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

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

4/9/15 & 5/14/15

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

The Yale Child Study Center will be holding a conference on April 19th, 2015 on the following topic, “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College.” This will be a day long workshop for high school students, parents, teachers, and others in the Yale School of Medicine, Harkness Auditorium. Please click here for further information.

Staff will be presenting the following workshops at the 41st Annual ABAI Convention in San Antonio, Texas:

Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Practices in School: System Evaluation and Program Planning. Mark Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBA-D,  and Elizabeth C. Nulty, M.S., BCBA. (Presented on Friday, May 22nd).

Overcoming the Challenges of Feeding: Community-Based Assessment and Treatment Application. Mark Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Kristen Powers, M.S., OTR/L, and Shaunessy Egan, M.S. Ed., BCBA. (Presented on Saturday, May 23rd).

Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis: A Year in Review. Mark Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Elizabeth C. Nulty, M.S., BCBA, Solandy Meza-Forte, LCSW, BCBA, and Felicia Morgan, Ph.D., BCBA-D. (Presented on Saturday, May 23rd).

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.