History

The goal of the OU Child Study Center is to improve the lives of children with special needs and their families through interdisciplinary preventive and rehabilitative services, research, and training.

The OU Child Study Center (CSC) is a unique resource for the state of Oklahoma. It is a freestanding outpatient facility of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Department of Pediatrics that was managed by the Children's Hospital until 2000 and currently being administered by the Department of Pediatrics. The CSC also has joined forces with the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) to provide a broader focus on children with special needs, including those children experiencing abuse and neglect.

In conjunction with serving the special needs of children and their families, the OU Child Study Center provides unique training opportunities for future health care providers in our state. Pediatric residents, psychologists, and students from several other disciplines participate with the CSC professional staff in evaluation and treatment programs. CSC is in partnership with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (LEND) to provide family centered, culturally sensitive, interdisciplinary care.


Purpose
The OU Child Study Center provides evaluation, treatment, and services for children with special needs who have a wide range of developmental disabilities and environmental and behavioral problems such as:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Disorder
  • Behavior Problems
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Fetal Drug and Alcohol Exposure
  • Gross and Fine Motor Delays
  • Language and Speech Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neuropsychological Impairment (resulting from seizures, traumatic brain injury, other neurological disorders, etc)
  • Other Developmental Disabilities
  • Social/Emotional Disorders


 

Staff
A professional staff that includes developmental and behavioral pediatricians, child psychologists, a child psychiatrist, a psychological clinician, a speech-language pathologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a social worker currently conducts several programs and clinics at the Child Study Center.