Out of the 41,742 children ages 5-24 in Fayette County, approximately 444 will have some form of autism based on current medical statistics. This is affecting children in our country in epidemic proportions, and occurrences are predicted to increase in the next five years.
Highlands has created the Regional Center for Autism with the goal of serving those in our region with effective, on-going treatment and hope. It is a welcoming environment where our staff of psychiatrists and behavioral healthcare specialists give access to diagnostic, developmental, and autism services. Currently, there is no program similar to that of Cleveland Clinic’s in the regions spanning West Virginia to Pittsburgh.
Jordan Morran serves as the Director of Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism. Jordan is a graduate of Liberty University where she received a dual bachelors degree in special and elementary education. She has been employed at the center for two years and has held various roles including Classroom Behavior Therapist and Coordinating Teacher. Through this work, she has gained extensive experience with those who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jordan is proud to make an everlasting difference in the lives of children and families in the region
In June, 2010, Highlands Hospital entered into a consulting agreement with Cleveland Clinic Autism Development Solutions (CCADS) to collaborate in the development of the Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism. The program, modeled after the Lerner School at Cleveland Clinic, was established to offer state-of-the-art educational and behavioral treatment to individuals with autism in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our teaching philosophy adheres to the principles of “applied behavioral analysis” (ABA) in a center-based, year-round educational treatment program.
Highlands Hospital offers intensive treatment through the exclusive use of ABA to provide children on the spectrum with the highest likelihood of success. The evidence-based, data-driven methodology of ABA has been proven effective through extensive research, showing great benefit to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
Highlands Hospital was honored to receive the Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award 2011 and 2012 for Community Impact and Innovation for its contributions with the Regional Center for Autism. Amerinet, a leading healthcare solutions organization, grants honors yearly in recognition of the efforts undertaken to reduce healthcare costs, improve healthcare quality and serve the community-at-large.
AUTISM HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN
Please review a copy of our 2020-2021 Health & Safety Plan [PDF]
Please review a copy of our Autism brochure [PDF]
AUTISM CENTER VIDEOS
Updated Video Coming Soon
AUTISM CENTER RADIO AD
Regional Center for Autism Radio Ad Spot 2017 (click to play).
AUTISM CENTER IN THE NEWS
Autism Center Featured in TribLive News story: “Donations sought for school rewards food drive”
Highlands Hospital Autism Awareness News (Herald Standard)
Highlands Hospital Bud Murphy Race for Autism 5k (WTAE)
Westmoreland Guide to Good Health Brochure Winter 2017 Issue (PDF)
Thanks to all the supporters and participants of Evan’s Destination Day Camp 5K Run/Walk for Autism 2019.
AUTISM CENTER & YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK, MILL RUN, PA
Students recently visited Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run, PA. They participated in a wagon ride, mini golf, crafts, mine sluice, picnic lunch, story time, and mega bubbles. They practiced waiting, following directions, socializing and several gross motor/fine motor skills. It was a great day for all!
AUTISM CENTER & THE STONEYBROOK FOUNDATION
“Some of the high school students visited The Stoneybrook Foundation in Acme, PA during the month of July for Equine Therapy. The students were able to pet, brush, feed and walk the horses. They also drew pictures on the horses with sidewalk chalk! The mission of the Stoneybrook Foundation is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through therapeutic partnership with horses. A physical, cognitive, or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. In fact, such interactions can prove highly rewarding. The students had a great time, made possible by generous donors to Evan’s Destination Day Camp”
If you would like to help students experience this amazing therapeutic opportunity, the sponsorship cost is approx. $200. Please email Jordan Morran, Director of Autism Services, Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 724-603-3361 for more details.