Welcome to the Minnesota Autism Center
The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) provides therapeutic support for children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). MAC is staffed by highly trained professionals who provide Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy on an individualized basis with the goal of reducing and eliminating the signs and symptoms of autism in children and youth. For over 16 years, MAC has been committed to providing the highest quality of structured behavioral intervention with the goal of reducing future supplementary support.
The Minnesota Autism Center was founded by parents of children with autism, due in part to the institutional and social discrimination faced by children diagnosed with ASD. MAC recognized that those diagnosed with autism are people first and autism is only part of who they are. Therefore, in addition to one-on-one individualized therapy and instruction with the child or youth, MAC recognizes the importance of family education and provides family training to promote family unity.
MAC currently services children and youth ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs are tailored to meet the individualized needs of each child or youth and their families.
The Minnesota Autism Center's Mission is to promote and provide home, school and center-based behavioral and academic services for children and youth affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Minnesota Autism Center promotes the general education and welfare of persons challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorders and supports the development of healthy families.
Minnesota Autism Center to Begin Using Skills™ to Treat Individuals with Autism
The Minnesota Autism Center has acquired Skills™, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ online autism treatment curriculum, to help treat children and youth affected by autism spectrum disorders.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), the world’s largest provider of state-of-the-art, early intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) announces Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) will begin using Skills™, CARD’s online autism solution, beginning August 1, 2012. MAC staff will receive four days of Skills™ training as early as July 1st. Approximately 250 children and youth affected by ASD will benefit from the behavioral health treatment program.
“MAC currently services individuals ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs,” says MAC’s Executive Director Kathryn Marshall. “Skills is aligned with our curriculum in that the program tailors to meet the individualized needs of each person. We are excited to begin using Skills and feel confident it will help us continue to provide effective care and support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an ASD, making it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and childhood AIDS combined. CARD develops and utilizes technology to increase access to training for professionals who work with individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD.
“We are honored to have the Minnesota Autism Center choose Skills as their online autism solution,” says Skills co-creator Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D. "Unlike other curriculum design tools for the treatment of autism, Skills has an assessment with a corresponding curriculum that addresses every skill a child learns in typical development from infancy to adolescence across every area of human development. Skills offers the first and only ABA-based comprehensive social skills, social cognition, and executive functions curricula available. It’s also one of the only online programs available that provides the ability to write behavior intervention plans for challenging behavior. When creating Skills, we really tried to make it as comprehensive and self-explanatory as possible with the goal of achieving positive results with every child.”
MAC has a staff of highly trained professionals who provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy on an individualized basis with the goal of reducing and eliminating the signs and symptoms of ASD in children and youth, and help reduce future supplementary support.
Skills is designed to give the educators of children with ASD access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development available. The results of the assessment are linked directly to a set of eight curricula that provide individualized lesson plans with step-by-step instructions for teaching children with ASD the skills they need. Skills is based on empirically supported treatment. And while the system will automate a program for users, it allows users the flexibility to tailor the program to the child’s unique needs. Each of nearly 4,000 lesson activities also includes IEP goals, worksheets, visual aids, tracking forms, and lesson videos.
Teachers, parents and practitioners can also use Skills as an effective management tool. The online program can evaluate treatment progress one child at a time. Skills provides charts and graphs that track treatment progress and the impact of various events (including other treatments and life events) on the child’s progress. Plus, by allowing the user to look at progress across a number of children, the user can evaluate treatment integrity down to the individual teacher.
- An approach based on over 40 years of research on the use of ABA-based treatment for ASD
- 24/7 access from any computer anywhere in the world
- An individualized assessment linked to a comprehensive set of curricula across eight developmental areas:
(1) Social, (2) Motor, (3) Language, (4) Adaptive, (5) Play, (6) Executive Functions, (7) Cognition, and (8) Academic Skills
- Age of typical development for skills assessed and within lesson plans
- Almost 4,000 lesson activities
- Easily accessible lesson activities, teaching guides, and tracking forms
- Lesson activities that are customizable to meet the child's needs
- Printable, fun, and creative worksheets, tracking forms, and visual aids
- Clear, brief, and visually appealing demonstration videos
- Detailed treatment progress and clinical timeline chart
- Ability to track and view the effect of challenging behaviors and alternative treatments on learning progress
- Access to assessment, treatment, and progress tracking all in one place
- Lesson plans tailored to individualized educational plan (IEP) goals and benchmarks
- Ability to write behavior intervention plans (BIP) for challenging behavior
- Ability for teachers, professionals, and parents to work together as a team in one online location
- Multiple student viewing at one time (view all of a teacher's students in one account)
- Ability to share access to students' accounts with other teachers and/or members of the treatment team
- Ability to compare the effectiveness of teachers
News and Events
Eden Prairie Center
MAC is pleased to be serving new families in our Eden Prairie Therapy Center that opened this fall. The new center is a state-of-the-art facility with two gyms, an outdoor play area, individual and group learning areas, a classroom, computer room and much more.
Skills Development Center Opening
MAC successfully launched a new Skills Development Center (SDC) this fall in Minnetonka. The SDC is the first of its kind program in the country and focuses on adolescents ages 13 – 21. The SDC combines academics, intensive therapy, life skills, social skills and more. For information please contact MAC’s Intake Coordinator.