Asperger's Services :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Westerville Close To Home Center at 187 W. Schrock Rd
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 355-8315
Fax: (614) 355-8361
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Asperger's Services

Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) provides services to children and adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism (HFA). Areas of need are evaluated, and a range of service options are discussed with the family during a Treatment Assessment appointment. Our team consists of psychologists, social workers, and behavioral consults.


Services Provided:

Individual Services:

  • Counseling:
    • Individual, regularly-scheduled appointments
  • School support:
    • IEP Assistance
    • Behavior Plan Development
    • School-wide Training / In-service
  • Home support:
    • Parent Training
    • Behavior Plan Development
    • Skills Acquisition
    • Family Therapy
  • Community/Vocational:
    • Young Adult Transition Services
    • Job Training/Assistance

Group Services:

Children and adolescents with Asperger’s / high-functioning autism and their families benefit from learning about their condition and effective ways to cope in a group format. We offer several forms of group intervention, primarily based on age.
All group offerings currently require both child and parent/caregiver participation in concurrent sessions.

ASC-G: Acquiring Social Competence Group: This group involves 10 weekly sessions during which parents and children meet separately to develop basic knowledge and skills that utilize cognitive-behavioral strategies for problem-solving, emotion management, and social skills.

  • Participants include:
    • current clients of CASD, plus at least 1 parent/caregiver
    • group for ages 12-14
    • group for ages 15+
  • Anticipated Sessions: Tuesday evenings, 5:00 – 7:00pm
    • Fall 2013: September 10 - November 6
    • Winter 2014: January 14 - March 11
    • *Sessions are subject to cancellation without a sufficient number of participants to form a group.
  • Estimated Cost:
    • Estimated cost is $187.04 per weekly session. Insurance & other funding sources may be utilized for payment, if approved through pre-authorization.
  • How to Enroll:
    • For current clients: Ask your Case Supervisor or Psychologist to make the referral to the group.
    • To become a client of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders: start the process by scheduling a treatment Assessment. Please contact an Autism Resource Coordinator (ARC) at (614) 355-8315.


MF-PEP: Multi-Family Psycho-Educational Psychotherapy: This group involves 9 weekly sessions during which parents and children meet separately to develop basic knowledge and skills that utilize cognitive-behavioral strategies for problem-solving, emotion management, and social skills.

  • Participants:
    • Current clients of CASD, plus at least 1 parent/caregiver
    • Group for ages 8-11
  • Anticipated Sessions: Wednesday evenings, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (Except November 25, which will be on Monday)
    • Fall 2013: October 9 - Novermber 25
    • Winter 2014: January 15 - March 12
    • *Sessions are subject to cancellation without a sufficient number of participants to form a group.
  • Estimated Cost:
    • Estimated cost is $187.04 per weekly session. Insurance & other funding sources may be utilized for payment, if approved through pre-authorization.
  • How to Enroll:
    • For current clients: Ask your Case Supervisor or Psychologist to make the referral to the group.
    • To become a client of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders: start the process by scheduling a treatment Assessment. Please contact an Autism Resource Coordinator (ARC) at (614) 355-8315.

Have additional questions on these groups or other services offered at Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Contact Melissa Lawrence at 614-355-8315 ext. 82024 or Melissa.Lawrence@Nationwidechildrens.org.

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