Programs & Services

Autism Program

Connecticut Children’s Autism Spectrum Assessment Program (ASAP) is a collaborative effort between the departments of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and Speech-Language Pathology. ASAP provides an initial evaluation of children with suspected autism so that appropriate early intervention services can be implemented.

ASAP reduces extensive wait times for diagnosis, streamlines data collection, minimizes duplication of services, and optimizes the skills and expertise of Connecticut Children’s specialists. The evaluation includes an assessment of communicative functioning and developmental pediatrics consultation.

Referring physicians and parents must provide the required information detailed below for a diagnostic assessment of a child with suspected autism.

Physicians

  • Complete a referral form and identify concerns
  • Provide complete health history including results of current audiology assessment, if available

Parents

Completed forms may be faxed to 860.545.9644 or mailed to:

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Connecticut Children’s will contact the family to schedule an evaluation after all forms are received.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Connecticut Children’s acute inpatient rehabilitation service provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents who may be affected by brain injuries resulting from an accident, illness or stroke. We also provide rehabilitation for children with spinal cord injuries, major surgery or those who have serious medical conditions and/or trauma. The rehabilitation team may include specialists from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, psychology, special education, child life, and nutrition. In a patient- and family-centered environment, our pediatric specialists provide patients and their families with the necessary skills and support needed for recovery and for re-entry into their home and school communities. For more information, please call Utilization Management, 860.545.9087.

International Adoption Program

Connecticut Children’s International Adoption Program supports families and primary care providers through the international adoption process, by providing:

  • Pre-adoptive education and counseling
  • Review of available medical information
  • Medical support during travel
  • Post-adoption support
  • Consultative medical services

Our team is knowledgeable about the unique and complex health, medical, developmental, and psychological needs of children from other countries. We are experienced in managing the infectious diseases and the nutritional requirements of the adoptees as well as emotional, developmental and psychological impact of challenging early experiences.

Rehabilitation Medicine

A physiatrist, a physician who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of functional disabilities, oversees Connecticut Children’s Rehabilitation Medicine. These non-surgical medical specialists prescribe and continuously evaluate and monitor the rehabilitation needs of children who may be affected by acute or chronic, congenital or acquired, temporary or permanent disabilities, and coordinate the services of Connecticut Children’s rehabilitation team with the overall management of the patient’s care with the referring physician. Rehabilitation Medicine aims to maximize patients' functional abilities and minimize the psychological, social and vocational effects of disability.

CCMC School

CCMC School, an affiliate of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, provides comprehensive special education for students, from age five to 21, who require intensive intervention due to severe emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental and/or learning problems such as:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Neurologic impairment
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health impairment 

The school is designed to provide a high level of structure and support with an integrated array of services to address each child’s unique needs.