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 The Children's Center provides an Autism Program and Behavioral Support Program at locations in Augusta, Gardiner, and Skowhegan. The organization will also be providing these programs at our location in Farmington coming soon!

Autism Program

The program provides specialized services to young children ages three- through five-years-old diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in a specialized setting overseen by a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). Based on principals of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), the one-on-one direct care staff use discrete trials and data collection to inform treatment and create programs. The goal is to increase independence in behavioral, social, and functional living skills in order for these children to become successful in an inclusive early education classroom and/or public school setting.

Behavioral Support Program

The program serves children ages three- through five-years-old with a mental health diagnosis in a highly structured setting with a high child to staff ratio and overseen by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The various classrooms focus on specific skills related to emotional regulation, behavioral management, and/or interpersonal skills in order to provide children with the opportunity to increase independence and ultimately transition to an inclusive early education classroom and/or public school setting.

Referral Process and Funding Options:

Referrals can be made directly by parents or through local Child Development Services offices. Referrals can also be made by local case management agencies or pediatricians. Therapies are funded through MaineCare or private insurance companies. Therapies are supported by grant funding received by the United Way and through community support donations.

Referrals may be directed to the Intake Coordinator at the Children's Center,  at 626-3497.

 

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