Services for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Autism
Oak Hill offers a variety of services to help individuals with Autism (which includes Asperger's Syndrome). Autism is a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, although it is sometimes diagnosed much later.
It affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills, social interaction, interests, imagination and activities and varies from person to person. Our programs address all of these developmental issues and help people with autism live fulfilling lives as independently as possible.
Oak Hill continues to expand its services to people with autism spectrum disorder. It's philosophy remains constant – people with disabilities have the right and capability to be contributing, productive members of their communities.
Through referrals from the State Department of Developmental Services Oak Hill is able to provide children and adults with a primary intellectual disability diagnosis and a secondary diagnosis of autism, services within our community-based housing, education and day programs; individual and family supports; and also our relationship & sexuality education.
Our programs for children and adults with Autism focus on enabling individuals to live as independently as possible. We offer specialized housing, workplace training, assistive technology, social skill development, community integration, in home services, behavioral intervention and respite care.
Visit any of the programs below to learn more.
Oak Hill School
Private state approved special education school creatively meeting the needs of each individual student.
Find more information on our website
Workplace and Skills Training
Learn job skills and life skills. Find employment and volunteer opportunities. Find more information on our Professional Development.
Houses and apartments, custom-configured and professionally staffed.
Find more information on our Residential Programs.
Therapy and support for intellectually disabled individuals living independently or with family.
Find more information on our In-Home Services.
Training for Caregivers
Find professional level courses and quick workshops specifically for caregivers and families through our NEAT Center.
Find more information on NEAT Center.
Aids and equipment for learning and day-to-day tasks.
Find more information on our Assistive Technology.
Relationship & Sexuality Education
Courses and workbooks for both individuals and their families.
Find more information on our CRSE Program.
Need Help Getting Started?
Call us today at (860) 242-2274 or email us at info@OakHillCT.org.
Mini-grants up to $1,000 are available through the Autism Society of Connecticut.
Did You Know?
An Epidemic of Autism (which includes Asperger's Syndrome) in the United States:
- 1 in 150 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; if male, it is 1 in 90.
- The cause of autism spectrum disorders is still unknown and treatment varies from individual to individual.
- Most people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are not intellectually disabled.
To address the needs of people with autism, the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has implemented the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. They may be reached by contacting (860) 418-6031.
An Example of our Autism Work
A team of people including a speech/language pathologist, an occupational therapist and a special education teacher spent time in the NEAT Center at Oak Hill's Computer Lab. This happens frequently with teams from school districts all over the state. This time, it was a team working with a 12-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder, and the group included his mother.
Having everyone who works with the child together while the boy tried various types of equipment enabled them to discuss when and how each piece could be used in school and at home, an important connection for a child with significant needs.