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 and adolescents 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

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael D. Powers has been selected as the recipient of the “Distinguished Contributor to the Field Award” from Southern Connecticut State University Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Services and Resources Connecticut.  The presentation of this award will occur on March 20, 2015 during their annual Northeast Regional Conference on Autism.

Please join all of us at  CCSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs and The Center for Independence in congratulating Dr. Powers on the recognition of his many contributions to those with autism, and to the families/caregivers and providers who care for them.  The lives of individuals with ASD have been forever changed, filled with more opportunities to achieve their potential and live a life of dignity and independence in their communities due in part to his extraordinary efforts.

ASRC will be hosting Parent Groups at CCSN’s 2300 Main Street location on the following dates:

1/8/15, 2/12/15, 3/12/15, 4/9/15, & 5/14/15

Please call ASRC (203-265-7717) to register for these events.


CCSN is looking to hire a Psychologist to join our team. Please click here for further information.

CCSN is looking to hire a Senior Behavior Analyst to join our team. Please click here for further information.

Now available, “Feeding Your Child with Autism: A Family-Centered Guide to Meeting the Challenges” by Dr. Mark J. Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBA-D & Kristen Powers, M.S., OTR/L Woodbine House, Amazon

CCSN is currently expanding its feeding clinic. Please contact Melissa at 860-430-1762 to initiate the process.

Dr. Julie Wolf is offering a sibling support group to server individuals who have sibling(s) on the autism spectrum. Please contact Melissa at 860-430-1762 to initiate the screening interview process. Please click here for more information.

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.

Dr. Heather Flynn is offering a social skills group to serve girls in the 3rd – 5th grade range. The group is designed to serve girls with autism spectrum disorders and other social cognitive challenges. Please contact Lisa or Melissa at 860-430-1762 for more information.