On Monday the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital marked its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its campus in White Plains, N.Y. The facility, located at the hospital’s Westchester campus, combines research and comprehensive care across the lifespan.
New York Collaborates for Autism, led by Laura Slatkin and Ilene Lainer, supported and guided the center’s creation. Additional funding came from Autism Speaks, whose co-founder Bob Wright is a hospital trustee. Marilyn and Jim Simons, of the Simons Foundation, also provided support, as did the Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation. Learn more about the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain here.
Steven J. Corwin, M.D., the CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, acted as master of ceremonies for the dedication. The audience heard moving speeches from Catherine Lord, Ph.D., Laura Slatkin, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Mayor Thomas M. Roach, of White Plains.
Guests were able to attend tours of the center, exploring the different therapy, evaluation, and observation rooms. They are designed based on the age of the patient ranging from children, adolescent, to adults with specific modifications for each.
The innovative model for the state-of-the-art facility include:
- Focus on the lifespan
- Evidence-based assessment and treatment
- Treatment plans that work with each patient's strengths
- Integrated treatments including applied behavior analysis, medication management and social groups in combinatino with other approaches
- Collaborative research and training program
- Working with the community as a referral hub to forge connections among families, schools, and community organizations
For more information on the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain visit here.