Clinic for Special Children

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Clinic for Special Children
IndustryHealth care
Founded1989; 29 years ago (1989)
Key people
Kevin A. Strauss, MD
Adam Heaps, MS, MBA

The Clinic for Special Children (CSC) is a primary pediatric care and gene research clinic located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. The facility specializes in genetic problems of the plain sects, such as the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.[1] It was founded in 1989.[2][3] The most common genetic disorders treated by the Clinic are glutaric acidemia type I (GA1), which is common in the Amish population and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), which has a high prevalence in the Old Order Mennonites.[3]


The Clinic for Special Children was founded by the Plain community with Dr. D. Holmes Morton and his wife, Caroline in 1989.[2] The clinic building was raised by the Plain community and completed in 1990 while an addition was added in 2000.[4] In addition to patient care facilities, the Clinic also houses its own laboratories, providing rapid biochemical and molecular genetic testing.[4] The Clinic sees over 1,100 active patients and performs about 4,000 biochemical and genetic tests each year.[5]


  1. ^ Clines, Francis X. (June 20, 2002). "Research Clinic Opens in Ohio for Genetic Maladies That Haunt Amish Families". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Szokan, Nancy. "Pennsylvania clinic treats genetic disorders in Amish and Mennonite people". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Petrosemolo, Art (2018-01-21). "The Next Page: Solving genetic riddles affecting Amish and Mennonite children". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ a b "History & Mission". Clinic for Special Children. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ "Our Impact". Clinic for Special Children. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2018-12-10.

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