Over the past several months, we have highlighted some of the outstanding support the RCAAS provides to adults with autism. This article will give you some information on the primary services they offer.
The SCALE Program offers:
- Behavioral supports
- Career planning
- Community-based supports
- Community inclusion services
- Individual supports
- Prevocational training
- Supported employment
The CSP offers:
- Weekly meetings with a CSP Coordinator
- Assistance with defining academic, organizational, and life goals
- Strategies to meet identified goals
- Trained Peer Mentors
- Social events
- Referrals and follow-up with academic and support services
- Referrals for psychotherapy or counseling when requested
Services through the CSP also include:
- Identifying and using social skills appropriate for university and adult life
- Accessing campus resources
- Learning to reside with room- and floor-mates
- Managing life skills (e.g., domestic, hygiene, banking)
- Participating in on- and off-campus activities
- Managing academic coursework
The RCAAS-PSC is a University-based Training Clinic, which means that:
- All services are provided by graduate students who are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. All sessions are video recorded for supervision and training purposes.
- In addition to serving the community, the RCAAS and PSC are committed to advancing autism research. To this end, all clients are given the opportunity to sign a research consent to allow information collected through the clinic to be used for research aimed at understanding autism and improving clinical practices.
- The PSC may be closed during University breaks and holidays, as the clinic follows the Rutgers academic calendar. Please understand that responses may be delayed during these periods.
- If you are experiencing a clinical emergency and are in need of an immediate assessment, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
How the IOC operates:
- Treatment provided via the IOC includes comprehensive behavioral/medical evaluation aimed at documenting the existence and underlying cause(s) of any behavioral challenges that patients may be experiencing
- Information collected from the evaluation phase of treatment is then used to develop and implement effective intervention informed by the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA)
- Once the effectiveness of an intervention package has been demonstrated within the IOC, individual patients will be encouraged to gradually spend more time in less intrusive community-based environments, ultimately resulting in a return to fully integrated community-based support
At the Law Offices of Johanna G. Burke, we directly work with RCAAS’ founder and executive director to support all of their essential services for autistic adults. You can help their honorable mission by donating to their cause.