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Founded in 1956, Laughlin Children’s Center has a long tradition of offering multi-disciplinary educational support services to children from preschool through high school. 

Laughlin’s work centers on academic services such as traditional tutoring and Orton-Gillingham services for students with dyslexia; psychology services such as counseling and evaluation; occupational therapy; and speech services such as screenings and therapy. 

Although they focus on different outcomes, these services work together comprehensively, providing support to the whole child.

As a community-based non-profit resource, Laughlin’s goal is to help each child build a bridge to successful learning. Click on the icons on the right, or the services link for a list of our programs, including our NAEYC-accredited Village Preschool. 

Laughlin Children’s Center is a special place where every child achieves personal success and develops confidence as a learner.

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A few Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare my child for his appointment?

Laughlin Children’s Center is child-focused and its clinicians have many years of experience in helping children with a variety of needs. You can truthfully tell your child that Laughlin is a place that helps kids, that there are no medical tests or shots, and that they will feel cared for by the staff. Feel free to visit us before the actual appointment if you think that would be helpful for your child.


What ages of children are serviced?

We see children ages two through 18.


What should I bring with me?

You will complete a parent history upon your arrival, so any materials that will help you answer the questions would be helpful, such as a baby book, health records, copies of recent reports, an IEP, a list of current medications, and any augmentative devices the child typically wears, such as eyeglasses or hearing aids.  

Also, you should plan to bring your insurance card and be prepared to pay your portion of the cost of the visit (such as a copay, coinsurance or deductible), for those services that are eligible for insurance reimbursement.  For more information about insurance at Laughlin, please see the payment methods FAQ below.


What methods of payment are accepted?

Laughlin accepts cash, personal checks, and credit card payments, and takes most major insurance (for those services which are covered). Here is a list of currently-accepted insurance providers, but you should contact the Center for more information.  

Please note that individual providers at Laughlin Children’s Center may not participate in some of these insurance networks.  Also, there may be specific plans within these broad networks in which Laughlin Children’s Center is not participating.

Commercial Plans:


Blue Cross Plans (includes Highmark)


Health America/Health Assurance (behavioral health only)



Value Options (behavioral health only)

United HealthCare/Optum


Medicaid Plans:

Aetna Better Health (behavioral health only)

Gateway Health Plan

Medicaid Fee-for-Service (HIPP plan)

United Health Care Community Plan for Families

UPMC for You 


CHIP Plans:

Blue Cross Plans

United HealthCare Community Plan for Kids

UPMC for Kids


Do I need to stay while my child has his or her appointment?

We ask that you do not leave the Center premises while a minor child is attending an appointment. We have a comfortable waiting area for you during the visit.


Who will see my child?

Laughlin Children’s Center differs from other centers in our multidisciplinary approach.  Clinicians from one department, or several, may see your child in the course of providing services.  A clinician or our client information coordinator will share with you more details about the suggested course of action and who might be involved; the child will be treated or evaluated only by clinicians from departments that parents or guardians consent to.


What are your hours of operation?

The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm.  Not all services are available at all times; contact the Center for more specific information.


Are you accessible for clients or visitors in wheel-chairs?

Yes, the Center is compliant with ADA requirements.



Academic Services

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Academic Services

Psychology Services

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Psychology Services

Speech Services

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The Village Preschool

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