Treatment Programs

The Center uses a comprehensive assessment as the foundation for each person's unique treatment plan, which is designed to reduce the symptoms of autism.  Treatment focuses on communication, interaction, change and transitions, behaviors and responses, social competencies and sensory processing. Our staff Psychiatrists, Speech Therapist, and Occupational Therapists are fully integrated into treatment programs.

The Center measures progress through objective and continual observation and assessment. Through treatment, the Center’s experienced therapists teach individuals how to build relationships with significant people in their life, and learn skills that will help them succeed. 

The individual’s family is viewed as a full partner in the therapeutic process. The Center provides the family with the support, education, treatment and resources that are needed to appropriately advocate for the person with autism. The Center also coordinates with agencies that are significantly involved in the individual's clinical, educational or occupational program to ensure a comprehensive approach to treatment. 

The following treatment programs are available:

Pre-K (2 to 5 years old): an intensive, half or full day treatment program that is aimed at improving communication, disruptive behaviors, self-regulation and social interaction. This program is held at both locations Monday through Friday.  Read more>

First Friends Program (up to 6 years old): a half-day treatment program that is primarily focused on improving socialization and communication. This program is held Monday through Friday at our Ford Road location; the morning session is from 8:30 - 11:00 am, and the afternoon session is from 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Read more>

Social Competency (5 to 16 years old): an afternoon program designed to facilitate social skills and competencies in children and adolescents. This program is held at both locations Monday through Thursday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Read more>

Saturday Program: a weekly program for teens and young adults that focuses on teaching pre-vocational and independent life skills. The program is held weekly from 10:00am - 2:00pm at our Ford Road location. Read more>

Individual Outpatient (all ages): one-on-one and group therapy provided to individuals with autism and their family. Therapy sessions focus on the developmental needs of the individual and building upon his/her strengths. Read more>

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If you are interested in learning more about our programs, please call 215-878-3400.

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The Center for Autism’s Pre-K Program has been accredited by CARF International. For information on CARF accreditation, please visit

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