Autism Center of Excellence

Youth & Family Services

For over 20 years, Perspectives has been helping children with special health care needs learn the skills necessary to become active, participating members of their home and community.


Autism Services in Rhode Island

The discovery that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder can be overwhelming, leaving you with many unanswered questions.

Perspectives can help to provide answers and the tools you need to make important decisions regarding your child or loved one; by developing and implementing highly effective, family-centric autism treatment programs best suited to the needs of your child and your family.

Family-Centered, Home-Based Services

At Perspectives, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to advance toward full inclusion in the world around them, and recognize that parents and guardians are a critical part of supporting a child's development.

That's why we create individualized, family-centered programs, bringing together an interdisciplinary team of professionals that supports and works with families to find positive ways to address the many challenges posed by a child's disabilities.

Depending upon what services and expertise are needed, this support team can be comprised of a Treatment Consultant, Clinical Supervisor, Treatment Coordinator, and Behavior Specialist, and may use Early Intensive Behaviorial Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. ABA looks at behavior in terms of cue, action, and consequences, and may include such principles as positive reinforcement and Discrete Trial Training; a method of further compartmentalizing skills into small, or "discrete," components which are systematically taught one by one.

Perspectives uses such principles and techniques to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior, and can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading and conversing.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, or EIBI, is a method of treatment derived from more than 50 years of scientific and clinical research demonstrating that the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis constitute a sound basis for intervention for children with autism.

Perspectives' EIBI curriculum is systematic and highly detailed, and addresses pivotal areas including foundational cognitive skills, functional communication, linguistic skills, conceptual skills, social cognition, and self-help skills.


For more information about Perspectives' autism services, contact us today by phone or email:

Brenda Verdi, LISCW | Senior Director, Home-Based Therapeutic Services

Phone: (401) 294-3990 ext. 134
FAX: (401) 294-9879


Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder, commonly referred to as autism or ASD, refers to a group of complex disorders of brain development that can cause social, communication and behavioral difficulties. The range of these disorders is often referred to as the "autism spectrum."

There is no specific medical test to diagnose ASD; instead, to detect autism, children will undergo behavioral and developmental analysis. ASDs occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, though boys are five times more likely to be affected as girls. Detection can occur as early as 18 months old.

 Autism Fact Sheet (PDF)


Brenda Verdi, LISCW | Senior Director, Home-Based Therapeutic Services

Phone: (401) 294-3990 ext. 134
FAX: (401) 294-9879