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Children's Specialized Hospital Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services (CSH RUCARES) Severe Behavior Program

(848) 800-8502

Children's Specialized Hospital Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services (CSH RUCARES) Severe Behavior Program

The CSH RUCARES Severe Behavior Program provides specialized services to children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities who display dangerous behavior such as self-injury, aggression, property destruction, and pica.

Children displaying severe behavior problems may:

  • Pose significant health risks to self and others;
  • Interrupt their own learning and development;
  • Cause immeasurable stress and hardship for families;
  • And, be at risk for long-term institutionalization.

The CSH RUCARES Severe Behavior Program works to improve the quality of life for children with severe behavior disorders and their families by:

  • Providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment services;
  • Continuing to develop and refine effective treatments through clinical research;
  • And, promoting effective treatment technologies through training and consultation.

The CSH RUCARES Severe Behavior Program offers services including evaluation, outpatient, half-day, and full-day treatment programs. Each child moves through the program based on his or her individual needs. During therapy sessions, techniques are used to identify environmental variables that may be contributing to the behavior problem. A specialized therapeutic environment is used to allow safe evaluation of dangerous behaviors.

Therapists record occurrences of specific child and parent or caregiver behaviors. Session-by-session data are then graphed, reviewed, and analyzed multiple times each day by therapists and supervising behavior analysts or psychologists. Data are used to guide assessment and development of treatment, and treatment is refined until goals are achieved.

A board-certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) or a psychologist with specialty training in applied behavior analysis oversees all therapy sessions. Assessments and treatments for each patient receive daily peer review by multiple senior behavior analysts and staff.

To determine if your child is appropriate for this program please fill out the screening form:

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Treatment Services
In-Community Services
Outpatient Services
Treatment Settings
  • Hospital / Clinic
  • Outpatient, Hospital / Inpatient
Payment Options
  • Managed Care
  • Medicaid
  • Private / Commercial Insurance
  • Self Pay
  • System of Care (CSOCI Medicaid / FlexFunds)
Areas Served
  • Atlantic County
  • Bergen County
  • Burlington County
  • Camden County
  • Cape May County
  • Cumberland County
  • Essex County
  • Gloucester County
  • Hudson County
  • Hunterdon County
  • Mercer County
  • Middlesex County
  • Monmouth County
  • Morris County
  • Ocean County
  • Passaic County
  • Salem County
  • Somerset County
  • Sussex County
  • Union County
  • Warren County
  • State-Wide

Last Updated: 01/22/21