The Lighthouse “Team Approach”

When it comes to caring for your child with autism, we understand that it truly “takes a village” to provide the best care for your child.

Taking a “team approach” to your child’s care will help them achieve the best possible outcomes. This means working in a spirit of collaboration with the various therapy providers, caregivers, and other parties involved in your child’s care. This team can include:

  • Lighthouse Autism Center
  • Family Doctor or Pediatrician
  • Dentists
  • Teachers
  • Caregivers
  • Therapists
  • Family
  • Friends

At Lighthouse Autism Center, we encourage the involvement of each and every team member to collectively work as a unified force in helping your child reach their fullest potential. 

Together, we can unlock your child’s potential

The Lighthouse Autism Center Staff

At Lighthouse Autism Center, we take great pride in our staff. They are truly the backbone of our centers. All staff members are highly educated and trained. Each staff member has at least a Bachelor’s degree and all BCBA’s have a Master’s degree. All staff members are first aid, CPR and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certified. So who are the Lighthouse employees and what do they do?

Therapists

Therapists make up the largest number of employees at Lighthouse Autism Center. Therapists are those employees working directly with your child each week. While program managers create therapy programs for your child, the therapists are the one’s implementing these programs. Therapists are also responsible for recording data and providing feedback to program managers and clinical directors regarding the programs implemented for your child. All therapists have at least a bachelor’s degree and go through constant ongoing training to ensure the highest quality therapy for your child. At Lighthouse, we have a wonderful group of therapists who are all very passionate about working with those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, some who have been doing so as long as eight years!

Program Manager

The program managers oversee the therapists who work with your child. Program managers conduct skill assessments when your child initially enrolls with the center, creates goals for and therapy plans for your child as well as writes insurance reports for your child and trains therapists in how to implement programs with your child. Furthermore, they then analyze data on the children’s behaviors, revise goals and therapy programs accordingly, monitor therapists working with your child, and work directly with parents to provide updates regarding their child’s progress.

Clinical Director

A clinical director is the most senior clinical staff member. The clinical director oversees the entire clinical team and program manager’s report directly to the clinical director. The clinical director’s responsibilities include developing quality ongoing training for program managers and therapists, child intake, and community outreach.  The director spends a majority of their time observing children, and monitoring their programs and behavior intervention programs (BIPs) to ensure they are appropriate and implemented properly.

With a passionate and highly qualified clinical team, you can’t go wrong with LAC!

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My Child & Autism: Early Intervention

Studies have long suggested that early intervention leads to the best outcomes for children with autism. If your child is not reaching developmental milestones, or is exhibiting possible signs of autism, a parent should immediately have their child tested. For your convenience, Lighthouse Autism Center has a list of these signs on their website.

A child’s brain develops rapidly between birth and three years of age. As a result, the earlier the intervention for your child with autism, the more effective ABA therapy can be. If your suspect your child may have autism, schedule an appointment with your provider to have your child tested. If your child does have autism, you can contact Lighthouse Autism Center and enroll your child at one of our centers. The earlier your child develops a treatment plan with one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts, the better we can help your child reach his or her fullest potential.

Together, we can unlock your child’s potential

Safety & Autism Centers

One of the most important criteria for choosing an autism therapy center is safety. When working with children who have autism, safety is of the most paramount importance. At Lighthouse Autism Center, we are committed to providing the utmost security for your child, ensuring a safe and educational environment.

There are several safety precautions taken in order to ensure the safety of your child. These include:

Doors – Every singly door in each center is locked. This means that if a child tries to “elope” or run, they cannot exit the building. Each door has a button above the door that must be pressed in order to exit the building. In the six years the centers have been open, a child has never escaped. Furthermore, the doors are also locked from the outside meaning that the only way an individual (besides staff members and parents who have key fobs) to enter the center is for someone inside the building to let them inside.

Staff- All staff members are put through multiple interviews, reference checks, and background checks before being offered a position with the center.

Training- Each staff member is provided with two weeks of training prior to commencing therapy with a child. Not only that, the center provides certification training for each therapist in both CPR as well as Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI).

Emergency Protocols– Each center has emergency protocols for severe weather, fires, and lock downs. Several times throughout the year emergency drills are issued in order to ensure staff members and children know how to react in an emergency situation.

Find a Center Near You

Interested in finding an autism center near you? Click Find a Center below to view a full list of current autism therapy centers.

Find an Autism Center Near You – Ages and Locations

No matter which LAC center you walk into, you will receive the same Lighthouse experience: Highly qualified therapists, one-on-one care, beautifully decorated, clean and safe centers, toys for all ages, and a warm and welcoming center. While the centers are similar in many ways, one way the centers differ is in the age groups they serve.

Mishawaka: Mishawaka is the only location that currently has two centers. The first center serves children from birth to five years of age and largely focuses on preparing children for school. The second location focuses on serving children from six to eleven years old (and sometimes older) and involves working on school skills as well as early life skills.

Plymouth: The Plymouth center serves the widest age range of children from two years old to sixteen years old. As a result, there are a wide variety of skills incorporated into therapy at this location depending on the child’s age and skill set.

Warsaw: In Warsaw, the center mainly serves children two to twelve years of age and focuses both on skills used to transition children back to school as well as some early-life skills.

Portage, Michigan: Similar to the Warsaw center, the LAC in Portage also serves children two to twelve years of age and focuses both on school skills as well as early-life skills.

While each center has a primary age group they serve, it’s important to remember that therapy is tailored to your child’s skills and needs and will always be unique to your child in order to help them reach their fullest potential.

Find a Center Near You

Interested in finding an autism center near you? Click Find a Center below to view a full list of current autism therapy centers.