Parents meet with their BCBAs weekly for coaching meetings. Parents are taught skills and concepts, they are provided with tools to use at home, they review their children's progress, and may even observe a session with their child. These meetings all cover a core curriculum but are tailored to meet the individual needs of each family.
We host an annual Family Fun Day during which our children, their parents, siblings, and grandparents are all invited to attend. The theme varies and has included a Planting Party (flowered pots) in the spring, a Snow Cone party in the summer, and a Fall Festival. Our Family Fun Days build fellowship among our families, support and include the entire family system, and connects our staff to our families in a fun and interactive way. Plus they're a lot of fun!
Our group of parents gather for coffee during “Second Tuesdays.” On the second Tuesday of every month after the morning drop-off, parents will gather at any number of local breakfast venues or coffee shops. This is a parent-led and parent-maintained activity to which every one of our new families is invited.
Our parents also manage their own Private FaceBook Group.
"Coffee with Dr. Michelle:" Biannually, Dr. Michelle arranges to meet with the parents to gather feedback, facilitate discussion, and to answer questions parents may have on their mind.
Autism Community Partners
Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County
Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (ITSJC) is an early childhood development and family support program serving infants and toddlers from birth to age three who have developmental disabilities or delays. ITSJC works together with the child and the child’s parent or caregiver in an environment that’s most comfortable for them, like their home or daycare. They do so much for the children of our community!
Children's Mercy Autism Clinic
Children’s Mercy is one of six Autism Centers designated by the state of Missouri. They provide comprehensive diagnostic services for children whose families suspect they may have autism or a related disorder. If you have a child with an autism diagnosis, their family resource nurse can help connect you with treatment and support services, training opportunities, and other specialists who can help you. Such a top-notch program with amazing professionals.
University of Kansas Center for Child Health and Development
The Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) at KU Medical Center offers clinics and services to children and families who need evaluation, diagnosis, and follow-up for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), developmental disabilities, Fragile X, and behavioral health problems. CCHD also serves children with special health care needs. Their clinics focus on diagnosing and treating children and educating parents to promote the well-being of the entire family. Love the people at this diagnostic clinic—hard working compassionate individuals.
Children's Therapy Services
Children’s Therapy Services provides speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory therapy, social skills instruction, early reading skills, dyslexia intervention, parent education, and play therapy. They are located in Overland Park, KS off of 121st and Metcalf. CTS takes BCBS and Cerner insurance. Dedicated therapists and innovative work live there!
All About Autism
All About Autism is a nonprofit organization on a mission to help each child reach their fullest potential. They are a resource base that connects the greater Kansas City and surrounding area organizations and events into one place. They also provide funds that will go directly to tools and technologies to be used by local families.
Autism Services of Kansas
Autism Services of Kansas is comprised of individuals who are passionate about working together to improve the lives of the children and families they serve by using evidence-based interventions, founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Services include home-based therapy, parent training, and school consultations. The owner Melissa, is a heartfelt provider and a respected professional.
britain infant development center
Britain IDC is an outreach program of AdventHealth Shawnee Mission dedicated to children with all special needs from birth through six years of age. Their individualized plans are family-focused and may include speech, occupational, physical, music, feeding, and aquatic therapies. A peer model preschool, autism program, and parent support groups are all part of this amazing organization. We love us some IDC.
Emler Swim School
Emler Swim School is an award-winning swim school with more than 40 years of experience that provides a 100% swimmer guarantee. These results derive from their proven curriculum, quality staff, and deep passion to nurture children in a healthy, safe and fun environment. Their program is semester-based, year-round and integrates child development best practices. Given the risk for wandering among our children with autism, the ability to swim could truly be a lifesaver.
special needs planning center
The Special Needs Planning Center provides comprehensive planning services for families who have children with special needs. They assist families in coordinating their legal and financial planning to address a family’s immediate ad long term needs. Their mission is to help all of their families’ sons and daughters to live the most fulfilling life possible. The two advisors have the hearts of devoted Daddies, so you’re in good hands.
Take Me Home Program (Johnson County Sheriff's Department)
The Take Me Home program is a free database service maintained by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The database includes a picture, disability information, physical description, emergency contact information, and map of all registered individuals. Any child who may have difficulty communicating due to a developmental or cognitive disability, while lost or in an emergency situation, may enroll.
KidsTLC offers a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team assessment as well as single specialization assessments to identify your child’s needs. ABA therapy, social groups, summer camps, and speech/occupational therapies are offered here. They are expanding and offer so much for the autism community.