The Grotto Therapeutic Center provides full-day, year-round educational and therapeutic services to children aged 2 – 12 with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Grotto students receive individualized behavioral, academic, and social skills training. All Grotto programs are based on applied behavior analysis, or ABA.
Feed the Need is a prevocational training program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. The program takes place in St. Gerard House’s own community garden. Feed the Need utilizes proven, data-driven therapy as the basis for individualized instruction. Participants get the opportunity to learn varied skills from general work skills to in-depth gardening and farming techniques.
The Connect Program is an afterschool, social group developed for children and adolescents. Children meet once a week for 10 sessions. A weekly 45 minute Parent Forum is also included in the program. By meeting weekly, both parents and participants are able to learn from each other, act as a support system, and develop collaboration with the St. Gerard House staff to continue the support base beyond the 10 week program.
Family Group Night is a free, monthly meeting for whole families experiencing special needs. This group is not diagnosis specific and is open to Henderson county and surrounding counties as well. The meeting begins with a family meal with GFCF options. We split into groups to share stories, play games and gather resources. We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 5:30 – 7:30, family meal is from 5:30 – 6 pm and groups breakout at 6 pm.