Autism Clinic

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WIU's Autism Clinic

Autism Clinic Evaluations

WIU's Autism Clinic provides FREE autism evaluations for children between 0-5 years. Evaluations for children older than age 5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluations are conducted by a team consisting of at least one speech-language pathologist and one clinical or school psychologist with graduate students in training. The estimated time for an evaluation is 2-3 hours, but varies by age and cooperation. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are required to be present.

Evaluations consist of:

  • Cognitive assessment
  • Speech and language evaluation
  • Hearing screening
  • Autism specific evaluation
  • Review of adaptive and behavioral functioning

This clinic does not conduct full psychological evaluations or evaluate for other potential clinical diagnoses. If you are interested in a full psychological evaluation for your child, please contact the Psychology Clinic at (309) 298-1919.


Memorial Hall (2nd floor) - Macomb Campus


Appointments are held between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Schedule an Evaluation

If you are interested in scheduling an evaluation, please complete and submit the following intake form (Jotform). Once we receive this form, we will respond within within 5 business days to complete an initial screening to determine next steps in the evaluation process.

Contact & Staff


Please contact the Autism Clinic by email at


Leigh Ann Fisler, PhD, BCBA, NCSP
Associate Professor, School Psychologist and Behavior Analyst

Dr. Fisler completed her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University and a PhD in School Psychology from University of California, Riverside. has worked with children and young adults with autism for 16 years. During this time, she has provided early intervention services, behavioral support, family consultation, conducted psychoeducational evaluations, and provided group social and life skills training. Dr. Fisler completed her post-doctoral training with experience at UCLA with the PEERS® program and continues to provide college and career support for autistic young adults.

Nicole Pierson, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructor, Internship Coordinator

Professor Pierson earned bother her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Western Illinois University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) in Organizational Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Nicole has experience working with preschool- 4th grade students with a variety of speech and language impairment and is committed to pro-neurodiverse approaches to intervention. This means that neurodiversity is valued and each child honored as a person.

Amy Louck Davis, Psy.D
Supervising Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Louck-Davis graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical/Community Mental Health Psychology. She received her Doctorate of Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Currently she works for the State of Illinois as a forensic psychologist and operates a private practice as a clinical psychologist.

Graduate Assistants


Steps for Parents to Take

NOTE: The information below is intended for general informational purposes only, and is not an endorsement of the organizations or services listed. The information provided is not intended to nor does it constitute legal or medical advice. Please consult a lawyer or doctor if you require legal or medical advice. Reasonable efforts have been exercised to provide current information for the resources given.

If you think your child might have autism or a development delay, refer to the following.

Under Age 3

Early Intervention (EI) services provide a developmental evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for supports and services.

Regional Office of Education (ROE) 26

ROE 26 Early Beginnings provide developmental services for Fulton, Hancock, McDonough, and Schuyler counties.

Main Office Phone: (309) 575-3226
View additional contact information.

Parent & Child Together (PACT) for West Central Illinois

PACT provides home and center based developmental services for ages 0-5.

Macomb Office Phone: (309) 298-3143

Ages 3 and over
  1. Request a School District Assessment by submitting a written request for an assessment to your principal or special educaiton director.
  2. The school has 15 working days to create an assessment plan and send it to you to sign.
  3. When you return the signed assessment plan, the district has 60 working days to complete the assessment and set up a date to meet with you about the results.
  4. If you child qualifies for services: an Individual Education Plan will be created.
    • If your child does NOT qualify for services: Request an outside evaluation OR speak to your district about options and accommodations.

Speech-Language Hearing Clinic

  • Speech and Language therapy (individual and group)
  • Parent support groups
  • Audiological services

Learn more about the Speech-Language Hearing Clinic.

Psychology Clinic

  • Individual psychotherapy for children and adults
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Group based support
  • Consultation

Learn more about the Psychology Clinic.


The Autism Program of Illinois- serves autistic individuals and supports families through a network of providers.

Autism Navigator- To help with the early signs of autism, family resources, and professional courses.

Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Young Children- helps families of children make the best possible use of the first 100 days following a diagnosis.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)- and the Importance of understanding the challenges with communication and social skills for autistic children.

Child Mind Institute- What is Applied Behavior Analysis with clinical experts Dr. Susan Epstein and Dr. Catherine Lord

Wrights Law- Navigating the IEP Process