Individuals of all ages thought to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but have not yet received a diagnosis

We provide evaluation services for the Raleigh and surrounding area, and partner with TEACCH centers in Wilmington and Greenville to provide assessments for our families in the Eastern part of the state. Evaluations focus on diagnosis and recommendations.

Local evaluations: For families in the Raleigh area, evaluations typically last 1 to 1½ days (depending upon complexity of the case and services provided) at the clinic.

Eastern NC counties: For families living in the Greenville and Wilmington catchment areas, the first appointment will occur at those centers and the day-long assessment appointment will occur in Raleigh.

What does an evaluation include?

  • caregiver interview and questionnaires
  • review of medical, social, academic, and developmental history
  • testing sessions with the individual using empirically-based assessments including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd edition (ADOS-2) and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale – 2nd edition (CARS2)
  • Other additional assessments as needed

Results are shared during an interpretive conference, typically at the end of the diagnostic day.  Parents of an adult who is their own guardian are welcome to attend the interpretive conference at the invitation of their adult child.

Report with recommendations is mailed to the family or individual (if client as an adult). Reports include individualized, written evaluation summary with a list of recommendations and resources.

If you would like to begin the evaluation process, go to the referral page or call our office at 919-445-9999 for more information.

Raleigh TEACCH offers free parent information sessions for parents with a goal to ensure that all parents of children with a diagnosis of ASD have access to information that will help them to better understand autism as well as the associated behaviors and learning differences that accompany this disorder. The focus of the parent information session is to increase families’ understanding of autism spectrum disorders; understanding of the learning, social, communication, and behavioral needs of individuals with ASD; and understanding your child’s unique characteristics and how to use this information to problem solve and advocate for them.

These parent information sessions are designed for parents of newly diagnosed individuals, but the information shared is useful to all parents, regardless of a child’s age, development, or length of time since diagnosis. The session is a combination of lecture, discussion, and time for individual questions.  Parent information sessions are offered on a monthly basis. Please call our office at 919-445-9999 for more information.

PCIT is an evidence-based behavioral intervention for children (ages 2.0 – 7.0 years) and their parents or caregivers that focuses on decreasing certain challenging behaviors (e.g., defiance, aggression), increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship. It teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills to promote positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills to decrease negative child behavior. Parents are taught and practice these skills with their child in a playroom while coached by a therapist. The coaching provides parents with immediate feedback on their use of the new parenting skills, which enables them to apply the skills correctly and master them rapidly. Families remain in treatment until parents have demonstrated mastery of the treatment skills and rate their child’s behavior as within normal limits on a standardized measure of child behavior. Please call our office at 919-445-9999 for more information.

This group is intended for individuals with ASD who:

  • are 21 years or older,
  • have had previous individual counseling, and
  • are able to be a part of a group

No previous experience in a group is required. The purpose of the groups is to provide information and emotional support to the members on both general and specific issues related to their coping with the challenges of ASD.

  • Meetings are 1 hour
  • Meetings occur approximately twice per month, on Monday evenings
  • Group enrollment is limited to protect confidentiality and facilitate personal sharing of experiences. Referral to the group must come through a TEACCH staff member.
  • Content is both structured and informal (see below for description).

The group is both structured and informal, and has included addressing specific topics (e.g. getting along with coworkers), reading and discussing a scenario of a real-life problem, and having part of the one hour session focus on an individual member. Minutes, or a summary of each meeting, are provided to group members.

Participation offers adults support and the opportunity to establish positive relationships with other adults who share similar experiences. Please call our office at 919-445-9999 for more information.

The Parents of Adults with Autism group is a support and informational group for parents whose son/daughter is 18 years or over, although parents of younger children occasionally attend depending on the topic. The group is also open to adult siblings or other adult relatives who have an important role in the life of an adult with autism.

This group has a specific topic for each meeting (e.g., planning for the future, developing independence skills). The group meets monthly, on the second Tuesday, September through June from 6:30-8:00 PM. Contact Lindsey Williams (lindsey_williams@med.unc.edu) or call the Raleigh TEACCH center at 919-445-9999 for more information.

The “Growing, Learning, and Living with Autism” group sessions are for both parents and children, intended for children who are primarily included in regular education in their school and have appropriate reading skills for their grade level. At least one parent is required to attend each session.

Students will be put in groups of 4 by grade level:

  • Kindergarten to 1st grade
  • 2nd to 4th grades
  • 3rd to 5th grades
  • Middle School students

The program will consist of ten weekly sessions

One individual informal assessment session with an autism specialist working with the child to determine learning style and strengths and challenges, and meeting with the parent(s) to discuss concerns and goals for the intervention sessions.

Eight group sessions which will consist of a mix of large group activities (parents and children together) and small group activities in which the children will work with one autism specialist while the parents work with another. Curriculum includes activities from Social Thinking ™ and use of Structured TEACCHing.

Topics covered will include activities related to individualized goals as well as the following topics:

  • The Social World – Getting to Know New People/Working in a Group
  • Autism as it Relates to Me and/or Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Management – Anger/Anxiety and Coping Strategies
  • Breaking the Communication Code
  • The Social World – Friendships and Bullying
  • The Social World – The Rules They Don’t Tell You
  • Organizational Skills

Each family will have the option of one individual session after the group sessions are completed. This session can be used to work on ongoing goals, to explore new issues that have come up in group sessions, or to make visuals to help implement these strategies at home. This will not be a social skills group per se; however, social skills will be addressed and practiced as they relate to the topic of the day. Autism will be discussed with the children in the older groups, and it is expected that older students will have some understanding about their diagnosis before the sessions start.

If you are interested in participating in this group, contact Fatima Hedadji at fatima_hedadji@med.unc.edu to schedule a screening interview or contact us at 919-445-9999 for more information.

This evidence-based intervention is for children with high-functioning autism and anxiety. Facing Your Fears is a group intervention to teach children and their parents strategies to cope with anxiety and fears.

Format:

  • Initial individual assessment
  • 15 weeks of group intervention
  • Each group has 4-5 families
  • The child and at least one parent must attend all sessions (and must be the SAME parent each time).
  • Sessions are weekly from 4:30-6:00pm (day of the week TBD).

FYF will be billed as group psychotherapy.  TEACCH is part of UNC Healthcare and we accept most insurances, including Medicaid. If you are interested in participating in this group, please call our office at 919-445-9999.

The TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education Program (T-STEP) was developed to support transition to employment and/or postsecondary education settings for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have received a standard course of study high school diploma.

The T-STEP covers seven transition skills modules grouped into four intervention areas

  • Goal Setting Skills – These modules involve choosing and working toward individual’s goals.
  • Executive Function Skills – These modules target approaching tasks in an organized manner and time management and flexibility.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills –  These modules target coping with stress and accepting corrective feedback.
  • Social Skills – These modules target getting help when needed and social skills for college and work.

Through funding from North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the T-STEP will be offered free of charge for 16-21 year old students with ASD at the following locations:

  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Pitt Community College
  • Wake Tech Community College

Participation includes skill instruction, group practice, video modeling, and role plays. Students practice these skills on a weekly basis at a volunteer internship site, and receive individual career counseling, higher education counseling, and self-advocacy counseling. For more information, contact Elena Lamarche, 919-962-3303  download flyer

Fee for Services

Our clinical services are provided as part of the UNC Health Care system’s UNC Faculty Physicians group. We currently accept the same insurance providers as UNC Health Care. For a complete list please follow the link provided  https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/patients-visitors/billing/insurance-accepted/.