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Brown Center for Autism
The Brown Center was established in 2008. Its mission is to help realize the potential of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through individualized and collaborative treatment, and community and parent education. The grant requested in this application will be used to fund 85%of the contractual compensation of a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in counseling families impacted by Autism, as well as 85% of the total compensation of childcare providers specifically trained in Autism to provide onsite childcare at monthly Family Support Group gatherings. Long-term: after 12 months, 80% of families (13 of 16) participating in this program will demonstrate a measurable and meaningful increase in five or more domains of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R). The ABLLS-R is a criterion-referenced assessment specific to preschool-aged children with autism. This assessment documents acquisition of critical skills such as: basic learning, speech/language, pre-academic, self-help, emotional regulation, socialization/play, and fine and gross motor skills. "Measurable and meaningful" refers to a positive increase in the quality of life of each child and subsequently, their families, as a result of becoming more independent and engaged within their home and community settings.