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April 3, 2024

National company opens its first New England autism therapy clinic in Shelton

Contributed Helping Hands Family has opened a clinic for children with autism in Shelton, its first in New England.

Helping Hands Family, which provides therapy for children with autism, has opened a clinic in Shelton, its first in New England.

The organization has 25 clinics in four other states, including 18 in Pennsylvania, three each in New Jersey and Maryland, and one in New York.

Helping Hands Family provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, the only treatment endorsed by both the American Psychological Association and the Surgeon General for individuals on the autism spectrum. 

Decades of research have shown ABA to be effective in improving core challenges associated with autism, including social interaction, communication, learning and behavior, the organization said.

The new Shelton clinic, located at 1 Greenwich Place, serves clients in both Shelton and Trumbull.

Nikki Marchetti, senior relationship liaison for Helping Hands Family, said it is possible her organization could open additional clinics in Connecticut.

“While our focus for the immediate future is on reaching full capacity at our Shelton location, providing ABA therapy to children, we are open to the prospect of further expansion within Connecticut, as we know our services would be of great value to families throughout the state,” she said.

The Shelton clinic has 23 employees, but is looking to expand its staff, she said.

“To further expand our capacity and impact on the community, we are looking to add an additional 30 registered behavior technicians (RBT) and five board certified behavior analysts (BCBA),” Marchetti said.

The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday by appointment. The clinic accepts most insurance plans and will assist in applying for coverage. 

Information is available on its website or by calling (484) 965-9966 to speak with a care coordinator.

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