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Southern Illinois University



Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

College of Education and Human Services


The Center provides many services for children with autism and their families, including autism screenings, diagnostic assessments, and therapy, in which language, social, and daily living skills are targeted. The Center also works collaboratively with other professionals involved in the child's life.


Is this right for my child?

Therapy sessions provide a combination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech/language therapy techniques. Professionals, along with graduate students training in these fields, work together to teach skills individualized for your child. These therapy techniques are widely accepted and recommended for autism spectrum disorders.

How much does it cost?

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder currently charges an hourly rate for our intervention services and a set fee for diagnostic evaluations.  We are enrolled with several insurance companies and Illinois Medicaid and offer a sliding scale for those families that qualify.  Please contact us at (618) 453-7130 if you have questions about our rates.

How does it work?

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is a center-based therapy and training center. The Center is not a full-day program or school. Therapy may be scheduled one or two days per week for 1 or 2 hour sessions, either in groups or individually. Support may continue as your child transitions into a school program. Center staff will make attempts to form a collaboration with your school district by sharing information such as treatment goals and behavior plans as well as resources to better serve your child. Parents should begin by completing a child case history and returning it to the Center with additional diagnostic evaluations or school reports.

What if my child has a diagnosis of autism?

Based on the outcome of our evaluation, he or she may qualify for individual or group therapy services. The family will be able to schedule appointments to observe therapy sessions and gain feedback on general therapy sessions. Families are welcome to attend any parent trainings and utilize the TAP Family and Community Resource Room to check out books or make pictures to aid in communication.

When can my child begin therapy?

An autism assessment conducted by the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is required before placement on our therapy waitlist. Children are placed on the wait list on a first-come, first-serve basis. The types of therapy groups offered each semester will vary, and you will be called when an appropriate placement is available for your child.

How can I learn more about autism?

Parents are welcome to visit the TAP and Family Community Resource Room to gain more information on autism and the best practices for treatment. Parents are encouraged to visit credible websites such as,, and

Is there a "cure"? Will my child be cured upon receiving services?

The overall functioning level of children with autism differs along the autism spectrum. Early diagnosis, appropriate intervention, and parent involvement are critical to the success of the child. All teachings should be based on individualized goals that will improve the overall functioning of the child.


The CASD offers training for parents as a component of their child's therapy services. Parents may be given materials and assignments for completing activities at home with their child. Trainings typically target improving communication between the parent and child. The CASD also conducts and hosts numerous workshops that focus on topics promoting an understanding of autism spectrum disorders, effective therapeutic strategies, special education law, estate planning, and more. Additional topics may be arranged.