Behavioral Health Outpatient Services and Support for Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families

Wheeler’s clinicians have expanded capacity for treating children and youth with behavioral health issues and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and supporting their families, thanks to an in-depth behavioral health skills training through The Center for Children with Special Needs and support from the Wheeler Innovation Fund. The course, “Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Outpatient Settings,” encompasses various aspects of treatment for children and youth with ASD and mental health conditions.

“Behavioral health treatment is a complex process, and it is even more multi-faceted for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, which is why many of our clinicians have been trained in this approach,” said Katie Singh, LCSW, senior director, Outpatient Services, Wheeler. “To deliver effective care, it’s essential to understand how patients with ASD communicate and learn, common co-morbidities and co-occurring disorders, unique stressors and life experiences, and how to support family members.

“By better understanding and addressing these elements of care, we can help patients with ASD achieve and sustain positive outcomes,” Singh added.

“Individuals with ASD experience the world—and behavioral health issues—differently,” said Courtney M. Cotter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, director of Consultation Services, The Center for Children with Special Needs. “This training helps providers to understand and implement approaches that adapt to the needs of patients with ASD, so that they can access and benefit from mental health support.”

Wheeler’s behavioral health outpatient services address an array of issues for children and youth, including depression and anxiety; addiction; trauma; anger management; grief; assistance with medication management, and more.

Behavioral health services for children and youth with ASD are available through Wheeler’s community health center at 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, as well as its community health centers in Bristol, Hartford, and Waterbury.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Wheeler’s Navigation Center at 888.793.3500.

To learn more about Wheeler’s Autism Diagnostic Evaluation Services for children, adolescents and young adults, contact Sara Schoonover, PsyD, program manager, Autism Diagnostic Evaluation Program, at 860.793.3750, or SjSchoonover@wheelerclinic.org.

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