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The Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic was founded in 2016 with the goal to provide long-term developmental and behavioral consults and care for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The clinic serves children, youth, and young adults. We focus on providing formal developmental assessments, consultation for behavioral concerns, and assessment for common medical problems that can contribute to behavior or development concerns. In addition, we assess for the co-existence of other diagnoses such as ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Clinic staff members work in interdisciplinary teams, combining expertise to evaluate each child and make recommendations for care.

We strive to help children with Down syndrome reach their greatest potential and have a successful transition to adulthood.

Clinic Contact

  • Loanie McNeff
    Loanie McNeff Patient Services Specialist

Phone: 206-598-6710

What to Expect During Your Visit

  • Assessment process: Your child will receive a formal developmental assessment by a team of specialists. After your visit you will receive a detailed report of your child’s developmental, cognitive, and behavioral strengths and weaknesses along with recommendations and resources.
  • The length of your visit depends on how many specialists you see. Younger children come for 1 visit that lasts 2 to 3 hours.  Older children, who may need more complex testing, usually need 2 visits that last 2 to 4 hours each.
  • Billing and Insurance: Health insurance covers most clinic visits.  Costs depend on your child’s age and how many specialists you see. Talk with your health insurance company about what services they cover, what co-pays you will need to pay, and whether you need authorization before your clinic visit.
  • E-Care  is the confidential medical record system used for CHDD Specialty Clinics.  You can view upcoming appointments, lab results, and other visit information online.  Parents or guardians of children may sign up for eCare access to their children’s online health records. You can contact your child’s clinic for more information, or sign up in person when you check in for your child’s appointment.
  • Interpreter Services: Specially trained medical interpreters are available for patients or family members who do not speak English. Be sure to request an interpreter, if needed, when you contact our clinic. Let us know which language you prefer to use.

Link to Down Syndrome Clinic brochure.

The Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic Team

  • Anne Leavitt, MD
    Anne Leavitt, MD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

    Down Syndrome Clinic Director

  • Angela Armen, MD
    Angela Armen, MD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
  • Mollie Royer, MSW
    Mollie Royer, MSW Social Worker
  • Beth Gendler, MSW, LICSW
    Beth Gendler, MSW, LICSW Social Worker
  • Susan Adelman, OT
    Susan Adelman, OT Family Advocate
  • Kathleen Lehman, PhD, ABSNP
    Kathleen Lehman, PhD, ABSNP Clinical Psychologist
  • Megan Goldenshteyn, PhD
    Megan Goldenshteyn, PhD Clinical Psychologist
  • Jennifer Beighley, PhD
    Jennifer Beighley, PhD Clinical Psychologist
  • John Thorne, PhD, CCC-SLP
    John Thorne, PhD, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Laura Snow, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Laura Snow, PhD, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Lisa Mancl, MS, CCC-A
    Lisa Mancl, MS, CCC-A Audiologist
  • Tobey Close, OTR/L
    Tobey Close, OTR/L Occupational Therapist
  • Mari Mazon, MS, RDN, CSP, CD
    Mari Mazon, MS, RDN, CSP, CD Nutritionist
  • Sarah Harsh, MS, RDN, CD
    Sarah Harsh, MS, RDN, CD Nutritionist

CHDD: Getting Here

The CHDD is located directly behind the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) at the south end of the UW campus in Seattle, Washington.

Street Address:

1701 NE Columbia Rd
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7920

Link for full directions, parking, maps and transit information.
Link to Google Maps.

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Phone: 206-598-1800
Link to clinic page.

Clinic Contact

  • Vicki Frasher
    Vicki Frasher Patient Care Coordinator

Phone: 206-598-1800
Link to clinic page.

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