Penn Foundation’s Family Autism Center offers the community much-needed services for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families. For more information, call our Family Autism Center at 267.404.5988.
Autism Diagnostic Evaluations
We conduct a comprehensive assessment of each child. Each assessment includes a developmental interview with the parents/primary caregivers, an observation of the child’s behavior, administration of measures assessing for other childhood disorders, and a review of the child’s records (i.e. IEPs, previous evaluations, medical evaluations, etc.). An evaluation report is reviewed with and provided to the family, which includes diagnostic impression and recommendation for services.
Meet Our Licensed Psychologist
Julie Worley, PhD, completed her doctoral training at Louisiana State University. Her predoctoral internship was at Johns Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she used Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to treat children admitted to the Feeding Clinic or Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Worley completed diagnostic evaluations assessing for symptoms of ASD and other commonly co-occurring conditions. Most recently, she worked at one of the Philadelphia Autism Centers of Excellence.
Behavioral Services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Weekly services are available to children and adolescents ages birth through 21 in home, school, and community settings to help treat emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric concerns.
The treatment team includes a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Behavior Specialists, Mobile Therapists, Therapeutic Staff Support, and Case Managers all trained in supporting children with autism spectrum disorders and their family members.
Treatment is directed by individualized treatment plan goals with re-evaluations occurring every 4 months. Community resources and natural supports are also utilized.
ABA is a specific methodology that will be added into the Family Autism Center’s current behavioral services. ABA is used to help children acquire skills such as language, self-help, and play; it is also used to help decrease behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injury. Services are provided in home, school, and community settings by trained staff under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Parent / Caregiver / Extended Family Workshops
A series workshops for parents/caregivers and extended family members is scheduled throughout the year to provide education and resources on various topics related to autism spectrum disorders.
Resources on topics and services related to autism spectrum disorders are made available to professionals and other community members.
Sibling Support Group
These one-hour sessions are held the 3rd Friday of each month for children/adolescents with siblings diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Themes are included in each session, and siblings learn about ASD, coping with stress, and improving sibling relationships. Siblings have the opportunity to meet with peers and engage in interactive activities.
Social Skills Group (Coming Fall 2018!)
Group-based social skills sessions will be run by a therapist to help strengthen social interaction and communication skills. The group will incorporate a specific social skills curriculum. Skills will be developed through use of schedules, themes, visuals, and group activities.
These additional child/adolescent services are offered through Penn Foundation:
Counseling services are available to children/adolescents and their family members. An individualized treatment plan will guide the course of treatment. Clinicians who work with children and adolescents specialize in the treatment of children/adolescents on the autism spectrum.
Psychiatric evaluations and medication management are provided by a child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in supporting children/adolescents on the autism spectrum.
Used as one part of a comprehensive treatment plan – not to be used alone – medication prescribed by the psychiatrist is used to treat specific symptoms associated with ASD including, but not limited to, hyperactivity, inattention, aggression, and self-injury.