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Day Treatment Program:
Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD)

The CADD Day Treatment Program seeks to stabilize developmentally delayed children and adolescents with serious emotional or behavioral disorders, so that they may successfully return to their home school district.

Based on the highly successful model of Spring Harbor Academy, the day treatment program offers an expert multi-disciplinary team, applied behav­ioral analysis and family education and training in order to address the many factors that typically underlie this population.

The CADD day treatment program accepts referrals for school-aged youth 5-20 years old who have autism or an intellectual disability, an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and are not currently succeeding in their home school district.

The program is designed to have an average length of stay of less than 12 months to offer an efficient and effec­tive means to stabilize children so they may return to their home school. As the child stabilizes, intensive training is offered to the home school district staff in successful behavioral manage­ment strategies in order to facilitate a successful transition. This training is also offered to families and in-home service providers, so that all individuals living with or serving the child are on the same behavioral page. One-way mirror booths are available in each classroom for discreet viewing.

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Our integrated treatment program is run by expert clinicians and special educators.

Treatment team members have specific expertise in the assess­ment, treatment and education of developmentally challenged children. The treatment team includes educational technicians, special education teachers, child psychiatry, behavioral psychology and behavioral analysts, special education, speech and occupational therapy, and nursing.

The program assesses each student’s treatment and educational needs, develops a medically necessary indi­vidualized treatment plan, implements the plan in a structured environment, and works to generalize gains to the home setting and local school settings.

Mode of Treatment

Students attend a 6-hour school day at our new South Portland facility, designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the population. Upon admission, children receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation of their educa­tional, familial, medical, behavioral, psychiatric, communicative, and sensory/adaptive needs. This assess­ment determines medically necessary services for the child’s treatment program and provides the basis for their Individual Treatment Program (ITP), which is periodically updated to reflect progress.

Children are taught by a special education teacher in a classroom with one-to-one behavioral health profes­sionals to provide the behavioral support necessary for the child to learn, receive treatment and participate in lessons and group activities. Children also participate in individual lessons, as well as therapeutic groups, focusing on functional independence, social think­ing and sensory regulation, based on their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Because family involvement is critical to developing the child’s skills outside the classroom and plays the major behavioral and emotional roles in a child’s life, the program directly engages the family in the child’s treatment and progress, both in the classroom and in meaningful life activities. Family participation may include training in behavior management and family therapy.


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Referral Contact:

Bruce Chemelski, Ph.D.
Admissions Director
207-661-6225  or


Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders
236 Gannett Drive
South Portland, Maine 04106


From I-95

Take Exit 45 toward US-1/ME-114/Maine Mall 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. 

Intake Line: (207) 761-6644 | Toll-Free: 1-844-292-0111 | Administrative Office: (207) 842-7700