Autism Spectrum Services

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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: 


  • 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.


  • 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! 

Groups periodically run for different ages and are based on when enough people have expressed interest to form a group cohort. To be added to our social skills group interest list, please call 434-924-7034. Our clinicians will then contact you if a group is forming that may be appropriate.

  • 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
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • 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. 

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More Information

  • Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR)

    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