Highlands Center for Autism is the only center-based program in Kentucky exclusively using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a clinical setting. ABA is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by reinforcing appropriate behavior while decreasing or eliminating challenging behavior.

A pioneer in autism treatment for the state of KY, Dr. Shelli Deskins, director of the Highlands Center for Autism, has led the charge in serving children diagnosed with autism and their families. Currently, she conducts the program that currently serves children ages 2 to 15, stating, “Each child’s program is specifically designed around Applied Behavior Analysis to meet their individual goals and needs.” 

 Click here to watch an inspirational video on Highlands Center for Autism.

If you think your child may have autism, take the the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT™), it may be able to help. The M-CHAT™ is a scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 and 30 months of age to assess their risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was developed by neuropsychologists Diana Robins and Deborah Fein and clinical psychologist Marianne Barton.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism screening at 18 and 24 months of age, and the M-CHAT™ is one of the AAP’s recommended tools.

For more information, or for a tour contact us at (606) 889-6115 or highlandsautism@hrmc.org



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