Autism Spectrum Services
The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through interdisciplinary research, training, clinical services, and outreach. As part of this mission, the Sheila C. Johnson Center offers the following clinical services:
AUTISM ASSESSMENT SERVICES
- Diagnostic Assessments for ASD: We provide evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults who are thought to possibly have autism spectrum disorder. Assessments provide relevant diagnoses as well as recommendations for intervention and educational/vocational planning.
- Assessments for Treatment Planning: These evaluations are designed for children/adolescents who already have existing diagnoses of ASD. Our clinicians complete cognitive, educational, behavioral, and/or emotional assessments to make recommendations for intervention and educational/vocational planning.
AUTISM TREATMENT SERVICES
- Social Skills Groups for children, teens, and young adults with ASD: We use the PEERS and Children’s Friendship Training curriculums, and both involve a caregiver participating as a social coach. The focus of our social skills groups is on learning and practicing social skills like:
- Having a conversation, joining groups, and getting together with peers
- Using humor appropriately and being a good sport
- Managing disagreements, teasing, and bullying…and more!
Please email Dr. Erica Rouch at [email protected] to inquire about groups that are currently running for different ages.
- Individual/Family Therapy for Youth with ASD: Our clinicians provide therapy services for children and adolescents with autism. Telehealth services may be available. Services are a combination of direct work with the child and parent-led strategies. Therapy may address:
- Social skills
- Executive functioning (attention, organization, goal setting)
- Emotional regulation
- Daily living skills (self-care, navigating the community)
- RUBI Parent Training for Challenging Behavior: The evidence-based RUBI program is designed for caregivers of children with ASD up to age 10. Caregivers meet one-on-one with a clinician for 11-16 weeks to learn strategies for increasing positive behavior and reducing challenging behavior (tantrums, aggression, noncompliance). Telehealth available.
The Autism Spectrum Services offered at the Sheila C. Johnson Center are boosted due to our connection with the School of Education and Human Development, and our colleagues across the University.
The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative, led by the School in partnership with our colleagues, aims to improve the lives of those with autism through groundbreaking research and training. Learn more about how STAR is strengthening care systems and equipping communities with best practices to support those with autism.About STAR
Children's Friendship Training is an evidence-based social skills program for children and their parents, with the goal of building social skills and peer relationships. 10 small group sessions, meeting weekly starting mid-June.Download Flyer