Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Bradley Hospital offers a unique and comprehensive program for children and young adults ages 5 to 18 who have behavioral or emotional challenges, as well as a developmental condition such as autism or intellectual disability. We provide therapy to help solve problems related to behavioral health.
About the Verrecchia Clinic
The hospital’s program of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI, offers individual and family therapy, parent training in behavior management, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management. Clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse specialist, and a psychiatrist. The child must be participating in individual or family therapy through the clinic to receive psychiatric care.
What We Do
Children with developmental challenges experience behavioral and psychiatric issues at up to four times the rate of children without such conditions.
Our goal is to help the family learn to prevent behavioral challenges or intervene when problems occur. We sort through factors that can trigger behavioral health problems, including communication, sensory sensitivity, medical and learning challenges. We provide strategies that children and families can use to reduce the occurrence of behavioral challenges.
In the Verrecchia Clinic program, we offer individual therapy — often focused on using cognitive behavioral strategies — to give children and young adults tools to regulate their anxiety, mood, and acting-out behaviors. Visual supports and activities are used as needed to introduce new concepts and rehearse skills. Finally, we offer parents assistance based on their needs. This might include education about supporting their child’s use of self-regulation strategies, general behavior management skills, and guidance for the complex process of raising a child with special needs.
Children and young adults referred to our Verrecchia Clinic program receive treatment for these and other concerns: