Questions are normal when working with new mental health professionals. See our FAQ below to get your questions answered. Don’t see your question on the list? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

How do I make an appointment?

To become a new client at the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment for diagnostic services/therapeutic services, a referral is preferred. A professional/community services referral is requested for diagnostic services; however, parents are welcome to self-refer for treatment if a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder has already been obtained. Once a referral is obtained, the administrative staff will contact the parent/legal guardian to conduct an initial phone consultation. Afterward, the administrative staff will mail the parent/legal guardian a packet of information to fill out. Once the packet is returned to the University Autism Center via mail, fax, or in-person, the client’s name will be placed on an appropriate waitlist or referred to the appropriate clinician/agency.

Who can make a referral?

  • For Diagnostic Services: Physician or community professional (e.g. psychologist, counselors, social workers, educational/childcare staff) 
  • For Treatment Services: Physician, community professional, parent/guardian/family member

How long is the waitlist?

Currently, we have a waitlist for diagnostic and treatment services. Although wait times vary, we endeavor to schedule an appointment with you as soon as possible. To get on our waitlist, please call (573) 986-4985 to begin an initial phone consultation. In addition, please have our referral form filled out by your referring provider (physician, counselor, school, etc.).

Do you see adults?

We currently provide diagnostic services to individuals from birth – 18 years, and to those 18 years and older on a case-by-case basis.  Behavior Intervention Services are available for individuals 18 months to 21 years of age. Psychotherapy/Counseling and Speech Language services are available to individuals of all ages.

What if my child already has a diagnosis of autism?

If your child already has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, the University Autism Center offers therapy services such as Behavior Intervention Services , Speech and Language Services, and Psychotherapy Services. Explore the services provided by the center or call our center at (573) 986-4985 for more information.

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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701