Autism Center in Portage, Michigan

2314 Helen Avenue Suite 200
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 359-0689

Lighthouse Autism Center is the only ABA center in southwest Michigan operated by an award-winning team with more than a decade of experience managing an autism center. Today, it’s the place to go for superior autism treatment from the highest-quality facility, staff, and ABA therapy in the area. Clients who come to us can expect personalized support from dedicated professionals who are committed to giving hope to children and their families.

Our applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism is specifically aimed at helping children develop new skills, refine previously learned skills, and decrease socially significant problem behaviors. Designed and overseen by qualified and trained Board-certified behavioral analysts, our ABA therapy begins with detailed child assessments that allow us to set personalized goals and detailed instruction plans for each individual. In the therapy program, we continually collect data to see what is and isn’t working, and modify and adjust our approach to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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      We've Been Where You Are

      Owned and Operated by Parents of a Child with Autism

      The founders of Lighthouse Autism Center, Gregg and Sandy Maggioli, have a son named Victor, who was diagnosed with autism in 2003. They understand firsthand the struggle that you go through as a parent when you are told that your child has autism.

      Award-Winning Management

      Recognized by the Autism Society of Indiana

      The parents who founded Lighthouse Autism Center held a variety of positions at an ABA center in Carmel, Indiana until 2012. In 2011, that center was recognized by the Excellence in Direct Care Award by the Autism Society of Indiana.

      Your Child's Full Potential

      ABA Therapy can help them reach it

      Benefits of the ABA Therapy We Offer

      If you are looking for a quality, intensive, center-based provider for autism behavioral therapy, Lighthouse Autism Center in Portage is your local resource. There are many benefits to children receiving ABA therapy from our certified BCBAs, such as:

      • Customized therapy programs
      • Treatment catered to each child’s unique skills, skill gaps, and caregiver input
      • One-on-one interaction with a certified Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
      • Days structured to provide planned and naturally occurring learning opportunities
      • Development of skills for both structured and unstructured settings
      • Training for parents, family members and caregivers

      At Lighthouse Autism Center, we’ve made it our mission to bring quality autism therapy to this community. Our facility is parent-focused and operated by parents of children with autism. While we primarily specialize in center-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children with an autism diagnosis, we also offer speech therapy services from a speech language pathologist for children who receive ABA services and need this additional support.

      Parent Testimonials

      How have you impacted Adam’s life? There are 3 areas that stand out to us and are in no particular order. Getting Adam to try any new foods outside his “home” foods continues to amaze us and we can’t help but shake our heads in bewilderment . Hands down you guys have gotten him to eat food we never could. Adam’s vocabulary has increased over 150 words when it comes to sign language. He continues to identify actions with words. Transitioning Adam to “big boy” underwear has been nothing short of amazing.

      (read more) - Kub and Cheryl, South Bend, IN

      We would like to say “Thank You” for all that you do with our little buddy Aidan. We’ve seen so much progress since has started at Lighthouse that it is hard for us to mention everything. The first thing is that he loves going to Lighthouse, and loves his therapists, although he will occasionally feign an illness to stay home. This was not the case with public school. Everyday was a battle to get him to school. We are so thankful that we learned of the center when we did.

      (read more) - Aaron and Michelle, South Bend, IN

      Since enrolling, Morgyn is beginning to make the 180 degree turn we never thought was possible. She is making great strides because of our LAC family. Each and everyone of you who work with Morgyn is the reason. To us we see you as Autism Angels. We see people who care. We see people who know this as a career, not a job. We see compassion in everyone of you in your unwavering dedication to help. Most importantly we see Morgyn being treated as more, much more, than a statistic.

      (read more) - Merle and Dawn, New Carlisle, IN

      In just three short months, Brody has made amazing progress. His communication and language skills have vastly improved, which has resulted in far fewer tantrums since he is better able to communicate with us what he wants or needs. He responds to his name usually on the first or second time we call to him, whereas this summer it sometimes would take us saying his name up to ten times until he faced us. I could go on and on, but the number one thing we want to thank the Lighthouse staff for is loving our child.

      (read more) - Cam, Plymouth, IN

      When we first toured LAC 18 months ago and met with Leila and Lisa I left in tears with so much hope and relief because we finally found a place that we knew could really help Ally. We never imagined that she would be at where she is today! The change in her is surreal to us and we’re just trying to keep up with her! Thank you so much Sandy for helping us navigate the insurance end of things or this wouldn’t have been possible!

      (read more) - Robert and Lisa, Osceola, IN

      The Lighthouse staff has won our hearts, and our gratitude, for the incredible job they do with Chaz and all the kids – it is evident that they love and care for, and find joy in, each one of the children. As you all know, we moved to South Bend from Hawaii just over 5 years ago. In Hawaii, the word “aloha” is commonly used for a friendly greeting and warm farewell, but it is also used to describe the spirit of one who is kind, welcoming, caring, and mindful. The spirit of aloha infuses LACand all that goes on within its walls.

      (read more) - Dick, South Bend, IN

      As many of you can recall, prior to coming to the Lighthouse, our Chazzy boy had a permanent knot and scab on his forehead from repeatedly whacking his head out of frustration. He was flying into daily rages and was harming himself and us. Fast forward to today, and we see a completely transformed child. He charges to the front door and makes his daily grand entrance as if to say ” Hi everyone! I’m here!” We never know what he is going to learn next, but we are filled with joy and hopefulness that he will continue to thrive and grow.

      (read more) - Donna, South Bend, IN

      The biggest thing I have noticed is that Lighthouse has taught him how to be so much more patient with himself, and to keep trying. A year ago he couldn’t play a video game for 30 seconds without getting frustrated and giving up , always wanting someone else to do it for him. Now when we play Mario, he tries over and over again to jump on something until he gets it, so impressive! They are teaching him to think outside of the box, if you can’t get something to work one way, try it another way

      (read more) - Shannon, Granger, IN

      9 months ago we dropped Ethan off for his first day. We had no idea what to expect. Ethan didn’t interact much. We were all frustrated and lost.
      Fast forward these short months and WOW! Ethan is a completely different kid! He expresses what he wants! He plays with his brothers and sister. He even looks for which sibling he wants! (Each one has something different to offer him). He calls for “da” and says “mama”.

      (read more) - Elizabeth, Bremen, IN

      *These testimonials were not solicited by Lighthouse Autism Center.

      Story of Success: Ian

      Ian was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4, although he had already been receiving speech and occupational therapy for several years before. When he first enrolled at Lighthouse Autism Center a year later, Ian did not play with his friends and he often refused to do what his parents asked of him. After a year at the center, Ian had made great strides in gaining independence, staying on task, and answering questions.


      • Average of 50 minutes of noncompliance each day
      • Lacked ability to recall information and follow directions
      • He did not engage his family or peers


      • Average of less than 10 minutes of noncompliance per day
      • He mastered 1-, 2- and 3- step instructions
      • Ian independently greets his peers, family, and teachers

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