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Autism Early Learning Program

The ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Autism Early Learning Program offers intensive behavioral services for children with autism from diagnosis to 6 years. Developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic’s Autism Center, this early childhood program operates full-day and year-round with strong parental involvement and low student-to-staff ratio. Each child’s program is individualized, with one-to-one intervention at first, followed by small group settings as the student progresses. Tailored instruction focuses on communication, behavior, play, socialization, and developmentally appropriate skill acquisition. Parent training and participation are mandatory.

Team Teaching

Certified special educators, speech/language pathologists and center-based behavior therapists staff the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Autism Early Learning Program, and collaborate to find the best methods to teach your child. Ancillary services are available based on individual student treatment plans. All staff members have intensive training in applied behavior analysis.

Evaluation and Teaching

Autism Early Learning program specialists, including consulting psychologists, behavior therapists and consulting physicians, provide the following services:

  • Initial and ongoing evaluations
  • Speech and language services
  • Behavioral/educational consultation
  • Functional behavior assessment
  • Behavioral therapy and consultation
  • Intensive behavioral intervention

An individual program is developed for each child, depending on his or her needs. All programs rely on current autism findings, with a strong focus on applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the commonly asked questions about Autism and the Autism Early Learning Program. For additional questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 419-291-7080

What are the costs? Who pays for services?

The Autism Early Learning Program is a tuition-based program. Tuition can be supported by scholarships, insurers, school districts, charitable agencies, private pay, or other sources. Some services, partially diagnostic evaluations or center-based behavioral therapy, may be covered by your health insurer. Outside agencies or school districts also contract for program services. Check with your health plan for specific coverage information

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call the Autism Early Learning Program at 419-291-7080. A member of our staff will ask you for information to understand your specific needs. If we believe we can help you, we will schedule an appointment for you with the appropriate professional. If we are unable to assist you, we ill provide other suggestions or referrals.

Where is the Early Learning Program located?

The Autism Early Learning Program is located within the Autism Center at 2040 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43606. The center is also home to partners from the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, including Harbor, iTAALK, Self-Reliance Center, and Sensory Kids Therapy.

Is there medication for children with autism?

Some children with autism benefit from medications for specific symptoms. We work with consulting physicians regarding medication when appropriate.

Can special diets or vitamins help?

To date, solid research supports behavioral interventions as an effective method of improving function in individuals with autism. No other treatments have been validated to the extent of behavioral intervention.