Overview

What Makes the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic Different?

What Makes the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic Different?

Our team has extensive education and experience in understanding the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders. We work with children, adolescents, adults, and their families across the continuum of care, including public schools, hospitals, day treatment settings, and outpatient settings.

Our goal is to partner with individuals and families to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We are a partnership between the Department of Psychiatry, the Neurobehavior HOME Program, and the University Neuropsychiatric Institute.

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Services

  • Autism spectrum disorder assessment
  • Social skills groups for children, adolescents and adults
  • Individual/family therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Behavior management
  • School consultations
  • Early intervention services
  • Referral support to occupational and speech therapies
  • Opportunities to participate in research to help us better understand ASD
  • Additional therapeutic and educational groups

Who Does the ASDC Serve?

We provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Does ASDC serve people without ASD?

Most services are designed with people with ASD in mind. However, our therapy groups can be for anyone who needs support with AS-type challenges, such as social skills.

Do you accept insurance?

Testing and group services are self-pay. However, we will provide receipts and other needed information if you would like to pursue reimbursement from your insurance provider. We have contracts with several insurance carriers to provide covered therapy services.

Intervention & Therapy

What are early intervention services?

Early intervention has been shown to have the biggest impact on the development of functional communication and behavior for children with ASD aged 1–6. Families will work with a behaviorist and tutor on an individual plan to develop critical skills based on the Early Start Denver Model.

What kind of issues could be addressed in therapy?

Therapy is individualized, and goals are established during the first session. We might address:

  • behavior problems,
  • social difficulties,
  • co-occurring emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, as well as
  • family problems.

Learn more about our therapy services.

What if the individual needs medication?

We have a psychiatrist who can perform a onetime psychiatric consultation and communicate recommendations to your personal physician. We are not able to provide ongoing psychiatric care. However, we can refer you our Behavioral Health Clinic for an appointment with a psychiatrist.

If medication management is recommended, a psychiatric provider can also be recommended based on treatment focus, where you live, and your insurance coverage.

Testing & Consultations

Autism Tests & Assessments

We offer evaluations for ASD for individuals of any age. Other testing or psychiatric consultation may be offered for the purpose of clarifying an ASD diagnosis or offering additional insights into co-occurring conditions (like a mental health conditions, IQ, adaptive functioning, behavior problems).

Behavioral Consultation

Many children/adolescents with ASD at times display difficult to manage behaviors (such as aggression, self-injury, oppositional behavior, and others). We can help set up home behavior plans and help families manage these behaviors more effectively.

School Consultation

We are able to assist in collaborations with your school to obtain special education services (IEP process) or help set up 504 plans (for accommodations). Please call us if you have specific questions, and we can tell you if we can help.

Additional Clinicians

Caralee Cumming, LCSW

Caralee earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. Since graduating, Caralee has worked at RISE/Intercept, Options for Southern Oregon, and most recently, the UNI Behavioral Health Clinic. Caralee's clinical interests are CBT, especially with children under 10, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Caralee is in the process of submitting her documentation to complete certification with PCIT International. Caralee enjoys spending time training and playing with her dogs, reading, dancing, and travelling.

Rates

The following are approximate costs for the various services we provide. Actual costs may vary based on your individual needs and the availability of scholarship funding.

Service Rate
Autism diagnostic testing $1000-$1400
Further related testing $225/hour
Therapy groups $40 per session
Psychiatric consultation $600
Individual/family therapy $110 per session*
Behavior/school consultation $110 per hour**
Early intervention Please inquire

Helping With Costs

We strive to serve our community’s needs, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. If paying for services creates a hardship for your family, please let us know. We receive limited scholarship funding from generous donors to reduce the cost of diagnostic evaluations you may qualify for a sliding fee scale for group therapy services. When grants are available, we can assist you with this application.

If you have a vocational rehabilitation counselor, they may also be able to help support the cost of services.

*Or we can bill your insurance if we have a contract

**Including travel time if we come to your home or school