Autism Resource Community Hub of Lehigh Valley
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ARCH of Lehigh Valley is an inviting, user-friendly center that provides comprehensive services to individuals and families touched by autism. Our professional staff are trained in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We promote and support the success of each individual in a therapeutic learning environment. In addition to meeting ADA standards, our state-of-the-art facility incorporates specially designed lighting and sensory features. Our resources are designed to help each person achieve their full potential.
Our "one-stop shopping" model integrates clinical and non-clinical approaches and training to the individuals who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum or to family members touched by this diagnosis. The ARCH of Lehigh Valley works in collaboration with individuals on the spectrum, families, county representatives, providers, experts in the field and other stakeholders to coordinate a continuum of services for individuals whose lives are touched by autism.
The Mission of the ARCH of Lehigh Valley is to provide a safe, therapeutic and educational environment for people with autism – regardless of age or ability – and their families. The mission is accomplished by offering a range of clinical and community supports, resources and educational materials and training. These services will take place in an inviting and user-friendly service center, through a network of providers who are trained in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Diagnosis and Evaluation
At ARCH of LV, autism specific diagnostic evaluations are conducted by licensed professionals. The recommendation for an evaluation can be made by the parent, physician, teach or any other professional. ARCH of LV staff will meet with the family to explain the diagnosis and help them understand its implications, treatment options and available resources.
On-going medication management services are provided on-site by a psychiatrist for individuals with ASD.
Individuals with ASD and their families may benefit from counseling. ARCH of LV professionals offer on-site individual, group or family counseling.
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)
BHRS is available to children and adolescents up to age 21 with ASD. The three standard services prescribed by a licensed psychologist or physician include Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC), Mobile Therapist (MT) and Therapeutic Support Services (TSS).
After School Programs
During the school year, ARCH of LV provides therapeutic after school programs to children and adolescents ages 6 - 21 with ASD. A combination of behavioral, communication and socialization strategies are utilized to help participants improve their functioning across a variety of settings.
For those who wish to learn more about ASD, our every-expanding Resource Room is open to the public. We offer a comprehensive collection of print, electronic and audio-visual resources as well as computer, copier and laminating accessibility. Click HERE to see a list of other Autism-related resources.
ARCH of LV provides activities for families of those with ASD. The range of recreational and social opportunities varies throughout the year. The HUB Club offers families the opportunity to have fun in a safe and ASD-friendly facility. ARCH of LV offers support groups for parents, grandparents, extended family or anyone touched by ASD. We also offer a group specifically for our Spanish speaking community.
Staff at ARCH of LV receives intensive, ongoing professional training on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As ARCH of LV develops services and programs, families and professionals will be offered lectures and discussion groups on many aspects of ASD.
Allentown, PA 18104
ARCH will be open various evenings throughout each month, depending on scheduled activities/events.
In the event of inclement weather, please contact 610-573-2500 to check for cancellations.
For more information please call 1-866-670-ARCH (2724).
ARCH will be closed the following dates: 4/3/15, 5/25/15 and 7/4/15