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Autism Intervention Programs

Our autism intervention programs are supported by grants from the Family Support Services division of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Nexus: A Social Competence Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Nexus program meets Saturday afternoons on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh during the fall and spring semesters. Children arrive at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 3 p.m. Social skill instruction occurs in the context of activities such as games, gym activities and crafts. Up to 30 graduate and undergraduate students work under the supervision of Ms. Sadie Trunck (school psychologist, director of programs for the Center for Neurobehavioral Health, and adjunct lecturer in the psychology department school psychology M.A./C.A.S. program). College students help children at Nexus succeed by prompting positive interactions, rewarding appropriate behavior, helping children to achieve personal goals, and teaching children to monitor their own progress. Nexus serves 30 children with autism spectrum disorders and OPWDD eligibility, ages 5 through 16. Contact Ms. Trunck for more information or for an application for admission to Nexus.

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