When their son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of two, Helen and PJ Shafer were determined to make sure he received the best services possible. Discouraged by the availability of quality autism programs, they made it their mission to create a place that would help children, and their families. Thus was born The Shafer Center for Early Intervention.
Since 2006, our extended family has been committed to providing resources and treatment to children on the autism spectrum and those with related disorders, who are between the ages of 18 months through 13 years.
Our Approach to Teaching Children with Autism
At The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, we know that being a parent to a child with special needs can sometimes be challenging, but we’re here to make your life easier. By creating a central resource for education, assessment, and treatment, we can replace fear and uncertainty with hope and knowledge. Our unique approach and methods will improve your child’s opportunity to succeed, and in turn make it a rewarding experience for the whole family.
We accomplish this by integrating three vital components that make The Shafer Center for Early Intervention the optimal choice for treating children with autism spectrum disorders:
- Our Whole-Child Approach
- Our Multi-Disciplinary Team
- Our Focus on Maintenance and Generalization of Skills
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Our elite and caring team is comprised of parents, licensed psychologists, teachers and therapists, all working in unison to help your child succeed. Our team leaders include:
- Helen Z. Shafer, Founder & President
- Christine Accardo, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA, Program Director, Licensed Psychologist
- Alanna Ditman, Director of Admissions
- Layne Wells, M.SEd, BCBA, LBA Director of Education
Please take a moment to read a few of the stories our parents have shared. We think after doing so, you’ll feel right at home. MORE
To learn more about The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, or if you’re interested in joining our team, we welcome you to contact us so we can learn more about your interests and skill sets in working with children with ASD. MORE