Campus Spotlight: Autism Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD)

Autism AwarenessAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program Overview

Our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Residential Program, run by Hillcrest’s Director of Autism Services, Todd Castine, offers highly-specialized day, and intensive residential treatment services for children and adolescents at all levels of the Autism spectrum.

The Program’s high staff-to-student ratio ensures a safe, caring and highly-structured treatment environment. To monitor progress, we use state-of-the-art data collection and analysis systems for ongoing assessments of:

Social Needs • Communication • Academic/Skill Acquisition •Vocational Needs • Recreation • Behavioral Difficulties

Our team of professionals and support staff are led by an administrative team with decades of experience in the treatment of Autism. All facets of treatment provided in this program are supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Todd Castine, Director of Autism Services
Todd Castine, Director of Autism Services


In the Residential Program, all space has been specifically designed for the safety and special needs of the Autism population. Our classrooms have features that help minimize distractions while maximizing learning opportunities during the school day. To ensure that students safely achieve the most in their daily living and pre-vocational skills practice, residential dormitories have been designed using special hardware, fixtures, and furnishings.

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All program staff participate in 9 days of HEC orientation training and therapeutic crisis intervention strategies. An additional 40 hours of ASD-specific training includes the following components:

Characteristics of the Spectrum
Basic behavior principles
Reinforcement strategies and how to elicit behavior from children
Behavior management techniques
Discrete Trial Training Group management techniques
Various skill acquisition and prompting procedures

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