With the appropriate resources and skills, children who have autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders can thrive at home, in school, and within their communities. Launching later in 2021, the Specialized Treatment for Autism and Related (STAR) Disorders Program at Belmont Behavioral Health System will provide children with the autism treatment they need to live the lives they truly deserve.
About Our Autism Program
The effects of autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders such as an intellectual disability can make it difficult for a child to communicate with others or function in their daily life.
Autism is described as a spectrum because each child’s experience with this condition is different. While one child may be severely impacted, another child may only display mild symptoms.
At Belmont Behavioral Health System, we are developing innovative autism programming that will help children learn the real-life skills they need to manage the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Scheduled to launch in late 2021, the Specialized Treatment for Autism and Related (STAR) Disorders Program will provide acute inpatient treatment for children ages 9-13 of all genders.
While every child’s needs are different, this specialized autism program will provide a longer inpatient stay of about 30 days. During their time in the STAR Program, each child will receive personalized attention from experts who will help them gain the skills they need to experience greater success in everyday situations.
Autism Program Treatment Experience
Within each program at Belmont Behavioral Health System, each patient follows a care plan that we custom-build specifically for them, and the STAR Program will be no different.
Understanding each child’s unique needs is vital to their success, so autism treatment within the STAR Program will begin with a comprehensive assessment of your child’s presenting concerns, medical history, and goals.
Our highly experienced team will use the information gathered during this process to create a care plan that is tailored to your child’s unique circumstances.
We will build your child’s autism treatment plan using a combination of the principles of applied behavior analysis and other evidence-based therapies and solutions.
Group therapy will be foundational to the autism treatment we provide in the STAR Program, with daily skills-based groups that will be led by a variety of allied health professionals, including social workers, child and adolescent psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists.
Depending on your child’s specific needs, their care team may also recommend individual therapy, medication management services, and basic medical care.
Families can also play a significant role in helping their child make certain behavioral changes and begin to function at a higher level. Whenever clinically appropriate, we help families actively take part in their child’s therapeutic process through parent training and family therapy sessions.
Autism Program Admissions Process
As with all the high-quality, clinically excellent programs at Belmont Behavioral Health System, we will make admissions decisions for the STAR Program on a case-by-case basis depending on each child’s individual circumstances.
When our autism program launches later this year, you will be able to go to our children’s crisis response center to request an initial assessment to see if this program is the right fit for your child.
Your healthcare provider will also have the option to provide a referral to our autism program if they get a recommendation for placement from a psychiatrist.
Once we officially unveil the STAR Program, we encourage you to reach out to us directly. Our caring and compassionate team will be ready to answer any questions you might have about admissions to this leading-edge autism program.