Advanced Neurological
Therapies for Autism

What to Expect as You Begin

Every part of your experience with Cortica is carefully created with your family in mind.

What to Expect

Step 1

Getting to Know Each Other

Getting to Know Each Other

1. Introductions: When you first reach out to Cortica, we'll walk you step by step through the intake process. You'll provide us some information on your child's health history and your insurance policy, and we'll schedule your family's first two visits with us: the Initial Evaluation and the subsequent Care Plan Meeting.

2. Initial Evaluation: During your first visit, you'll meet several key members of your care team and learn about their roles in supporting your family. The two-part meeting begins with a Social-Behavioral Assessment conducted by your Family Consultant, a clinical social worker with extensive knowledge of Cortica's comprehensive treatment approach. Next, your medical provider will conduct a General Medical Examination and a Neurological Examination of your child. The results of these assessments will help us understand what further diagnostic testing is needed and which therapies in the Cortica Care Model are best to begin with.

Here's how to prepare for your first meeting with us in San Diego, CA.

Live outside of San Diego? Ask about our telemedicine and teletherapy options or plan to visit San Diego for a short-term intensive program.

Step 2

Creating an Autism Treatment Plan for Your Child

Creating an Autism Treatment Plan for Your Child

3. Care Plan Meeting: A week after your Initial Evaluation, we'll invite you back to receive our treatment and testing recommendations from your medical provider. Your Family Consultant will explain how these recommendations fit in with your child's journey at Cortica as a whole. Working together, we'll set some parameters for the initial treatment program based on your family's schedule and your insurance benefits. All treatment planning is supervised by our founding physician, Dr. Suzanne Goh.

4. Family Commitment: Based on our recommendations and your family's needs, we'll lock in a recurring therapy schedule that works for you and your child. We'll also take time up front to ensure you know what to expect when it comes to administrative details such as clinic policies, scheduling, and billing. Our relationship with your family is based in a set of mutual commitments to each other, and we believe the best outcomes happen when we all work together as a team -- our therapists, your child, and your family.

Step 3

In Network Insurance Coverage

Specialist Assessments and Family Learning

5. A Closer Look: Your first few appointments consist of additional assessments by the clinical specialists who will be working with your child. This may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Music Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, or others. These assessments will establish a baseline from which to measure progress and help our therapists to develop discipline-specific objectives that support our shared goals for your child.

6. Family Learning: The centerpiece of the Cortica Care Model is our Family & Home program. There are two reasons it's so important. First, the well-being of your family, together with certain principles and practices in the home, is essential to getting the most from any treatment your child receives. Second, your Family Consultant serves as your guide in coordinating all treatment for your child and in managing the administrative necessities of a multi-faceted care plan. Our Family Learning Series, which addresses both of these areas, takes place concurrently with your child's treatment and will be tailored to your family's unique goals and needs.

Step 4

Recurring Treatment Begins

Recurring Treatment Begins

7. Therapies: Experience tells us that regular, consistent therapy guided by a longer-term plan is how progress is made. In the course of treatment, the members of Cortica's clinical team will work in close collaboration to build a shared understanding of your child's needs, work toward common goals, and develop strategies and supports to accelerate growth and positive change.

8. Medical Follow-Ups: 1. On a quarterly basis, Cortica's medical team will check in on your child's physical health and well-being. Our medical providers follow a phased approach to testing and treatment developed by Dr. Goh. With progression through each phase of follow-ups, we monitor, extend, and refine our treatment of your child’s Neurophysiology and Biochemistry.

9. Progress Checks: Four to six weeks into your journey with Cortica—then semi-annually—we will meet with your family and all of the clinicians involved in your child’s care. This gathering, which we call the Clinical Integration Meeting, is a crucial event that is used to recognize progress, update goals, share information, and refine your child's treatment plan.

Contact our friendly staff to get started on your journey.

Getting to Know Each Other

1. Introductions: When you first reach out to Cortica, we'll walk you step by step through the intake process. You'll provide us some information on your child's health history and your insurance policy, and we'll schedule your family's first two visits with us: the Initial Evaluation and the subsequent Care Plan Meeting.

2. Initial Evaluation: During your first visit, you'll meet several key members of your care team and learn about their roles in supporting your family. The two-part meeting begins with a Social-Behavioral Assessment conducted by your Family Consultant, a clinical social worker with extensive knowledge of Cortica's comprehensive treatment approach. Next, your medical provider will conduct a General Medical Examination and a Neurological Examination of your child. The results of these assessments will help us understand what further diagnostic testing is needed and which therapies in the Cortica Care Model are best to begin with.

Live outside of San Diego? Ask about our telemedicine and teletherapy options or plan to visit San Diego for a short-term intensive program.

Creating an Autism Treatment Plan for Your Child

3. Care Plan Meeting: A week after your Initial Evaluation, we'll invite you back to receive our treatment and testing recommendations from your medical provider. Your Family Consultant will explain how these recommendations fit in with your child's journey at Cortica as a whole. Working together, we'll set some parameters for the initial treatment program based on your family's schedule and your insurance benefits. All treatment planning is supervised by our founding physician, Dr. Suzanne Goh.

4. Family Commitment: Based on our recommendations and your family's needs, we'll lock in a recurring therapy schedule that works for you and your child. We'll also take time up front to ensure you know what to expect when it comes to administrative details such as clinic policies, scheduling, and billing. Our relationship with your family is based in a set of mutual commitments to each other, and we believe the best outcomes happen when we all work together as a team -- our therapists, your child, and your family.

Specialist Assessments and Family Learning

5. A Closer Look: Your first few appointments consist of additional assessments by the clinical specialists who will be working with your child. This may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Music Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, or others. These assessments will establish a baseline from which to measure progress and help our therapists to develop discipline-specific objectives that support our shared goals for your child.

6. Family Learning: The centerpiece of the Cortica Care Model is our Family & Home program. There are two reasons it's so important. First, the well-being of your family, together with certain principles and practices in the home, is essential to getting the most from any treatment your child receives. Second, your Family Consultant serves as your guide in coordinating all treatment for your child and in managing the administrative necessities of a multi-faceted care plan. Our Family Learning Series, which addresses both of these areas, takes place concurrently with your child's treatment and will be tailored to your family's unique goals and needs.

Recurring Treatment Begins

7. Therapies: Experience tells us that regular, consistent therapy guided by a longer-term plan is how progress is made. In the course of treatment, the members of Cortica's clinical team will work in close collaboration to build a shared understanding of your child's needs, work toward common goals, and develop strategies and supports to accelerate growth and positive change.

8. Medical Follow-Ups: On a quarterly basis, Cortica's medical team will check in on your child's physical health and well-being. Our medical providers follow a phased approach to testing and treatment developed by Dr. Goh. With progression through each phase of follow-ups, we monitor, extend, and refine our treatment of your child’s Neurophysiology and Biochemistry.

9. Progress Checks: Four to six weeks into your journey with Cortica—then semi-annually—we will meet with your family and all of the clinicians involved in your child’s care. This gathering, which we call the Clinical Integration Meeting, is a crucial event that is used to recognize progress, update goals, share information, and refine your child's treatment plan.

Contact our friendly staff to get started on your journey.