There’s not much else like the Cisco Center, which is why people bring their kids here from all over the county. We are a non-profit serving special needs children and families. Opening in 2008, Cisco Center serves about 100 families a year, though there are never more than 10 to 15 kids in the building at a time.
At the Cisco Center we maintain highly qualified full-time and part-time staff, as well as many trained volunteers. Our parents are encouraged to volunteer. The Center maintains a 1:2, staff to child ratio or a 1:1 ratio if needed.
Our Special Needs Intervention Program focuses on developing a child’s individual needs in the areas of: Early Childhood Academic and Readiness levels, Speech/Language Therapy, Oral Motor Skills, Eating/Feeding Skills, Socialization Skills, and Fine Motor/Gross Motor Skills.
Cisco Center also offers:
- Comprehensive child evaluations
- Instructive co-instructed programs,
- Parent groups/workshops,
- Social skills groups,
- Individual speech/language therapy,
- Advocacy forums,
- Behavior support groups,
- Music Therapy,
- Occupational Therapy and
- Y.I.K.E.S. (Yes I Kan Eat Successfully) Program
Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and school, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person. Treatment focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. AOTA.org
Y.I.K.E.S. (Yes I Kan Eat Successfully) Eating/Feeding Program:Parents of children with neurotypical development will often encounter mild feeding problems at some point in their development. But parents of children with Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, or other developmental delays, may need a lot more support as these problems can be more severe. Strategies will usually need to be different too. Autism-help.org
Children do not have to be potty trained.