Highlands Center for Autism celebrates six years


Staff Report



Highlands Center for Autism celebrated its sixth year over the summer.


PRESTONSBURG – This summer marked six years since the Highlands Center for Autism (HCA) first opened its doors to our area, providing treatment for children with autism, and support and education for their families.

HCA is the first center-based program in Kentucky exclusively using ABA, a science based on the principles of learning used to make improvements in socially significant behaviors, such as communication, social skills, academics, and adaptive skills. ABA also relies on objective data to make decisions about treatment.

The Center continues to grow and change as the needs of the autism community do the same. To meet those needs a new director was recently chosen. Ashley Ratliff, MS, BCBA, assumed the role of Program Director in June of this year.

Ratliff became part of the Highlands team in 2010 as Clinical Behavior Therapist, and was quickly promoted to Outreach Coordinator prior to accepting the position of Program Director for the Center. She is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has extensive experience in diagnosing, treating and designing programming for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

In addition, HCA now offers an array of new services including community based ABA intervention, consultation services, trainings for parents, caregivers and professionals, and on-site diagnostic services in conjunction with UK’s developmental pediatrician, Dr. Daniel Larrow.

HCA is also supported by the Highlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Highlands Health System. Each year, the Highlands Foundation holds an annual golf tournament, the Highlands Golf Classic, to support this important cause. If you would like to join Highlands on September 2, 3, or 4, for the tournament please contact Kathy Rubado at (606) 889-6271 or krubado@hrmc.org

To learn more about Highlands Center for Autism, call (606) 889-6115 or visit www.highlandsautism.org

Highlands Center for Autism celebrated its sixth year over the summer.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_8-26-HCA_Building.jpgHighlands Center for Autism celebrated its sixth year over the summer.

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