Year 1 – School-age Children and Adolescents with ASD

The first year of the program is focused on developing clinical competencies in the assessment and treatment of older children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a result of the Center for Autism and Related Disorder’s (CARD) interdisciplinary model, clinical fellows work closely with members of other disciplines within the clinic including social work, speech and language therapy, developmental pediatrics/neurology, psychiatry, and occupational therapy.

Year 1 includes:

  • Training in comprehensive psychological testing and ASD-focused diagnostic assessments, utilizing appropriate modules of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2. As part of this experience, fellows provide comprehensive psychological evaluations as part of CARD’s inter-disciplinary team evaluation for transition-age youth.
  • Supervised intervention experiences targeting co-occurring psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, mood disturbance, disruptive behaviors, and adjustment disorders, primarily utilizing cognitive-behavioral approaches adapted for children with ASD. Fellows also assist in facilitating social skills groups and are exposed to empirically-based individual and group treatment methods for older children with ASD who do not have co-occurring cognitive or language delays.

Year 2 – Young and Early Functioning Children with ASD

The second year of the program features a similar format that includes training in both assessment and intervention but focuses on developing clinical competency with young and early functioning children with ASD.

Year 2 includes:

  • Comprehensive psychological testing utilizing a developmental, strengths-based approach to capture the full range of abilities in children with language and cognitive delays for whom there is a concern for ASD. Fellows also will provide ASD-focused diagnostic assessments, utilizing appropriate modules from the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 to toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Supervised intervention primarily utilizing behavioral therapy, parent training approaches to address disruptive behaviors such as aggression, elopement, and tantrums and to improve compliance and adaptive behaviors. Fellows also have the opportunity to provide behavioral consultation within CARD's Achievements Therapeutic Preschool Program.

Minor Rotations

In addition to the major rotations, our program also offers two six-month minor rotations (up to one day a week), in a specific area(s) chosen by the fellow. Minor experiences can be used to broaden or to provide more in-depth training experience.  

Possible minor experiences include: