St. Luke's Children's
Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities is dedicated to the care of children with disorders that affect development, behavior, and learning.
J.T. Leavell, MD
Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Fellowship: University of Washington
Michael Sexton, MD
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Dawn Powell, DNP, CPNP-PC
Bachelor’s Degrees: Nursing, Idaho State University
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree: University of Utah
Residency: University of Utah
We provide care for patients from birth to age 18 years for developmental, behavioral, and learning disorders that include, but are not limited to:
- Asperger Syndrome
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Developmental Delay
- Mental Retardation
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic and Birth Disorders
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- School Learning Issues
- Sleeping Problems
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Cognitive Deficits
- Speech Delay
If you have questions regarding these or any other conditions, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
To reach the St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities physician on-call for urgent needs, please call (208) 381-2222. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you need a refill or change in a medication, please call our office on the next business day.
To Make an Appointment
A referral must be received by your primary care physician. Once we receive the referral, our office will contact you to verify correct information. You will then be mailed paperwork to complete. Once the paperwork is returned to our office, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
If additional information is needed, we may send you behavioral questionnaires to also be completed and returned to our office prior to your scheduled appointment.
Patients are seen by appointment only. Please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment. We ask that you bring your insurance card, photo ID, and current list of medications with you to each visit, and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we will have to reschedule your appointment.
The doctor needs your full attention during your appointment. If at all possible, we ask that you bring only the child we will be evaluating. However, we understand that this is not always possible. If other family members are present, we would appreciate it if they can wait in the main lobby and play area (adult supervision is required for children in the play area). Please also turn off your cell phones during your visits with us.
New patient visits are approximately 60 minutes, and follow-up visits are 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly.
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment. To avoid "no-shows," we require a confirmation phone call from you in response to our reminders. Any appointment not confirmed or canceled will be considered a no-show. This will enable us to serve all patients in a timely manner.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans are accepted. We ask that you bring your insurance card with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.
Medication refill requests must be called in by 4 p.m. and will be available the following day
after 2 p.m.
NOTE: Because we are closed on Friday, requests called in on Thursday by 4 p.m. will be available Monday after 2 p.m.
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. For refills, contact your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.
Refills on controlled substances cannot be called in, mailed, or faxed to your pharmacy. These must be picked up at our office during our regular business hours. We are able to give you three consecutive month refills at a time for you to take to your pharmacy.
For a medication refill, please call us at (208) 381-7328.
At St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, we feel that a better-educated patient is a healthier patient. In keeping with this philosophy, we have provided the list below of links to online information about some of the more common conditions we treat.
- Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder
- Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder Associate
- Inside ADHD
- ADD WareHouse
- Fact Sheet
- Idaho Autism
- Autism Speaks
- The HollyRod Foundation
- The Interactive Autism Network
- Association for Science in Autism Treatment
- Autism information from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation
- Books: An Early Start for Your Child with Autism by Sally J Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, and Laurie A. Vismara, PhD
Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child by Ricki G Robinson, MD, MPH
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Books: The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene
Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- Learning Disabilities
- Vision / Blindness
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Prevent Blindness America
- World Health Organization: Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (nichcy.org)
- En español: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (nichcy.org/espanol)
- American Physchological Association
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Mental Health Services Administration
- Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
- Zero to Three
- Idaho Parents Unlimited: Assisting Families of Children with Disabilities
- Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare