Autism Learning Center
Earlier Intervention. Better Outcomes.
Ripple Effects Autism Learning Center uses the natural environment to provide nurturing, individualized and evidence-based ABA services to young children with autism and their families in an effort to increase learning trajectories, fade out specialized services and transition children to traditional schools and social environments. We serve families located in and around the South Haven, Michigan and Centreville, Michigan areas.
All About ABA Therapy
Learn About Our Methods
ABA is considered an evidence-based best practice by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association.
Autism Speaks explains it best.
Services We Offer
Teaching kids requires their motivation to learn and we specialize in having fun! We double or triple the learning opportunities that each child receives compared to what they might get if they were at home, with a babysitter or at preschool. This allows kids the opportunity to overcome their deficits and potentially catch-up to their typical peers before they transition to kindergarten. We play with toys, play group games, practice school routines, do arts and crafts, play on the playground and eat meals and snacks together, all while repetitively practicing and helping each child meet their individual goals. They have so much fun and don't even realize how hard they are working to learn new skills!
Your child with autism probably isn't your first kid and you don't need anyone to teach you how to raise your child. Good thing that's not what this is about! We're here to partner with you to help your child succeed at home and in the community. We can teach you the methods we use to target specific problems that your family might be faced with when parenting a child with autism. Does your child run away? Still use diapers/pull-ups? Have meltdowns at home, church or the grocery store? These are just some examples of the many ways our compassionate BCBAs can help your family.
Lauren Cavalli, MA, BCBA, LBA
There's always been a special place in my heart for children with special needs. When I was in college I worked as a Supportive Living Assistant with a non-verbal young girl who needed assistance in every aspect of her life. I had little training but lots of hope that I could make a difference in her life and the lives of other children like her. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and went straight to graduate school at world-renowned Western Michigan University to study Applied Behavior Analysis. I completed my field work at WoodsEdge Learning Center in Portage, MI and passed by Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination in 2012. I've worked in a variety of outpatient clinics throughout Michigan and Indiana, specializing in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. I am passionate about potty training, communication, school readiness, social skills and improving life at home and in the community through parent/caregiver training. It is my vision that Ripple Effects Autism Learning Center will be a place of hope, encouragement, joy and success for the families we serve as well as the staff we employ.
If your child has a Medicaid health plan, you can only be referred to us by your local Community Mental Health agency. See our location pages for a link to your local agency. You may qualify for up to 40 hours of therapy each week at no cost to your family.
Private Insurance Coverage
Ripple Effects Autism Learning Center is currently working toward accepting private insurance from many of the popular companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network and Priority Health. Your health plan must include the Autism Benefit in order to have coverage. Also, your insurance company may require your child's ASD diagnosis to come from an Approved Autism Evaluation Center. Consult your insurance company for more information on diagnostic requirements, in-network providers, and co-pays.
Navigating the Diagnosis
The Autism Alliance of Michigan is a huge resource for families at each step of the way. They can help you check your insurance coverage, help you find other options if you don't have coverage, help you get an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation and even help you find therapy providers. A real person actually answers the phone! Give them a call at 877-463-AAOM or follow the link to their website.
Looking for highly energetic, motivated, silly and confident individuals to join our team working one-on-one with young children with autism.
High school diploma
Ability to pass background checks
Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced environment
Must be willing to accept positive and constructive feedback regularly
All training is provided. Pay between $12.00 and $17.00 per hour based on experience, generous Paid Time Off package, make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families!