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.
- 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.