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Speech-Language Pathology | Occupational Therapy
Autism Center


The AC-ULM is a cooperative agreement between the Speech-Language Pathology Program and the Occupational Therapy Program within the School of Health Professions and the College of Health Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Funding to support the establishment and development of the AC-ULM includes the Living Well Foundation. For more information visit www.livingwellfoundation.net. The AC-ULM was established in January 2016 with the support of the ULM Administration and the Living Well Foundation. The Living Well Foundation was created in 2006 upon the sale of Glenwood Regional Medical Center to IASIS Healthcare. Proceeds from the sale are held in trust, and earnings are awarded in grants to area non-profit agencies through a grant determination process based on established parameters as identified by the Board of Directors and in compliance with 2008 Community Needs Assessment.

The AC-ULM is designed to support the teaching, research and service mission of ULM. Individuals with ASD and their families may also receive services from the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center, Dental Hygiene Clinic, and the Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling Clinics at ULM.

The Speech-Language Pathology (SPLP) and the Occupational Therapy (OT) programs, being in existence for over 40 years, provide community outreach for children and adults in need of high quality services. In accordance with the teaching, research, and service mission of ULM, students are provided high-quality education/training. Both programs hold accreditation from national associations. In addition, ULM is known for the health sciences disciplines including pharmacy, dental hygiene, nursing, marriage and family therapy and counseling studies, and health studies. The outstanding reputation of these programs uniquely qualifies ULM as a leader to address the complex issues and needs for a variety of individuals.

ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. An array of issues may impact individuals with ASD and their families including, but not limited to, social interaction, communication (verbal/nonverbal), cognitive, motor, sensory, learning, education, career choice/employment and performing basic life functions.

Due to the complexity of ASD and its impact upon individuals and others, it is imperative that individual evaluation(s), follow-up consultative and direct services, and increasing knowledge for others to effectively support them would provide an opportunity to reach out and engage others.

Targeted groups include, but not limited to, the following: