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Southern Illinois University



Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

College of Education and Human Services

Graduate Students

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders offer a diverse array of research and clinical experiences for graduate students in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and Communication Disorders and Sciences.

Communication Disorders and Sciences

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders operates under a transdisciplinary training model; therefore, students from both Communication Disorders & Sciences and Behavior Analysis & Therapy work collaboratively on assigned projects and receive supervision from both Behavior Analysis and Communication Disorders faculty. The CASD meets on-site clinical requirements for the CDS program; students applying to the graduate program should indicate CASD as their clinic choice on their application. Undergraduates enrolled at SIU are welcome to observe by appointment and occasionally participate in therapy after consulting with a staff member. As a clinician here, you may be involved in:

  • Performing a variety of evaluations related to language, articulation, dysphagia, oral motor apraxia etc.
  • Evaluating children to determine the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Conducting extensive baseline assessments to determine therapy goals and objectives
  • Learning effective teaching methods, such as Discrete Trial Training, through modeling by supervisors or other students
  • Managing problem behavior during sessions
  • Evaluating client preferences
  • Leading individual and group therapy sessions
  • Conducting sessions in community environments (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, local parks)
  • Participating in on-going research projects
  • Drafting various documents related to evaluations and therapy (e.g., reports, SOAP notes, lesson plans, etc.)

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program (BAT) students who are interested in becoming involved at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders have the opportunity to work under the supervision of one of our on-site Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and accrue the required number of supervision hours for BCBA eligibility. All experience and supervision requirements for BCBA certification may be met at the CASD. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has designated Southern Illinois University Carbondale's clinical experience AND course work as approved University training for the BCBA and BCABA standards. Below is a partial list of activities you may be involved in as a clinician here:

  • Supervised practicum and internship hours necessary for BCBA eligibility
  • Functional assessment and intervention in challenging behavior
  • Teacher training and consultation
  • Parent training and consultation
  • One-on-one discrete trial therapy
  • Leading group therapy sessions
  • Instruction in daily living skills
  • Autism screening and diagnostic assessment
  • Skills assessment and training
  • Clinical report writing skills


The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is the home for innovative research on verbal behavior and derived stimulus relations and their role in effective educational curricula for children with autism. Students will have the opportunity to participate in any number of ongoing projects to be presented at international, national, or regional conferences, as well as published in internationally renowned journals.