Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Services & Support

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND ALL APPOINTMENTS, PLEASE CALL: (828) 262-2185 (University Hall) or (828) 262-8658 (Levine Hall) or email


Our team provides low-volume diagnostics for children and adults who are suspected of being on the spectrum of autism, as well as in-depth assessments of related speech and language functioning to guide potential treatments or referrals.


Preschool-Language Classroom

At the Preschool Language Classroom (PLC) at Appalachian State University, we are concerned about preschool-age children (2-5 years old) who have communication delays or disorders. Children attend the PLC for four mornings per week (Monday-Thursday) from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They are involved in group activities such as story time, art, music, play, and snack time. The objective is to facilitate their communication skills during each of these activities in a natural setting. In addition to the classroom activities, children have the opportunity to receive individual therapy sessions on a daily basis. Team coordination with local agencies such as the Children's Developmental Services Agency (CDSA), Watauga County Preschool Program, and Watauga County Schools also is part of the PLC. 


Individual & Group Therapy

Our team includes audiologists, speech-language pathologists, social work, psychology, and nutrition professionals to provide counseling and support, treatment in individual and group formats, as well as educational programming and referrals, as needed.

Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity (HANd)

HANd is a support network that provides community-wide education, connects families and individuals to services and resources, and advocates for acceptance and understanding of autism and neurodiversity. HANd operates out of a family resource center (“HUB”) in our University Hall location, where professionals and students work with individual and family needs. For drop in hours and appointments, visit Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity (HANd) or call (828) 262-2185.


Additional Resources

List of Local Organizations Providing Services