Autism Center Near Avon, Indiana

10 Coronado Rd.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46234
317-854-5437

Lighthouse Autism Center is the leading autism center in Avon, Indiana. Led by an award-winning team, our ABA center stands out in the community as being the best local resource to help children with autism reach their goals. At Lighthouse, you can expect to receive personalized, one-on-one support from a highly qualified, passionate staff who are committed to providing the best care possible.

At our cutting-edge facility, we practice  applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism. This intensive approach is unique in that it is the only autism treatment  endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. It is also recognized by the autism community as one of the most effective therapies for children with autism.

At Lighthouse, your child’s therapy program  is designed and overseen by highly qualified, Board Certified Behavior Analysts. During the enrollment process, your child will be assessed by a BCBA, and a custom therapy program will be designed to meet your child’s and family’s needs. Ultimately, it is our goal to assist your child in developing social skills, communication skills, life skills and school readiness skills that will allow them to be successful in the future.

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      We've Been Where You Are

      Owned and Operated by Parents of a Child with Autism

      The founders of Lighthouse Autism Center in Mishawaka, IN, Gregg and Sandy Maggioli, have a son, Victor, who was diagnosed with autism in 2003. As parents of a child with autism, they understand firsthand the struggles and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism.

      Award-Winning Management

      Recognized by the Autism Society of Indiana

      Until 2012, the parents who founded and operate Lighthouse Autism Center held a variety of leadership positions at an ABA center in Carmel, Indiana. In 2011, that same center received the Excellence in Direct Care Award from the Autism Society of Indiana.

      Your Child's Full Potential

      ABA Therapy can help them reach it

      ABA therapy is the only therapy recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General for the treatment of autism. Our center offering ABA therapy in Mishawaka can help children develop communication skills, social skills and functional living skills.

      The Benefits of ABA Therapy

      There are several advantages of autism therapy at Lighthouse Autism Center: 

      • Unique treatment plans catered to your child’s needsOne-on-one learning with a certified Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
      • Opportunities for planned and unplanned learning in both structured and unstructured settings
      • Additional training provided for parents, caregivers and family members 

      When you want quality autism therapy, trust Lighthouse Autism Center. Our parent-focused facility specializes in center-based ABA treatment for children with autism. We also provide speech therapy and occupational therapy services at this location for any child who might need additional support. Reach out to us today to learn more.

      Parent Testimonials

      We would like to say “Thank You” for all that you do with our little buddy Aidan. We’ve seen so much progress since has started at Lighthouse that it is hard for us to mention everything. The first thing is that he loves going to Lighthouse, and loves his therapists, although he will occasionally feign an illness to stay home. This was not the case with public school. Everyday was a battle to get him to school. We are so thankful that we learned of the center when we did.

      (read more) - Aaron and Michelle, South Bend, IN

      Since enrolling, Morgyn is beginning to make the 180 degree turn we never thought was possible. She is making great strides because of our LAC family. Each and everyone of you who work with Morgyn is the reason. To us we see you as Autism Angels. We see people who care. We see people who know this as a career, not a job. We see compassion in everyone of you in your unwavering dedication to help. Most importantly we see Morgyn being treated as more, much more, than a statistic.

      (read more) - Merle and Dawn, New Carlisle, IN

      The biggest thing I have noticed is that Lighthouse has taught him how to be so much more patient with himself, and to keep trying. A year ago he couldn’t play a video game for 30 seconds without getting frustrated and giving up , always wanting someone else to do it for him. Now when we play Mario, he tries over and over again to jump on something until he gets it, so impressive! They are teaching him to think outside of the box, if you can’t get something to work one way, try it another way

      (read more) - Shannon, Granger, IN

      9 months ago we dropped Ethan off for his first day. We had no idea what to expect. Ethan didn’t interact much. We were all frustrated and lost.
      Fast forward these short months and WOW! Ethan is a completely different kid! He expresses what he wants! He plays with his brothers and sister. He even looks for which sibling he wants! (Each one has something different to offer him). He calls for “da” and says “mama”.

      (read more) - Elizabeth, Bremen, IN

      Everyday we waited to hear from the school that we had to come get our son because they were not equipped to handle him. In fact, I use to take my cellphone in to sales calls because I needed to be available to go get him at a moments notice.
      The piece of mind I now take for granted, to an extent, when I drop him off is a true godsend. Everyone their seems genuinely interested in my son and his successes.
      I cant say enough for what your staff has done for our son myself and his mother!

      (read more) - Phil, South Bend, IN

      Lighthouse has changed his world, opened him up and in turn has improved all of our lives! We are beyond blessed by this opportunity and I thank each and every person we’ve meet and worked with! Without Lighthouse and this EXTRAORDINARY program, my little boy would still be locked into silence and frustration. Words cannot express my gratitude, but know that you’ve all been the answer to my prayers!

      (read more) - Stephanie, South Bend, IN

      Ally did something amazing this weekend! Yesterday morning she woke up and said “Mommy what day is it” with a huge grin on her face. I told her it was Sunday and she said, “No Mommy, what other day is it….it’s your day!” She remembered on her own. Robert was really sick all weekend and neither of us had talked to her about it being Mother’s day. She told me she was going to put on a show for me. She has never done this before.

      (read more) - Lisa, Osceola, IN

      Through the efforts of everyone there, he is very comfortable with Lighthouse. He makes comments, but it is more like the grumblings of being made to do something he really enjoys, but doesn’t want to admit. He talks about various people he knows from Lighthouse and you can tell that they are very important to him. It’s great that he has such a wide variety of people who work with him. And we want you all to know how much we appreciate the time that you spend to improve Nick’s skills and his life overall.

      (read more) - Rich and Cindy, Granger, IN

      LAC has brought to our lives new inspiration. Two years ago, on December 3rd, Lexi began her journey with your team. I was nervous, excited, scared, and hopeful all at the same time. Every question I had about our choice to bring her to you was running wild through my thoughts: Would you understand her? Could you help her grow? Would you recognize her hidden intelligence? Would she be accepted? Would the staff love her and care for her the way we had always envisioned?
      Every response is a resounding “YES!”

      (read more) - Jodi, South Bend, IN

      Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for Hunter. You not only fight for your own kid but for ours too! Whether he gets cut next time or the time after that, I could never thank you enough for what you guys have done for our family. I am ready for whatever plans we can try for next time, just let me know what to do. I will continue to fight till there are no more options! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

      (read more) - Marc, Elkhart, IN

      *These testimonials were not solicited by Lighthouse Autism Center.

      Story of Success: Quin

      When Quin first came to Lighthouse Autism Center in 2013, he often engaged in socially significant and inappropriate behaviors. These included pushing, shoving, head banging, breaking and throwing objects. He was also behind in school and did not know how to appropriately socialize with peers.

      Then...

      • Lacked ability to follow directions
      • Refused to communicate what he wanted
      • Refused to answer questions when asked

      Now...

      • He has mastered 1, 2 and 3 step instructions
      • He now communicate his wants and needs
      • Quin now independently answers questions without refusal

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