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)
Lighthouse Autism Therapy Center
Lighthouse Autism Center in Mishawaka, IN is a place where children receive the highest-quality ABA therapy from board-certified therapists and behavior analysts. Our unique therapy programs begin with a personal assessment from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who then develops specific goals for a child. Through customized ongoing therapy programs, children learn vocal communication, listening, school readiness skills, social skills and more.
ABA therapy is all about helping each child reach his or her fullest potential. To see how our individualized programs accomplish this, we invite you to take a tour and observe our autism treatment. Find out how we are making a difference for children with autism!
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.
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 for Autism
Quality autism behavioral therapy has many benefits. For example, customized programs ensure that each child’s unique needs are addressed, with therapies strategically targeting the growth of crucial skills every child needs.
Therapy also takes place one-on-one with a certified registered behavior technician (RBT) and is specially designed to provide both planned and naturally occurring learning opportunities in structured and unstructured settings. Kids get lots of positive reinforcement for demonstrating appropriate behavior and skills, and parents and caregivers receive training and support to know how to extend therapy at home, facilitating even more growth for their children.
A quality intensive center-based ABA therapy provider, Lighthouse is the only autism treatment center in the area that is operated by an award-winning management team. To learn more about working with us, get in touch anytime!
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)
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)
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”.
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!
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)
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)
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)
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!”
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)
*These testimonials were not solicited by Lighthouse Autism Center.
Story of Success: Quin
- Lacked ability to follow directions
- Refused to communicate what he wanted
- Refused to answer questions when asked
- He has mastered 1, 2 and 3 step instructions
- He now communicate his wants and needs
- Quin now independently answers questions without refusal