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Award Winning Management Team

Lighthouse Autism Center’s Executive Director Receives Excellence in Direct Care Award from Autism Society of Indiana (ASI)

Gregg Maggioli, Executive Director of Lighthouse Autism Center, served as the Chairman of the Board and his wife Sandy held a variety of positions for Little Star Center in Carmel, Indiana until 2012. In 2011, that center was recognized with the Excellence in Direct Care Award by the Autism Society of Indiana.

This award is given to providers who demonstrate excellence in direct care services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through their work in medical, educational, therapeutic and recreational settings using innovative and scientifically supported practices in partnership with families and other professionals.

Gregg and Sandy are proud to bring their award winning management skills to the Michiana area and create the the best autism therapy services in Indiana.

Award Winning Autism Management Team
Autism Society of Indiana’s Executive Director, Dana Renay & Gregg Maggioli, Little Star Center’s Chairman of the Board – 2011

Lighthouse is Reaching Out


If there is one thing at Lighthouse that we are most proud of it is our continued effort to reach further to ensure that we are constantly and consistently providing the best therapy to our kids, we are excited to announce our partnership with Western Michigan University’s graduate program in behavior analysis.

The reason we decided to work with Western Michigan University is because they are known worldwide as one of the best ABA universities producing world class practitioners. Again, this allows us to be confident in our pursuit of helping each child achieve his or her fullest potential.

We are working closely with Dr. Richard Malott, a professor of psychology and member of the behavior analysis faculty at WMU. Dr. Malott is considered a leader in the field of ABA. He has won 2 Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards as well as the ABAI’s Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis. His active involvement in the Association for Behavior Analysis International ensures that he stays in touch with ABA best practices. Dr. Malott is also responsible for developing the Behavior Analysis Training System at WMU. The BATS system is considered one of the most prominent ABA graduate programs in the United States and we are thankful to consider him part of our team.

If you have any questions about WMU, Dr. Malott or how Lighthouse can help you please give us a call. We will continue to strive to exceed expectations and offer Lighthouse families and the community the best ABA therapy available.

Yeast and the Child with Autism

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Autism is a disorder that affects the mind, leading to slow and improper development of some social or motor skills as the child grows. Some symptoms can be caught in the child’s fetal stages but most families discover their child’s disorder through behaviors that arise as the child reaches toddler age.

While there is no cure in sight and no definite idea of what causes Autism yet, scientists have made strides in trying to help families with Autistic children to increase their child’s brain activity on a biological level to encourage growth through learning techniques and therapies. Several years ago, it was proposed and accepted by scientists and doctors across the nation that an overgrowth of yeast in the both can amplify the symptoms of Autism in children and adults. This overgrowth in the body is harmful in all people but becomes particularly disturbing in regards to Autism as it could be hindering the child’s mental development.

How Do I Know if My Autistic Child is Suffering from Yeast Overgrowth? Continue reading

Lighthouse Autism Center Now Enrolling in Warsaw, Indiana!

Lighthouse Autism Center is coming to Warsaw and will be opening it’s doors on July 9th, 2013.


The center is NOW ENROLLING!

The Warsaw center will be located at 1535 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 in the Bowen Center Building.

Lighthouse Autism Center (LAC) utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an intensive therapy that focuses on the principles and techniques of learning theory to help improve social behavior. ABA therapy helps to develop new skills, shape and refine previously learned skills, and decrease socially significant problem behaviors. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the only Autism therapy that is endorsed by the US Surgeon General because of the decades of research supporting it.

ABA therapy at Lighthouse is conducted in a 1:1 setting (1 therapist working with 1 child). Each child goes through an in depth assessment conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and other clinical team members to determine their current skill set and what skills might need to be improved upon.

Give us a call today at 574-387-4313 to see how Lighthouse Autism Center can help your child with Autism reach his or her fullest potential.

Together we can make a difference for your child.

Causes of Autism, How Close Are We?


Last year, Autism was deemed as a national health emergency with public health officials in Washington. It is now estimated that 1 in 100 children suffer from one form of Autism or another. However, as abundant as it is in America, there is still so much that is unknown, the most disturbing of which is that scientists still do not have any solid conclusions as to what causes Autism.

In the last decade, there has been a scientific push to discover just that. What causes Autism? Continue reading