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The Lighthouse Autism Story

In 2012, Lighthouse Autism Center opened its first center in northern Indiana with a mission of bringing quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to communities in need.

As parents of a child with autism, Gregg and Sandy experienced first-hand the transformative impact of ABA therapy. Gregg and Sandy’s third child, Victor, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four while residing in Carmel, IN, an area that at that time did not offer ABA services.

One year later, when Victor was just five years old, the first ABA center in Indiana opened in Carmel, allowing Victor and the Maggioli family access to crucial ABA therapy services. Gregg and Sandy became heavily involved in the center – Gregg as the chairman of the board and Sandy with the accounting and insurance departments.

Through their ABA experience with Victor, Gregg and Sandy realized a passion for bringing this type of therapy to other families in need. When a family friend who also had a child with autism visited the center in Carmel, she told Gregg and Sandy, “this is exactly what I’ve been trying to find for my son.”

As parents of a child with autism, Gregg and Sandy knew they could combine their unique experience with their passion for bringing ABA therapy to families in need. “Being a parent of a child that has autism gave us a very unique view into the needs of parents,” Green Maggioli said. “Smaller cities like Mishawaka didn’t have the same level of service as larger cities and we made it our mission to bring ABA to these smaller communities.”

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Lighthouse Autism Center Now Offering Speech Therapy

Lighthouse Autism Center is excited to announce speech therapy at all Indiana centers.

Many children at Lighthouse receive other services outside of ABA , including speech therapy. This can be hard on the child and hard on the parents. The child is missing out on important time away from ABA therapy and parents face the difficulty in finding transportation to and from services.

Lighthouse is continuing to follow their mission of putting children and families first. Lighthouse will begin to offer speech therapy in the spring of 2019.

To learn more about speech therapy at our Indiana centers contact:  Maria Kurzhal at (574) 387-4313.

The Heart of the Matter

A word from our Executive Director

The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on our many blessings and seek ways to give back to others who may be less fortunate. Each year, Lighthouse Autism Center participates in a community service project. Past projects have included: sponsoring a Christmas dinner and gifts for few local families, providing a day of free child care for families who attend Lighthouse Autism Center, and working with local nonprofit organizations to collect whatever donations they may need.

 

This year, our newest center, in Portage, MI, organized their own community project.  Angel Tree Toy Drive helped provide “angel tags” to the employees at our Portage center.  Each Portage center employee purchased gifts for a member of a local family. The gifts were dropped off to the Salvation Army in local Kalamazoo and Portage area to families in need.

Gregg Maggioli

Executive Director

Lighthouse Opens Sixth Center in Granger, Indiana

New center to open in Granger, in January of 2019.  We will immediately begin serving children with autism in the Granger area. As with all other centers, the idea for a Granger location has driven primarily by the needs for increased ABA services in that community.

Many current Lighthouse families live in Granger, and many families on the waiting list for other centers also reside in this community.

With a high demand for quality, center-based ABA services, Lighthouse sought to fill this gap in services. the community asked, and Lighthouse listened.

This new Granger center will also include speech therapy services, along with all other Indiana Lighthouse centers, in the spring of 2019.

 

Staff Spotlight

Madelyn Horvath, ABA Therapist

Lighthouse Autism Center would not be the fun and caring center it is without our talented and dedicated staff. Our Staff Spotlight, Madelyn Horvath, is one in particular that has truly made an impact on the lives of our children. Madelyn stated, “My favorite thing about working at Lighthouse is that it doesn’t feel like work. I genuinely love coming here and being with these kiddos.”

Madelyn graduated from Valparaiso University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She began her career at Lighthouse in February 2016.

Madelyn has put her heart and soul into her work and it shines through. she said one of her favorite and most fulfilling parts of her job is when a child reaches their goal. she said, “I love having expectations be blown out of the water when a kid surpasses a goal that at the start seemed unlikely to be successful. I love telling a parent at the end of the day something their child did awesome and seeing the parent’s face light up like i just told them their child won the lottery.”

Additionally, she has card for her two autistic brothers since she was 16. She said, “I have a very special place in my heart for these kids. I love that when I talk about my job to people who have no idea what i do that when i’m done talking, they go “wow, I can tell you like what you do.”