About Us

The Center for the Treatment of Autistic Disorders (CTAD) is a leading Iranian organization providing outreach treatment services for children with autistic spectrum disorders as well as conducting research programs covering pervasive developmental disorders.

The CTAD was established following a two-year (2001-2003) systematic intervention study program on the efficacy of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis on 21 children with pervasive developmental disorders. During the study which was supported by the National Research Center for Medical Sciences, participants received over ten thousand hours of home-based-individual treatment with monthly assessments recorded on DVDs. In order to protect the legal rights, special needs of the participants and to evaluate the progress of the intervention program, the Coordinating Center for the Structured Behavioral Therapy of Autism was established at the beginning of the study. This center was subsequently licensed by the Welfare Organization of the Country under the title: Center for the Treatment of Autistic Disorders


Accomplishments in the past 20 years

In the first 20 years of the rendering of official autism services, the following accomplishments have been achieved:

۱- Providing diagnostic, educational and rehabilitation services to more than 7000 children

۲- Development of family and parent oriented approaches for autism

۳- Holding social and media gatherings to elevate general knowledge about autism

۴- Continuity in presenting educational and rehabilitation services to overseas clients since 1380

۵- Continuity in presenting educational and rehabilitation services to overseas clients since 1383

۶- Scientific and experimental interactions with other autism centers all over the world

۷- Providing assistance in the establishment of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science for the training of researchers, specialists and coaches in the field of autism

۸- Building up and naturalization of documented approaches to education and rehabilitation corresponding to scientific progress in Iran and the world

۹- Publication of hundreds of articles, theses, dissertations, books and diagnostic tests by affiliated researchers in the field of Autism

۱۰- Innovations, registration and use of novel technologies in screening, training and rehabilitation of Autism Spectrum Disorder

۱۱- Holding various coach training courses in the main and affiliated autism centers all over Iran

۱۲- Promotion of remote approaches o rehabilitation, especially during Covid- 19