University of Wisconsin–Madison

Growing Together

The Growing Together Program offers children, teens and their families a partnership with our experienced clinicians to work together to practice effective strategies to support positive behavior and healthy relationships. Through focused, short term treatment, based on an individualized treatment plan, children/teens and their parents or primary caretaker will achieve skills that equip them to join the activities and interactions that are important to them in daily life. Each individual treatment plan is anchored by an evidence based practice for autism treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, cognitive behavior therapy, occupational therapy coaching, functional communication training, nutritional counseling, and solution focused parent education for family wellness and positive approaches to behavior supports. Parent and child/teen priorities are the focus of treatment objectives.

While services take place in clinic at the Waisman Center, children/teens and their families will carry over lessons learned in sessions to everyday activities where they live, work and play. The focus of treatment will be working toward positive changes in skills for the child or teen; decreasing challenging behavior and parents learning effective strategies for teaching and supporting their child’s positive behavior and interactions.

The Growing Together interdisciplinary team includes clinicians from the disciplines of: Applied Behavior Analysis; Dietetics/Nutrition; Occupational Therapy; Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Social Work.

Weekly 60 or 90 minutes sessions are available Monday-Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, for 12 weeks.

Growing Together Staff

Madeline C. Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA

Program Coordinator, Autism Treatment Programs

Molly Murphy, PhD, BCBA-D

Lead Supervisor, Autism Treatment Programs

Erin Thomson, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker