Staff Spotlight: Meet Autumn

Lighthouse Autism Center is starting a new initiative highlighting the amazing employees we have working at our centers. Our Staff Spotlight will feature employees across all different centers in a variety of positions. This is an opportunity for our community to get to know the people who work so hard every day to deliver the best aba therapy to the kids and families we serve.

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Autumn pictured with her husband and two daughters

Meet Autumn. Autumn is a Senior Therapist at our Mishawaka location. Autumn has worked at Lighthouse for two years and began her Lighthouse journey as an RBT before being promoted to a Senior Therapist As a Senior Therapist she works closely with BCBA’s to implement behavior programs for Lighthouse kiddos.

Tell us about why you applied for a position with Lighthouse.

“After graduating with my B.A. in Sociology and Minor in Psychology from Indiana University, I was a stay-at-home mom for a few years and wanted to find a job where I could be able to continue working with kids and making a difference.”

Tell us about the team you work with.

“I have made some of my best friends while working at Lighthouse. Over the course of these two years, I’ve developed and grown friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. A couple of my co-workers and I even created a Book Club together (shout out to Alex, Veronica, and Ale), and I’ve made a lot more memories with co-workers that I consider to be great friends now!”

What is your favorite memory from your time at Lighthouse?

“There was one kiddo in particular that I had a very special bond with – I always looked forward to coming in to work and working with her, or just hearing her in the hallway talking up a storm. I think what I enjoy the most is that I truly love ALL of the kiddos that I work with! They are WONDERFUL!! Watching them grow and learn and develop their skills is truly an honor.

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

“I have loved working at Lighthouse! The 28th of February will be 2 years that I’ve been at Lighthouse and throughout my 2 years, I’ve worked at the Park Place, Granger and Edison locations, and I loved working at each one. I’ve learned so much about myself and I’ve developed such amazing friendships along the way. I’ve been able to learn from amazing people at each location. I feel immensely blessed to be working at Lighthouse.”

Autumn is currently working towards her Master’s degree in ABA at Ball State University. When not working with Lighthouse kiddos, Autumn enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Ready for a career where you can make a difference?

Community Resources for Autism in Elkhart, Indiana

Have you ever heard the phrase, “it takes a village?” For families with autism, this is especially true as they try to provide the best quality of life for their loved one with autism. With 1 in 58 children diagnosed with autism, it is likely you or someone you know is affected by autism. Not only is it important that a strong family unit is in place for someone with autism, but, it’s also important that they have access to community resources that can assist them, such as recreational therapies, autism services, support groups, and more. In order to better support families with autism, Lighthouse has compiled a list of local autism resources in Elkhart, Indiana. Below, you will find a list of organizations that may be able to assist families with autism in Elkhart, Indiana.

ADEC Family Services

Contact Information: 574-848-7451 or www.adecinc.com
Caring and highly trained staff within ADEC’s Family Services are committed to working with your family to ensure the best possible development and community involvement for your child. For children, this is accomplished through offering summer camp, after school care, transitions, parental assistance for waivers and services, a sibling support group, autism services, a game group for young adults and music and recreational therapies. ADEC also provides services for adults with developmental disabilities, including supported employment, day services, residential services, and protective/legal services.

Anabaptist Disability Network

Contact Information: 574-343-1362 or www.adnetonline.org
Resources for churches and other groups who support the spiritual lives of families and persons who live with all types of disabilities, including mental illness.

Asberger/Autism Support Group of Goshen

Contact Information: 574-742-6394
Currently an online support group with occasional informal meetings. Information posted on the private Facebook group page.

Bashor Children’s Home

Contact Information:574-875-5117 or http://bashor.org/HOME.aspx
Offers education, residential, and community-based services for individuals.

Healthy Beginnings

Contact Information: 574-522-0104 or www.elkhartcountyhealth.org/healthybeginnings/index.html
Healthy Beginnings offers four programs aimed at prevention, education and early intervention to enhance the health and lives of infants, young children and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women.

Loveway Therapeutic Equestrian Services

Contact Information: 574-825-5666 or www.lovewayinc.org
LoveWay, Inc. provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities of all ages.

Oaklawn

Contact Information: 574-533-1234  or www.oaklawn.org
Oaklawn joins with individuals, families, and our community on the journey toward health and wholeness by offering a comprehensive range of mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

The Voice: Parent Support Group

Contact Information: 574-848-2446
This group is the collaboration of ADEC, GPS, and the United Way.
It is a support group for parents of students in special education.

 

For more information regarding autism related resources in Elkhart, Indiana, contact the Family Outreach Coordinator at Lighthouse Autism Center at 574-387-4313.

 

Together, we can unlock your child’s potential