Our commitment to children with Autism and their families
We are increasing autism treatment awareness to help create a supportive and compassionate community in which individuals with autism spectrum disorders can become productive members of society while still keeping their uniqueness and integrity.
The Lovaas Center objectives include, but are not limited to:
- Empowering parents and caregivers to better serve their children’s needs.
- Increasing community awareness about this disability.
- Offering more social activities for families.
- Working hand in hand with the local school districts to provide the best education for the children.
The kids we serve: when and where
Although autism treatment at any age can be helpful, the earlier in life that treatment begins, the better. The highest success rates occur with early intervention, when autism treatments begin before the child turns four years of age.
We typically initiate treatment with children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years. Their autism diagnoses range from mild to moderate to severe, depending on social interaction, communication, and patterns of behavior. Intake interviews can help determine if The Lovaas Center is right for your child. Please give us a call to find out more.
We have offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and Pembroke Pines, Florida near Miami and also travel to other states and abroad to provide services. We currently work with families in Aruba, D’ubai, and Spain as well as various states in the U.S. Erik Lovaas is available for direct consultation as his schedule allows.
Help for families
Parents that contact The Lovaas Center are most often concerned with their child’s lack of spoken language as well as disruptive behaviors such as tantrums, passive avoidance, and/or self stimulatory behaviors. These factors combine to make it difficult for the child to communicate and connect with family and peers.
We’re dedicated to helping families of children with autism. The diagnosis is often difficult for the entire family. Reactions can vary between spouses or partners, creating friction in the relationship. It can be difficult for siblings, too, as parents often spend more time focusing on the child with autism and family routine can become severely affected.
A variety of emotions may be felt after an autism diagnosis, including shock, anger, sadness, disappointment, depression, grief and guilt. It may help to refer to Success Stories to see how other parents have dealt with autism.
Suggestions for Families:
- Be patient with yourself and other family members
- Carefully research your treatment options
- Celebrate even the smallest accomplishments
- Seek gratitude for good things that are happening
- Share with others who have faced similar circumstances
- Remember that none of this is “your fault”
- Hold onto hope because the future can bring progress
- Seek help from a mental health professional if needed