ph.D.
Christian Lemmon, Ph.D.
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