Clinical Services

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) currently offers four clinical services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and/or their families: Comprehensive Autism Evaluations, Behavior Support Program, PEERS Social Skills Program and Early Start Denver Model Group

Comprehensive Autism Evaluations:

CARD is excited to offer comprehensive psychological evaluations for autism spectrum disorders in collaboration with Community Care Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Evaluations are available for individuals ages 18 months through young adulthood, and are conducted by licensed clinical psychologists with extensive experience with autism spectrum disorder. Click here to learn more!

Behavior Support Program:

CARD offers a multidisciplinary behavior intervention program for children with autism ages 3 to 12 with challenging behaviors. To be eligible for the program, participants must be eligible for OPWDD (NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) services and reside in one of the following counties: Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, or Washington. Click here to view a program flyer!

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERSĀ®):

PEERS (The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is an Evidence-Based Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder developed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, and Dr. Fred Frankel at UCLA. This training is designed for teens (ages 12-17) on the autism spectrum and will consist of: small-group instruction, role-playing demonstrations, social coaching and socialization assignments to help teens learn real-world social skills to help make and keep friends. There will be a concurrent caregiver training to help parents learn how to act as social coaches for their teens outside of the 14 week intervention sessions.

The program will be provided at no cost to families, and parents will receive free resources for participation in sessions.

For more information, please see our flyer or contact Jane Ann Worlock or Jenna Bodisch at 518-442-2574 or jworlock@albany.edu or jbodisch@albany.edu

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Intervention:

Let's Play! CARD Albany offers a comprehensive, evidence-based intervention program for parents of infants and toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This group intervention is based off off the Early Start Denver Model and provides parents with training and tools to promote their very young children's social and communicative development. This program will be provided at no cost to families. Click here for a program flyer! For more information on enrollment or questions about the program, please contact Erica Davis at 518-442-2574 or ejdavis@albany.edu or Anna Milgramm at 518-442-2574 or amilgramm@albany.edu