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

Dr. Michael D. Powers will be participating in the Ethics in Professional Practice Conference, which will be held on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at the Endicott College Campus in Massachusetts. Please click here for further information.


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.

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.