Click any of the following to learn more the following programs offered by Minnesota Autism Center:
- Center-based Programs
- Early Intervention Programs
- The MAC School
- Parent Information Group
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Skills Development Center
MAC’s center-based program provides intensive behavioral intervention to pre-school and school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The goals of MAC’s center-based therapy services consist of the development of communication and social interaction skills and the reduction of challenging behaviors. MAC’s center-based services are unique because they are conducted in a highly structured setting. MAC Centers are equipped with individual therapy rooms for 1:1 instruction, small and large activity rooms, cafeterias, child-equipped restrooms and outdoor recreational areas. Speech and Occupational Therapy services are available on-site from our licensed professionals and incorporated into each child’s ABA programming.
The MAC School – Visit www.themacschool.org to learn more
The MAC School strives to advance students on the autism spectrum who possess a wide range of abilities. The goals of the MAC School are to foster independence, self-awareness, social consciousness and behavioral management skills and academic success. The MAC School is a year-round program providing intensive, individualized instruction and a rich and fulfilling school experience. The MAC School services students in 4th grade through 12th grade using proven ABA techniques and concepts to prepare each student for their optimal life potential.
The MAC School:
- Offers a safe, nurturing and highly personalized learning environment for students by providing small class sizes, individualized learning plans and a supportive school setting;
- Identifies, assesses and develops individual student strengths, talents and interests;
- Seeks out and employs highly trained and licensed educators, clinicians and therapists;
- Provides challenging adaptive academic and therapeutic curriculum, featuring research-based instruction with appropriate student modifications and accommodations;
- Provides support to foster healthy family development;
- Facilitates extra-curricular activities;
- Develops and implements IEP and ITP goals and objectives.
- Provides on-site Speech and Occupational Therapy services from MAC’s licensed professionals..
Parent Information Group
Having a child with autism is not easy. Supporting the entire family of a child with autism is a key component in long-term success. MAC’s Parent Information Group is an opportunity for parents to meet, network and discuss a variety of topics relating to raising a child with autism. The Parent Information Group is facilitated by MAC Clinicians and provides a comfortable environment to share ideas and experiences.
Sibling Support Group
MAC’s Sibling Support Group provides therapeutic support for siblings of children with autism. The Sibling Support Group offers an opportunity to meet and discuss issues surrounding having a sibling with autism in a relaxing, fun and recreational environment. The Sibling Support Group explores a variety of family and support topics.
MAC’s Speech Therapy services work in unison with each child’s or youth’s behavioral therapy program to promote language and comprehension. MAC’s Licensed Speech Pathologists collaborate with the Behavioral Therapy Team to effectively work towards unified goals. Having your child’s Speech Therapy tightly integrated and consistent with their ABA programming delivers optimal results. All MAC programs have access to MAC’s Speech Therapists ranging from bi-weekly or weekly individual sessions.
Occupational Therapy services at MAC are provided through a team approach which promotes independence in self-care and fine and gross motor development. All MAC programs have access to Occupational Therapy services via direct service. MAC’s Licensed Occupational Therapists collaborate with the Behavioral Therapy Team to effectively work towards unified goals. MAC’s coordinated approach in delivering OT services in combination with ABA programming has yielded substantial and measurable results for MAC children. All MAC programs have access to MAC’s Occupational Therapists ranging from bi-weekly or weekly individual sessions.
Skills Development Center
MAC will be opening the ground breaking Skills Development Center (SDC) this fall in Minnetonka. The SDC is the first of its kind program in the Country, and will focus on adolescents ages 13 – 21. The SDC will combine academics, intensive therapy, life skills, social skills and more. For information please contact MAC’s Intake Coordinator.