Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN)

Who we are

As the only Approved Autism Evaluation Center located in Southwest Michigan for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN) at Western Michigan University offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder. Our diagnostic team uses an interprofessional, collaborative approach to assessment to examine a child’s skills, development and behavior. The team uses broad-based assessment measures, autism-specific measures, and observational tools. We offer diagnostic clarity related to autism and developmental concerns and provide individualized treatment recommendations based upon evaluation results and the child and family’s needs.

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Services

Our collaborative approach provides a comprehensive evaluation for children identified as having a developmental concern, which may include autism spectrum disorder. Our multidisciplinary team includes a developmental behavioral pediatrician, clinical psychologist and a speech and language pathologist, who will meet and work with you and your child during the evaluation. WECAN supports pre-professional student training, therefore student clinicians will be involved in the comprehensive evaluation, under supervision by faculty members.

Using a variety of formal and informal assessment measures and direct observation, our team identifies specific neurodevelopmental processes that are affecting your child's functioning within daily activities and routines. This includes assessment of your child's developmental and cognitive skills; speech, language and communication; adaptive functioning (e.g., self-help skills); social interactions;  mood and behavior; and medical evaluation.

About Neurodevelopmental DisorderS

Financial Policy and Scheduling Update:

We ask that clients work with us with an understanding that deductibles and co-pays need to be paid and insurance coverage does not guarantee payment for all services.

 Our new scheduling process has changed to support this financial policy:

  • Clients will be asked to pay a deposit at the time their first appointment is scheduled, which will be a portion of their visit charge that will go toward deductible.
  • Should deductibles be met at the time of scheduling, the client will pay an appointment charge of $100.
  • Clients will be asked to pay the remaining deductible portion at their subsequent visits, along with co-pays and co-insurance amounts.
  • We will use a waiting list and reschedule policy with clients that need time to financially plan for these specialized services. The client will call us back when they are ready to schedule.

Insurance Participation

To help you understand if your insurance plan will reimburse an AAEC evaluation at the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at WMU, we have created a list of commonly used codes by providers.

WECAN at Western Michigan University participates with the following insurance plans:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Care Network
  • Beacon Health Options

This list will be updated as we contract with other insurance plans.

Preparing for your WECAN evaluation

If you have concerns that your child may demonstrate signs of autism spectrum disorder, talk with your child’s health care provider. Your child’s doctor will help you to decide if further evaluation is needed and can facilitate a referral to WECAN if appropriate.

There are two forms that are required before an appointment can be made. Both the Child and Family History form and Physician referral is required for a diagnostic evaluation through the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. A physician signature is required on the referral form. The required records listed on the referral form are also needed to support the scheduling process and clinical preparation. These records can be obtained by the referring physician or can be sent in separately by the caregiver.

Once our clinic receives the physician referral, we will contact the referring physician and obtain any additional needed documentation.

The following will be verified by our office:

  • Insurance
  • Remaining deductible 
  • Co-payments
  • Co-insurance

Following this process, we will contact the caregiver to review these details and discuss scheduling, according to the financial and scheduling policies listed above. If it is determined that our clinic is not able to meet your family’s current needs, we will refer you back to your referring physician and if needed, link you with other community resources and agencies that will be able to help you.

Caregivers are essential members to the diagnostic team and are involved in each of the three appointments that make up the evaluation process. Caregiver involvement during the diagnostic evaluation includes completing a developmental interview with the psychologist and completing surveys related to your child. You will also have an opportunity to observe and participate during the team testing day. After the evaluation, you will participate in a family feedback session with WECAN team members to review results of the evaluation, diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations. Our team’s goal is to address your family’s questions and concerns, help you to better understand your child’s individual strengths and areas for growth, and develop an action plan for treatment to help your child continue to develop to reach his or her full potential.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

WECAN is located at the Unified Clinics facility on the east campus of Western Michigan University on the third floor of the University Medical and Health Sciences Center Building (Unified Clinics/School of Medicine) at 1000 Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo, MI.

From the north
US-131 to the Stadium Drive exit 36A. Turn left onto Stadium Drive. Take Stadium Drive to Howard Street. Turn right on Howard Street. Turn left onto Oakland Drive. The clinics are located on your left.

From the south
US-131 to the Stadium Drive exit 36A. Turn right onto Stadium Drive. Take Stadium Drive to Howard Street. Turn right on Howard Street. Turn left onto Oakland Drive. The clinics are located on your left.

From the east
I-94 to Oakland Drive exit. Turn right onto Oakland Drive. Drive approximately 2.5 miles and the clinics are on the left.

From the west
I-94 to Oakland Drive exit. Turn left onto Oakland Drive. Drive approximately 2.5 miles and the clinics are located on the left.

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PARKING

Parking is available to patients in the lot off Oakland Drive that is adjacent to the building.

Note: Our building is notated by a blue star on the following map:

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Contact WECAN

For more information regarding the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, please call us at (269) 387-7011.

Documents can be sent to WECAN via fax (269) 387-7026 or email at uc-autism@wmich.edu.

WMU gratefully acknowledges the funding and support provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that enabled us to start this clinic in 2015.