Maumee Youth Center for Aspergerís Disorder Opens
LHS Family and
Youth Services, Inc.,
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residential center for children and youth ages six to
eighteen-plus who have been diagnosed with Aspergerís Disorder
is opening. The Center
is situated on 13 acres near Neapolis, Ohio, south of Toledo,
Ohio. LHS Family and Youth Services, Inc.
is a social service agency with headquarters in Toledo,
Ohio, serving children, youth and families through
community-based residential treatment group homes
and other services.
agency, founded in 1860, is best known in Ohio for working with
multiple-need, high-risk children and youth.
Mr. Harry Blackmon, a thirty-three year veteran of working with
children and youth in residential care and treatment, serves as
the years, " says Mr. Blackmon, "LHS Family and Youth Services
has worked with several children and youth who were diagnosed
with and had Asperger's Disorder. Based on that experience, and
experience in working with aggressive, high-risk youth, we began
to explore the possibility of serving children and youth with
Aspergerís in a specific location with programming specific to
LHS Maumee Youth Center for Aspergerís Disorder serves up to
twenty children and youth in its residential program. Most
children and youth placed in the residential setting will tend
to be aggressive and have multiple diagnosis/needs. "The Center
fits in with what we do best, but it is, of course, not for
every young person with Aspergers," says Mr. Blackmon. "I
anticipate working with those young people with Aspergers who
have not been able to be in a home setting, may be in the
juvenile justice system, may be mis-diagnosed or have multiple
diagnosis and are currently in a residential setting not
appropriate for them, or who need a more structured environment
due to aggressive behaviors." Best practices in the field
and family centered practice where applicable will be
implemented. "The goal is always to reunify children with their
families when possible," says Mr. Blackmon. "Healthy integration
into society is inherent in treatment plans," he adds.
staff, in addition to their undergraduate and graduate work, are
trained in the core competencies of residential child and youth
care and will be trained by experts in the autistic spectrum
disorder field to work with children and youth with Aspergerís
Disorder. Dr. Nancy Carroll serves as the Centerís psychiatrist
and Rick Skidmore, a licensed independent social worker, serves
as the Centerís therapist. The Disorder was initially identified
by Hans Asperger in 1944 in Austria, and was classified as a
Pervasive Developmental Disorder in 1994. It is a
neurobiological disorder generally considered to be on the
Autism spectrum. Current research studies have shown the rate of
incidence of Aspergerís Disorder to be 1 in every 250 people.
"We anticipate serving children, youth and families from
throughout Ohio, the
Midwest, and from other parts of the country," says Mr.
Blackmon. LHS Family and Youth Services is licensed by the Ohio
Department of Job and Family Services and certified through the
Ohio Department of Mental Health. It is a member of the Ohio
Association of Child Caring Agencies and the Asperger Syndrome
Coalition of the U.S.
information on the Center, or to make an inquiry regarding a
potential referral to the Center, please contact Steve Plottner
or by phone at 419-798-9382. Referrals are presently being
taken for LHS Maumee Youth Center for Asperger's Disorder.