Annual Fundraisers

Dancing Like a Star for Autism:
 - Saturday, February 2nd
Buffettman Beach Party:
 - Saturday, March 22nd
Highmark Walk:
 - Saturday, May 31st
Annual Golf Tournament:
 - Friday, August 8th
 
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ACRP School/Center for Achievement (Autism)

Autism School ClipartACRP is pleased to announce it has been approved and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to open the ACRP Center for Achievement Autism School for the 2014-2015 school year. ACRP will be providing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for grades K through 3 initially. ACRP is now accepting referrals. For more information, please contact our Autism Services Director at (814) 535-2277 ext. 311.

Click HERE for a printable brochure.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT ClipartParent Child Interaction Therapy is an Evidence Based treatment to help children ages 2 ½ to 7 years whose behavior may causing serious problems at home and/or at school. PCIT skills are taught to parents through “in session coaching” in an Outpatient setting. By restructuring interactions between parents and child, PCIT helps reduce disruptive behavior and improve the child’s relationship with their family. Part of PCIT’s success in helping parents and children is the “learning-by-doing approach that guides”. Coaching helps parents learn what they are doing well and provides support with skills they may have more difficulty mastering. For more information on PCIT, please call (814) 445-1717 (Somerset) or (814) 623-1212 (Bedford).

Click HERE for a Somerset County PCIT Brochure.

Click HERE for a Bedford County PCIT Brochure.


The Incredible Years

Incredible Years ClipartThe Incredible Years is a research-based (proven effective) program for reducing children's aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence in home and school settings. Designed to be an 18-week program, The Incredible Years program works with both parents and their children. While parents are learning how to help their children learn and grow emotionally and socially, their child is also learning in their own group. The Incredible Years Program is designed for parents of children ages 4 to 8. Incredible Years encourages appropriate decision-making, using problem-solving strategies, and effective limit-setting. Please call 445-1717 (Somerset) or 623-1212 (Bedford).

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Bullying Therapy at WRI

Bullying Therapy ClipartA clinic for children affected by bullying will open soon at Windber Research Institute, 620 Seventh Street, Windber, PA. The program is co-sponsored by Windber’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the Alternative Community Resource Program. ACRP staff will work under the supervision of Dr. Matt Masielo and provide a licensed social worker, Karla Good. She is a certified trainer in the world renowned bullying prevention approach developed by Dan Olweus, a research professor of psychology from Norway. The program will work with children who are involved in bullying: the child being bullied, or the victim of bullying, as well as the bully and bystanders. Sessions may also be available to parents. The services will be available to all area families through outpatient therapy or groups. Please call Karla Good at (814) 361-6966.


Telepsychiatry in Northern Cambria County Schools

Telepsychaitry ClipartACRP has been approved to offer Telepsychiatry to several Northern Cambria County school districts. Telepsychiatry is the use of electronic communication equipment and information technologies to provide psychiatric care, such as consultations and evaluations, when and where a psychiatrist is not onsite. With the help of televideo equipment, patients are able to be seen quickly and conveniently. This service is appropriate when traditional on-site services are not available or for convenience sake when there are distance, location, time of day, or availability of resource issues. Please call (814) 534-0745 (Johnstown) or (814) 472-9330 (Ebensburg).

 

The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 4, 2014

Randy Griffith
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JOHNSTOWN — Seated around a dining room table, a half-dozen young adults in identical green golf shirts have their eyes fixed on James Buday as he explains the day’s assignments.

The crew leaders at the table in Alternative Community Resource Program’s 726 Franklin St. facility soon headed out to meet up with workers in the ACRP Youth Employment Service program and on to work sites across the region.

Jobs of the day include floor and step repairs, painting, electrical work and carpentry, among others. Anyone can contact the service for an estimate on small jobs, Buday said.

“We hire underprivileged kids – kids who face obstacles to employment and are trying to get a fresh start,” Buday said. “They become regular employees of ACRP.”

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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 4, 2014

Randy Griffith
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JOHNSTOWN — Jessica Lenhart and Lori Stafford, both of Johnstown, would have their hands full under normal circumstances.

Lenhart is a single mother with three active boys under age 10. Stafford is raising three grandsons.

But two of Lenhart’s boys and all three of Stafford’s grandchildren have been diagnosed with behavior disorders.

“It’s one thing after another,” Lenhart said at her Joy Avenue home in the city’s Walnut Grove section. “Nathan has been in therapy since he was 4 or 5 years old.”

Nathan, now 8, has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Autism disorders affect how a child learns, behaves and interacts with others.

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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 5, 2014

Randy Griffith
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JOHNSTOWN — Kaitlin Mock can’t really explain why she has meltdowns.

“I forgot my humidifier,” she said, sheepishly looking at the floor as she explained a tantrum that day on the way to a summer treatment program for children with behavior disorders.

The 10-year-old Mundys Corner girl is among millions of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It’s one of the most common disorders among children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, affecting at least 1 child in 5, according to some studies.

The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011, the CDC reports.

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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 6, 2014

Randy Griffith
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CARROLLTOWN — “I may never hear the word ‘Mama’ again from my son,” Amber Quinn remembers thinking.

“It was hard to go on.”

The young mother was recalling the weeks of “grieving” after learning her 2-year-old son, Aidan Michael Yeckley, was on the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed with classic autism, moderate on the spectrum, but low functioning.

She was told there was little room for learning language and that she shouldn’t expect to be able to interact with her son in traditional ways.

“They said, ‘You can teach him phrases to say – sort of like training a dog or a monkey – but to relate and communicate and be in a shared environment, that was not something that was likely to happen,’ ” she said at the family’s Cole Road home in West Carroll Township.

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