What is the Children's Autism Center?
The Children's Autism Center in Clear Lake, Iowa, offers hope for families overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum.
The Children's Autism Center now provides the following services:
- Autism diagnostic services using the ADOS, a comprehensive evaluation to identify the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder. For families with qualifying insurance only.
- Direct services, including skill assessment, intensive 1:1 ABA, positive behavior supports, and skill-building activities to improve the lives of children with autism.
- Social skills groups for children and teens with autism from elementary through high school that focus on developing specific social skills needed to enhance social interaction with peers and adults. Groups meet once per week for 10 weeks.
- Time-limited behavioral consultation with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to address problem behavior occurring in the home, school, or community.
- Free, specialized activities and events, in collaboration with other local groups and resources, such as music, art, sailing, sports, and holiday events.
- Free support groups for parents and caregivers, siblings, professionals in the education and medical fields, and individuals diagnosed with autism. Check our Facebook page for scheduled days and times.
- Guest speakers with exceptional credentials as professionals in the field of autism. Check our Facebook Page for scheduled days and times.
- Assistance with navigating other services available in the area.
- Resource library of books, DVDs, sensory items, and educational resources available for check out, as well as materials, technology, and equipment for families to "make and take" materials for home, school, and community. The library was created with the help of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Alliance.
History of the Children's Autism Center
The Children's Autism Center (CAC) in Clear Lake began in August 2013 with a $26,000 grant from United Way of North Central Iowa. Christina Maulsby, who has two young sons with autism, helped found the center. The CAC is located on our Clear Lake campus at 1200 N. 9th St. W
The backbone of our approach always will be the best practices of applied behavior analysis based on current research. In September 2015, two Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) joined the Children's Autism Center to oversee clinical services. Jesse Logue, Ph.D., and Lauryn Toby, Ph.D. completed their Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In June 2017, Janice Robinson, M.Ed, BCBA joined the team.
In March 2017, our organization hired Kristin Baade to lead family support services, the first step in launching services for a second Children's Autism Center in the Fort Dodge Area. Creation and expansion of services in the Fort Dodge area are still underway.
The CAC is partnering with Drake University's program offering a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to promote growth of the field of applied behavior analysis and autism services in Iowa
Children's Autism Center - Clear Lake hours
Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (6:30 when social skills groups in session)
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (6:30 when social skills groups in session)
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (6:30 when social skills groups in session)
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children's Autism Center - Fort Dodge
To inquire about CAC events and community support, contact Kristin Baade: 641-355-1306 or by email.
To inquire about clinical services, contact Janice Robinson, BCBA, by email.
Learn more about family and community activities offered through the CAC.
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