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Center on Human Development and Disability


Adults and Elders

Autism Center

Barnard Center
for Infant
Mental Health
and Development

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Disability Studies

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Disability Policy

Education Unit
(Haring Center)

Genetics Program

CARE Clinic

Contact: Julie Osterling

Core Function: Clinical Services, Professional Training

The UW CARE Clinic is designed to extend clinical, community-based services to children, adolescents and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities and to their families. The clinic provides a range of assessment, educational, and intervention services using a variety of empirically based approaches. Trainees, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and interns, among others, are also involved. They observe and provide supervised intervention and assessment sessions. The clinic not only provides much-needed services, but also increases the capacity of the community to provide services through development of clinical expertise in advanced professional trainees. Services include: 1. Individual therapy with a focus on skill development, independence, positive emotional adjustment and empowerment at any level of functioning; 2. Couples therapy for parents or for couples where one individual in the relationship is affected; 3. Parent coaching to decrease family stress and increase the child's independence and positive behaviors; 4. Family therapy to lower family stress, promote the independence of affected individuals and promote healthy family functioning with older affected individuals; 5. Skills groups targeting social, emotional and executive functioning skills; 6. Group therapy to increase clients' empowerment by understanding their strengths and challenges, creating and expanding relationships and connections, cultivating positive self image; 7. In-home support to help families create predictability and stability for all family members; 8. Diagnostic and educational assessment; 9. Development of yearly treatment plan or educational plan and 10. Educational consultation.

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

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