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. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 68 children are diagnosed with ASD in the United States each year, and many more exhibit some symptoms or are suspected of having the disorder. Early intervention is key to managing ASD.
Our skilled clinical staff and faculty experts are nationally recognized and work closely with children 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.
Preverbal Communication Program
The Preverbal Communication Program provides intensive communication intervention for toddlers ages 18 months – 3 ½ years who are non-verbal or in the early stages of developing the use of language. Children appropriate for the program include those diagnosed with receptive/expressive language disorder, ASD, developmental delay, or those who have difficulty producing speech sounds, as well as those for whom the diagnosis is unclear.
A one-to-one ratio of clinician to child ensures that children have adult support in their attempts to participate and communicate in group activities and individual speech-language therapy.
Although speech-language pathologists individualize intervention to meet the needs of each child, they also incorporate aspects of the SCERTS approach (Prizant, 2006), Floor Time (Greenspan, 1998), the Hanen Program (Sussman, 1999) and behavioral intervention with a developmental/relational approach.
Includes a parent education component.
Early CLASS (Communication, Language And Social Skills)
The Early CLASS is a classroom-based speech, language and communication program for children ages 2 ½ – 5 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents. The curriculum was developed using the SCERTS philosophy (Prizant and colleagues, 2006).
Intervention focuses on the core features of ASD and helps children become more competent communicators while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning and relationships. We provide behavioral therapy with a developmental perspective. Speech-language pathologists trained in the SCERTS program are assisted in the classroom by graduate student clinicians.
Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.