Mission Statement

Empowering neurodiverse individuals, families and communities, regionally and globally, through state-of-the-science clinical care, innovative research, and high-impact training.

About Us

The Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary program serving children, families and professionals in the autism community. The center combines clinical services, research and training programs to unlock the potential autistic children and teens, enrich their life experiences, empower parents and promote the well-being of families through evidence-based practices. One of our major endeavors is developing effective new models of care for families and providers - locally, nationally and internationally.


Registration is Open! Join us Monday, August 5 for the third annual Kennedy Krieger Center for Autism Charity Golf Outing at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson! Registration and lunch starts at 10:30 AM with a shotgun start at 12 PM.  NEW! Experiences this year for Non-Golfers!  Golfing 101 led by a PGA Professional from Country Club of Maryland. Learn proper instruction for the driving range and putting green. Wine Tasting 101 featuring fine wines from California.


Want to be a sponsor for this event? Contact Leslie Marsiglia at Marsiglia@KennedyKrieger.org.

Want to be added to our mailing list or learn more about the event? Contact Joy Johnson at JohnsonJoy@KennedyKrieger.org.

Dr. Rebecca Landa.

Our Founder and Director 

Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the founder and director of CASSI and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Via federal and foundation funding, Dr. Landa has made groundbreaking discoveries about development in children with and without ASD from early infancy into the teen years. She has translated those discoveries into innovative interventions and demonstrated the effectiveness of those interventions in clinical trials in home, clinical, child care, and public school settings. Dr. Landa is the author of the Pragmatic Rating Scale and the Social Communication Interaction and Play Screener.

She has also developed the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Video Tutorial, a free 9-minute video tutorial on behavioral signs in one-year-olds. The tutorial consists of six video clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD.

Each video is presented with voice-over explaining how the specific behaviors exhibited by the child, as they occur on screen, are either indicative of ASD or typical child development.

Stay Connected!

Visit the CASSI Calendar to stay in-the-know about announcements and successes, trainings and events, and more. 

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