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Getting an Evaluation at the University of Iowa –
Dr. Angela O’Connor is a board certified pediatrician with more than 20 years in practice. She has a special interest in autism (her oldest son has Aspergers) and went through training to be able to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2). She usually schedules an initial consultation with parents and patient to discuss concerns and then schedule for testing if this seems appropriate. She provides a detailed report of the testing, any diagnosis and recommendations for further treatment and evaluations and help with finding resources. Dr. O’Connor prescribes medications for very select cases but generally refer to psychiatry or Behavior Pediatrics if meds are needed.
For more information, call Mercy Pediatrics: 319-688-7337
Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa
The Belin-Blank Center provides a variety of services and programs aimed at gifted individuals, including “twice-exceptional” students through their National Institute for Twice Exceptionality (NITE). Twice-exceptionality refers to gifted students who have learning, behavioral, and/or social-emotional difficulties. NITE provides a clearinghouse for resources related to the topic of twice-exceptionality. Belin-Blank also provides assessment and counseling for twice-exceptional children and their families.