The Autism Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (AC-ULM) offers a variety
of comprehensive evaluations by certified/licensed professionals with the assistance
of graduate and undergraduate students. A comprehensive developmental history is completed
prior to evaluations that may include a review of medical, social, academic, and relevant
- The goal of the evaluation is to determine strengths and weaknesses and whether a
diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is appropriate.
- The evaluation report will include a diagnostic summary, recommendations and resources.
Executive Function Evaluation
- Executive functions include attention, working memory, strategic planning, timely
initiation, flexibility of thinking, impulse control, self-appraisal and self-regulation.
- The goal of an evaluation of executive functions is to identify a child’s strengths
and weaknesses, relative to the overall development of language and social communication.
- The evaluation report will include a comprehensive summary of executive functioning
and recommendations for the academic and home environments.
- Global sensory issues, motor planning deficits, and dietary challenges can impact
feeding and mealtimes.
- Food trends and nutritional status will be determined based on a completed food log
and medical and feeding history.
- The goal of the evaluation will be to complete an eating assessment to determine oral
motor and sensory skills.
- The evaluation report will include strategies for managing behaviors and possible
referrals to appropriate medical personnel.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluation
- AAC is appropriate for individuals who cannot effectively and efficiently communicate
- The goal of an AAC evaluation is to gather information and provide opportunities to
utilize speech-generating devices to determine if AAC is appropriate.
- If an AAC system is recommended, a trial with various types of devices may be required;
upon completion of trials, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled.
- The evaluation report will include a recommendation for an AAC system and suggestions
for implementation. If necessary, assistance with funding may be available.
Experienced professionals are available to consult with various agencies on specialized
needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Consultations may focus on an
individual or modifications within the home, school/program, or other environments.
Recommendations for educational, communication and behavioral supports will be offered.
Consultative services are limited dependent upon need and member availability.
Direct services may be provided by referral to the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing
Center, Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling Clinics, or Dental Hygiene
Clinic at ULM. Other agencies and businesses may be utilized for referral and follow-up.
Seminars on numerous topics are available for a variety of professionals, paraprofessionals,
students and parents. Presentations may take place on the ULM campus for tuition or
registration cost. Independent presentations may be contracted at a specific location
for a negotiated fee. Half-day (three hours) or full day (five-to-six hours) seminars
are available. Contact Dr. David Irwin for more information at email@example.com or 318.342.3190.
Fees are charged for evaluations, consultations and seminars/workshops. Payment is
due at the time services are provided. A payment plan is available and arrangements
can be made with the Autism Center at ULM; third party billing is not provided. A
sliding fee scale is available for qualified clients/families.
All evaluations and follow-up services are $50 per evaluation. Payment is due at time
services are rendered.
Contact Dr. David Irwin for consultation by the AC-ULM Team for follow-up services. Referrals
to ULM Clinics should be contacted regarding services/fees.
- Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center 318.342.1395
- Dental Hygiene Clinic 318.342.1616
- Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling Clinics 318.342.5678
REFERRAL FOR SERVICES
Referrals are based on 1) the needs of individuals and their families; and 2) the
availability of faculty/staff/students for services. Below is a checklist to make
- Residency: Preference is given to those individuals residing in the parishes served
by the Living Well Foundation. The parishes include: Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Morehouse,
Caldwell, Richland, Union, and Franklin. Referrals may be from other parishes on a
- Need: All referrals are reviewed by the Autism Center at ULM Team on a regular basis.
The AC-ULM Team will review all pertinent information that is supplied/requested and
make decisions and/or recommendations.
- Background Information: It is required that ALL information requested by the AC-ULM
be provided in a timely manner. Delays in obtaining the required information will
result in action NOT being taken on the individual client. Incomplete records will
be destroyed after 60 days.
- After the AC-ULM Team makes a decision regarding a referral, the parent/legal guardian
will be notified of the next step. Recommendations are individualized to the needs
of the individual and the family unit.
- Timelines: Scheduling of evaluations are determined by the AC-ULM Team. The timelines
for these services are limited to the availability of the AC-ULM Team and other factors.
These services may be from a relatively short to a longer waiting period.
- Appointments: All individuals and their families are required to be timely in their
adherence to scheduled appointments. No shows or requesting changes in the scheduled
appointments could result in discharge or delays. Walk-in appointments are not accepted.
- Sources: Referrals should be from a health professional, school professional or community
agency. Referrals from other agencies and individuals may be accepted on case by case
basis. Complete the Autism Center Referral Packet by clicking on the link below. Print and complete all forms with proper signatures. Incomplete forms will NOT be
processed resulting in delay or discharge.
- Contact: Referrals for services are received by Dr. David Irwin, CCC-SLP, and Director
of the Autism Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Print and complete
all forms for a referral and mail to:
Dr. David Irwin, CCC-SLP, Director, Autism Center at ULM, Sugar Hall 155, University
of Louisiana at Monroe, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209-0321.
If you have questions contact Dr. David Irwin email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 318.342.3190. Fax to 318.342.3199 Attn: Dr. David Irwin.
- Fees: All fees for services are due at the time services are rendered. Payments may
be made by check or money order. No credit cards or cash.
Download: Autism Center Referral Packet .PDF