Autism Spectrum Communication Clinic

About the Autism Social-Communication Clinic

The Autism Social-Communication Clinic is a family-centered therapy program that supports parents/caregivers to understand their children's communication development and to develop strategies to help their children learn new communication skills. The clinic is built on the belief that the best way to support a child's wellness and developmental health is to support the family's wellness and sense of self-efficacy. It is also built on the belief that natural, authentic routines across home, school, and the community provide the best educational and treatment contexts for communication and socialization.

Current research shows that language therapy for children with ASD is most effective when it targets communication in familiar and authentic social environment and with meaningful partners. The most successful programs combine the expertise of parents/caregivers with the knowledge of trained language specialists. We support families and therapeutic teams to create home and school environments that facilitate communication development in children with ASD through everyday activities. We aim to do so while honoring your family's language and cultural practices.

We work with children across the autism spectrum, to accomplish the following:

  • Fostering the social foundations of communication through joint attention, social-emotional attunement, and extended engagement
  • Promoting the advancement of social-communication skills through the use of symbols and language
  • Fostering conversations and extended social interactions for children with more advanced language skills
  • Fostering shared interest, enjoyment, and communication with peers through play

What to Expect in the Autism Spectrum Communication Clinic

  • Clinicians and parents plan all therapy activities jointly.
  • Anyone who cares for or teaches your child is welcome to participate anytime. Please feel free to invite them.
  • During the academic year, the program includes a total of 24 hours of service per semester over 12 weeks. Most weeks we meet twice a week for 1 hour for direct therapy. Four times a semester, we meet for group workshops with parents.
  • Families who enroll for the academic year are asked to commit to enrollment for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Each family will be partnered with a Graduate Student Clinician in the Communicative Disorders program who is receiving specialized training in autism spectrum disorders through Project Common Ground.
  • All student clinicians are supervised by Project Common Ground director and assistant professor, Betty Yu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Parents and clinicians work together to share relevant research, assess the child's current skills, identify therapy goals, and implement therapy strategies
  • A comprehensive report is available at the end of the semester.
  • All program activities will be video recorded for instructional purposes.
  • Childcare is available on a limited basis.

Enrolling in the Autism Spectrum Communication Clinic

If you are interesting in enrolling in the clinic, please contact Dr. Betty Yu ( or the CD Clinic Office for an application.

CD Clinic Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Phone: 415.338.1001


Fax: 415.338.0916