Treatment Programs and Services
The Autism Clinical Program is committed to providing comprehensive treatment based on individualized needs. Through our extensive clinical research program, we have gained significant expertise in the medical and behavioral treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and related conditions. Our group has developed an effective experimental therapeutics program in psychosocial and psychopharmacological treatment approaches, incorporating established and novel treatment approaches.
The following treatment services are provided:
Psychosocial Treatment options include, but are not limited to, group and individual psychotherapy, social skills interventions, parent training, and sibling support. Our clinical team specializes in social skills group treatment using a cognitive behavioral therapy model utilizing a curriculum that has been implemented in many community agencies throughout New York City, and we are in the midst of testing this model using rigorous scientific methodology.
Psychopharmacological Treatment decisions are made in close collaboration with families and are informed by existing evidence in addition to cutting edge research. Our clinicians are skilled at communicating effectively and openly about the risks and benefits of medication treatment. We have specific expertise in treating individuals with complex conditions who may be considered particularly difficult to treat, and our psychiatrists are able to discuss novel and experimental therapeutic options when past medication trials have not provided sufficient benefit.
Service Coordination helps individuals and their families attain early intervention services, facilitates school placements, and assists adolescents and adults with employment and job placement.
Our Community Outreach Program provides lectures and workshops to parent groups, agencies, and schools. The Seaver Autism Center also hosts an annual conference that addresses current scientific trends and new discoveries.
Given the host of medical conditions associated with autism and related conditions, including gastrointestinal disease, epilepsy, eating and weight disorders, allergy, and sleep disorders, the Seaver Autism Center works closely with physicians from other specialties at Mount Sinai for referrals and follow-up care.