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VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research

Improving quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders through intervention, education, and research."

 

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) 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. The Center for Autism Research (CAR) in the College of Science was established in 2012 to promote multi-disciplinary research on the needs of people with autism that will inform implementation of and access to evidence-based autism services. Together, the VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research aim to merge science with service. We invite you to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.

- Dr. Angela Scarpa, VTAC/CAR Founder & Director 

Our Mission

The mission of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder. 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, including Pivotal Response Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including stress and anger management and social skills 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 and Center for Autism Research 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.

Mobile Autism Clinic

Check out our Mobile Autism Clinic (MAC)! The MAC provides autism services for rural communities in Southwest Virginia. For more information, visit us here.

Adults with ASD Support Group

Please join us for our Adults with ASD support group. We meet 4th 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: Isaac Smith (icsmith@vt.edu) or Angela Dahiya-Singh (avdahiya@vt.edu)

Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR)

VTCAR (founded in 2012) is our research center partner. Please visit our Research page for more information!

VTAC/CAR seeks to provide cutting edge clinical services, increase knowledge and awareness, and to conduct quality research.
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic

Virginia Tech Autism Clinic

 

 

Concerned Parent?

  • Check out our clinical services page

  • We offer diagnostic evaluations, group interventions, and consultations

 

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Undergraduate Students: Want to volunteer?

 

 

VTAC/CAR Registry

  • Who: Parents of children with ASD or individuals with ASD
  • What: Sign-up to learn more about services, new studies, and events at VTAC

  • When: Currently seeking participants