Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Murray State University Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) was created in 2019 to help meet the unique needs of children with developmental disorders, including autism, and their families. The CASD was designed to accomplish three goals:
- Provide timely and affordable diagnostic evaluations for children who demonstrate at-risk symptoms for ASD
- Offer a continuum of services for children and families experiencing challenges associated with ASD
- Engage 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 staffs students in psychology and education under the direct supervision of certified faculty at Murray State. This model allows the facility to offer flexible options for families who might not have a cost-effective option otherwise, while providing a quality training opportunity for University students.
Please click the drop-down fields below to learn more about our services.
Diagnostic Testing Services
The cost of an evaluation is $250, and all testing fees go toward supporting the CASD!
Please contact the Murray State Assessment Center at 270.809.6305 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or schedule an evaluation.
Medical Providers: Please have your clients contact us directly. We do not take outside referrals.
Early Childhood Program
The cost of the Early Childhood Program is $15 per day. All tuition fees fund the day-to-day operations of the classroom.
Consultations and Workshops
The CASD also provides workshops 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 workshops 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!
The CASD is led by a number of University faculty with extensive experience working in
public schools, including general and special education, school psychology, and behavior
analysis. We are happy to work with local school districts to support students and
School districts can request the following services with us:
- Independent educational evaluations (IEE)
- Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and behavior intervention plan (BIP) development
- Teacher or staff consultation
- Systems-level consultation and school improvement for ASD
- Teacher workshops (e.g., PLC)
- Professional development for CEUs
- Other related services
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does the CASD accept insurance?
No, we do not currently accept insurance. Please contact us to learn more about scholarship opportunities!
How long do families wait for testing?
On average, a family seeking an evaluation with our clinic would wait between 6 to 8 weeks for an appointment.
Does my child need to have an ASD diagnosis to qualify for the Early Childhood Program?
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 who are experiencing similar difficulties.
For the Early Childhood Program, Trainings, and Workshops:
- Dr. Jessica Branch
- Early Childhood Program Coodinator
- and Assistant Professor of IECE
For School Services:
- Dr. Sean Simons
- CASD Director
- and Assistant Professor of School Psychology
For more information on ASD, please visit the following resources.
“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do, instead of what he cannot do.” - Dr. Temple Grandin