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Lighthouse Autism Center Interview on Moms Everyday

Part of our efforts to raise awareness during the month of April included two spots on WNDU’s Moms Everday. Take a moment and listen to what Lisa DelPrete (LAC Family Outreach Coordinator) and Sandy Maggioli (co-founder) had to say about the importance of early intervention and signs and symptoms of autism.

Going Out to Eat with a Child who has Autism: Preparation

Few parents would argue that taking your child out to eat can be a challenging experience. When your child has autism that challenge is often magnified tenfold, the dirty looks from other patrons, the misinterpretation of behaviors, snide remarks about how you should better “control” your child.

It would be great if other people would demonstrate kindness and understanding. The fact is that you can’t control the reactions of others. That doesn’t mean you can’t take your child out to eat. Here are a few tips that you can use to make eating out a more enjoyable experience for your child and your family. Continue reading

Lighthouse Autism Center and ABC 57

 

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Some studies say as many as 1 in 50 children have autism. The Lighthouse Autism Center on Edison Lakes Parkway in Mishawaka is working to educate parents on the early signs of autism. Early intervention can mean a better outcome for the child.

When Lisa Del Prete, a mother of six, heard the word autism she says she was in denial.

She noticed her fifth child just wasn’t acting like the others, but she told herself to just “wait and see.”

Now she wishes she had taken action much earlier.

“I was scared. I didn’t want to tell anyone. I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t even know who to call,” said Lisa Del Prete.

If you find yourself in this situation, please visit our Early Intervention page to learn about what signs to look for and what steps to take.

 

 

 

Every 11 Minutes a New Person is Diagnosed with Autism

April is just around the corner.

April is Autism Awareness month, with the 2nd of April being Worldwide Autism Awareness Day.

In the month of April alone more than 3,900 people will be diagnosed with Autism.

New research shows that we are no longer at 1 in 88. The national average is 1 in 50. One out of every 50 kids born this year will be diagnosed with Autism.

  • More than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined. 
  • Research shows that Early Intervention offers these children the best outcome.

Here, at Lighthouse Autism Center, we are making it our mission this month to spread the word about Autism and provide families that resources they have long been without.

Lighthouse is sponsoring a number of Public Service Announcements that will run on Sunny 101.5 and Oldies 94.3.

For the month of April we have partnered with WNDU to raise awareness through television and the WNDU.com homepage.

Lighthouse is also helping the Climb Project Foundation with their fundraiser. Climb Project Foundation was created by parents of a child with Autism. Their mission is to raise money to help families in our area get the help they need.

If you would like to help Lighthouse and the Climb Project spread hope and help as many families living with Autism in our area as possible, give us a call to see how you can help.