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The University of Texas at Dallas

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The nationally recognized UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders has provided group and individual therapy for patients and families touched by autism for more than 30 years.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - sometimes referred to as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) - encompasses a broad definition of autism that includes related disabilities. ASD negatively affects communication, social interaction and learning.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 68 children are diagnosed with ASD in the United States each year, and many more exhibit some symptoms or are suspected of having the disorder. Early intervention is key to managing ASD.

Our skilled clinical staff and faculty experts are nationally recognized and work closely with children and families to develop and strengthen their communication skills. Our innovative programming is designed to reflect current knowledge in the area of ASD, as well as the individual needs of each child or adult.


Featured Autism Spectrum Disorders Program: 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.
  • Session: September 3 - November 19, 2014 (openings still available)
  • Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 activity/deposit fee
  • Contact: Rachel Wehner