The University of Alabama Autism Clinic is pleased to announce the relaunch and addition of several therapy services for children with ASD and behavioral or speech concerns.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services offered by Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians.
Speech and language therapy services are resuming with Licensed and Certified Speech and Language Therapists. Accepting private insurance, Medicaid, and private pay for services.
Call or email to inquire about services.
The University of Alabama Autism Clinic will host a Parent Support Group beginning Monday, October 4, 2021. Meetings will occur weekly via Zoom. $25 gift cards will be awarded to each family per meeting. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Center for Innovative Research in Autism (CIRA) team completing autism diagnosis research reliability training (ADOS-2) with Dr. Rachel Hundley from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. The training was held at the Alabama Life Research Institute at UA from July 21-23, 2021.
Dr. Laura Stoppelbein, Director of the ASD Clinic received a 1-year grant ($100,000) from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse, Neglect, and Prevention for her project titled “Supporting and Enhancing Resilient Families”.
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Dr. Angela Barber and Dr. Kimberly Tomeny were awarded a $160,000 extension through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services to develop Phase 2 of their grant titled Advancing Effective Autism Practices in Early Intervention Community Settings. Congratulations Dr. Barber and Dr. Tomeny!
New study explores The role of emotion regulation and core autism symptoms in the experience of anxiety in autism
Dr. Susan White and colleagues have published a new study exploring emotion regulation, anxiety, and autism symptoms. Many children with autism spectrum disorder have problems with managing their emotions (emotion regulation) and anxiety. In this study, over 1000 parents completed an online survey which showed that emotion regulation and anxiety are closely linked. Although emotion regulation and anxiety are inter-connected, the results also show that autism symptoms play an important role in anxiety in autism spectrum disorder. Emotion regulation problems may be an important target for the treatment of anxiety in autism.
Dr. Angela Barber (Communicative Disorders) and Dr. Rajesh Kana (Psychology) are among the inaugural group of research fellows addressing rural and underserved communities through the Alabama Life Research Institute (ALRI). The ALRI serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary bio-psychosocial research that seeks to investigate the human condition at all levels, from the molecular to the environmental, collaborating across the University, as well as with peer institutions, health care corporations, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other concerned individuals.
“A major criterion of naming the first cohort of ALRI Fellows is their extensive experience and desire to collaborate with faculty, staff and students from around campus to address one of the initial major research foci of ALRI – that is, to identify, understand and solve problems related to rural and underserved communities,” said Dr. Sharlene Newman, ALRI executive director.
ua's department of special education & multiple abilities announces innovative master's degree in special education with certification in autism
The identification of children with autism has increased dramatically in schools. To meet the need for special education teachers with concentrated knowledge of how to serve those children directly, as well as how to provide support for non-special education teachers who provide instruction for children with autism, the Department of Special Education & Multiple Abilities at The University of Alabama has developed an exciting new innovative program with certification in autism.
Contact Dr. Laci Watkins for more details about application requirements and admission to the program.
The University of Alabama's Dr. Susan W. White, in collaboration with Dr. Brenna Maddox at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Carla Mazefsky at the University of Pittsburgh, have co-edited the new Oxford Handbook for Autism and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions.
From the publisher:
Co-occurring psychiatric conditions are extremely common among people who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Oxford Handbook of Autism and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions presents a compilation of the latest research in this area, summarized by internationally renowned experts. Each chapter presents an overview of the problem or disorder including information on prevalence in ASD and in the general public and a synthesis of the research on etiology, diagnostic best practices, and evidence-based intervention approaches. Case studies bring these concepts to life, and each chapter concludes with suggestions for future research directions in order to further develop our scientific and clinical understanding of the particular comorbidity. Given the fact that comorbidity is often a chronic and pervasive concern, this Handbook takes a lifespan approach, with each chapter touching on developmental aspects of the targeted problem, from early childhood through adulthood. The concluding section of the Handbook is comprised of content on clinical considerations and research approaches, including chapters on medications commonly used to treat co-occurring conditions, strategies for managing crisis situations in this clinical population, and community partnerships within an implementation science framework.