A Guiding Star to Navigate Autism, Mental Health and Special Needs at Every Stage of Life

Fraser Autism Center of Excellence®

1 in 59 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

More than 1,000 cases of autism are diagnosed in Minnesota each year.

More individuals and families than ever are touched by autism. While most of us know the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise, many still know little about autism.

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong brain disorder that makes it hard to communicate and interact with others. Children with ASD often start to fall behind on developmental milestones and may lose speaking or social skills.

Individuals with autism often have trouble forming relationships and may take longer to process conversation. Many find repeated behaviors, like hand flapping or rocking, comforting. It is important to remember every individual with autism is unique. It’s called autism spectrum disorder because people experience a range and severity of symptoms.

Signs of autism can appear when a child is a few months old, or may not appear until a child is much older. Children may show signs of ASD, but may not actually have it. That is why having your child evaluated is so critical.

Increase of ASD

Many wonder why more children are being diagnosed with autism. One of the biggest reasons is the improved identification of symptoms. In the past, ASD was diagnosed as a variety of other conditions. Because parents and clinicians are now more knowledgeable about what autism is, it’s diagnosed more frequently. Autism awareness has also increased because of organizations like Fraser.

How Fraser Can Help

Fraser is the largest and most experienced provider of autism services in Minnesota. At the Fraser Autism Center of Excellence®, we understand each individual and family is different, so we customize plans to maximize outcomes. With over 30 unique autism services, Fraser has a depth and range of services few other organizations can match. The Fraser Autism Center of Excellence® is for individuals of all ages with autism.

Fraser offers these autism services:
  • Autism testing and evaluation
  • Autism Sibling Screening – for siblings of individuals with autism, the screening uses a combination of interviews, standardized testing and clinical observation.
  • Fraser Family Consults
  • Preschool and Adolescent Day Treatment – helps children regulate their emotions and behavior by developing coping, problem-solving and social skills, for ages 1-6 years old. Adolescent Day Treatment is for 12-18-year-olds and combines group therapy and skills training to help individuals maximize their potential.
  • Transitions Day Treatment
  • Case Management
  • Early Beginnings – an interactive, play-based therapy for children from birth to 4 years old with autism or social and communication concerns.
  • Early Beginnings Telehealth
  • Fraser workshops
  • Feeding Therapy – helps manage or overcome feeding difficulties in children.
  • Learn Talk Play
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Individual and Group Skills Training – one-on-one development of daily living skills and improves interactions at home, school and in the community, for children, teens and young adults, ages 2-21. Group skills training is for children and teens to build social skills and coping strategies in a group setting.
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) – increases independence, decreases barriers to learning, improves adaptability.
  • Individual, Group and Family Therapy – individual, group and family therapy sessions focused on social-emotional regulation and learning to better understand and cope with an autism diagnosis.
  • Parent Coaching – assists parents in developing skills, so they can help their child achieve goals, like implementing structure, strategies and behavior management techniques.
  • In-home Family Support - services that increase and maintain a person’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social functioning, provided in the home and community.
  • Respite Care – in-home service that provides short-term relief for the primary caregivers of people with special needs. Increases family well-being and keeps individuals in the home.
  • Community Living: Supervised Living, Supportive Living & Independent Living
  • Neuropsychology Clinic
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - improves relationships and teaches parents skills to manage their children’s behavior, for ages 2-6 years.
  • Career Planning and Employment
  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)
  • Functional Analysis – observes and modifies behavior like self-injury, aggression, destruction or severe tantrums in children, youth and adults.
  • Positive Behavior Support – empowers parents and caregivers to become the primary agents of behavior change in their child’s life by teaching them problem-solving, data-based decision-making and other skills.
Early Intervention and Lifelong Support

The earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better opportunity there is to positively affect his or her development. Studies show early intervention leads to better outcomes and helps children prepare for school. Children can learn how to play and interact with other children, family and adults.

However, even individuals diagnosed later in life can make gains at any point, if they receive the right support. That is why Fraser serves individuals with autism from birth through adulthood.

Fraser Autism Locations

Call today to make an appointment: 612-767-7222