What We Do

Behavioral Services

The Kennedy Center Behavioral Services are available to a myriad of individuals of ALL ages and with diverse clinical needs. Our clientele includes children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities including: an Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Genetic Disorders (such as Down Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome) as well as co-occurring mental health diagnoses.

Our services can be received in the home, in the community, in the classroom, in after school locations, and/or at one of our many Kennedy Center locations throughout the greater Fairfield and New Haven Counties. We are available to conduct onsite/in-home assessments, as well as assist the family in developing strategies to support the WHOLE family in living and learning together. We believe in supporting each person in his/her natural setting, at the time in which the activity of interest and behavior(s) of concern occur.

WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?

  • In-Home Intensive Behavioral Supports for Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • School-based Consultations
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Collaboration with School and/or Other Community Providers to Ensure Continuity of Care
  • Parent/Family/Staff Education Regarding the Clinical/Behavioral Diagnosis and How this Impacts the Family Member and his/her Extended Family
  • Crisis Training, Supports and Intervention
  • On-site Consultation for Community Providers
  • Training for School-based Personnel in the Areas of Behavioral Assessment, Supports and Interventions

WHO ARE OUR STAFF?

The Kennedy Center Behavioral Services Department is comprised of a diverse team of 6 Behaviorists, an Autism Specialist and a Supervisor of Behavioral and Community Programs who is a BCaBA. Our services are available to ALL funding sources, community providers and school systems, as well as family/private pay. We presently do not accept and process insurance claims, but will complete all insurance forms for family submittal to the family’s insurance provider. The Kennedy Center Behavorial Department operate Monday through Friday from 7am – 6pm, and are available (with notice) on weekends and late evenings.

Our Behavioral team and its management have a varied educational and experiential background bringing such diverse skill-base areas as: Special Education, Art Therapy, Autism, Mental Health and Trauma. In addition, all staff are trained in crisis intervention, with two of our management staff certified master level instructors. This diversity in staffing allows us to match the clinical needs of families and child/consumers with the background and clinical perspective of each Behaviorist.

WHAT IS OUR REFERRAL CRITERIA?

  • Children, Adolescents and Adults with a Developmental Disability including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Fragile X Syndrome, or an acquired disability such as Acquired Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Children, Adolescents or Adults with a dual diagnosis including mental health and behavioral issues.
  • Children, Adolescents and Adults with clinical/behavioral issues that prevent successful inclusion and create barriers to obtaining short-term goals.
  • Referral process is generated from funding source entity, unless a family elects to pursue a “self-pay” option.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information please contact the Supervisor of Behavioral & Community Programs at 203-332-4535, Ext. 285 of e-mail.