Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Contact our clinic now to schedule your appointment. We can be reached by email at ssimons2@murraystate.edu or by phone at 270.809.2593.

The Murray State University Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders was created in 2019 to help meet the unique needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Led by Dr. Sean Simons, this facility was designed to accomplish three goals:

  1. providing timely and affordable diagnostic evaluations for children who demonstrate at-risk symptoms for ASD
  2. offering a continuum of services for children and families experiencing challenges associated with ASD
  3. engaging the community through service and awareness activities to promote the well-being of all children

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is a University training clinic that employs students in psychology and education under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist. This model allows the facility to offer flexible options for families who might not have a cost-effective option otherwise.

Please click the drop-down fields below for answers to these common questions.

How long would I need to wait for an evaluation?

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is purposefully designed to maintain a short waiting list in order to help families receive a timely diagnosis. On average, a family seeking an evaluation with our clinic would wait between 6-8 weeks for an appointment.

How much does an evaluation cost?

Comprehensive ASD evaluations cost $250. These fees are used exclusively to purchase testing materials and fund clinic assistantships for graduate students who are learning how to conduct the specialized assessments used in the clinic.

Does your clinic accept insurance?

No, we do not currently accept insurance. However, we hope to begin this process shortly. Please contact us for up-to-date information regarding treatment costs and coverage.

Which types of therapy does your clinic provide?

Our clinic specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for problems commonly associated with teaching new skills and promoting positive behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based, best-practice treatment by the U.S. Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. ABA services are provided by aspiring behavior analysts and supervised by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Learn more!

 How can I learn more about future trainings and workshops?

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders provides ongoing trainings that are open to the community. These will be advertised on the Murray State University College of Education and Human Services social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as they are scheduled.

Examples of training topics include:

  • Autism 101
  • Understanding Challenging Behavior
  • Foundations of Learning
  • IEPs and 504s
  • Promoting Play Skills
  • Establishing Routines
  • Sensory Issues
  • Sleep Problems
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Teaching First Requests
  • Teaching New Skills
  • Toilet Training
  • Promoting Compliance
  • Life After School
  • ...and more!

Please recommend additional training topics!

Does my child need to have an ASD diagnosis to qualify for services?

No, an ASD diagnosis is not required. Although our center specializes in ASD-related challenges, we are happy to provide appropriate services for children and families that are experiencing similar difficulties.

Please contact our clinic at 270.809.2593 or email us at ssimons2@murraystate.edu to learn more about our services. Consultations are always free!

For more information on ASD, please visit the following resources:
Autism Speaks
Marcus Autism Center
Kentucky Advisory Council on Autism

How can I donate to support the efforts of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders?

To help provide financial support to our clinic, please visit murraystate.edu/givenow. Choose "Other" as your gift designation. Then, type "autism" into the search bar of the pop-up to find the "Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Fund."