Autism Spectrum Disorders

Immediate Opening for ABA Therapy Program

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) has an opening for our Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for children one-year and older diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We typically have a wait list for our UM-ACTS programs. Please call us at (734) 764-9466 or click to learn more.

What is Autism?

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social-communication and restricted interests and behaviors.

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The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) offers services for Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and treatment.

If you recognize any of the signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in your child or if you are in need of a reevaluation, please contact us for an assessment so we can help you determine your next steps. UCCF is an Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC).

UCCF Treatment Approach

Our team of clinicians provide treatment for ASD using best practice methods for assessing and treating autism. Treatment often involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy), social skills groups, and helping parents and caregivers manage difficult behavioral issues related to autism. The assessment process typically involves 10 hours of standardized interviews, observations, testing, and feedback.

Depending on our clients’ needs, treatment can also include helping individuals with ASD:

  • Cope with difficult situations
  • Learn self-care and other adaptive behavior skills
  • Cope with organizational tasks or academic difficulties
  • Learn problem solving skills
  • Manage anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Learn social skills, conversation skills and understand emotions
  • Reduce and redirect interfering behaviors

The initial disorder diagnosis targets the client’s areas of strengths and weaknesses. Our clinicians use these results to develop a treatment plan that targets the areas that the clinician and family decide are priorities and then develop goals. We design programs that best suit our clients’ and their families’ needs.

Because each child is different, we offer treatments focused on family, sibling, and parenting concerns, including behavior management strategies, core symptoms of ASD, plans for dealing with specific challenges (i.e. anxiety, phobias), school consultations, as well as ABA therapy.

What to Expect

We welcome clients between 1–18 years of age. In performing our initial assessment, we use best-practice, standardized interviews, and tests to gauge a client’s:

  • Language and social-communication skills
  • Interests and behaviors
  • General development
  • Adaptive behavior skills

The initial visit typically lasts for three hours, during which time we administer:

  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) (which looks at the language, communication, social interactions, interests and behaviors related to ASD)
  • The Vineland-II to learn more about a child’s adaptive behavior skills.
  • A meeting with a specialist.
Next, we meet with the client for a three-hour assessment which includes cognitive tests such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) (a standardized, play-based test of social-communication interests and behaviors related to ASD). Other tests are similar to tasks your child might complete at school.

Assessments for children typically consist of:

  • Playing games
  • Doing puzzles
  • Playing with toys in the room
  • Meeting the clinician for the first time
After the evaluation, parents participate in a feedback session with the clinician to review findings, recommendations, and discuss the next steps that suit the family and child needs. Parents will receive a written summary of the results as well as time to discuss what those results mean with a clinician.

We will make treatment recommendations and provide resources so that the client, whether a child or an adult, can have the best possible environment for success.

We will also provide referrals for treatment at our clinic and elsewhere, depending on what is best for you and your family.