The Groden Center South in Coventry, R.I. was opened in 2007 to meet the increased need for services. Since opening its doors in 2007, Groden Center South has worked hard to enhance the lives of children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities, and their families. The new facility has provided our students with the space and the tools they need to learn new things, train for careers, and get the most out out an enriching experience. We foster greater independence and inclusion through provision of intensive learning and living environments where our students can achieve a balance across all life skills. The Center is dedicated to understanding the developmental needs of its children and youth, investigating the most effective educational and treatment strategies, and contributing this information to the related fields.
Summary of Services
Groden Center South provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive settings possible. Instruction is provided in functional skill development, communication, emotional and social development, physical and recreational skills, domestic responsibilities, community awareness, adaptive living skill and vocational education.
Local school departments, state agencies and other responsible providers can make referrals directly to the program by contacting the Admissions Office at the Center. Families, advocates and funding agencies are welcome to visit the Center to tour the program. When the Center receives all of the individual’s current records the funding agent, family and child/youth will visit the Center for an interview and screening to determine program needs. Following this review process, the Center will determine how and when it can best serve the individual, notifying the funding agent and family.
The Day Program serves children and youth between the ages of 3 and 21. The residential program serves adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21 from Rhode Island and other neighboring states. The following diagnostic criteria are a guide for referring individuals to the program:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Behavioral Disorders
- Serious Communication and Learning Disabilities
- Dual-Diagnosed Cognitive and Mental Health Disorders.