Covid-19 Modified Operations Information

COVID-19 Modified Operations

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism will remain open under the following modified conditions.
  1. All public events have been postponed.
  2. Services are still available to the public but may be provided under modified conditions.
  3. We discourage everyone from coming to the center until further notice.

If you need to contact the autism center, please contact us at or 801-863-7620. You may also reach out to any of our staff via phone or email.

For additional resources, please visit our crisis response page.


For more information, visit the Return to Campus website.

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University improves the quality of life for those living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorder by preparing students for professional careers in the field, providing evidence-based services and education, and fostering a community of belonging.

Programs & Offerings

For students with ASD, please contact Accessibility Services

Professional Careers

We encourage and support those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to more fully realize their potential and utilize their strengths through higher education, social experiences, independent living and career guidance. We believe our students can live a healthy life filled with opportunities to succeed.

Services For UVU Students

Led by enthusiastic expert teachers and peer-mentors utilizing current best practices, the Passages program empowers current and prospective UVU students with autism-spectrum conditions to develop the awareness, skills and supports they will need to succeed in personal, academic and social aspects of adult life.

Communities, Partnerships, Services & Resources

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.

Wolverines Elevated

Wolverines Elevated is a three-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program is in its first year as a model TPSID (Transition & Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) program, with funding from the United States Department of Education. Individuals (age 18-25) with intellectual disabilities are welcome to apply.


Autism Conference to be held March 3, 2022

Autism Conference 2021 Banner

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce the 11th annual Autism Conference at Utah Valley University. The conference theme this year is Cultivating Competencies Across the Community.

Register for Conference


Children with ASD playing together
For more information regarding upcoming events, please follow the link below.

Super Spectrum Art Showcase

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Every year the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University presents our annual art show. Talent of individuals with Autism from preschool to adulthood is represented from across our community. This year we had 231 submissions from 69 different artists. Click the link below to see the submissions!
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Understanding and Addressing Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism, and negatively impact the wellbeing of both the child and their family. They are, however, highly amenable to treatment. In other words, all children with autism can learn to fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night. In this presentation, Dr. Hanley will discuss a process for understanding and addressing sleep problems, such as taking too long to fall asleep, waking frequently at night, sleeping for only short durations each night, and reluctant to go to bed or sleep independently.

*Our audience will likely include individuals who are immune compromised and at a higher risk for COVID-19, so we highly encourage attendees wear masks throughout the day.

Greg Hanley Sleep Workshop - January 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Ragan Theater.

Register for Workshop

Preventing Problem Behavior in Young Children with Autism - Balance Training with Dr. Greg Hanley

Teacher with her student.
The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce a special training available through Dr. Greg Hanley and FTF Behavioral Consulting to BCBA/BCaBAs and families serving young children between the ages 2- 8 with autism spectrum disorder. The 2-part workshop is designed to prevent early problem behavior. Through a special grant, we can offer this training to a limited number of attendees at a highly discounted rate.
The mission of the Balance program is to prevent the worsening of early problem behavior in young children with autism. Parents serve as the primary implementers with intermittent support from a professional, making the program a good option when access to behavior analytic services is limited.
The focus of the training will be on extracting key information from completed interviews, using that information to individualize a baseline assessment plan, and backward designing the teaching steps from individualize treatment goals. Attendees will leave with a complete program plan for one child.
As there is limited availability for this training, we request you fill out this screener to be considered for participation.

Qualifying participants are required to:
1- Sign up as a parent/professional team through the BCBA/BCaBA. The parent and child need to be determined and included on the screening application. The parent must agree to the pre-training.
2- Attend an online training before participating in the face-to-face session on January 26, 2022 from 9 am to 12 pm. (All approved trainees will receive the link and code for training at time of acceptance. This part of the training will be provided at no cost, as it is covered in the grant).
3- Be ready to individualize a program for one child.

Cost for BCBA, which will include Ace credentialed CEUs is $50, the Parent is $25 for a total of $75 for the pair. (This is heavily discounted, as the Hurst Wood Education grant awarded to the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism pays for the rest of the charges).

Please contact with questions.
To apply for a potential spot, please fill out the form linked below as soon as possible.

Link to form

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