Our Motive:

Close the gap.

Your child has just been diagnosed with Autism. We’re here. Right from the start. Working together, one-on-one to do what’s best for your child and you.

 
 
 
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Our Approach.

For toddlers, pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, we close the gaps in the four core development domains: social, communication, cognition, and behavior & adaptive skills.

One-to-one therapy, group activities and Kindergarten readiness tasks from highly trained licensed professionals. Here, children learn in a similar setting and structure to what the child may experience socially and at home.

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Stand Out & Fit In.

We help your child STAND OUT by retaining the unique characteristics that make them who they are, while working with them to FIT IN to a mainstream learning environment.

At Autism From the Start®, our intervention services help toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners learn important skills including communication, connecting with others, learning, playing, self-regulation, and self-help with the ultimate goal of helping your extraordinary child both STAND OUT & FIT IN!

 

500+

Families served

Each family is special to us. From point of diagnosis to the time children transition out of our care, our approach is personal, collaborative, and customized for each family.

 

75+

SCHOOL PARTNERS

We work every day to make sure each child has the best opportunity for a successful transition to school. Having a strong relationship with school partners makes a big difference.

 
 

34+

ACADEMIC DEGREES

92% of our staff have obtained their Bachelor’s degree; 44% of our staff earned--or are working on--a Master's degree; and our founder has a Doctorate degree.

 
 

ABA Programs.

Many parents wonder what ABA is and how it helps their child.

Intervention informed by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) helps children with Autism increase the behaviors that help them function well and decrease behaviors that inhibit their ability to learn from and engage in their environment, with their families, and friends.

At Autism From the Start® we focus on children ages 0-6; therefore, we incorporate play skills throughout each therapy day as we work to affect the four core domains of development Social, Communication, Cognition, and Behavior & Adaptive Skills.

 

SOCIAL

Accepting Physical Touch

Engaging In Social Routines & Games

Sharing Smiles During Play

Giving & Taking Items with Eye Contact

Using Gestures Or Words To Gain Adult’s Attention

Describing what makes Him/Her happy, sad, mad, etc.

Identifying Other’s emotions based on Specific Situations

Inviting Peers to Play, Taking Turns & Cooperating With Peers TO Achieve A Certain Outcome


COGNITION

AttendING to & ExplorING toys

MatchING ShapeS, Colors, Identical & Non-Identical Pictures

Perform Sorting, Block Designs, Puzzles

LEARNING Patterns, sequences & seriation

Identifying numbers and letters, basic counting, identifying quantities

Trial and error approach to problem-solving

Links objects and actions in a play sequence

COMMUNICATION

repsonding to His/Her Own Name

Asking For Preferred Items or Activities Across Settings & People

Identifying Family Members & Items Important to him/her

Following Instructions

Putting nouns and verbs together, and Using longer and varied phrases

Asking questions to gain information and asking for attention of others

Engaging in conversation

Describing anticipated, occurring or past events


BEHAVIOR & ADAPTIVE SKILLS

Washing Hands

Sitting at the Table, Eating a wider variety of Foods & Feeding Oneself

Independent Dressing & Toiletting

Dental Visits & Tooth Brushing

Hair Brushing & Cutting

reducING self-injurious behaviors, aggression, tantrums, etc.

Developing coping skills

 
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When our son was first diagnosed, we felt overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next or where to go. We now feel much more confident about communicating what our son needs and we are much more hopeful regarding his future.

Lisa and Chris M.
Quote was requested from former client.

 

 
 

Founder Story.

Watch this video to learn more about Autism From the Start® and the impetus behind Dr. Michelle Macrorie opening the Children’s House.

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Scenes in the video were staged to depict interactions typical of center activities.