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The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in the Psychology Department of Virginia Tech, opened in the Fall of 2005 to provide clinical services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families in the surrounding New River Valley. Our vision for this facility began in the Fall of 2004, as the Virginia Tech Autism Research Group met to discuss the available services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the New River Valley, a largely rural area. Through an extensive survey assessing existing services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, it was brought to the attention of the group that many parents were concerned about both the availability and quality of services they were receiving. We invite you to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.
- Dr. Angela Scarpa, VTAC Founder & Co-Director and
Dr. Susan White, VTAC Co-Director
This year's theme focused on empowering parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Presentations covered topics such as parent stress, involvement in psychotherapy, and mindfulness. A parent panel delivered powerful and eloquent accounts of personal experiences of parenting a child with ASD across the developmental span. All proceeds directly benefited VTAC and Psychological Services Center (PSC) - we raised over $300! Thank you for your generous donations!
Importance of Parent Training in the Success of ASD Treatments by Dr. Angela Scarpa
Fostering Connections & Support through Parent Mentoring by Reina Factor & Deanna Swain
Parent Involvement in Social Skills Training for Adolescents with ASD: PEERS Program by Haley Gordon & Andrea Trubanova
How to Support Your Child without ASD by Marika Coffman
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Mindful: Tackling Parenting Stress with Mindfulness-Based Approaches by Caitlin Conner & Deanna Swain
Engaging Families through Peer Mentoring by Dana Yarbrough
Finally, we would like to also thank the following businesses who donated gifts for our raffle:
The mission of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through assessment, intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatment and prevention. The Clinic provides diagnostic evaluations for infants/toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults who are suspected to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Treatment services are based on a variety of empirically supported intervention techniques. Individualized treatment approaches are developed for each child based on evidence-based behavioral strategies from Applied Behavior Analysis, developmental approach, Pivotal Response Treatments, and social skill groups. We also offer Consultation to schools, medical practices, and community agencies involved in providing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our research gives children, parents, and service providers with the opportunity to participate in the development of effective evidence-based treatment techniques by taking part in studies designed to understand the causes, prevention, and interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
With this approach, the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic seeks to provide cutting edge clinical services based on evidence-based treatment strategies, to increase knowledge and awareness about autism among the professional community and general public, and to conduct quality research.
Please join us for our Adults with ASD support group. We meet 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8pm at the Child Study Center (460 Turner St. Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA 24060). Families also welcome to attend!
For more info, contact: Caitlin Conner (email@example.com)
VTCAR (founded in 2012) is our research center partner. Please check out our Research page for more information!
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic
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