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Project Rex is a treatment initiative dedicated to providing services to children and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families. The program is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC.

Offering hope for individuals with autism spectrum disorders

The Project Rex Team consists of doctors and therapists with a passion for helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their loved ones.

Project Rex team

Pictured, from left: Frampton Gwynette, M.D.; Nancy Warren, Ph.D.; James Truelove, M.S.W.; Jennifer Warthen, M.S.W.

Only about 36% of children on the Autism Spectrum actually have full-blown autism. The remaining percentage are classified as having “High Functioning Autism”.

Although they are termed “High Functioning”, these children are generally lower functioning than their counterparts who have absolutely no symptoms of autism.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders benefit from focused cognitive-behavioral and/or activity-based therapies, and medical evaluation.

Autism Spectrum Disorders also include:

  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Dr. Frampton Gwynette founded and directs Project Rex, an MUSC treatment program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Dr. Gwynette graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in 2000. After completing training in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, he joined the Medical University of South Carolina’s faculty in 2006.

In addition to directing Project Rex, he also serves as the director of the Resident Training Clinic for the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Gwynette served as co-Chair of the Medical University of South Carolina Autism Center Strategic Planning Committee.

The MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences emphasizes excellence in clinical care, teaching and research. MUSC Psychiatry is housed in its own building, the Institute of Psychiatry, where the majority of the Department’s faculty, training programs research programs and administrative offices are located.

Conference, scaled

From left: James Truelove, M.S.W., and Frampton Gwynette, M.D. present at the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry/International Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology combined meeting in New York City.

What We Do

We provide support and treatment for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their parents. Our goal is to help individuals to reach their highest potential by enhancing their social skills, their ability to understand emotions and their adaptability.

Project Rex services include:

Child and Adult Groups

Use of Cognitive-Behavioral and Activity-Based Therapies to address:

  • Meltdowns and Aggression
  • Transitions
  • Relating to Others
  • Appropriate Play
  • Understanding Limitations
  • Understanding One’s Own Emotions and the Emotions of Others

Use of Social Stories to help children learn about appropriate communication, boundaries and coping skills to utilize effectively.

Parallel Parent Groups

Parent Education about Child’s Diagnosis

Parent Support and Coaching about Techniques to Help with Child’s Problem Behaviors

Guest Speakers from the Community and School District to Help Access Resources and Information

Medication Support