Posted: Jan 16, 2013 7:56 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - A new unit of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is helping treat children with autism, a social and communication brain disorder.
The renovated London Lodge is currently treating five children, but staff expect to bring in more students soon. Doctors and counselors say that since the lodge opened in December, they've seen great improvements in the children's mental health and social behavior.
Dr. Stephen Mandler, medical director for the YBGR, said the new unit provides psycho-educational training along with social skills. He said staff try to help the children learn how to interact with other kids and adults.
Besides psycho-educational training, if children are enrolled in the Yellowstone Academy, they can go to a school and get a specially tailored learning plan.
London Lodge opened Dec. 13. It was paid for by private donors.