The Center for Autism Education
105 Sheriff Dierker Ct
O'Fallon, MO 63366
- Support for autism
- Behavior planning and IEP reinforcement
- Care for adults with disabilities
- Support for emotional disorders
Hours of Operation8:00 - 4:00
Who is The Center for Autism Education?
Our mission is to assure that every child, family, and adult we serve is provided the highest quality training in functional skills and behavior intervention in a respectful, positive, and safe learning environment so they all reach their fullest potential in becoming successful, happy, and contributing members of the community.
What is our geographic service area?
We currently serve the following counties: St. Charles County, St. Louis County, Warren County, Lincoln County, and Madison County, but have plans to expand in other regions across the country.
How are we different?
The Center for Autism Education was started over 10 years ago as the last resource for many children who struggle with extreme and challenging behaviors. Since then we have carved a niche in the community as not only a leader in the Autism space, but as someone who successfully works with the most challenging of children. First as a school, and now as a clinic and day service provider, everything we have done and will do has started because no one else in the community could or would take on those challenges.
What does CAE do?
CAE works with our students and consumers through three different programs.
Beyond Education – Beyond Education is an instructional day facility that provides students with the Individualized Education Plans (IEP), specialized environment, and intensive support they need to learn. Its certified teachers, supported by classroom supervisors and behavior assistants, develop and implement individualized curricula tailored to each child’s unique needs. On a daily basis, students strive to make progress toward their academic and behavior goals.
Beyond Education is a year-round school, with 55 students attending Monday – Friday from the start of school in August through the end of May. In June and July, students attend school Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Beyond Education program has experienced great success in helping students acquire communication and social skills and replace negative behaviors with positive interactions that contribute to a more productive, independent life.
Beyond Boundaries – The Beyond Boundaries program provides short-term, in-home services to individuals ages birth to 65. Services begin with a functional behavior assessment and develop into an Individualized Behavior Support Plan (IBSP). Every IBSP is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based, and is a collaborative effort between family and program staff which ensures success of each child in any environment and situation. The goal of the program is to equip families with the training and tools they need to better support their child, to improve individual and family functioning, to reduce overall stress in the home, and to keep families emotionally healthy and intact.
Many of our clients and families face challenges reinforcing behaviors taught in a school setting or with being out in the community. To make sure everyone is successful, the program’s staff goes directly into the setting where there is an issue and works with the client and the family (i.e. restaurant, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc.)
Our Beyond Boundaries’ staff is available to provide support 24/7 for each and every client. Often times in a crisis situation families’ first call is to our team. We are there to help whether it is a quick call to assist with the situation or to provide an in-home visit to deescalate the situation. Our assistance has provided reprieve and prevented many situations that could have resulted in abuse or neglect of each child.
Beyond Learning – Beyond Learning is a day program designed to meet the needs of adults living with a disability from the ages of 21 and older. Funding is through the Department of Mental Health to provide on and off site services. The program focuses on enhancing independence in the areas of social, communication, functional daily living as well as coping skills. On-site services are implemented on campus. Off-site services are implemented in the community through volunteer opportunities and general outings such as swimming, bowling and library visits. The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The Center for Autism Education Day Services was established in October 2009 and continues to rapidly grow. We currently provide services to 14 adults from St. Charles County and 1 adult from Lincoln County. The new location in St. Peters is 9000 square feet and allows for the addition of a sensory room, fitness area and fenced backyard for outdoor activities.
The ultimate goal for the day program is to provide a variety of day habilitation services for people living with a disability to insure the individuals’ days are diverse and meaningful for them.