Center Curry Autism Spectrum Services (CASS)

Located within the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services. CASS includes an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers who conduct comprehensive assessments of children and adults to determine the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Other potential issues that may be impacting the individual’s functioning are also considered.

The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through interdisciplinary research, training, clinical services, and outreach. As part of this mission, the Sheila C. Johnson Center offers the following clinical services:

AUTISM ASSESSMENT SERVICES

  • Diagnostic Assessments for ASD: We provide evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults who are thought to possibly have autism spectrum disorder. Assessments provide relevant diagnoses as well as recommendations for intervention and educational/vocational planning.
  • Assessments for Treatment Planning: These evaluations are designed for children/adolescents who already have existing diagnoses of ASD. Our clinicians complete cognitive, educational, behavioral, and/or emotional assessments to make recommendations for intervention and educational/vocational planning.

AUTISM TREATMENT SERVICES

  • Social Skills Groups for children, teens, and young adults with ASD: We use the PEERS and Children’s Friendship Training curriculums, and both involve a caregiver participating as a social coach. The focus of our social skills groups is on learning and practicing social skills like:
    • Having a conversation, joining groups, and getting together with peers
    • Using humor appropriately and being a good sport
    • Managing disagreements, teasing, and bullying…and more!
  • Individual/Family Therapy for Youth with ASD: Our clinicians provide therapy services for children and adolescents with autism. Telehealth services may be available. Services are a combination of direct work with the child and parent-led strategies. Therapy may address:
    • Social skills
    • Executive functioning (attention, organization, goal setting)
    • Emotional regulation
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Daily living skills (self-care, navigating the community)
  • RUBI Parent Training for Challenging Behavior: The evidence-based RUBI program is designed for caregivers of children with ASD up to age 10. Caregivers meet one-on-one with a clinician for 11-16 weeks to learn strategies for increasing positive behavior and reducing challenging behavior (tantrums, aggression, noncompliance). Telehealth available.

Please call (434) 924-7034 to schedule an appointment or with any questions you may have about our services.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

The Sheila C. Johnson Center is located in the University of Virginia’s Bavaro Hall on the ground floor.

Our street address is:
417 Emmet Street South, Ground Floor
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903

  • Address: 417 Emmett Street South
  • City: Charlottesville
  • State: Virginia
  • Zip: 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-7034
  • Web site: https://education.virginia.edu/services-outreach/sheila-c-johnson-center/clinical-services/autism-spectrum-services

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