Helping families navigate their experience with autism

When families receive an autism diagnosis, they may be
overwhelmed with information and choices to make.
Support provided by the Care Coordination team helps families to:

• Make informed decisions

• Plan service and supports

• Measure and document their children's progress
and areas for improvement

• Manage family support

• Navigate transitions, as well as school and community partnerships

• Understand complicated insurance rules

Care Coordination relies on philanthropy to make lives better.
Your help is needed to expand and improve access to resources,
crucial supports and life-changing services.


Getting started with the right diagnosis

The first step for any child to get the right treatment is to get the right diagnosis. Our commitment to children and families begins with that first step. We diagnose children using developmental, psychiatric and psychological tests. Every treatment plan is made with the help of our clinicians who evaluate and recommend treatments for every child.

“Marcus Autism Center provided a clear diagnosis for my 2-year-old. You have blessed us with hope. That is more than any tangible object you could give.”

-Allison G.


A continuum of services meets individual needs

The Severe Behavior Program provides treatment options for children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and who engage in problem behavior like aggression, self-injury, toilet training, pica (eating non-food items), and elopement (running away). It is one of only a few programs in the country with the specialized physical facility, highly trained staff, and sufficient expertise to assess and treat severe problem behavior in an intensive context. A continuum of services is provided to meet each child’s individual needs.


“Marcus Autism Center gave me the opportunity to connect with my son more effectively, teach him new skills, and develop a better routine at home. Since we completed the parent training with the severe behavioral program, our quality of life improved. Now we enjoy many activities we used to avoid. I no longer have to apologize for Antonio at the park every few minutes!”

-Diana Z.


Treatments benefit physically, socially and psychologically

Feeding disorders affect a child’s ability to properly function at home, school and other social settings. The Feeding Disorders Program at Marcus Autism Center is the only program in the Southeast—and one of only a few facilities in the country—to offer empirically supported, intensive day treatment for children with feeding disorders. The program provides interdisciplinary assessment and behavior treatment of children between eight months and 21 years of age with feeding disorders.


“My son is in the outpatient feeding program. The team builds Zach’s confidence to be
a great, life-long eater. Due to a feeding disorder last year, he survived off apple
juice only. Now, Zach eats 24 foods from
all food groups. Everyone makes sure
Zach is up for nothing but success.”

-Kaylee S.


Improving communication, social and school readiness skills

The Language and Learning Clinic provides clinical services and support to families whose primary concerns are related to the development of language, communication, or difficulties with adaptive, pre-academic skills. The clinic focuses on developing new skills, effective communication and social behaviors needed for meaningful relationships. Levels of programming range from direct services to workshops for caregivers.

“Samantha said ‘mama’ when she was a typical 6-month-old. By age 1, she nearly lost her ability to speak. She began having behavioral, eating, sleeping, and sensory problems. At age 3, Samantha began attending the Language and Learning Clinic. In less than a year, she went from speaking 15 words a day to becoming a talkative, social butterfly. She particularly enjoyed asking lots of questions. She jokes, loves to sing, and transitioned into
a regular kindergarten class.”

-Deborah F.