Autism Services

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center, a program of the Department of Psychology, provides autism and IDD diagnostic and psychological assessment. The CDC is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary service focused on the assessment of children with suspected developmental disabilities. Primary clinical services include psychological testing to assist in the evaluation of developmental delays, severe learning difficulties, and co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Services include:

  • Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Appointments with a psychologist, physician and speech pathologist to rule out autism
  • Follow-up assessments as needed in occupational therapy and genetics
  • Psychological assessments
  • Follow-up consultations (psychological and medical) for clients previously seen
  • Autism Resource Coordination – information and linkage to services within the hospital and community

Intensive Behavioral Intervention

The Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) Program uses behavioral teaching procedures based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The intervention is provided to each child for 35 to 40 hours per week by a team of aides who are supervised by a psychologist. The intervention takes place in a variety of settings, including school, home and the community. The program provides intensive early intervention and school-age behavioral intervention for children with autism from ages 2 through approximately 15 years of age.

Services of the IBI Program are conducted within the home and community and include:

  • One-on-one intervention
  • Team leadership
  • Parent training
  • Community support services
  • Psychology services
  • Behavioral consultation
  • School consultation

Behavioral Consult Services

Behavioral consult services are provided for individuals on the spectrum ages 3 to young adult.  These services also equip caregivers with consultation, intervention and education.

The primary purpose of the program is to assess and treat significant behavior problems, including:

  • Self injury
  • Physical aggression
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Noncompliance
  • Elopement

Treatment and intervention strategies emphasize parent training, and a psychologist and/or consultant meets with the child and parents on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Consultation and intervention services for schools, participating on IEP teams and training other service providers is also included.

School Age Services

School age services are provided to children on the spectrum ages 6-21 years.  Most children in the school age program attend school five full days per week. 

School age services include:

  • Home programming
  • School consultation services
  • Community programming

Home programming remains comprehensive in early school age services, and programming is prioritized to maximize effectiveness.

Educational Support Services

Educational support services are provided to individuals on the autism spectrum in a school setting.

The program integrates collaboration with teachers and administrators regarding: Academic modifications Behavioral support These services include parent support at IEP meetings and with academic work at home.