FOSTERING THE

ABILITY IN DISABILITY

NACS develops, teaches, practices, and advocates
for state-of-the-art diagnostic assessments
for individuals with autism spectrum & related neurodevelopmental disorders.
At NACS, we know that every individual has their own unique strengths and vulnerabilities. Each has their own needs and talents. But for everyone struggling with challenges, a few key factors are critical for success:

Early detection

Accurate assessment

Reevaluation at transitional times

Support and Recommendations well matched to each individual’s specific needs

Led by renowned clinician-scientist Dr. Celine Saulnier, NACS brings research-reliable diagnostic assessments to individuals, their families, their teachers and support networks, and other clinicians and scientists seeking to better understand autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Pairing scientific rigor with clinical perspective and compassion for each individual’s unique experience, we empower people with the accurate assessments they need to grow toward their fullest potential.
FOUNDER

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. As faculty at the Yale Child Study Center, then at Emory University School of Medicine and the Marcus Autism Center, and now at NACS, she has made it her life’s mission to help all individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

A NOTE FROM DR. SAULNIER

OUR STORY

OUR FOUNDER

NACS develops, teaches, practices, and advocates
for state-of-the-art diagnostic assessments
for individuals with autism spectrum & related neurodevelopmental disorders.

Gold-Standard Clinical
& Diagnostic Evaluations

Remote and On-Site Diagnostic Evaluations and Consulting¹

Lectures, Webinars,
& Continuing Education Workshops

Consulting on Grants
& Research Studies for Clinical Characterization

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Gold-Standard Clinical and Diagnostic Evaluations

Early detection, accurate assessment, and appropriate treatment and intervention lead to optimal outcomes for individuals with autism and related conditions.
NACS founder Dr. Celine Saulnier is a renowned clinician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in research and clinical diagnostic assessment. Under her leadership, NACS brings research-grade diagnoses to infants, children, adolescents, and adults in a community clinical setting.
With comprehensive, individualized evaluations of each individual’s strengths and vulnerabilities, we provide guidance for the support each person needs to grow toward their fullest potential.

Remote and On-Site Diagnostic Evaluations and Consulting

When it’s not convenient for consultations or diagnostic evaluations to be conducted in-person at our facility, NACS could travel remotely where state licensure guidelines permit. NACS also provides consultative services remotely (onsite or electronically) for assessment and diagnosis, recommendations for treatment and intervention, and program development.

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¹Where license permits.

Lectures, Webinars, and Continuing Education Workshops

NACS founder Dr. Celine Saulnier is a popular lecturer and presenter at conferences, conventions, and symposia for clinicians, researchers, advocates, educators, and organizations for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her popular lecture and workshop topics include:
A Comprehensive Developmental Approach to the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Early Screening and Detection Methods for Infants and Toddlers with and at Risk for ASD
Overview of Treatment and Intervention Practices for ASD
Training on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition
Adaptive Behavior Profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Functional Outcome
Case Studies in Adaptive Behavior Profiles for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Autism Science Foundation’s
4th Annual Day of Learning:
A Vineland-3 Overview Webinar (Pearson Clinical):
Adaptive Behavior Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders Webinar (Pearson Clinical)
Vineland-3 Case Studies for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Webinar (Pearson Clinical)

Consulting on Grants & Research Studies for Clinical Characterization

Scientists studying autism spectrum and related disorders rely on diagnostic evaluations (often referred to as clinical characterization or behavioral phenotyping) that are scientifically rigorous and reliable, and that meet gold-standard requirements of funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NACS provides scientists with research-reliable, gold-standard diagnostic assessments while ensuring that participants and their families are receiving excellent clinical care. We also help train scientists and research staff on how to collect high-quality phenotypic data.
NACS founder Dr. Celine Saulnier spent nearly 20 years within nationally renowned clinical research centers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and has been an investigator on numerous federal and private foundation grants. She is the former director of research operations at the Marcus Autism Center, where she helped develop a large-scale clinical research infrastructure and clinical assessment core that provided behavioral phenotyping to ten scientific laboratories and contributed to the center’s designation as an NIH Autism Centers of Excellence. She also sits on the Autism Science Foundation’s scientific advisory board and is a Program Committee member of the International Society for Autism Research’s Annual Meeting.
Leveraging Dr. Saulnier’s deep expertise, we can help you conduct your autism research
based on the highest standards of evidence-based diagnostics.

MISSION

Our mission is to help all people with autism spectrum and related disorders flourish and live to their fullest potential. We bring state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations to individuals, their families, their teachers and support networks, and other clinicians and scientists seeking to better understand diagnostic profiles and strategies for appropriate intervention. With a clear, detailed understanding of each individual’s vulnerabilities and strengths, we guide them to the support they need to grow toward their greatest potential.

VISION

Through example, education, and advocacy, we will lead clinicians and researchers to adopt the most accurate and comprehensive assessment methods for diagnosing complex neurodevelopmental disorders. With clearer insights into each individual’s vulnerabilities and strengths, families, teachers and clinicians will provide each individual with the support they need to achieve their fullest potential.

VALUES

We believe that every individual has the capacity for optimal outcomes. We believe that scientific rigor paired with curiosity and compassion provide the most complete understanding of each individual’s vulnerabilities and strengths. And we believe in guiding people toward the appropriate support they need to achieve successful outcomes, empowering each to flourish in their own particular way.