Center for Autism Assessment & Research Services
The Center for Autism and Assessment Research Services (CAARS) is a specialty clinic dedicated to offering evidence-based assessment and supportive services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Student clinicians working in the CAARS program have received intensive training in autism assessment and in recent changes to the Autism Spectrum Disorder criteria set forth by the DSM-5.
We are now offering telehealth Therapy free-of-charge to the community. We are proud to offer no-cost therapeutic services through telehealth (online/web) during the day time and extended evening hours. Call us at (908) 737-5890 to find out more and to schedule a screening. Our clinic assistants are checking the voice messages regularly. Please leave a voice message with your phone number, and someone will get back to you quickly. Please note that on account of state licensure laws individuals receiving therapy must reside in NJ.
Assessment and Evaluation Services:
|We are currently unable to provide new assessment services until Fall of 2022. Please call the clinic to be added to our patient waitlist. Please continue to monitor this page. We will update this page when we are able to expand our service offerings.|
Social Skills groups for youth with autism or neurodevelopmental concerns: We are excited to offer our Autism Social Skills Program for a second year! The groups are for youth ages 10-21 and provide general social skills education, as well as a component on relationships and sexuality for the older participants. A parent support group will be available as well, dependent on enrollment. Registration is occurring through early November, with intakes occurring this fall and the groups starting in January. For more details please visit our Social Skills group page
CAARS is proud to offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and intervention/counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults. We offer our services for free to make them accessible for all families within the community.
- Opportunities to participate in research will also be available.
Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment/Evaluation Services
- Our evaluation consists of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, second edition (ADOS-2), as well as assessment of intellectual and adaptive functioning.
Intervention and Research Services
- Supportive services, such as social skills groups for adolescents and support groups for parents and siblings, will be forthcoming in the Fall of 2020.
- Individual counseling and behavioral intervention.
The Center for Autism Assessment and Research Services (CAARS) seeks to help prepare doctoral students in clinical and school psychology to become psychologists and to provide needed behavioral health services to the community free-of-charge. We are proud to provide no-fee services through our state-of-the-art community training clinic. Our clinicians are graduate students in Kean University's Psy.D. Program in Combined School and Clinical Psychology, who represent diverse backgrounds in terms of age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual background, and socioeconomic status, and seek to serve individuals from all walks of life. All clinicians are closely supervised by licensed psychologists, who are core faculty members within the APA-Accredited doctoral program or practicing and credentialed psychologists working within the surrounding community.
For further information or to enroll for assessment or supportive services, please contact Kean Psychological Services at 908-737-5890.
* CAARS is supported in part by funds generously donated by the Slass Family.
As a University-based training clinic, we are proud to provide services to the community without charge. However, please be advised that our services may not be the right fit for everyone, as we may not have the appropriate staffing level or be able to provide the level of care or type of services needed for particular clients or families. We reserve the right to accept or not accept any client for services, but will always strive to provide appropriate referrals.
- Please be advised that all services are provided through our clinic as part of our doctoral training program in professional psychology. Thus, all sessions are video and audio recorded for clinical training and research purposes.
A note regarding E-mail and Electronic Communication. Due to personal privacy concerns we do not regularly communicate with individuals over email. Please call. If no one is available to answer, leave a message. The clinic voicemail is checked regularly.