Center for Autism and Related Conditions

We have moved to a new location:

Houston Medical Center Plaza
6655 Travis Street, Suite 800, Houston TX 77030


Welcome to the Center for Autism and Related Conditions

The UT Physicians Pediatric Center for Autism and Related Conditions is part of the Dan L Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Program at the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI). Housed within the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, CLI is the preeminent resource for tested, proven, effective results through scientific research and evidence-based interventions. 

We recognize that the challenges faced by children with developmental concerns are not always linked to a simple medical diagnosis. These are complex neurodevelopmental issues in which multiple developmental concerns likely overlap and require a comprehensive look at every child. This understanding guides our approach to utilizing patient-centered, evidence-based methods in our diagnostic evaluations and our treatment recommendations. We are a multi-disciplinary team that includes developmental and behavioral pediatrics, child psychology, and speech and language pathology.

Who We Serve

We encourage you to contact our clinic if you have concerns about your child related to:

  • social communication
  • developmental delays
  • suspected or diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • attention and/or hyperactivity

For concerns about social communication, developmental delays, or ASD, we provide services to children from birth to early middle school. For concerns about attention, hyperactivity or medication management for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), we provide diagnostic evaluations and ongoing medication management for children when clinically indicated. We are not able to provide behavioral therapy or address more serious behavioral concerns such as aggression.

How We Evaluate

We understand that parents and caretakers are the experts on their children. This understanding provides the foundation for how our multi-disciplinary team works collaboratively with families in the diagnostic evaluation and ongoing followup of every child. The evaluation includes consultation with parents and caretakers to understand their child’s strengths as well as areas needing support. Depending on the concerns, we work to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child’s needs using:

  • parent reports
  • direct observation
  • teacher feedback
  • standardized assessments, when appropriate

We provide recommendations if needed for further medical work-up or other evidence-based therapeutic interventions. We strive to make the diagnostic evaluation process as comfortable as possible for children and parents, as we know it can be stressful to have concerns about your child.


Center for Autism and Related Conditions

Make an Appointment

Call (713) 500-3600 to make an appointment today.

Meet our Staff


Anson Koshy, M.D., M.B.E.

Dr. Koshy is a board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. As medical director, Dr. Koshy aims to provide parents with a comprehensive picture of their child’s abilities utilizing a family-centered, evidence-based approach to care and treatment.


Cathy L. Guttentag, Ph.D.

Dr. Guttentag is a licensed clinical child psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics at the McGovern Medical School. Dr. Guttentag provides diagnostic and developmental evaluations to infants and children with concerns about autism and related disorders. She has particular expertise in working collaboratively with parents to determine the most appropriate intervention approaches to behavioral and emotional issues.

Alayna E. Townsend, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Townsend is a nationally certified speech language pathologist who specializes in performing diagnostic speech, language, and social communication evaluations for infants and young children with suspected or diagnosed autism. She also has experience working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Laura Deming, R.N., P.P.C.N.P.

Ms. Deming is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has many years experience providing comprehensive care for children with special needs. She has expertise in connecting families to community resources within the greater Houston area that support families and children with autism and other neurodevelopmental concerns.