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Lifeline Center

  • Provides treatment to emotionally handicapped children with disabilities which may include  Asperger’s Syndrome, Psychotic Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Severe Adjustment Disorder, Mood Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
  • Preschool program provides services to children diagnosed with autism.
  • Some of the children considered for admission may exhibit any of the following:  fearfulness, anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, impulsivity, expressive and receptive language delays, withdrawal, autistic behavior, psychotic behavior, difficulty in getting along with others and coping with the world around them.
  • Specialized programs are organized within a supportive, structured, therapeutic environment that facilitates the child’s functioning in the everyday world. Lifeline’s experienced, multi-disciplinary staff provides the warmth and encouragement that helps each child achieve maximum potential. Long-range planning for each child and his/her family is an important part of our program.
  • Lifeline provides year-round services in two modern buildings on a three acre campus that includes a swimming pool.
  • All services and transportation are provided at no cost.

Clinical Services


  • A full time Psychiatrist is on staff to provide diagnostic assessments as well as medication therapy with parental consent.
  • Psychologists provide individual and group therapy to both children and their families.  In addition they conduct psychological evaluations and help support the educational staff with feedback regarding behavioral issues and the individual needs of the children.
  • Social Workers create a vital link for families, connecting them with program services and community resources. In addition, they are part of the interdisciplinary clinical team delivering mandated therapy to children and their families.  Family support groups are facilitated by social workers as well.
  • Physical Therapists provide intensive instruction and activities designed to improve balance and coordination and help the child follow instructions, cooperate and share using gross motor games and activities.
  • Occupational Therapists address developmental physical skills that will assist in daily living by focusing on improving sensory integration, fine motor and self help skills, such as dressing and eating with a fork and spoon.
  • Speech Therapists provide a planned program to correct and/or improve communication problems; delays and disorders range from difficulties with sound production to the inability to understand or use language in the everyday world.  Feeding therapy for preschoolers is provided.
  • Creative Arts Therapists (art and music) are also a part of the clinical team, helping a wide variety of children who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally to achieve treatment goals and objectives.
  • A variety of evaluative tools and observations are used to determine whether a child has delays and/or identifying factors which may warrant special education and related services.