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Our Family Services Department will greet and provide you with an overview of our services, a tour of the center(s), and answer any questions you may have. For a tour of our North or South location, please contact our Family Services Department at intake@childrensautismcenter.org or by phone at (260) 459-6040.

LouAnn Stone

Intake Coordinator

LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

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Additional Information

Children’s Autism Center provides medically necessary services for individuals with autism. CAC staff cross into all environments where a learner needs services. For example, in addition to center-based services, CAC provides Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) for in-school behavior management/skill development. We transport learners into the community with therapists for access to learning opportunities and go in-home to address concerns of the family. CAC is a non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and those who care for them.

Children’s Autism Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. We’re open year-round. We’re closed for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday at noon, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26. We occasionally close for center-wide training.

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If you are concerned that your child may have autism, please take the 20-question survey through the M-CHAT. This tool is designed for parents and guardians to be used in conjunction with a medical professional.

Children’s Autism Center provides applied behavior analysis services that address the core symptoms of autism. We provide medically necessary therapy based on the criteria for the diagnosis of autism provided in the DSM-V.

Autism Spectrum Disorder 299.00 (F84.0)

Diagnostic Criteria

A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by the following, currently or by history :

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Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, ranging, for example, from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back-and-forth conversation; to reduced sharing of interests, emotions, or affect; to failure to initiate or respond to social interactions.
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Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, ranging, for example, from poorly integrated verbal and nonverbal communication; to abnormalities in eye contact and body language or deficits in understanding and use of gestures; to a total lack of facial expressions and nonverbal communication.
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Deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers.

B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, as manifested by at least two of the following, currently or by history (examples are illustrative, not exhaustive; see text):

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Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech (e.g., simple motor stereotypes, lining up toys or flipping objects, echolalia, idiosyncratic phrases).
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Insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns or verbal nonverbal behavior (e.g., extreme distress at small changes, difficulties with transitions, rigid thinking patterns, greeting rituals, need to take same route or eat food every day).
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Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus (e.g, strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively circumscribed or persevering interest).
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Hyper- or hyporeactivity to sensory input or unusual interests in sensory aspects of the environment (e.g., apparent indifference to pain/temperature, adverse response to specific sounds or textures, excessive smelling or touching of objects, visual fascination with lights or movement).

Locations

We offer six convenient locations throughout Northeast Indiana to better serve your needs.

Angola

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100 Growth Pkwy.
Angola, IN 46703

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9AM – 5PM

Columbia City

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500 North Oak St.
Columbia City, IN 46725

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9AM – 5PM

Fort Wayne Coventry

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5601 Coventry Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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9AM – 5PM

Fort Wayne Glenbrook

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4118 N Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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9AM – 5PM

Fort Wayne Washington Square

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6131 North Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

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9AM – 5PM

Huntington

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80 Commercial Rd.
Huntington, IN 46750

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9AM – 5PM

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LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

louannstone@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University, Master of Arts from the University of Louisville.

I was a teacher for 33 years and retired in 2017. My favorite years were when I taught kindergarten.