Intervention Services for Adults

If you are interested in these clinical services provided by the Wilmington TEACCH Center, please call Kay Sanderlin, Office Manager at 910-251-5700, ext. 0 or 100.

Adult Psychoeducational Sessions

These individualized sessions provide an opportunity for an adult with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder to discuss matters of personal importance such as relationships with others or work. The sessions are short-term (3 to 6 sessions) and goal-directed. This service is not psychotherapy or a replacement for psychotherapy. This service is useful for independent adults who are motivated to discuss and work on goals for themselves.

Adult Support Group

Our Adult Support Group is for adults (at least 18 years of age) who are high school graduates and have a diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Group members are living at home or living independently, and some are attending college and/or employed in the community. Support comes from meeting to discuss issues that affect life with others who have had similar experiences in school, at work or at home. There is a focus topic for each meeting. The agenda is created from the expressed interest of group members. The schedule for each meeting includes topics of interest, conversations, refreshments, games, special activities and presentations. A morning meeting is held monthly, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. There is no fee for adults with autism to attend this group.

Adult Social Support Group

This adult social support group is designed for adults who are diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism and also have a need for on-going supervision and support in activities of daily living. Members of this group have the opportunity to meet for refreshments, learn new games, and converse around mutually interesting topics. Visual supports are utilized to encourage conversation, provide organization and highlight expectations for group participants. The group meets once a month in the afternoon from 3:30-5:00 pm. There is no fee for adults with autism to attend this group.

Supper Club for Adults with ASD

Supper Club is an adult social support group that meets once a month for recreational activities in the community. The meetings provide an opportunity for adults who have an autism spectrum disorder to meet with one another around shared interests. Outings typically include a meal at a local restaurant and participation in a community group activity (e.g., sporting event, bookstore, movie, bowling etc.). Participants must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school. They must be independent in the community (e.g., able to attend without individual supervision, order and pay for items as needed), and able to follow general guidelines (e.g., stay with the group) while on the outing. There is no fee for this service. Each member pays for his/her own expenses incurred during the outings (e.g., cost of meal or specific activity).

Intensive Need Sessions

Some individuals with autism have intensive needs that require services above and beyond standard TEACCH sessions. Clients receiving these sessions typically have significant behavioral or emotional difficulties and have limited options for receiving services from other providers in their communities. TEACCH services may be available to provide more intensive and/or ongoing service to a limited number of clients. Typically, these sessions involve working with family members or community service providers to help them in providing direct services to an individual with autism around a variety of issues. The ability to provide longer-term services is based on client need and staff availability.