Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Asperger’s Treatment Center in Pittsburgh

If your child is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome we are here to help. Located near Pittsburgh, PA, Southwood offers leading Asperger’s Syndrome treatment for children and adolescents.

Learn More About Asperger's Syndrome Treatment

Learn more about Asperger’s Syndrome treatment at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital Pittsburgh, PA

When youth are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders and face the challenges that accompany the emotional and behavioral disturbances that can arise as the result of these disorders, life can easily begin to seem overwhelming. Autism spectrum disorder is one type of neurodevelopmental disorder that can cause difficulties to develop in various aspects of a child or adolescent’s life. Historically diagnosed as Asperger’s disorder, or Asperger’s syndrome, this mild form of autism no longer has a specific diagnosis, but rather is now classified on the mild end of the spectrum regarding the persistent impairments that are definitive of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we take immense pride in the optimal care that we provide youth who are struggling with various emotional, behavioral, and cognitive impairments. We offer specialized programming that will assist children and adolescents in learning how to manage the symptoms they experience as a result of the presence of this mild form of autism, learning the skills they need to successfully adhere to daily responsibilities, and ultimately develop the confidence they need to lead full and happy lives.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome

Having a child with autism spectrum disorder, regardless of the level of severity, can present a family with many different challenges. You want your child to be able to live the full quality of life that he deserves to be living, but you may be feeling unsure as to what you can do to provide your child with the opportunity to achieve that. While the prospect of placing your child in treatment can seem intimidating, it may be the best option for allowing him to have a safe, secure, and fully therapeutic setting where he can develop the tools needed to successfully and confidently navigate his future. If your child is struggling with the trials that can arise as the result of the presence of symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, consider the following:

  • Educate yourself on autism spectrum disorder and its various levels of severity.
  • Keep track of your child’s behaviors and developmental milestones so that you can accurately report them when meeting with a mental health professional.
  • Research viable treatment options that specialize in treating youth with autism.
  • Arrange for your child to have an evaluation with a qualified mental health professional to determine what level of treatment is warranted.
  • Adhere to any recommendations that are given by treatment providers.
  • Be an active part of your child’s therapeutic process.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital Pittsburgh, PA

Despite the fact that there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, the implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions can greatly enhance a child or adolescent’s overall quality of life. When children are believed to have a mild form of autism, that which was previously labeled as Asperger’s disorder, many people may not believe that there is a strong need for treatment to be received because their level of functioning is not as hindered as those who have more severe forms of autism. However, when treatment is not received, children are at risk for experiencing difficulties in academic settings, in social settings, and in future occupational settings. Additionally, their abilities to develop and maintain significant interpersonal relationships can be hindered, resulting in a deterioration of their self-esteem. Furthermore, these children and adolescents are at risk for developing symptoms synonymous with other mental health conditions; symptoms that have the potential of imposing detrimental effects on their futures.

Types of Treatment

Types of Asperger’s Syndrome treatment offered at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital Pittsburgh, PA

At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we offer an Intellectual Disability Disorders / Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD) Program through a specialized residential treatment center where all programming is designed specifically to meet the needs of this population of young people. With the firm belief that the psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents who have severe emotional, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, including a mild form of autism spectrum disorder, is best accomplished within a comprehensive treatment program that is specifically tailored to meet the individualized needs of each patient, this program provides treatment for male children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 21. Furthermore, we believe that the treatment of these young people is best effected through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that follows the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) principles. These principles include child-centered services, family-focused services, multi-system services, community-based services, culturally competent services, and least restrictive / least intrusive services.

Following the CASSP principles, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed for each individual patient in collaboration with the child, his family members, and other child-serving systems that are already identified in the patient’s life. Each child’s interdisciplinary team of professions meets regularly in order to review the progress that the patient is making towards attaining the short-term objectives and the long-term goals that are identified in his treatment plan. The approach to the patient will be strengths-based, therapeutic, and developmentally appropriate in regards to meeting each child where he is at emotionally and cognitively. Our staff-to-child ratio is 1:4, ensuring that all patients have the thorough support needed to be successful during their treatment process.

The following treatment methods are those that are featured within the programming options offered as part of Southwood’s IDD/ASD Program; options that may be included as part of each child’s individualized treatment plan:

Medication management: In circumstances where a child is suffering from a co-existing mental health condition in addition to this mild form of autism spectrum disorder, it is possible that the implementation of psychotropic medications may be necessary in order to fully alleviate his distressing symptoms. A patient’s need for medication, however, is determined on a case-by-case basis. Such medication needs are assessed by a psychiatrist who can then prescribe, monitor, and adjust medications if it is deemed necessary for appropriately benefiting a youth’s overall care.

Doctor visits: Each patient in the IDD/ASD Program has access to medical physicians whenever a need arises for such interventions. Children and adolescents taking part in this program will see a doctor at a minimum of once every month, but additional appointments can be made whenever necessary.

Onsite schooling: Keeping in mind the extreme importance of a youth’s education, Southwood’s IDD/ASD Program offers onsite schooling for patients that is held Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 2:30pm. All classes are led by certified special education teachers, and occupational therapists are on hand to offer additional support services for children when needed.

Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held once each week for patients in the IDD/ASD Program, but additional sessions can be added when deemed necessary or beneficial to a child’s treatment progression. These sessions are meant to be a time for patients to meet on a one-to-one basis with a mental health professional where they can process emotions and monitor treatment goals in a confidential setting.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held on a daily basis and are led by Master’s level therapists five days each week and serve as a time to reinforce behaviors that have been learned. Additionally, psychoeducation groups occur once or twice each day.

Family therapy: At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we strongly encourage the participation of our patients’ family members in all aspects of the treatment process. Understanding that the family is the primary support system for the child, we treat the family members of all children and adolescents who are entrusted into our care with the utmost dignity and respect. Adhering to this belief, the IDD/ASD Program is committed to building strong family relationships and encouraging healthy family commitment through the implementation of family therapy sessions. Furthermore, our caring and compassionate staff provide training and education to the family members of our patients so that they can learn how to best help and support their child.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome

While the programming offered within Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is focused on patients being able to achieve their treatment goals, we remain dedicated to helping those who come to our hospital for care in succeeding once they have completed their residential care for autism spectrum disorder. From the moment a youth is admitted into the IDD/ASD Program, our staff begins formulating aftercare recommendations that will meet the child or adolescent’s needs. Residential treatment is designed to help stabilize a youth and spend the least amount of time possible learning the skills needed to remain successful once treatment has ended so that the therapeutic process can continue at a lower level of care. Therefore, we conduct an ongoing assessment of needs in order to ensure that referrals to another treatment provider will help a patient continue his success long after leaving Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

Our staff of compassionate and caring professionals will work in collaboration with each youth and his family to establish how the youth will retain skills learned and which services in the community will refine and build upon those skills.

Whatever your child or adolescent’s mental health needs may be, let Southwood Psychiatric Hospital be your treatment provider of choice when trying to help your child achieve the life that he deserves.

I give Southwood a big thanks — they were the help that I have been looking for. The staff was wonderful!

– Former client