Autism clinic expands school psychology services

Families with children who struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities have a new resource at Mississippi State.

MSU officials announced the newly opened Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic as representing a logical expansion of the university’s School Psychology Services Center.
The center and clinic are units of the College of Education and its counseling and educational psychology department. Both are open to the public.

Director Daniel L. Gadke, a licensed psychologist, said all services are rooted in applied behavior analysis and designed to be affordable.
“We’re working very hard now to get the word out around the region about our expanded services,” Gadke said.

Located in the Barry F. Box Building on Morrill Road, the facility primarily serves clients with autism spectrum disorders that may range in age from birth to 22 years of age. Services also are available to others with intellectual or developmental disabilities, various genetic and chromosomal disorders, including Down Syndrome, as well as speech and language delays and disruptive behavior disorder.

He said services have been designed to assist with problem behaviors such as tantrums, aggression, non-compliance and mild self-injury. Building functional life skills, social and coping skills also are among the services provided.

In addition, client assistance is available in pre-academics, reading, mathematics, writing, and spelling. Supplemental services include school-based behavioral consultations and autism assessments.
MSU school psychology faculty members also will be available to help deal with certain rare genetic disorders, such as CHARGE syndrome.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 662-325-2568, emailing schoolpsychservices@colled.msstate.edu or visiting www.facebook.com/autismclinicmsstate. Gadke also is on Twitter @DrGadke. He said social media is used to provide information about autism, the clinic, the school psychology field and ongoing research.