Autism Therapy In South Bend, IN

1827 E Ireland Rd
South Bend, South Bend 1827 E Ireland Rd IN 46614
(574) 387-4313


Families seeking compassionate, professional therapy for children diagnosed with autism can find it here at Lighthouse Autism Center. Our highly qualified, award-winning team of professionals provide comprehensive applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. As a leading ABA center, our mission is to provide hope to families by helping those with autism achieve the best outcomes.


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      We Understand What You’re Experiencing

      Owned and Operated by Parents of a Child with Autism

      At Lighthouse Autism Center, we’ve walked your same path. The son of founders Gregg and Sandy Maggioli received an autism diagnosis in 2003. So, when you work with us, you work with an organization led by parents who can relate to you. You can trust us to understand firsthand the unique challenges and triumphs that are part of your experience — and to provide compassionate, empathetic care.

      Award-Winning Management

      Recognized by the Autism Society of Indiana

      Our center stands out for award-winning leadership. The parents who founded Lighthouse Autism Center previously held leadership positions at an ABA center in Carmel, In., that received an Excellence in Direct Care Award from the Autism Society of Indiana. When you come to us, you’ll receive support from individuals recognized for superior service in the industry.

      Helping Kids Reach Their Highest Potential

      We Customize an ABA Therapy Program to Your Child

      The mission of Lighthouse Autism Center is to help children with autism reach their fullest potential. That’s why we use ABA therapy, the only therapy recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General for treating autism. Working with our therapists and behavior analysts, your child will develop communication skills, social skills and functional living skills.

      Autism therapy can help children with autism refine their existing skills, develop new ones and overcome any problematic behaviors that may be affecting their social development. At Lighthouse, our process begins with a complete detailed assessment. We use this to develop individualized goals and a thorough instruction plan specific to each child. In addition, our staff members will meet with you on a regular basis to review progress and make any necessary adjustments to the autism services your son or daughter receives.

      How Does ABA Therapy for Autism Benefit You?

      ABA is the only form of autism treatment endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. There are many benefits ABA therapy provides including: 

      • Individualized programs to suit each child’s specific needs
      • Consideration of each child’s existing skills, skill gaps and caregiver input
      • One-on-one therapy from certified Registered Behavioral Technicians
      • Programs overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
      • An emphasis on planned and spontaneous learning opportunities
      • Training for parents, family members and other caregivers

      Get in touch with us today to learn more about any of these programs and how they may be able to help you.

      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

      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

      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

      *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.


      • 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

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