Services

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Autism Treatment Programs

Autism Treatment Programs

Boy Playing with a BallThe Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs (ATP), in partnership with UW Health, offer focused behavioral treatment to individuals with autism and their families. Parent Coaching is the key service.  Parents learn and practice strategies to reduce challenging behavior, teach alternatives skills and enhance family relationships.  Individual treatment is offered supplementary to Parent Coaching.  Individual treatment provides additional practice on select skills that are then carried over to family interactions and activities. The treatment approach is founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and additional evidence-based strategies. Starting Together, for children ages 2-4 years, offers Parent Coaching and individual treatment during every day play activities and daily routines, guided by The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). In Growing Together (ages 5-26) parents join their child, teen or young adult to work toward goals identified by the parent. Limited individual treatment is provided for practice on select skills.  Teens and young adults (ages 13–26) and their parents participate in group psychoeducation in Transitioning Together. During group participants learn strategies for a successful transition to adult life, while parents meet to network, problem solve, and learn about resources and supports.

Contact:

Molly Murphy
608-890-3622
memurph3@waisman.wisc.edu

Communication Development Program (CDP)

Communication Development Program (CDP)

The Communication Development Program provides augmentative and alternative communication and computer access services for individuals living in Dane County, Wisconsin. Interdisciplinary services include direct outcome-focused evaluation and intervention, consultation, technical support, student training, and outreach.

Contact:

Abygail Marx
608-263-0528
amarx@wisc.edu

Community Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services (TIES)

Community Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services (TIES)

The TIES program offers support to children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who reside in Dane County and present challenging behaviors. Family members, guardians, and service agencies often report significant stress in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities who present challenging behaviors and thus may require additional support. The TIES program seeks to enable these individuals to remain in their natural environment, utilizing and teaching non- punitive ways to redirect or modify specific behaviors. The program provides support and consultation in the community based environment where a person’s challenging behavior occurs.
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Contact:

Josh Lapin
608-263-5962
lapin@waisman.wisc.edu

Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

People in the Psychology ClinicTIES Clinic provides psychiatric care and consultation to individuals with developmental disabilities who are unable to obtain psychiatric care from other providers due to financial situation, behavioral issues, or medical complexity. Patients seen in the TIES clinic are also supported by the Community TIES Program.

Contact:

Josh Lapin
608-263-5962
lapin@waisman.wisc.edu

Crisis Response Program

Crisis Response Program

People sitting at a picnic tableCrisis response services for adult Dane County residents with developmental disabilities are designed to prevent or shorten stays in more restrictive settings. Services include crisis coordination with criminal justice and emergency mental health practitioners, additional support in the person’s home or work place through the Crisis Outreach staff, and/or temporary respite stay at Dane County’s Crisis Home (Safe House) for adults with developmental disabilities.

Contact:

Axel Junker
608.265.9428
junker@waisman.wisc.edu

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Waisman Center Speciality Clinics

Waisman Center Specialty Clinics

The clinics provide specialized health care services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The clinics include: Autism and DD, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Genetics, Newborn Follow- up, Down syndrome, Neuromotor, Pediatric Brain Care, Biochemical Genetics, and Bone Dysplasia. All clinics offer diagnostic and assessment services, and a few clinics provide ongoing treatment and intervention.

Contact:

Amy Whitehead
608-263-5964
whitehead@waisman.wisc.edu

Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

Young Boy in ClinicThe Waisman Early Childhood Program is a center based early childhood program that is meeting the needs of a developmentally diverse group of children ages 1 through 6. Approximately two-thirds are developing typically, and one third may have a special education need.

Contact: 

Ann Lauritzen, WECP Director
608-262-4718

Ruth Munz, University Services Associate 2
608-263 ‐ 5760

Wellness Inclusion Nursing (WIN)

Wellness Inclusion Nursing (WIN)

Adult PatientWellness Inclusion Nursing is a community based nursing program that is designed to provide assessment, consultation and training to agencies and staff providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Contact:

Sherry Schultz
608-264-2622
sherry.schultz@wisc.edu

You can also view Our Programs in an Alphabetical Annotated List of Programs.