University Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

UCAN is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals concerned with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. The core value of the UCAN Assessment Team is to provide diagnostic evaluation for children in need.

The purpose of the UCAN Assessment Team is to improve differentiation between autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Team is a diverse group of professionals from different disciplines and agencies throughout Northern Nevada comprised of child psychiatrists, child psychologists, school psychologists, an occupational therapist, marriage and family therapist, speech language pathologists, and a developmental specialist.

This means providing individualized outcomes from assessment that has a meaningful impact on children and families and enables affordable access to assessment. As a group of professionals we operate dynamically as a team and are motivated to provide service to the community. We collaborate and have a common focus in scholarly pursuit of knowledge and freely share individual expertise and knowledge.

We provide three extensive assessments per month as well as follow up to help families access the recommended treatments outlined by the Team. The team functions in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the School of Medicine. According to the latest figures by the Center for Disease Control, autism affects 1 in 68 children.

UCAN Clinic Contact Information

Diane Thorkildson, M.P.H.

Phone: (775) 682-7025
Address: 1664 N. Virginia St, MS 0152, Reno, NV 89557-0152