UW Tacoma Autism Center
Core Function: Clinical Services
The UW Autism Center is a satellite site of the Autism Center, one of eight major programs of the University of Washington Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The center provides an array of clinical services and is a vehicle for training professionals and paraprofessionals to meet the needs of individuals with autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
At the UW Tacoma Autism Center, health professionals provide intervention services, diagnostic evaluation, and program consultation to children from birth through young adulthood with autism and ASD. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team that includes educators, psychologists, behavior analysts, and speech / language pathologists. The center also provides physician consultations and referrals.
The mission of the UW Tacoma Autism Center's training program is to increase the capacity of the Puget Sound area to serve children with ASD by providing high-quality training to community professionals and to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. The training program prepares master- and doctoral-level professionals to provide consultation and direct service to children with ASD and to train and supervise other professionals and paraprofessionals in schools, early childhood centers, hospitals, and other community agencies.
Clinical services include diagnostic evaluations, as well as educational, neuropsychological, and speech and language consultations; early behavioral intervention; behavioral treatment consultations; social skills training; speech and language therapy; child psychiatry; family support; medical consultation; and school consultation.
The training program provides in-service training and consultation to schools, community agencies, and mental health settings; workshops; pre- and post-doctoral training fellowships in psychology, including diagnostic assessment and psychotherapy for children with ASD; and hands-on supervised training for home therapy assistants (who are privately contracted with families) through our Early Childhood Autism Consultant services.
In addition, the clinic is an integral member of the South Sound Autism Partnership – a coalition of services providers, advocates, families, and community members that work together to improve the effectiveness of autism service delivery in the South Puget Sound area.
an Autism Center brochure (printable PDF)