Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life.  It is a spectrum disorder which means it includes a large range of symptoms and behaviors.  Early identification is essential for future success.  The characteristic behaviors of autism may or may not be visible in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years).  Research indicates that early diagnosis is associated with dramatically better outcomes.

UCP Heartland’s Center for Autism provides many services including:

  • Developmental Screening
  • Family Orientation
  • Developmental Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Resource Library
  • Autism Training


Autism Services:  For more information on our services please view our Autism Services Brochure.

Training Sessions:  The UCP Center for Autism offers FREE autism training to child care providers, Early Intervention specialists, First Responders, educators, businesses, and other organizations and community groups.  Download our training session guide or call (618)-288-2218 if you would like more information.

Social Skills Groups: develop enhanced adaptive social skills in youth with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. For more information please view our social skills group flyers on Intervention and on Getting Along with Others. If you’re ready to sign up for a Social Skills Group, please contact the Center.

Resource Library: The Center for Autism has an extensive array of information for concerned parents and friends.  You can view our current available book list by clickingthis link.

UCP Heartland’s Center for Autism is a network partner of The Autism Program (TAP).

UCP Heartland Center for Autism
2730 North Center St.
Mailing Address — P.O. Box 367
Maryville, IL 62067
(618) 288-2218 (T)
(618) 288-2249 (F)