Copper Hills Youth Center’s Asperger’s-Autism Spectrum Disorder Program is an active and resourceful residential treatment program for adolescents ages 12-17 years of age who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
The program offers a highly-structured environment that creates teaching and learning opportunities. The goal of our Asperger’s program is to prepare the child to return home and use the skills learned at Copper Hills in everyday life.
The components of our Asperger’s program include:
- Individualized treatment plans
- Assistive technology
- Vocational training
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Dietary services
- Daily physical fitness
- Psycho-educational & skills development
- Medication management/education
- Psychiatric consultation
This program allows residents to learn skills that can be used in several ways during their normal lives to help them cope. Patients are taught through role-play and by experiencing things for themselves.
As youth advance through the program and develop skills, they will have the opportunity to assist and/or serve as a role model for other residents that enter the program and may struggle with certain skills.
The Asperger’s program has two parts. The first gives students immediate feedback to teach them how to maintain positive and appropriate behavior. The second consists of five groups that teach students how to behave with others in school and work settings.
All youth are closely supervised 24 hours a day in a safe and structured environment.