Mary Jo Robbins Clinic for Autism Research and Practice


The Mary Jo Robbins Clinic for Autism Research and Practice seeks to provide a high-quality learning environment to enhance language and social emotional development.

This may include individuals with deficits in social communication, pragmatic language, social cognition and/or language processing due to a diagnosis of or characteristics of autism spectrum disorder or social communication disorder.

Our preschool and toddler programs provide classroom-like environments for children ages 18 months to 6 years. All other age groups are welcome for intervention in the areas of social communication disorder and/or deficits in pragmatic language, social interaction, social cognition, and/or language processing.

A variety of evidence-based practices are provided to each client based on their individual needs. In the classroom settings, learning is encouraged through play, interactions with peers, and graduate student clinicians. Within the program's daily schedules, children create, explore, and learn basic classroom routines, communication, social interaction, and critical-thinking skills through a balance of child-directed and clinician-directed activities and play. Additionally, parent training is provided by graduate students and directed by clinical faculty to strengthen the children's learning experiences beyond the classroom to the home environment.

School-age and/or adult clients are served in individual and/or group settings where evidence-based practices are applied for enhancement of communication, social interaction, and critical-thinking skills.

Criteria for Admittance

Basic criteria for admittance will be determined by assessment and/or observation for all ages.

Preschool program-specific criteria:

  • Age 18 months to 6 years
  • Diagnosis of ASD, or
  • Diagnosis of SCD, or
  • Deficits in social communication (social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics, and language processing)


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