YAI Autism Center
Serving People with Autism and Their Families
For more than 50 years, the YAI Network has been providing comprehensive person-centered services to people with autism spectrum disorders and their families
Our new state-of-the-art Autism Center, headed by Dr. Charles Cartwright, combines our long tradition and expertise of serving people with autism with an early detection and treatment center; family support and life planning services; and a resource library.
Check our blog for frequent updates on services and programs, as well as articles by experts from the YAI Autism Center and other professionals in the field!
Family Peer Advocate Initiative
Partnership with Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem
Social Skills and Activity Based Groups
• Requires New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligibility
• For children residing with their families in Brooklyn
Fosters creative movement for children while focusing on improved balance, coordination, and attention.
Promotes positive peer relationships amongst children through role playing, recognizing emotions, social stories, and modeling
• Funded by the New York City Council’s Autism Initiative
• For young adults residing throughout New York City
• Manhattan based
Fosters creative movement for adults while focusing on improved balance, coordination, and attention
Develops communication skills and response to social situcation in a fun, spontaneous environment
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS): A semi structured assessment used to evaluate an individual suspected of having autism
• Music Therapy
• Social Skills
• Creative Arts
Do you or your child have: Repetitive behaviors or narrow interests? Difficulty communicating? Trouble making friends or maintaining relationships? Poor organizational skills?
If yes, you or your child may qualify for one of the following studies:
- Family Peer Advocate Study: You may be eligible to take part if you are a parent of a child with autism (or suspected Autism), are of African American or Latino descent and reside in Bronx, Manhattan or Brooklyn. Comprehensive diagnostic assessment will be included. For more information call Jesslyn Jamison at 212-241-7098 or click here.
- Arbaclofen Clinical Trial (ages 5-21): Examines whether arbaclofen improves social withdrawal symptoms associated with autism. For more information please call 212-241-2826
- Memantine Clinical Trial (6-12) Targets motor skills deficits associated with autism. For more information please call 212-241-3692
- Social Skills Groups with Imaging (ages 8-11): This study compares two different approaches to social skills treatments in 8-11 year old children with ASDs who demonstrate strong verbal skills. Participation includes a 12-session social skills group, a comprehensive psychological evaluation and neuroimaging (fMRI) scans. Goals include improving relationships with peers and learning coping skills for social situations. Participation involves an fMRI before the group starts and after 12 weeks. Parents will meet at the same time and will not be charged for any of the assessments or study treatments. For more information please call 212 241-2993
- Adult Imaging Studies (ages 18-45): Adults who qualify will have an fMRI scan and with the option to participate in an oxytocin challenge study to see whether oxytocin improves ability to read emotions in other people. For more information please call 212-241-0961
Previously recorded Cigna Presentations from their Autism Education Series
Michael Boardman, "Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors in the Home"
August 2011 - slideshow (pdf)
Autism Matters - Newsletter Archive
For services in the New York metropolitan area, contact YAI Link Information & Referral:
1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD: 212-290-2787.