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Autism Center of Excellence

Tri-Cities Community Health is an Autism Center of Excellence (COE)

Elizabeth Vossenkemper, a pediatric nurse practitioner within TCCH is a certified Autism COE Provider and offers many services to those in our community affected by autism or other developmental delays.

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to being significantly challenged in many aspects of their life.

Core characteristics of autism: People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. 

What autism-related services are available at TCCH?

  • Autism/Developmental Screenings
  • Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Resource information
  • Therapy Referrals (applied behavioral analysis (ABA), speech, occupational, physical, counseling)
  • Ongoing medical care for children on the autism spectrum
  • Medication management
  • Behavior health services
  • Continued Education and Advocacy

How to get an appointment with us:

Option 1 (preferred method):
  1. See your primary care provider to discuss concerns and obtain a referral to “Tri-Cities Community Health” for the provider “Elizabeth Vossenkemper, CPNP”.
  2. Await our phone call for an appointment to set up an initial screening/intake visit. If for some reason you do not hear from us in 2 weeks, please call us at (509) 547-2204.
  3. Bring any prior IEPs, screenings or other pertinent documentation/ medical records with you to the visit.
*Option 2:

*Some insurance carriers will require a PCP referral

  1. Call us directly at (509) 547-2204 and state that you would like your child to be seen for an “autism screening”.
  2. Bring any prior IEPs, screenings or other pertinent documentation/ medical records with you to the visit.
Elizabeth (Liz) Vossenkemper, CPNP