Resources For You

Evidence-Based Practices

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University connects those living and working with autism spectrum disorder to the variety of supports currently offered throughout their local community. Support for autism comes as this community of acceptance is fostered and built by sharing of resources, expertise, and education. We seek to assist individuals and families in becoming familiar and connected to the resources available near them.

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"For parents of children with autism, safety risks become magnified because of challenges resulting from fixations with narrow interests, limited situational awareness, and sensory and communication issues." - OAR 


Individuals with autism may be triggered by various stimuli resulting in sensory overload. There are many therapies and techniques that can help individuals manage their behaviors when sensory overload occurs.


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based therapy that helps individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop essential life skills such as communication and behavior management.

Community Resources

There are several organizations that provide additional resources and supports. Please contact us if you have additional needs or questions regarding the resources provided.


United Way 2-1-1 Program
Medical Home Portal - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Utah Family Voices
Utah Parent Center
Autism Council of Utah
Integrative Services Program at Utah Department of Health
ABA Provider Finder

Additional Resources

Visual Supports

This website has practical visual supports that you can download and use! Examples include narratives explaining how to communicate needs and basic social interaction scenarios. Thank you to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism for sharing their resources!

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Cohorts Trained in IISCA


IISCA stands for interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis. It is an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis from the interview.