Autism Center

Autism Inpatient Care

Autism Inpatient Care

Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) display a wide range of intellectual and language abilities, experiences, strengths, and levels of functioning. Many children and adolescents with ASD can be treated in community and home settings. However, the need for intensive behavioral and pharmacological treatment in the hospital setting may be needed.

The Autism Inpatient Unit is designed to care for individuals who are displaying severe and treatment-resistant behavioral disorders (e.g., aggression, self-injury), or who have experienced a decline in their usual level of psychiatric functioning.  As the highest level of care, inpatient treatment is most appropriate for children and adolescents who have exhausted available care in the community and are in acute behavioral crisis.

How We Treat

Our multidisciplinary team tailors the treatment plan to your child’s specific behavioral, medical, and communication needs, utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), therapy, education and medication evaluation and management. Upon admission, our team collaborates with you, your child’s school, and any community providers to develop an individual behavioral intervention and treatment plan to improve your child’s safety and stability.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Applied behavior analysis (ABA) uses positive learning techniques and principles to help promote positive behavior and facilitate positive growth.

  • Therapeutic recreation specialists work collaboratively our Behavior Analyst to address treatment goals in recreation and play-based activities. Speech/language pathologists and occupational therapists also work to improve communication, swallowing and completion of daily activities.

  • Educational activities are implemented throughout your child’s highly structured day. School district-funded tutoring is also implemented through our partnership with an accredited, Autism-specific special education school.

Program Highlights
  • Intensive Parent Training program assists caregivers in practicing behavior management in the safety of our unit


To be considered for admission your child must fit the following criteria:

  • Be ages 10 – 21 (younger children will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have a documented primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • For CT residents, have documentation of Autism diagnosis by a Psychologist or other clinical provider outside the school setting, which includes one of the following diagnostic tests: ADOS-2, CARS-2, or GARS-2
  • Display self-injury, aggression, or other severe behavior problems that impair functioning
  • Be medically stable


Discharge planning begins upon admission. Our team will collaborate with our outpatient clinic team and community providers to support the continuation of the necessary behavioral and educational programs for you and your child.

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