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YAI Autism Center

Serving People with Autism and Their Families

The YAI Autism Center is a specialty division within the YAI Network devoted to supporting and engaging the autism community.  We offer a range of services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families including clinical evaluations, group programs, education and resources. Our services are provided with skill and compassion by experienced professionals and we work to strengthen individuals’ abilities and quality of life.

Services available through the autism center

Private Evaluations

Autism Assessments

The Autism Center provides diagnostic evaluations to determine the presence or absence of autism spectrum disorders through the use of well-substantiated measures. These measures include the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) currently considered the gold standard in autism assessment, the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale – Second Edition (CARS-2). Diagnoses and recommendations are made based on direct observation and interaction, interviews, and available records.

Neuropsychological Evaluations

The Autism Center provides neuropsychological evaluations to determine an individual’s levels of functioning in a variety of areas including attention, memory, and language. These evaluations are often used in assisting in treatment planning/monitoring and placement decisions for children, adolescents, and adults. Common measures that are used include the Wechsler Memory Scales, California Verbal Learning Test, Differential Ability Scales – Second Edition (DAS-2), and NEPSY-2.

Children’s Groups

Social Skills Group

Teen Social Skills Groups

Adult Groups

Yoga Group

Kitchen Skills Group

Parent / Caregiver Groups  

Phone In Parent Support Group

Autism Family Support Group

If you are not finding the services you are looking for, please let us know. We are happy to learn about the types of services your are looking for as we work toward developing new services and programs. We also encourage you to look at our resources.  

Partnership with Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem

We are proud to partner with the Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem by identifying children for the school's program and connecting other families with valuable resources throughout New York City. Learn about one family's experience here.

Contact Information

To find out more about the services listed please call Laura Mitchell at 212.273.6211

For all other services in the New York metropolitan area, contact YAI LINK at 212.273.6182.