Founded by Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Ann Alexander, and currently owned and operated by Dr. Tim Conway, The Morris Center has over 27 years of experience – including helping conduct and publish NIH funded research proving the efficacy of portions of The Morris Center’s treatment program. The Morris Center’s research and clinical data repeatedly support the success of the intensive, transdisciplinary treatment model. Equally important, the treatment outcomes are robust and typically long-term with little to no long-term follow-up required.
The Morris Center is an all-inclusive neurodevelopmental treatment and assessment center. We help improve skills of children and adults who have difficulty with school or job success, e.g. poor reading, spelling, comprehension, writing, speech, math, sensory processing attention, behavior or social skills. Uniquely, The Morris Center uses a transdisciplinary team of caring professionals, individually tailored assessment and treatment, and a scientifically proven treatment program. This program makes long-term improvements of weak skills that may cause academic or job difficulties.
The Morris Center’s cutting-edge assessment model is transdisciplinary, client specific and aims to guide treatment planning. Our transdisciplinary assessment and treatment team includes professionals in child psychiatry, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, nurse practitioner, occupational therapy, special education, and speech-language pathology. These professionals design the assessment to identify an individual’s specific profile of strengths and weaknesses. Identifying clients’ strengths and weaknesses can uncover likely causes of their learning difficulties, poor academic performance or limited job success. Similarly, this profile guides The Morris Center’s selected treatment program.
The primary aim of the treatment program is to improve a client’s weaknesses and improve academic or work performance. Thus, treatment is tailored to the client’s needs and is delivered by highly trained staff through specialized one-on-one treatment sessions. Working one-on-one provides the highest degree of an individually tailored treatment. Also, The Morris Center’s treatment is intensive: 1-6 hours per day, 5 days per week for an average range of 150 to 400 hours (a 9 to 16 week period) – dependent upon individual needs, number and severity of deficits. Research has repeatedly shown that in order for treatment to be effective, it must be intensive (hours per day), specific (theoretically clear goals that are systemically organized and structured), and frequent (4-5 days per week).