Special Kids, Special Care, a Special Place.
Offering Maine children, adolescents and their families a single source for comprehensive, coordinated treatment through a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, day treatment program, primary care consultation, clinical research and specialized hospital services.
The Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders is made possible through generous leadership gifts from Judith Ellis Glickman, in memory of Albert Brenner Glickman and The Harold Alfond Foundation, in memory of Dorothy “Bibby” Alfond.
Donor Wall at 236 Gannett Drive, So. Portland
Every component of our Developmental Disorders Program takes a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to meet the complex needs of children and their families.
Our treatment teams, in the hospital and in our center, include child psychiatrists, behavioral psychologists and analysts, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, nurses, social workers and special educators. All services are delivered by professionals who specialize in the unique needs of children with developmental disorders.
Comprehensive Assessment and Individualized Treatment
Each child receives a comprehensive assessment to identify target behaviors, mental health needs and developmental challenges. The evaluation explores psychiatric, speech, occupational, medical, family and environmental factors that may be contributing to the problems. An individualized treatment plan is then developed to enhance each child’s ability to function at the highest level. Progress is reviewed with families and treatment strategies are adjusted to meet the changing needs and growth of each child.
Our Treatment Programs Include:
- Individual and Family Therapies
- Targeted, Evidence-Based Medication Management
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Occupational and Speech Therapies
- Physical Therapy
- Medical Screening
- Special Education
Preparing children and their families to function well after our intensive treatment programs is a primary focus from the first day. We work to develop the skills of parents and other providers in a child’s life, secure necessary additional services and transfer knowledge and strategies to other settings, such as the child’s home school.
236 Gannett Drive
South Portland, ME 04106
Patient Information Packet
Authorization Release Form
Provider Referral Form
Take Exit 45 toward US-1/ME-114/Maine Maill Road/Payne Road
Merge onto the Maine Turnpike Approach.
Take the Maine Mall Road exit toward ME-114/Jetport
Keep left to take the Payne Road ramp. Turn left onto Maine Mall Road. Maine Mall Road becomes Payne Road.
Turn right onto Cummings Road.
Turn left onto Gannett Drive (.1 mile past Running Hill Road)
236 Gannett Drive is on the left.
Developmental Disorders Program at Spring Harbor Hospital
The CADD Clinic provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach for children with behavioral or mental health challenges living at home. Offering child psychiatry, behavioral psychology, behavioral analysis, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and individual and family therapy, the clinic seeks to provide most of what a child needs under one roof. The clinic performs new evaluations and treatment, as well as providing follow-up services to continue the plan of care for children who have been served in the Developmental Disorders Program’s more intensive hospital or day treatment programs. Our goal is to provide a behavioral health home where families feel understood and supported as they help their children achieve their greatest potential.
CADD Day Treatment
Our Day Treatment Program provides integrated, intensive services for children and adolescents who are not succeeding in their current school setting due to emotional or behavioral challenges. Our goal is to provide a temporary treatment program in an educational setting that prepares the child to return to his or her home school. To achieve this, we utilize an expert team of clinicians and educators, rooted in applied behavioral analysis, to work with both the child and family to stabilize behaviors and enhance educational functioning across both school and home. The Day Treatment Program serves children and adolescents 5-20 years old who live within commuting distance and are either stepping down from our hospital program or are referred from their local school setting. For more information, click here.
CADD Telephone Consult Service
Offers rapid, same-day telephone consultation for pediatricians, psychiatrists, family physicians and nurse practitioners throughout the state. This service expands the reach of the center by offering Maine’s primary care providers a source for expert advice on the management of behavioral health challenges in children with autism and developmental disorders. Through this service, a primary care provider in Maine can receive same-day consultation with a child psychiatrist specializing in the care of the population.
CADD Clinical Research
In addition to providing a single source of care for families facing significant behavioral challenges, we are committed to generating new ideas and evidence for best treatment practices in the field of autism and developmental disorders. The Developmental Disorders Program, with its concentration of diverse
clinical and research expertise, is a hub for innovation and best-practice development, with a particular research focus on those most severely affected by autism. As part of our work, we lead a national research network, the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC).