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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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