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My Child & Autism: Finding Community

When facing the challenges of parenting a child with autism, it’s important for caregivers to understand they are not alone. With 1 in 61 children diagnosed with autism, there are many parents and caregivers going through the same struggles. At Lighthouse, we understand the importance of these caregivers finding a supportive community with others who are experiencing the same daily tasks, challenges and joys that they are.

LAC encourages families to get to know each other, as no one better understands what you are going through than other families going through the same thing. Parents dropping off and picking up their children often get to know each other, and can get together for play dates, coffee, or even just for a quick conversation before picking their kids up from the center. We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere where families can support each other and their children.

Looking for support for your child with autism? Contact LAC today!

My Child & Autism: The Lighthouse Goal

At Lighthouse Autism Center, the ultimate goal is to provide each school-age child with the skills to transition back to a classroom setting that is appropriate for them. While the majority of children at LAC are enrolled for an average of two years, each child is unique, and some are enrolled for a shorter or longer period of time in order for them to reach the goal of transitioning back to school.

When a child is ready to transition back to school, LAC plays a very active role in the transition. We do this through attendance at IEP meetings, observing children in the classroom, and working with teachers and families to support the child’s successful transition back to school.

While this can be a scary and challenging time for families, LAC is there to provide support to both the child and family during this exciting time. We want families to know that the entire LAC team is there to help them make this transition and will continue to serve as a support in order to help the child reach their fullest potential.

Have a child in need of ABA or speech therapy? Contact LAC today!

Top Autism Conferences for Parents

When facing the challenges of parenting a child with autism, it is important to know the resources that are available to you. Not only are there many local services available for parents, but there are also several national conferences that seek to teach parents to navigate the challenges of raising a child with autism. Check out these five conferences to learn more about how they can help you help your child with autism.

Profectum

Profectum is an “organization committed to gathering the most cutting-edge practices in autism,” helping to teach families how best to use them with each unique child, and building a community of families affected by autism. They hold various conferences throughout the year all over the country. Check out their website to see when a conference may be happening near you.

To learn more, visit https://profectum.org/conferences/

 

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is a national foundation dedicated to raising money and awareness for the treatment and prevention of autism. It also seeks to bring together friends, families, and concerned community members to build a supportive network.

To learn more, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org

Love & Autism

While Love & Autism is an organization dedicated to autism awareness and community like the others, its main focus is the annual conference. One unique aspect of Love & Autism is many of the events that take place, including musical and art presentations, are performed by individuals with autism.

To learn more, visit https://loveandautism.com

 

The Autism Project

The Autism Project is an organization dedicated to connecting researches and practitioners with families affected by autism. They seek to help the entire family unit by teaching the latest practices regarding autism and by providing a supportive and collaborative community.

To learn more, visit http://www.theautismproject.org

 

World Autism Organisation

The World Autism Organisation was founded to create a global autism community. The group seeks to gather research and practices from around the world and create a common space where professionals and families can collaborate at an international level to share best practices, research, etc…

To learn more, visit http://worldautismorganisation.com

Have a child in need of ABA or speech therapy? Contact LAC today!

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. P

Have a child in need of ABA or speech therapy? Contact LAC today!

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.

Looking to give your child with autism the dedicated care and safety they deserve? Contact Lighthouse today!