Autism Spectrum Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program (ASD PHP)

Program Philosophy

We understand that autism spectrum disorders are a neurodevelopmental disorder. We identify autism based on what we observe such as the challenging or inappropriate behaviors but it is not a behavioral disorder. The essence of autism is in the brain.

We believe that social and communication skills cannot be taught in isolation. It is critical that everyone involved in the child’s life understand and use the same interventions across all settings.

This is a short term program which will provide a beginning to change. We will focus on developing a plan for skill building that will help the child understand how their words and behaviors may impact others and result in consequences for themselves. We will support them in building a toolbox of coping strategies in order to manage the difficult environment.

The world is an unpredictable, chaotic and often scary environment for children on the autism spectrum. We hope to learn about their experiences so that we can help to increase their flexibility and the understanding of them and those around them in order to make the world safer.


Children can be admitted through Needs Assessment at Prairie St. John’s (701-476-7600) or from the inpatient unit.  They must meet the criteria for admission to the partial hospitalization program in addition to a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or a social communication disorder, be verbal and have a borderline to above average intellect, ages 6 – 16.


Our multidisciplinary team includes Psychiatry, Therapy, Nursing, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Psych technicians.  Referrals are made as needed.


Evidence based for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder including but not limited to:

  • Collaborative and Proactive Problem Solving
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Incredible 5 Point Scale
  • Social Stories
  • Video Modeling
  • Modified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Medication management
  • Hidden Curriculum
  • Social Thinking
  • EclipsE Model
  • Lego Groups
  • Sensory/Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing Groups (hygiene, personal habits, etc.)
  • Family therapy/Parent education


For more information call the ASD PHP program at 701-238-1009.