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 excited to announce that staff will be presenting on the following topics at the Autism Europe International Congress in Scotland this September:

Building Capacity for Evidence Based Practices in School: System Evaluation and Program Planning. Dr. Mark Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBC-D, and Elizabeth Nulty, M.S., BCBA.

Overcoming the Challenges of Feeding for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Community-Based Assessment and Treatment. Dr. Mark Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBC-D, Kristen Powers, M.S., OTR/L, and Shaunessy Egan, M.S., Ed., BCBA.

Applying Evidence-Based Interventions to Disorders of Reading Comprehension for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Tina Newman, Ph.D., and Kimberly Marshall, M.A., BCBA.

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.