Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
The UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities was established in 2008
and is composed of faculty and students in the Behavior Analysis, School Psychology,
and Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs.
To support research on autism and developmental disabilities
To train current and future professionals
To provide services to children and their families through partnerships with community
Children receive individualized training designed to reduce problem behaviors and
to develop age-appropriate social, self-help, school readiness, and language skills.
Family members and caregivers also learn how to continue the training methods at home.
Services are provided at the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
and in the community. This project is being funded through a grant awarded by The
Texas Health and Human Services Commission. To be eligible, children must be between
the ages of 3 and 15 years and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. To request
services, contact Dr. Dorothea Lerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-283-3452.
For more information, please visit the ABA-SkIP website.
This clinic offers assessment and treatment services to children of all ages who engage
in severe problem behavior, such as self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property
destruction. Services will be individualized and provided as part of ongoing studies
designed to identify the most effective methods of reducing severe behavior disorders.
Following the child's participation in research, families will receive training in
effective behavior management strategies to use at home.
For more information, please visit the Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic website.
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The Verbal Behavior clinic provides empirically based individualized services to children
and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and their families. These services
include assessments, parent training, and the development of teaching procedures relating
to language skills. Graduate students in the Applied Behavior Master's program participate
as the primary therapists, and each case is directly supervised by Dr. Sarah A. Lechago,
BCBA-D, director of the clinic. Social skills training, which often includes language
skills, is also conducted in the clinic. Services may also be provided in Spanish.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact Sarah
Lechago at email@example.com.
For more information, please visit the Verbal Behavior Clinic Website.
The Vocational Skills Assessment and Training Program conducts assessments of skills
critical to successful employment and provides individualized training of job-related
For more information, please visit the Vocational Program Website.
The Connecting to College program is designed to provide supports for UHCL students
diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related needs.
For more information, please visit the Connecting to College Website.
Graduate students in the Behavior Analysis program provide services to children and
teachers in Clear Creek, Pasadena, and Pearland Independent School Districts.
For more information, contact Dr. Dorothea Lerman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Assessment Services
Graduate students in the School Psychology Program provide comprehensive evaluations
for students on the autism spectrum under the supervision of faculty at the UHCL Psychological
Services clinic. The evaluations are designed to identify the student's condition,
describe functioning levels across several domains, and make recommendations for intervention
based on student needs and research-based practices. For more information, contact
Dr. Gail Cheramie at email@example.com
Group and Family Counseling
The Graduate Family Therapy Program is teaming up with CADD to provide therapy services
for couples, single parents, and siblings of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum
disorder. These services will be focused on managing stress and relationship issues
that often arise when caring for a child with special needs. Dr. Matt Brown will oversee
these services and conduct ongoing research related to family needs and effective
support. For more information please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (281) 283-3304.