Center for preschoolers on autism spectrum to open in Lincoln Square

Center for preschoolers on autism spectrum to open in Lincoln Square

URBANA — The new Place for Children with Autism, a five-days-a-week program for preschoolers on the autism spectrum, is set to open Tuesday on the lower level of Lincoln Square.

The center is in 5,000 square feet of space once occupied by Health Alliance.

Interested parents can attend a free workshop and information session on autism and Applied Behavior Analysis therapy from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The center plans to serve kids ages 2-6 in a preschool-like setting, according to outreach director Don Hanigan.

Children will attend from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fees are covered by several major insurers, Hanigan said.

The program offers ABA therapy, which strives to achieve positive changes in behavior. Also included will be individualized learning at each child's own pace and organized activities intended to improve social skills.

The goal is to provide preschoolers with autism the tools and skills they'll need to be ready to attend school, Hanigan said.

The center requests that parents register to attend the workshop online.

The goal is to open with 12 kids, but it can expand as needed, Hanigan said.

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