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Curry Autism Spectrum Services (CASS)

CASS is not currently conducting evaluations.

Curry Autism Spectrum Services (CASS) is a specialty clinic within the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services. Team members include a diverse group of clinicians and researchers representing the fields of Speech-Language-Hearing and Clinical and School Psychology. CASS strives to provide comprehensive evaluations to children and adults who are exhibiting symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The team works together before, during, and after the evaluation to obtain an accurate and comprehensive clinical picture, which yields targeted and thoughtful recommendations.

Team Members
As a training clinic, evaluations are generally administered by post-doctoral or doctoral level clinical psychology students and master’s level speech and language students. Dr. Ronald Reeve, a licensed clinical and school psychologist, and Dr. Jane Hilton, a licensed speech-language pathologist, are the supervising faculty members. All CASS team members have extensive experience with and knowledge of ASD.

Evaluation Process
The CASS team conducts thorough evaluations, which generally involve an interview with the parent or primary caregiver and extensive testing with the child or adult suspected of having ASD, including but not limited to the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is considered one of the leading measures in diagnosing ASD, assessing communication, reciprocal social interaction, restricted and repetitive behaviors, pretend play, and creativity. Other tests are administered based on the needs of the individual and the family, but speech and language testing, cognitive testing, and educational testing are often included. Additionally, neuropsychological and/or specialized reading testing is included when appropriate.

To ensure that the testing day proceeds as smoothly as possible, supports are often implemented. These supports may include visual schedules, Social Stories, and token systems, among others, but are determined on an individual basis.

Additional Information
For more information on the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services, please visit: http://curry.virginia.edu/community-programs/sjc.

Contact Information
Attention: CASS
417 Emmet Street South
P.O. Box 400270
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Fax: 434.924.4621
Front Desk: 434.924.7034
 

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