ACT

AUTISM CARE FOR TODDLERS (ACT)

The Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic is a community-based program through the Munroe-Meyer Institute that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapeutic services for children from 18 months to four years of age who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ACT Clinic is located in the Autism Center of Nebraska.

Services are grounded in a functional approach to language development, a deficit typically found in children with ASD. Treatment plans are individualized and tailored to each child’s strengths and areas of need. Teaching strategies incorporate highly structured learning opportunities via discrete-trial teaching (DTT) and naturalistic instruction in small-group activities (e.g., circle time) and play settings.

A caregiver-training program for parents also is provided and teaches approaches to helping children build upon and maintain skills developed in the clinic. Caregivers learn strategies to increase language, decrease challenging behaviors and promote generalization of skills to home and community environments.

Evidence-based services in the ACT Clinic are provided by and/or are under the supervision of nationally recognized Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), Psychology and ABA interns, and university practicum students. Many of the direct service providers in the ACT Clinic are members of AmeriCorps, a national service organization.

To inquire about the waitlist, please contact Lisa Nelson at 402-559-4223

To learn more about AmeriCorps and internship opportunities available at the ACT Clinic, please contact Hanna Beck.

http://www.unmc.edu/mmi/departments/psychology/psychservices/act-clinic.html