The Marquette Autism Initiative offers a number of programs and services serving autistic children, teens, and adults, and their families. Student trainees, supervised by credentialed faculty within and across their discipline, participate in the provision of programs. Marquette also has several programs, outside of the Initiative, for which individuals on the spectrum and their families might be interested.

Marquette Autism Initiative Programs

PEERS® Social Skills Groups: Marquette offers group instruction in friendship and relationship skills, also known as PEERS®, for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults on the spectrum. Marquette students are welcome in young adult groups. Contact Marquette PEERS® or call 414-288-4438, option 1, for information about when the next group begins.

MUSCLES Camp: Marquette offers a summer camp addressing literacy and social communication skills for children on the spectrum, aged 6-11. The MUSCLES (Marquette University Summer Communication, Literacy, and Enhanced Socialization) camp occurs during three weeks in summer. Contact MUSCLES at, or for information about the camp.

Milwaukee ECQuIP Family Navigation: Marquette offers help for families seeking autism services. We will meet with you about your concerns and help you find access to needed services. Family navigation is available for families who have difficulty accessing care, living in most of central Milwaukee. Contact Milwaukee ECQuIP at (414) 288-3727 for information about family navigation.

Other Marquette Programs Addressing Autism

Center for Psychological Services, Autism Specialty Clinic: The Autism Clinic, directed by Amy Van Hecke, PhD, offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder, utilizing measures considered to be the gold standard in the field. All ages are served, starting with children as young as 15-months-old and extending through adulthood. *The Clinic is not currently accepting new clients. Please refer to this handout for a list of external providers of the medical diagnosis of autism.

The Marquette University Speech and Hearing Clinic: The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers evaluations and therapy services for children and adults with communication difficulties, including individuals on the spectrum. Services are free to Marquette students who qualify for services. Please see the Speech and Hearing Clinic webpage for more details or email at

Special needs dental clinic: The School of Dentistry offers dental services with regard to special needs and sensory sensitivities for adults and children 13 years old and above. Marquette students may also be eligible. Contact the Advance Care Clinic for more details.

On Your Marq, Office of Disability Services: Beginning in Fall, 2019, the Office of Disability Services, in partnership with a planning team from the Marquette Autism Initiative, will offer the On

Your Marq college support program for Marquette students on the autism spectrum. Please see the OYM webpage for more information.