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Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD) Summer Intensive Treatment Program

The CADD Summer Intensive Treatment Program of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a behavioral health program designed to meet the unique mental and behavioral health needs of at-risk children and adolescents.

Contact Us

Please call 412-335-7584 or 412-235-5494, for more information or to refer a child or an adolescent for services.

CADD Summer Intensive Treatment Program
1011 Bingham St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Our Mission

The CADD Summer Intensive Treatment Program mission is to reduce serious psychiatric symptomatology and to improve a young person’s ability to function more successfully at home, at school, and in the community.

Services Provided

The therapeutic activities and treatment methods utilized may include:

  • Individualized positive behavior support plans (based on a functional behavioral assessment).
  • Verbal behavior and other elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
  • Social Thinking© (Social Thinking© is copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner).
  • Social skills.
  • Development of individual and parallel play skills.
  • Communication training.
  • Community based instruction/safety skills.

Referral and Acceptance

  • The program accepts children ages five to 15 years old diagnosed with autism or other developmental disabilities.
  • Adolescents, ages 16 to 19, that meet the above criteria will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Children are accepted to the program under two categories: partial hospitalization and/or extended school year (ESY).

  • Children who attend the program under partial hospitalization may be at risk and qualify for higher levels of care, such as inpatient admission, placement into a residential treatment facility, or admission into a more restrictive school setting, without the summer service. Children accepted under partial hospitalization require insurance approval.
  • ESY will come to the program under an agreement with the child’s school district.

A completed application and psychiatric assessment is required for admittance to the program.

Additional Resources

Application (PDF)