WHY: The Assessment Database serves those who are interested in receiving an assessment for Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD). 

WHO: Those who are interested in having an ASD assessment completed.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtautismcenter@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

WHY: The Registry serves as a database that can be used for participant recruitment. 

WHO: Those who are interested in being contacted about ASD related studies at Virginia Tech may complete this Registry.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtautismcenter@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

The purpose of this study is to addresses disparities in access to ASD evidence-based services by targeting rurality as a social determinant of health in rural Appalachian Virginia. We are currently offering free autism assessments to children (ages 1.5-17 years) and psychoeducation to their parents, through the Mobile Autism Clinic, an RV designed to travel to rural locations. These assessments include a gold standard ASD assessment as well as a report provided to the family. The goals of this study are to provide evidence-based assessments and knowledge about ASD that are both affordable and geographically accessible.

CONTACT: Please email our MAC coordinator at vtmobileautismclinic@gmail.com or call at (540) 231-2053

WHO: Parents and Children with ASD ages 1.5 to 6

WHAT: A new research study for non-verbal or minimally verbal children with ASD. This research treatment study targets both child language skills and parent stress. There will be a focus on teaching language skills to children ages 1.5 to 6 years using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide new ways to increase your own well-being. You and your child will complete a pre-treatment screening visit, 15 treatment visits (11 group sessions 2 hours in length targeting PRT skills, 4 individual PRT sessions), a post-treatment visit and a follow-up visits. Only parents will attend the group meetings. You will be compensated for your time and participation in the study and may also benefit from learning new skills.

WHERE: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) 3110 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT: vatechprt@gmail.com and call (540) 231-8747. 

Children sometimes have fears that can interfere with home life, schoolwork, and friendships. Children commonly fear things such as dogs, spiders, loud noises, storms, heights, and the dark. If the fear is very intense or severe, it is called a phobia. 

Currently, Dr. Tom Ollendick at the Child Study Center is supervising a research study that offers experimental treatment to children who have severe fears or phobias.  Dr. Ollendick has over 30 years of experience treating problematic childhood fears and anxieties in children. Children ages 7-12 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis are eligible to participate in the project.

 If you are interested in participating in this study please call the Child Study Center at 540-231-3514 and ask for Sarah Ryan or Ashley Muskett or e-mail mashley5@vt.edu for further information.

Thank you for your time and consideration!