As children with ASD grow into adolescence, many of their needs change, while others remain the same. SARRC provides a variety of evidence-based programs that aim to meet the unique needs of teens with ASD.
Autism CommunityWorks® (ages 13-18)
Autism CommunityWorks® provides afterschool and weekend opportunities for teens with ASD and their typically developing peer mentors to engage in volunteer projects at local nonprofit organizations. As volunteers, they develop job skills, build their community service resumes, learn to socialize, and make lasting friendships.
The program helps teens make the transition to adulthood, higher education and optimum employment. Autism CommunityWorks includes LibraryWorks and Arizona Diamondbacks GoodDeedWorks.
For more information or to register for Autism CommunityWorks, please contact Pilar Dowling at 480.603.3283 or PDowling@autismcenter.org
Comprehensive Behavioral Program (All ages)
The Comprehensive Behavioral Program provides intensive, ABA intervention across environments to meet the needs of teenagers with ASD and their families. Treatment is primarily implemented in a teen’s home and community, and often coordinated with the teen’s school. Families receive a weekly parent training session, several weekly 1:1 intervention sessions, program management, and supervision from a BCBA.
Individualized goals are developed in coordination with the teen’s family, and focus on language, social, adaptive behavior, leisure, cognitive development and independence.
To learn more about our Comprehensive Behavioral Program, please contact Yvonne Jurrens at 480.269.8849 or YJurrens@autismcenter.org
Employment Services (ages 16+)
SARRC's Employment Services is for individuals 16 years or older who have been diagnosed with ASD. Employment Services is focused on building skills to prepare for competitive employment through vocational assessments, social and adaptive skills training, and trial work opportunities and internships. Individuals who complete our program are better equipped with the skills needed to prepare for a job, enter into competitive, community-based employment and maintain employment.