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AUTISM CENTER/ACCE HUB

The Autism Center

The Autism Center at Misericordia University, located at 50 Lake Street in Dallas, is comprised of a number of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the life-span. The services are offered by highly trained and credentialed professionals, along with graduate and undergraduate students in programs that reside in the College of Health Sciences.

A major goal of the Autism Center is to offer that highest quality services available, while endeavoring to establish services and programs based on community needs and to fill gaps in care.

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Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence
Follow the link to learn more about ACCE

The Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE) hub here on Misericordia University's campus is designed to connect people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, along with their families, with services and supports in the region.

ACCE Community Hubs
There are five hubs located across the 13 county region supported by the ACCE network:

Certified Autism Center

 

Our organization has worked with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to be designated as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). Our staff has received specialized training to ensure they have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all individuals, including those with special needs. It is our goal to assist and provide positive outcomes.  
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AUTISM CENTER SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

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Integrated Studies Program for Students with Autism

The Integrated Studies Program at Misericordia University, is a full-time, college-based, 2-year certificate program specifically designed for students between the ages of 18–26 who are Level 1 Mild to Level 2, Moderate Autism, and gives prospective students access to a full-time inclusive and supported program of study.

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The Autism for Lifelong  Learning Program

The ALL Program is a licensed program that provides pre-employment and employment services in the context of community integration and self-determination at the post-high school level.

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The ALL Program Transition Services

Providing transition services to students aged 14-21 through instructional group and individual services in the public schools. Services are also available and offered at the college level.

Visit the Educators Resource and Lending Library if you are an Educator, Service Provider, or Direct Care Staff Member. 

Educators Resource & Lending Library At the Autism Center at Misericordia University

'Check out' therapeutic tools to try with your client with Autism to know if these tools would be worth the family purchasing on their own. Similar to a typical library, these items can be borrowed & returned after a small period of time from therapists. Great for therapists, students, and the families they are working with.

We have several books that encompass topics for; Professionals, Parents, Adults with Autism, Children with Autism, and Siblings of a child with Autism. These can all be borrowed through the library at the Autism Center at Misericordia University.  Visit this link to download the Educators Resource & Lending Library flyer.

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Summer Transition Experience for Students with Autism 
 

A four-week class to provide adolescents and young adults on the ASD with the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

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Transition to Work Training 

A ten-week Pre-Employment Transition class to provide adolescents and young adults on the ASD with the skills they need to successfully transition to the work environment.

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AUTISM CENTER/SAFE SWIM LESSONS

  • Free swim lessons for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Recreational swimming for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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AUTISM CENTER/SAFE ART CLASS

Weekly Art Project Classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY

Occupational Therapy Clinics
Contact: 
Dr. Orley Templeton, OTR/L
Phone: 570-674-8154
E-mail: otempleton@misericordia.edu

Autism Center Plays with Tarp

Sensory social camp is held at Misericordia University in the Occupational Therapy (OT) labs during the month of July. It comprises 15 OT treatment sessions where children with autism are encouraged to learn good social skills and strategies to deal with their sensory challenges. The group incorporates a fun, play-based environment that embeds the challenge to the student to use pro-social behaviors throughout each activity. (Child is taught a social skill and is required to use that skill throughout the camp, as each social skill builds upon the next). The group atmosphere allows the children to learn from one another as well as build friendships with each other.

Each session begins with learning and trying out a social skill with the group through a fun activity. Then, the children complete a “sensory obstacle course” where they complete gross motor activities and sensory challenges. Next, they complete a “sensory craft” such as making weighted animals, scented beans, colored rice, calm down jars, etc. Throughout the entire camp, they complete 15 different sensory crafts which they compile into a “sensory toybox” to take home or to school. Parents are invited to attend the final session of camp where they will be educated in the use of each item to assist them with their child’s sensory challenges. Each session ends with a “sensory snack” where the children learn about tolerating different textures in their mouth and proper snacks to choose in order to help the child be more alert and focused.

Children learn how to:

  • talk to a friend appropriately.
  • ask a friend to play a game.
  • encourage friends during game play.
  • identify their own emotions, as well as those of their peers.
  • “stop, think and make good choices” when they are upset.
  • use sensory strategies to be more alert and focused.
  • Improve their ability to follow multi-step directions.
  • choose good methods to calm their emotions when they become upset.
  • maintain an appropriate topic of conversation with a friend.
  • reduce restrictive repetitive behaviors (known as stimming).
  • reduce sensory aversions.
  • use sensory strategies at home, in the community, and at school.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND PARTNERS

Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

 

Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

The Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE) hub here on Misericordia University's campus is designed to connect people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, along with their families, with services and supports in the region.

 

ACCE Community Hubs

There are five hubs located across the 13 county region supported by the ACCE network:

Learn more about Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE)

Best Buddies Program

Best Buddies is an international 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1989. The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies School Friendship Programs create social opportunities for people with and without IDD.

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Best Buddies Friendship Programs

Best Buddies Friendship programs build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. 

Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

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Visit the Autism Center Lending Library if you are a parent to a child with Autism looking to try different therapeutic items with your child.

Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence - Therapeutic Lending Library

'Check out' therapeutic tools to try with your child with Autism to know if these tools would be worth purchasing on your own. Similar to a typical library, these items can be borrowed & returned after a small period of time from therapists.  Click here to download the Therapeutic Lending Library flyer.  Try what we have or let us know what you need!

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