Oakland University Opens New Autism Research Center    

autism program funded

On Monday, July 6, the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University opened a clinic dedicated to autism research. The clinic will be specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and researching different treatments related to autism spectrum disorders. 

The clinic was partially funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Mental Health. It will be providing early intervention techniques for children between the ages of 2-6, who have already been diagnosed with ASD or those who are at risk for an autism diagnosis.

In particular, treatments will be provided in areas of communication, play, social and speech skills. The behavior analysts plan on working with children one-on-one and also in small groups. The clinic will also offer certification for students at Oakland University who want to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts and/or Registered Behavior Technicians.

Jessica Korneder, an assistant professor of human development and child studies says that the clinic will greatly improve the quality of life for local children with autism as well as their families. She also says that the clinic will be conducting research on the best training methods for behavior technicians along with parent training methods.

Korneder says that the undergraduate students will be developing technical, clinical, and professional skills for graduate work or entry-level positions. The graduate students will also be learning clinical and professional skills for their future careers. She hopes that all the students will change the lives of children and families affected by autism.

By Sejal Sheth