Autism Clinical Services
Director: Annette Estes
Core Function: Clinical Services
The Autism Center's Clinical Services provide state-of-the-art comprehensive and coordinated services to children from birth through early adulthood at risk for or with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or Asperger syndrome, and their families. Clinical services fall into five distinct categories:
(1) Autism Behavioral Intervention involves working with the child, family, and/or school staff to promote a child's ability to function successfully and adaptively at home, in the community, and/or at school.
(2) Autism Diagnostic Services use an interdisciplinary approach to diagnose individuals from infancy to adulthood who have or are suspected to have ASD. Disciplines include education, psychology, speech and language, and pediatrics.
(3) Autism Early Intervention Services are provided by master's level consultants who develop intensive programs for children with ASD using applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
(4) Autism Social Skills Groups are used to teach children pivotal social skills, increase their sense of affiliation with others and improve self-esteem.
(5) Autism Speech/Language Services support verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, sensory and motor development of clients.