for toddlers and preschoolers
Providing accurate testing and diagnosis for children with early signs of autism
At Elevation, our overarching mission is to build strength in others. That starts with providing direction for parents who are concerned about their child’s development. By offering coordinated care at one convenient location, we aim to support parents towards empowerment and action. Our dream is to clarify the path in helping your child live their fullest life.
Partnership for Autism Assessments
As a huge step towards fulfilling that dream, we are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Dr. Celine Saulnier. Dr. Saulnier is a renowned clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations of autism spectrum disorders. Through Dr. Saulnier’s help, we will expand critical access to state-of-the-art evaluations of young children with autism in the North Atlanta community. Dr. Saulnier will be offering a limited number of evaluations each month, with a focus on initial autism diagnosis for toddlers and preschoolers.
Below are upcoming dates when Dr. Saulnier is available for autism evaluations at Elevation’s center in Alpharetta:
- November 18th
- January 6th
- February 17th
- March 9th
You can learn more about Dr. Saulnier and her work here, and her complete bio is below. Please contact Dr. Saulnier to inquire about scheduling an autism assessment for your child.
Dr. Celine Saulnier
Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services
*Please note that evaluations are performed on a private-pay basis, as we do not currently accept health insurance for evaluations.
Dr. Celine Saulnier is a renowned clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations of autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders for both clinical and research purposes. She has made it her life’s mission to help all individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders flourish and live their fullest lives.
Dr. Saulnier earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the University of Connecticut under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Fein. She then conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Drs. Ami Klin, Sara Sparrow, Fred Volkmar, and Kasia Chawarska. She later became the training director and then clinical director of the Yale Autism Program. At Yale, she conducted over 1000 clinical and diagnostic evaluations on individuals from infancy through adulthood as part of a multidisciplinary team of experts.
In 2011, Dr. Saulnier was recruited to the Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine to help build a large-scale clinical research program in one of the nation’s largest clinical care centers for ASD. As an Associate Professor within the Department of Pediatrics, she was an investigator on numerous grants studying aspects of ASD ranging from social neuroscience to genetics, and, as the director of the clinical assessment core, she contributed to the center’s designation in 2012 as one of only three National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence, a grant that was renewed in 2017. Dr. Saulnier has published in leading journals for autism, has presented at national and international conferences, and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Autism Science Foundation, the field’s leading scientific nonprofit organization.
Dr. Saulnier is co-author of the gold-standard Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition and two books: Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment and Essentials of Adaptive Behavior Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She develops, teaches, practices, and advocates for state-of-the-art neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessments, with a particular expertise in detecting the earliest emerging risk factors in infants and toddlers. And she has taught numerous academic courses, as well as hundreds of lectures, workshops, and continuing education seminars on topics including diagnostic assessment, treatment and intervention, and adaptive behavior.