Clinical psychologists at Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD) offer evaluation and treatment services that focus on understanding and addressing the social, emotional and behavioral needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. We offer services to individuals ranging in age from infancy to adolescence.
Our faculty and staff psychologists are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Additionally, psychology associates and post-doctoral psychology residents work under the supervision of licensed psychologists in accordance with state regulations.
Services We Offer:
ASD Diagnostic Evaluations
Our clinical psychologists provide diagnostic evaluations to assess children for ASD. Diagnosis is typically determined by reviewing a child’s history through parent interviews and administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), a standardized tool for diagnosing ASD. Parent feedback is a critical component of the evaluation and includes a discussion of the appropriate diagnoses, psychoeducation regarding ASD and other disorders, and further evaluation and treatment recommendations.
Clinical psychologists provide a variety of therapeutic services to children with ASD and their families, including:
- Individual Therapy
Individual therapy services typically focus on helping children and adolescents with ASD with anger management, anxiety, depression, and coping with ASD as they grow. Our psychologists frequently use strategies based in behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy. Parents and other caregivers are active participants and receive psychoeducation so they can support and reinforce their child’s use of therapeutic strategies at home, in school or in the community. Our psychologists also offer services focused on addressing behavioral concerns in young child through parent training.
- Group Therapy
Our clinical psychologists lead groups that focus on improving social skills among school-age children and adolescents. We also offer group sessions that emphasize how to manage emotional distress, such as anxiety. Groups employ didactic, experiential and interpersonal strategies, as well as parent training.
Professional Training in Psychology:
CASSI psychologists provide supervision to post-doctoral psychology residents, in accordance with state regulations. For more information about available training opportunities at CASSI, click here.