Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic
The Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic is a community outreach program located in the Autism Center of Nebraska, part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha. The clinic provides early intervention services using applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is the only research-supported treatment for autism spectrum disorders. The clinic offers one-on-one services for toddlers with autism and a caregiver-training program.
Students have the opportunity to be part of the ACT Clinic’s AmeriCorps-funded training program, which provides hands-on experience supporting kids and families. Applications are accepted online: https://bit.ly/AmeriCorps-App
Learn more about the ACT Clinic: unmc.edu/mmi/departments/psychology/psych-patientcare/act-clinic.html
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[00:00:16.590]The Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic, or the ACT clinic,
[00:00:19.840]is part of the Munroe Meyer Institute at UNMC.
[00:00:23.460]It's a community based early intensive behavioral
[00:00:26.130]intervention program that serves young children
[00:00:28.900]diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
[00:00:31.720]We have a partnership with
[00:00:33.700]the Autism Center of Nebraska, in Omaha,
[00:00:36.640]and serve Nebraska Americorps, where we share the mission
[00:00:40.730]of serving young children diagnosed with autism.
[00:00:50.016]The early intensive behavioral intervention services
[00:00:52.470]that we provide here at the ACT clinic, have had a
[00:00:55.470]significant impact on the children and families we serve,
[00:00:59.080]primarily what area what we are working on is
[00:01:00.910]language acquisition, social skill development,
[00:01:04.440]self help skills, and pre-academic skills
[00:01:07.210]so that the children we serve are able to be
[00:01:10.070]successful in a pre-school classroom.
[00:01:12.290]When children start here,
[00:01:13.770]many of them are not using functional language.
[00:01:16.930]So giving children a voice,
[00:01:20.210]is a very powerful thing for these families.
[00:01:24.410]I making you give a kiss to Kabil.
[00:01:27.520]Who's your best friend?
[00:01:31.468]Amer, is he your baby brother?
[00:01:34.510]Before coming to the act clinic,
[00:01:36.976]Amer was having issues with just experiencing
[00:01:42.830]the environment, like other kids his age do.
[00:01:46.070]He was non-verbal at the time.
[00:01:48.930]Most of his communication was actually crying.
[00:01:53.213]Awesome, do this!
[00:01:54.046]Aw, do this!
[00:01:57.000]It's down low.
[00:01:58.420]Awesome, let's do the puzzle.
[00:02:00.070]We had a lot of tears, a lot of, a lot of
[00:02:05.730]A lot of unhappiness in general.
[00:02:07.260]After the first couple of days of coming to the ACT clinic,
[00:02:09.840]he couldn't wait to run in here.
[00:02:11.420]I could see a guy that is so happy to be where he's at.
[00:02:15.550]I felt like he started verbalizing
[00:02:17.360]all of the things that were inside of him.
[00:02:19.639]It's my A,B,C's.
[00:02:21.831]A,B,C's. There's A,B,C's.
[00:02:23.423]They're been, so many wonderful people
[00:02:25.920]who work with him, and showm genuine love and care.
[00:02:31.140]We realize that the time spent here at the ACT clinic,
[00:02:33.910]was one of the biggest precipitating factors for him to get
[00:02:37.513]on that journey to communicate and express himself.
[00:02:41.941]Two different colorblock designs, it's on,
[00:02:44.230]after it's matched with this.
[00:02:45.920]You can do the same patterns.
[00:02:48.380]There are a number of
[00:02:49.640]different student activities, at the ACT clinic.
[00:02:52.600]There are opportunities for undergraduate students,
[00:02:55.480]and graduate students.
[00:02:57.020]The ACT clinic student experience is unique,
[00:02:59.200]because our students do play a large role
[00:03:02.360]in delivering services to
[00:03:04.480]the children with autism that we see.
[00:03:06.440]So I think that unique training opportunities here
[00:03:09.270]really give students
[00:03:10.480]a range of different career opportunities.
Yeah! Good work!
[00:03:17.270]As a master student,
[00:03:19.000]we are required to do practical rotations.
[00:03:21.410]And my first practical rotation was
[00:03:23.372]placed here at the ACTs clinic.
[00:03:25.700]I absolutely loved it.
[00:03:30.730]Working the clinic really really helps
[00:03:32.910]to facilitate my education.
[00:03:35.540]A lot of the stuff that we were going over in my classes,
[00:03:38.290]I was able to apply to real time being at the clinic.
[00:03:41.750]So we'd study something, and then I would come to clinic
[00:03:44.790]afterwards and be able to use that intervention or
[00:03:48.310]that specific topic that we talked about in class,
[00:03:51.060]and actually apply it to everyday life.
[00:03:53.330]The best part about working at the clinic for me,
[00:03:55.390]is definitely the children.
[00:03:57.100]It's so cool to see them come in,
[00:03:59.920]and you get to see them from their first day,
[00:04:02.050]until the day they transition out.
[00:04:03.690]So right before your eyes, you can see how much
[00:04:05.840]these kids are growing and developing,
[00:04:08.070]and forming that really strong relationship
[00:04:10.670]and bond with them, is the best part for sure.
[00:04:13.230]A typical day at the ACT clinic,
[00:04:15.430]usually involves observation,
[00:04:18.540]supervision of the clients and the staff.
[00:04:21.580]Providing training to the staff on the client's programming.
[00:04:25.200]Sometimes just playing with the kid part of the day.
[00:04:27.790]Maybe conducting some research, as well as having
[00:04:30.960]research meetings in preparation.
[00:04:33.560]To any students considering working at the ACT clinic,
[00:04:36.610]I would say that this is a wonderful, awesome place.
[00:04:39.370]The facility really just provides a really good working
[00:04:42.770]environment, and a lot of learning opportunities.
[00:04:45.940]I hope that there is a lot of funding, a lot of
[00:04:49.600]support to build ACT clinic out further,
[00:04:52.950]and I hope the team expansion provides this opportunity
[00:04:55.950]to a lot of other children in the community.
[00:04:57.860]When we sit back and think about Amer's journey,
[00:05:01.480]we think the the most impact for time,
[00:05:03.630]the most high impact, the highest positive
[00:05:06.810]learning time in his life, has been at the ACT clinic.
[00:05:09.860]We were truly blessed for Amer.
[00:05:12.460]For him to be part of that clinic,
[00:05:16.192]And I'm happy to be part of that clinic.
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