Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder Programs & Services

The nationally recognized UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders has provided group and individual therapy for patients and families touched by autism for more than 30 years.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – sometimes referred to as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) – encompasses a broad definition of autism that includes related disabilities. ASD negatively affects communication, social interaction and learning.

Our skilled clinical staff and faculty experts are nationally recognized and work closely with individuals and families to develop and strengthen their communication skills. Our innovative programming is designed to reflect current knowledge in the area of ASD, as well as the individual needs of each child or adult.

Adult Programs & Services

Young Adult Social Communication Groups

Individuals with social communication disorders secondary to autism often struggle with social communication. The demands of college and work can be very challenging. Young Adult Social Communication Groups support young adults ages 18 to 30 in developing important skills necessary in the college and work settings. The program is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians.

Groups meet weekly.

Group 1 topics include:

  • Initiating conversation with peers
  • Commenting during conversation
  • Topic maintenance
  • Giving an appropriate amount of information
  • Finding/keeping a job
  • Success in school

Group 2 topics include:

  • Executive function skills
  • Organizing language, time and materials
  • Remembering information
  • Independent living skills
  • Problem-solving in daily life
  • Considering the future
  • Professional communication
  • Self-advocacy
  • Planning a career

To enroll: An intake session must be scheduled for all new participants to determine placement in Group 1 or Group 2. Placement is determined by the group leader based on individual needs. Intakes are 30 minutes and $50 each. Contact cgollis@utdallas.edu to schedule.

Cost: $300 per fall or spring session / $150 for summer session + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment. Reduced price for UTD students.