Local preschool uses different approach to help children with autism

Help for children diagnosed with Autism

One Louisville mom is thankful three times over.

She has four-year-old triplets -- and two of the children have autism.

It's a journey that took them to a preschool called Carriage House, a one of a kind school in Jefferson County.

“Having triplets alone is difficult and then two that are fairly different, we've been in therapy since they were 9 months old,” said mom Amy Miller.

All of the siblings go to school together - thanks to a place called Carriage House.

“That is very comforting knowing that they are being taken care of and they are getting love on just like they would if they were family,” said Miller.

“We are one of the only preschools that is an inclusive environment,” said Carriage House Executive Director Lori Wilson.

That’s the thing that really makes them stand out.  They pair typical children in the same classroom with kids who are on the autism spectrum.

“We create that inclusive environment because we know that our children with disabilities learn from peer modeling from their neurotyicpal peers,” said Wilson.

The preschool off LaGrange Rd and the Snyder in the east end of Louisville uses clinical research, applied behavior analysis and a little bit of trial and error to reach every student.

“Implementing those strategies into a typically functioning classroom is what makes us different,” said teacher Elizabeth Coriano.
  
About 70 percent of the kids at Carriage House have developmental disabilities and they serve 125 families a year.
And when the kids make strides everyone feels it.

“It is something that is indescribable and it provides the passion for what we do here because it's not easy. It's hard but we love all of our children,” said Wilson.

The Miller family says they already see the difference.

Some of the early signs of autism in young children are not smiling... not making eye contact... not babbling... and if your child doesn't want to be touched.

Carriage House also provides scholarships... funded by the WHAS Crusade for Children.
 

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