On September 11, 2001, while Americans were experiencing devastation on a national level, Matt and Susan Brennan were experiencing a crisis of their own. They were sitting in an office at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, receiving a diagnosis of autism for their youngest son, Blake.
Matt describes the “fog” that descended over him during the next few weeks as he and Susan attempted to process what this diagnosis meant for their son and for their family. In the end, Matt and Susan proceeded to deal with the news in the only way they knew how…by taking action.
The doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital had expressed the importance of intensive, early intervention and the Brennans set out o find a local program that could deliver the recommended behavioral intervention. Unfortunately, they quickly learned that there were very few programs offering the treatment in the Cincinnati area and those that did, had long waiting lists.
Desperate to provide Blake the treatment he needed, Matt and Susan sought and found professionals to deliver the recommended intervention to Blake at their home. During the process however, they recognized the need for more treatment centers and resources in the Cincinnati area to support families who were struggling with the reality of raising a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
In 2003, their drive to add this important resource to the community resulted in the grand opening of Cincinnati Center for Autism. Although it was a small operation, Matt and Susan maintained a vision of what the center could be. As a result, the Brennans have spent 10 years working to build a better facility, more impactful services, improved resources for families, and a reduction to the out-of-pocket costs for families seeking treatment.
Cincinnati Center for Autism (CCA) was formed with the sole purpose of improving the outcome for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. We are committed to offering a variety of programs which address the communication, educational, social and behavioral needs of children with ASD, to assure that they are able to achieve happy, fulfilling lives. All of our programs are designed in conjunction with the principles of applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based practices.
The Center serves students from 2-22. Children may or may not have the diagnosis of autism, and are not required to have a diagnosis in order to access services at the Center.
Each child’s program is centered on their individualized education plan and other specialized assessments done at the Center. We work withe each student on both academic and functional skills that have been identified as goals. All programs are individualized to each student’s needs, in terms of intervention, accommodations, and modifications.
Students can attend CCA in a variety of capacities. They may attend the Center on a part-time basis, or receive only appointment based services like, speech or 1:1 ABA therapy. Or, they may be enrolled in the Cincinnati Center for Autism School Program, which provides both half-day and full day options.
The Cincinnati Center for Autism provides individualized treatment and small teacher to student ratios. All programs are overseen by a management team including an Intervention Specialist, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist. All programs are highly individualized and designed to meet the specific needs of each student.
The Cincinnati Center for Autism…
• A non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization
• Founded in 2003
• Serving families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky