A path forward for families in crisis
The Lindens is a highly effective residential program helping children and adolescents ages 5-21 overcome acute behavioral challenges due to severe autism or an intellectual or developmental disability.
Since 1994, The Lindens Neurobehavioral program has been a trusted solution and inimitable resource for families who have a child in crisis. The Lindens is located in a secured yet, homelike, environment on The Bancroft School campus; The Lindens evidenced-based model of care has been proven to be successful in reducing and managing problem behaviors, teaching and improving daily life skills and preparing young people for more independent community living.
The Lindens Neurobehavioral Program is a nationally recognized residential facility where children are stabilized and prepared to reconnect with family, school and friends.
To create a strength-based, empowering and healing environment, we employ an interdisciplinary team of behavior analysts and neurobehavioral experts experienced in specialized therapies for children who exhibit severe and challenging behaviors such as self-injury, aggression and property destruction.
Our clinical team, in partnership with the child and family, develop individualized plans for care which maximize the potential for sustained positive outcomes. Through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), clinicians will identify the function of behavior patterns and apply evidence-based interventions which lead to the reduction of adverse behaviors.
Bancroft adheres to the best practice parameters established by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) to foster the integration of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and the coordination of specialized medical care. Allied professions such as physical therapists, speech and language therapists provide a holistic understanding of the child’s complex needs.
A Step-Down Residential Continuum
As children in The Lindens overcome their behavioral challenges, skill acquisition goals are implemented to enhance activities of daily living and functional skills such as personal care, social interactions, communication, and academic and vocational abilities.
Our goal is always to support the youth in our care to transition into programs enabling increased independence such as Bancroft’s Campus or Community Residences or to return to their family home. In fact, 98% of children discharged from The Lindens move to more independent settings within Bancroft, with other providers or back home with their family.
Behavior and Medication Reductions Post-Discharge from
The Lindens Neurobehavioral Program
- 62% average decrease in all problem behaviors
- 69% average decrease in one primary, targeted behavior
- 84% of individuals have had at least one medication discontinued
Data from 2011-2014, the most recent period for which results are available.
Admission into The Lindens Residences
The Lindens accepts children and adolescents ages 5 to 21 with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities who exhibit frequent, intense self-injury, aggression, property destruction and other challenging behaviors.
Requests for services are received from a variety of sources including families, school districts and public funding sources. You can contact our in-take department to be assigned to a personal Admission Specialist to discuss your loved one’s needs and begin the referral process. The Admission Specialist will assist in identifying resources available to assist with researching funding options. You may be asked to provide pertinent medical, psychiatric and educational records to determine clinical appropriateness. Based upon a records review, an in-person screening and program tour may be scheduled.