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ASD Children’s Programs

Families long to communicate and connect with their children. The goal of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) programs at the UT Dallas Callier Center is to make those connections a reality. 

We strive to enhance effective social communication for children of various ages who are diagnosed with ASD through our innovative group therapy programs.

Early CLASS Preschool | Playmates | Preverbal Communication Program


Early CLASS (Communication, Language And Social Skills) Preschool

The Early CLASS is a classroom-based speech, language and communication program for children with ASD and their parents.  The curriculum was developed using the SCERTS philosophy (Prizant and colleagues, 2006).

Intervention focuses on the core features of ASD and helps children become more competent communicators while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning and relationships.

We provide behavioral therapy with a developmental perspective. Speech-language pathologists trained in the SCERTS program are assisted in the classroom by graduate student clinicians.

The Early CLASS serves as an educational laboratory and research site for the UT Dallas program in communication sciences and disorders.

  • Located at Callier Center Dallas
  • Serves children ages 2 ½ - 5 years who exhibit some use of verbal language
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Parent training sessions available
  • Summer Session: June 4 - July 16, 2014
  • Cost: $180 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 activity fee
  • Contact: 214-905-3033

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Playmates

The Playmates program facilitates peer interaction and social success for children with ASD in a small-group setting. The speech-language pathologist and graduate student assistants develop individualized plans to teach important skills in the practical use of language. Organized games and collaborative play provide the context for practice of social communication skills.

  • Located at Callier Center Dallas
  • Serves children ages kindergarten to second grade
  • Meets on Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Spring Session: January 22 - April 30, 2014 (no session 2/26 or 3/12)
  • Summer Session: June 4 - July 16, 2014
  • Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 activity/deposit fee
  • Contact: Rachel Wehner

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The Preverbal Communications Program provides intense communication intervention for toddlers who are non-verbal or in the early stages of developing the use of language. Children appropriate for the program include those diagnosed with receptive/expressive language disorder, ASD, developmental delay, or those who have difficulty producing speech sounds, as well as those for whom the diagnosis is unclear.

A one-to-one ratio of clinician to child ensures that children have adult support in their attempts to participate and communicate in group activities and individual speech-language therapy.

Although speech-language pathologists individualize intervention to meet the needs of each child, they also incorporate aspects of the SCERTS approach (Prizant, 2006), Floor Time (Greenspan, 1998), the Hanen Program (Sussman, 1999) and behavioral intervention with a developmental/relational approach. 

The Preverbal Program serves as an educational laboratory and research site for the UT Dallas program in communication sciences and disorders.

  • Located at Callier Center Dallas
  • Serves children aged 18 months - 3 ½ years
  • Meets each day Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,
    or you may choose to come in 2 days per week on either
    Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., or
    Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Includes a parent education component
  • Contact: Preverbal Program at 214-905-3142

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