Laurel Heights Hospital

Laurel Heights Hospital is a private intensive residential treatment center serving children and adolescents, ages 6 - 21. The serene 12-acre campus offers residential cottages, a clinic, school, cafeteria, gym, swimming pool and outdoor playgrounds. Laurel Heights specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with complex psychiatric and behavioral problems and co-occurring developmental disabilities, and has a specialty program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome. The full-time staff includes board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and board-certified behavior analysts.

Laurel Heights Hospital’s commitment is to provide the highest quality psychiatric and behavioral care in order to meet the needs of the children, families and guardians we serve. To work closely with families to identify strengths, preferences and needs to ensure that treatment is individualized and prepares each child to return to their family and community with new skills and needed support services.

Laurel Heights is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Program

The Discovery Program at Laurel Heights is a specialized residential treatment program for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have severe behavioral difficulties and co-occurring psychiatric issues. Our highly skilled team of professionals provide a caring, therapeutic setting with high staff-to-child ratios, 24-hour nursing care, various therapeutic modalities and applied behavior analysis services.

Our primary treatment objective is to teach new skills and behaviors that allow our students to meet their needs in positive ways, thereby reducing interfering behaviors such as aggression or self-injury. Individualized treatment plans are implemented across all program areas to teach and reinforce self-management and skill acquisition in core areas such as cognition, language, social and daily living skills.

Parent/caregiver training is a critical component of our autism program. It ensures that students’ newly-learned skills and behaviors are carried out in their homes and communities. We support parents and caregivers with face-to-face training and telephone consultation.