Early Intervention and Transitions for Autism in Columbus- scholarships available!
Empower’s Autism Intervention Center (“AIC”) is located in Columbus, Ohio at 3400 Snouffer Road. At the AIC we provide services based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis that is fully aligned with Empower’s behavioral philosophy, and designed for children and young adults between the ages of two and 21 years old. We provide differentiated IEP instruction for full day services (8:30am – 2:30pm), and half day services (8:30am-11:30am/11:30am-3:30pm) with low ratios that maximize individualized attention.
AIC Early Intervention
Our Autism Intervention Center Early Intervention program is designed for children two to 12 years old. Following an assessment process, children are placed in homogenous instructional groups with similarly-skilled peers. The purpose of the homogenous grouping is to make sure that each child’s potential can be maximized. Instructional methods are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and include Discrete Trial Training, Verbal Behavior and Precision Teaching. Focus is placed on reducing or eliminating language deficits, strengthening social functioning and preparing children for group academic instruction.
Our Autism Intervention Center Early Intervention program has a partnership with the Psychology Department at The Ohio State University and provides internship opportunities for college students interested in a career in Autism education. Interns are used in a one-on-one setting to quickly build skills. The average ratio in this program is 1:4 or less.
Our Autism Intervention Center Transitions Program is designed for children and young adults ages 12 to 21. We start by developing an individual plan which includes goals for each of our “Five Pillars of Success”: Functional Communication, Life Skills, Language Development, Core Knowledge, and Social Behavior & Understanding.
The program is a year-round Autism Scholarship Program placement with supplemental services that include ABA, Speech, OT, Behavior Consultation, Case Management, and Diagnostic & Educational Assessment
Additionally, one-on-one ABA services are available, as is Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc. Funding sources include Autism Scholarship, Commercial Insurance (Anthem, Caresource, etc.), Medicaid, and Private Pay.
Many of the children and adolescents entering the Autism Intervention Center have not yet mastered toileting. Our staff have specific training and expertise and will work with parents to make sure that your child will become independent with toileting. We use positive methods based on behavior principles. The classrooms will have easy access to bathrooms allowing for minimal disruption to other instruction while toilet training takes place.
To begin the enrollment process or for questions about the AIC or other services offered by Empower, please call 614-407-7508.