Lighthouse Autism Center Staff Spotlight: Melissa

Meet Lighthouse Autism Center’s Staff Spotlight of the Month: Melissa.

Melissa is a Family Outreach Coordinator and has worked at Lighthouse Autism Center for 7.5 years. She began her Lighthouse journey in 2014 as a ABA Therapist/RBT before being promoted to a Senior Therapist in 2018 and now Family Outreach Coordinator for the Elkhart, Goshen and Granger centers. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Law and Sociology/Psychology.
 
 

Why did you apply for a position with Lighthouse?

While being a Program Aid for PHM, I had the privilege to work with a few kiddos on spectrum. I spent much of my extra time educating myself about ASD and how I could better serve my students and their education. I was very privileged to work with a group of educators who noticed my efforts and suggest I apply to work for, “This new Autism center created by a Gregg and Sandy.” I think I applied 5 or 6 times! During this time, the center was JUST starting, and job positions were hit or miss. I repeatedly dropped off my application and resume.. I think Leila got tired of me dropping off HOT PINK folders to catch her attention. I ended up leaving being a PA and started working as a Social Worker with having ASD clients as my specialty. I remember sitting in one of my school offices (AKA the storage room) and receiving an email asking me to come in for an interview… I cried. I was so happy feeling like I was finally going to work somewhere I felt like I would belong.
 

How would you describe your experience working for Lighthouse?

Working for Lighthouse Autism Center has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. I have a great deal of pride for who we are and what we do. The company has supported my family and I through amazing times of growth and difficult challenges. The past 2 years has spoken VOLUMES to the value LAC places on their families and employees. I feel honored to have experienced so many victories, met so many influential people I now consider my friends, and to be part of a company who encourages me to keep growing.
 

Do you have a favorite memory from your time here?

The memory that stands out from all my AMAZING memories comes from when I was an RBT at Edison… On her child’s FIRST day at LAC, I told her that her son would have a wonderful day and not to stress because he is with people who will absolutely love him. She nervously smiled and said, “I know you guys will… I feel like we finally found our light at the end of the tunnel.” What an honor, to be someone’s light.
 

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Lighthouse Autism Center Opens New Center in Anderson, Indiana!

ABA Therapy Center is Now Open in Anderson Indiana!

Lighthouse Autism Center (LAC) continues to expand, with a network of centers in now, three states – quite a journey from its humble beginnings serving four families in one building to now serving hundreds of families across three states for nearly a decade, it’s truly amazing.

Our newest state-of-the-art facility is slated to open on Monday February 14, 2022. This new, cutting-edge facility will operate in place of the existing Anderson center location, providing autism services to 35 children and their families and create over 15 new jobs in the area.  To learn or more or inquire about enrollment, visit www.lighthouseautismcenter.com.

Lighthouse Autism Center is the Midwest’s leading autism therapy provider.

With a mission of providing the highest quality autism services to children and families through our facilities, LAC has sought to do just that in Anderson, IN. As the need for ABA services continues to grow, LAC seeks to fill that need by expanding into facilities that can accommodate a larger capacity of learners, helping more families and children with autism, reach their goals.

Lighthouse Autism Center provides a unique ABA therapy model called Lighthouse Fusion that fuses together the sciences of ABA and speech therapy. By blending multiple research-proven therapies into one comprehensive program, and integrating highly trained, compassionate staff, Lighthouse Autism Center offers families the most enhanced and effective approach to autism treatment available.

Autism Center for Speech and Language

Our center-based therapy is overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). BCBA’s are given small caseloads to provide individual and personalized attention and programming for each child. All therapy is 1:1 and most children receive 40 hours of therapy per week at our centers.

To learn more about Lighthouse Autism Center or enroll your child, contact our Family Outreach Coordinator at (317)-222-1242

New Anderson Center Contact Information​

7311 Quality Circle
Anderson, Indiana 46013

Family Outreach Phone: (317)-222-1242

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