Autism Day Treatment Program

ADT is now accepting new applicants! Contact CORE at 952.548.8700 for more information.

The Autism Day Treatment (ADT) program at St. David's Center is for children ages 2-6 years, who have a medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). St. David's Center also runs a community-based Autism Day Treatment Program for Somali children and families in Northeast Minneapolis.

Our ADT program is the only day treatment program in the West metro that uses a mental health approach and leverages an interdisciplinary team of child therapists including a:

  • Licensed psychologist/mental health professional
  • Mental health practitioner
  • Music therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech/language therapist


St. David's Center autism experts partner with Creative Kidstuff to recommend toys that strengthen cognitive, communication, and sensory motor skills.
The partnership also gives children in Autism Day Treatment classrooms the opportunity to learn through play with those toys.
Story reported by Jamie Yuccas of WCCO 4 News.

This intensive program takes an integrated approach to treating challenges associated with ASD including difficulties with social interaction, communication, sensory processing and self-regulation - and creates a tailored plan to meet each child's individual needs.

When appropriate, our program provides an opportunity for children on the autism spectrum to transition to a supportive and inclusive preschool classroom in the same building resulting in improved functioning inside and outside of the classroom.

We recognize that the entire family is affected by autism; therefore, we value communication and collaboration with parents and caregivers of every child in the program. Support groups and workshops also are available.


  • Many major insurances, Medical Assistance/TEFRA, PMAPs and private pay .
  • Medica customers may qualify for our autism support services.

Autism Day Treatment Family Support Groups

St. David's Center hosts ongoing Family Support Groups for current and past Autism Day Treatment families. More info.

Autism Day Treatment Information Session

For parents that have a child on the autism spectrum and are interested in learning more about the ADT program, this one and a half-hour meeting is presented by ADT program staff and discusses: the ADT philosophy and treatment approaches, the multi-disciplinary team, the intake process, family support services and funding. Parents have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their child as well as tour the treatment spaces. It is highly recommended that all families on the ADT waitlist or those considering the program attend an information session.

Next session: Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Minnetonka campus.

Learn More
To learn more or to attend one of our information sessions, please contact our Central Office of Resources and Enrollment (CORE) at 952.548.8700 or

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