​​​​​​​The Central Autism Assessment & Treatment (CAAT) Centers' Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors in order to improve skills and promote positive and meaningful change in behavior while tracking and measuring the progress of an individual's personalized goals. ABA is a  widely accepted treatment approach based in science and used in many schools and clinics for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).


The CAAT Centers primarily trains undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in our BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) and BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) Approved Course Sequence. Undergraduate and graduate students from other disciplines also have the opportunity to participate in the treatment center. All students who participate in the treatment center train under the supervision of doctoral-level board certified behavior analysts (BCBA-Ds) and a master's level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), to provide high quality intervention services to children in mid- and northern-Michigan diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. We provide ABA for younger children during the school day and for older children we offer after school hours during the school year and daytimes during the summer.

When Central Michigan University is in session, the center is open. The hours of operation for the treatment center are currently: Mondays - Thursdays.

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

To obtain additional information regarding Applied Behavior Analysis treatment services for autism spectrum disorder, please contact the treatment center at 989-774-2529.

To obtain additional information regarding diagnostic evaluation services for autism spectrum disorder, please contact the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education at 989-774-3904.

Central Michigan University’s Central Autism Assessment & Treatment Center is in part funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through the Michigan Legislature.