We believe in the potential of all kids with autism, and we respect and value them for who they are.
Our primary job is to help each child reach their fullest potential as a person with autism. We are not trying to cure them of autism or make them appear “normal” in terms of societal expectations. Instead, we aim to help them cultivate their strengths, develop new skills to navigate the modern world, and grow their self-confidence as a person with autism.
We see autism as having neurodevelopmental, not behavioral, roots.
We think some programs too narrowly define autism based on deficits and prioritize “fixing” behaviors.
We view autism as a neurodevelopmental condition that leads children to act or communicate in certain ways based on individual reactions to their environment. As such, we ask “why” a child is acting a certain way and empathize with their perspective as we develop a therapy plan to support them.
We focus on learning through play, particularly for young children.
We think some programs are using overly structured and rigid programs that don’t generalize learning. As much as possible, we incorporate play as a natural, developmentally appropriate way to help kids cultivate and generalize new skills in new areas, using their interests as the primary motivator.
We collaborate to drive the best outcomes for the child.
Autism is complex and inherently requires multi-disciplinary collaboration, both among the care team and between the care team and family. We work in partnership with parents and caregivers to design the best individualized program for each child.
We follow the scientific evidence
We continuously identify the highest-quality interventions with proven success from scientific studies that help children with autism develop and grow. We are fluent in the best models, particularly for young learners (such as the Early Start Denver Model), and we hire and train the right clinicians to deliver them in our center.
We are transparent about our performance and always strive to improve.
We place a tremendous emphasis on caregiver satisfaction, and we hold ourselves accountable for facilitating meaningful progress for each child. As always, we use that data to learn how to improve care delivery for current and future children with autism.