The Waisman Center is committed to providing high-quality services to children and adults with autism and their families.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs social interaction, communication, and behavior. It affects approximately one out of every 36 children.
The scope of the Waisman Center’s autism-related activities continues to expand as we actively pursue research into the causes, consequences and treatments of this complex disorder.
We are uniquely positioned to make major advances in the understanding of autism through our multidisciplinary approach and expertise in effectively combining research, training, service, and outreach programs under one roof.
The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides diagnosis and clinical care for children with or at risk for a developmental disability including autism spectrum disorders.
The mission of the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is to support the full inclusion and self determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Autism is a major area of focus.
WISADDS is a multi-source public health surveillance project that monitors the prevalence of autism spectrums disorders (ASDs), cerebral palsy (CP), and co-occurring intellectual disability (ID) in 8-year-old children within a 10-county area in southeastern Wisconsin.
Guiding Wisconsin families of children and youth with special health care needs. We are parents and professionals who can help get answers, find services, connect you to community resources, provide trainings, and support you on your journey.
Since 2004 the annual Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism has featured presentations about advances in autism research and answers to audience questions. Visit the archives page to view past presentations and download handouts.
The Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD) meets as a statewide group three times a year and then practice groups will meet throughout the year to further their action steps. View videos of past presentations and PowerPoints.
Learn best practices and evidence-based care for children with autism and developmental behavioral concerns while getting your clinical questions answered by University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center autism experts.
Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am In Person - Waisman location TBA & Virtual
Seminar - Inge-Marie Eigsti, PhD - Topic: Autism and the Impact of Cognitive Differences on Language Development @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm John D. Wiley Conference Center, Room T216 Waisman Center
Seminar - Aubyn Stahmer, PhD - Topic: Adapting Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Collaboration with Community Providers @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm John D. Wiley Conference Center, Room T216 Waisman Center
Waisman Autism News
The Children’s Resource Center – South helps families of children and youth with special health care needs navigate the health care system
The Children’s Resource Center-South, housed in the Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), is dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs or disabilities and the providers who serve them.
Over the past four decades, she (Durkin) has demonstrated an unrelenting passion for readily applying her vast knowledge about different cultures and the varying preponderance of health maladies among children.
A new study from researchers at the Waisman Center and The Ohio State University will investigate aging in autistic adults.
A parent-mediated physical activity intervention helps autistic kids acquire fundamental motor skills
Autistic children show lower physical activity and fundamental motor skills such as running, jumping, or throwing compared to non-autistic children.
The Waisman Center’s signature research project looks deeply at the connections between autism and ADHD
Josh loves coming to the Waisman Center. He has told his mom Julia several times that he particularly enjoys the two-day visits because he gets to spend more time at the center. His brain is special so it is cool that the scientists want to study it, he tells Julia.
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Autism-Related Research at Waisman
- Adolescence and adulthood
- Brain imaging
- Family outcomes
- Health and Aging
- Molecular basis of ASD
- Quality of life
- Speech, communication and language
Resources & Services
Research Participation | 800.965.9205; 608.263.5192; firstname.lastname@example.org; Participate in Research
The Waisman Center’s Research Registry links individuals and families to research projects at the Waisman Center. The Waisman Center maintains a confidential registry of families and individuals who would like to be contacted about upcoming research projects. Enrollment in the Research Registry does not obligate an individual or family to participate in any study.
Community Outreach for Children with Challenging Behaviors | 608-265-9438; cow.waisman.wisc.edu/ties
Community Training, Intervention and Evaluations Services (TIES) is an outreach program for children and adults with developmental disabilities who present various challenging behaviors, including withdrawal, aggression and self-injury. The mission of Community TIES is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that insure continued participation in the community. TIES provides counseling, crisis response, psychiatric consultation, parent education and support, and training for personnel and program consultation in local human service agencies. Directed by Josh Lapin, MSW, and funded by Dane County, this program maintains an active caseload of approximately 250 children and adults in Dane County.
Wisconsin Wayfinder: Essential Children's Resources | 877-947-2929; dhs.wisconsin.gov/wiscway/
Wisconsin Wayfinder supports families of children with delays, disabilities, special health care needs, and mental health conditions. Children’s resource guides are helpers who assist families, caregivers, professionals, and organizations in finding a wide array of supports and services available through the Children’s Resource Network. Their services are free and confidential. Connect with a children's resource guide. Call (877) WiscWay or use our contact form.
Well Badger Resource Center | 800-642-7837; text: 608-360-9328; email@example.com; https://www.wellbadger.org/
When you have questions about health and social services, figuring out where to go when you need help can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier. Well Badger Resource Center is your one-stop connection to community, social, health, and government programs — a place to find what you need, when you need it.