Autism Care Training for Family Members and Professionals

Programs for Children


Community Support Services

Our Mission

To help individuals who have developmental, behavioral, or learning disabilities be successful in their homes, schools, jobs, and communities often requires specialized supports. Families and professionals who care for these individuals can receive training and consultative services from Groden Center specialists through its Community Support Services (CSS) department.

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Range of Services

The CSS Department is comprised of a team of experienced professionals representing different specialty areas including: psychology, applied behavior analysis, and special education. Services are tailored to meet the needs of the referring agent and may include:

Specialty Evaluations – Behavioral/functional analysis, psychological evaluation, diagnostic evaluations, vocational assessment

Program Consultation – On site assessment, treatment, and consultation services for individuals, schools, group homes, families, and other agencies involved in the treatment of individuals with behavioral and/or developmental disabilities. Specialized assessment and intervention programs are designed according to the specific needs of the individual, classroom, agency, and/or family. These may include: individualized or classroom/school-wide behavior intervention plans, individual or group based therapeutic interventions, educational or vocational programming. Training in the implementation of these programs is provided in schools, work, home, or other agency settings. Services can be requested for short term or on-going consultation and are provided across Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut.

Group Therapy – Social skills groups are conducted at the CSS office throughout the school year. Educational agencies can request on-site group therapy services and training in conducting group programs on a contractual basis.

Professional Development /Parent Training – Presentations and workshops are provided on a wide variety of topics related to developmental and behavioral disabilities. Topics may include but are not limited to: Positive Behavioral Supports, Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Asperger Syndrome), Relaxation and Picture Rehearsal, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Applied Behavior Analysis/ Functional assessment, Social Skills Training, Functional curriculum and instructional strategies.

Referral Process

School or agency administrators, other service providers, individuals, or family members can contact the CSS Referral and Service Coordinator at 274-6310, ext. 1242. Initial referral information will be gathered to determine the general nature of the service needs and potential funding source. Funding typically comes from local school departments or state agencies such as those serving children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Once a contractual agreement is developed, a specialist is assigned to the case and services are initiated.

Groden Asperger's Center News...

2016-17 Social Skills Groups Schedule

Elementary School
for Children in Grades 3 to 5 with
Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism
(or similar social needs)

Tuesdays: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Sept. 13 – Dec. 12, 2016 (12 sessions)


“Social Thinking”
for Middle School Aged Children with
Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism
(or similar social needs)

Mondays: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. October 17th, 2016 – January 9th 2017 (12 sessions)

Summer High School Social Thinking Group

Mondays: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M., June 27 thru September 26, 2016

NEW SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 P.M., July 28 thru October 27, 2016