Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Care for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

About the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program

The Neuropsychiatric Special Care (NSC) Program at Children's Hospital Colorado treats children and adolescents with an intellectual or developmental disability, who are experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis. We offer evidence-based behavioral and psychiatric treatment, which means that the treatment your child receives is supported by current research.

We provide inpatient and partial hospitalization services that are staffed with experts in their respective areas, including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA)
  • Behavioral health clinicians (licensed professional counselor and licensed clinical social worker, also known as LPC or LCSW)
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Creative arts therapists

Why choose Children’s Colorado?

At the NSC, our team of experts provides individualized, multidisciplinary care for children with special needs. In addition to our work with your child, we provide support and education for parents and caregivers, and we encourage school teams and community providers to participate regularly in your child’s treatment.

Who we serve

The NSC serves children and adolescents ages 4 to 17 years with a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability who are experiencing a mental health or behavioral crisis.

Services we provide

If your child receives care on the NSC Unit, they will receive individual and group treatment using a systematic approach involving:

  • Innovative multi-modal treatment incorporating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address behavioral and psychiatric concerns.
  • Medication management by our team of psychiatrists
  • Multi-family groups to provide support and skill-building opportunities for caregivers
  • Caregiver training and education to support the implementation of interventions across settings. These are scheduled with parents to improve generalization of outcomes.

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