Welcome to The Center For Children With Special Needs & The Center for Independence

The Center for Children with Special Needs & The Center for Independence is an interdisciplinary clinic specializing in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with complex developmental disabilities, in particular those with:

  • Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Pediatric Chronic Illness (including Spina Bifida, Prader Willi Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscle Disease, Diabetes)
  • Developmental Disabilities and severe behavioral difficulties including aggression and self injury

Dr. Michael Powers will be participating in the third Behavior Analysis in Education Series (BAES). He will be providing a lecture on the following topic on January 25th, 2017, The Globalization or Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Analysis: The Promise and Pitfalls of International Consultation. Please click here for further details.


CCSN is looking to hire a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist/Administrative Professional. Please click here for further information.

If you have a child between the ages of 3-9 with a developmental disability that includes either Down syndrome or ASD and you are interested in participating in a study on parents and families conducted by Celia Tam, MA, a Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center and Leslie Halpern, Ph.D. at the University at Albany, SUNY, please click here.

Dr. James Loomis is currently accepting screening interviews for high school age students and adults for Social Skills groups. Please contact Melissa at 860-430-1762 to initiate the process.