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Philhaven’s Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities celebrates grand opening

- 09/10/07

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On Friday, August 17, Philhaven’s Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities (CADD), Lancaster, Pa., hosted an Open House to celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 1886 Rohrerstown Road.

Dr. Michael Fueyo, CADD director, says, "It was wonderful to feel the support of our community at the Grand Opening.  We were able to do so much more than just give tours; we were able to introduce people to what we do here and how we impact lives each and every day."

The Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities is a behavioral health program focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral, social and emotional problems in individuals with developmental disorders. Since opening in 2005, the Center has been striving to address the need in our area for one single location where families can benefit from a team of professionals with expertise in developmental disabilities. Previously, families typically had to see several professionals at various locations – making a cohesive evaluation and treatment plan difficult to achieve.

It is estimated that 1-3% of the general population has a developmental disability, often associated with their cognitive, social and language skills. From 5,000 to 22,000 individuals and their families in the region could potentially use the services at the CADD. Current clients come from eleven different counties.

Services provided at the CADD include developmental screening to identify young children at risk for a developmental disorder; multidisciplinary evaluations by developmental specialists from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work and applied behavioral analysis to create a cohesive diagnostic picture; and clinical care with a multimodal approach including behavioral therapy, family and individual therapy, social skills groups, play therapy, case management and the judicious use of medications. The CADD also provides education, training, and community advocates.

Services are provided to individuals of any age. A unique aspect of this program is that care is given not just to the patient, but to the entire family to support them throughout the changing needs of the patient’s lifespan.

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