Little Star Celebrates Ten Years of Serving the Needs of the Autism Community in the State of Indiana – Official Press Release


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Little Star Center Celebrates Ten Years of Serving the Needs of the Autism Community in the State of Indiana

2012 Marks a Decade of Providing Autism Services to Children and Young Adults

CARMEL, IN, March 13, 2012 – Little Star Center, a non-profit center for children with autism, is celebrating its 10th year serving the needs of the autism community in Indiana. Little Star was the first center to offer intensive applied behavior analysis services in the state. While there are several ABA centers and in-home providers in the state now, most can be directly linked back to Little Star.

Little Star Center was founded by Amy and Steele Gudal, parents who, at the time, had no options for their daughter with autism with regards to specialized treatment.

“Credit has to be given to the Gudals for doing something that had never been done before in Indiana. They were truly trail blazers,” says Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director of Little Star Center. “We are looking forward to another decade of setting the standard for autism therapy in the state of Indiana.”

Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Little Star provides an atmosphere where children, therapists and families can interact, support each other and receive on-going training so that each child can reach their full potential at home and in a variety of settings outside of therapy. After decades of research, the United States Surgeon General has endorsed intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism as the treatment of choice. Over 50 years of research documents the efficacy of ABA in reducing inappropriate behavior and increasing communication and learning.

Little Star Center Carmel opened its doors in September, 2002 and since then has opened a location in Lafayette in March, 2011.

About Little Star Center

Little Star Center is a truly unique and special place for children and families affected by autism. Little Star offers intensive daily one-on-one individualized ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy that allows access to peers, a state-of-the-art facility, and full-time BCBA supervision.

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