A special daycare/autism program for children with autism, developmental delays, and other special needs. This program will be coordinated with and supplement the specific training your child may already receive in school.
Because it is so difficult to find services for children with special needs. And because the Kalamazoo Autism Center, working with the Child Development Center will provide up to 50 hours of behavioral-based instruction to improve your child’s skills in daily living (such as toileting), pre-academic and academic areas, communication, play, anger management, and getting along with others.
The Kalamazoo Autism Center started this pilot project October 27th, 2008, with two children, and has expanded considerably since then. The day care center is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, all year round. ABA services are available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, during WMU's school year.
The Kalamazoo Autism Center is housed in a well-established daycare center, the Child Development Center, located at 110 West Cork St, between S Westnedge Ave and Burdick St. As with any daycare center, you will be able to take your child to the Center and pick him or her up at your convenience.
Our goal is to keep your costs as low as possible. The Child Development Center charges about $170 for a full week's tutition. We also ask our parents to pay $5/hour* to the KAC to help fund the basic needs of the center. This brings the cost of a 40 hour week to about $370, and proportionally less for fewer hours. Typically early, intensive behavioral services of this sort cost about $1,500 per week.
*If you cannot afford to pay the $5/hour, or can only afford to pay part of it, we can make other arrangements for you.
The behavioral training in our center will be coordinated with the training your child may currently be receiving in school. This should increase the speed with which he or she learns the pre-academic, academic, social, play, language, and everyday-living skills being taught at school. With this added time, we will also be able to concentrate more on extra social skills, friendship skills, fine-motor skills, toilet training, anger management, and other areas you may want help with.
I am Professor Richard Malott, a psychologist and part of the faculty of Western Michigan University’s Psychology Department’s Behavior Analysis Program. In 1996, I helped develop Croyden Avenue School’s Discrete-Trial Early Childhood Developmental Delay classroom. Since then, essentially all the tutors and tutor supervisors in that classroom are my practicum students, whom my grad students and I continue to train and supervise. WMU’s Psychology Department, of which we are an integral part, has an international reputation as a source of outstanding professionals working with autistic children. The staff in the Kalamazoo Autism Center will also be students from this program.
I am starting the Kalamazoo Autism Center because I think it will greatly improve the quality of life of special-needs children and their families while those children are enrolled in this Autism Center and long after they have graduated.
Please feel free to contact me by phone, email, or mail to discuss your child’s participation in our program.
Richard W. Malott, PhD, BCBA
Behavior Analysis Program
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Or, feel free to contact my graduate assistant:
Kelly Stone, MA, BCBA
KAC Practicum Coordinator