Educational Institutions

Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.

  • Prairie Village, KS
  • www.kcatc.org

Mission Statement

The Kansas City Autism Training Center is committed to helping people on the Autism Spectrum fulfill their potential through ethical, evidence-based treatment, education and training. Autism is one of the most devastating disorders of early childhood, typically causing life long impairment in every aspect of a young person's development. Over 40 years of research has resulted in a treatment that radically changes that outcome for the better. These applied behavioral analytic techniques are used by the providers of KcATC with the children we serve allowing more than half of them to transition into their public school with little or no assistance.

Main Programs

  1. KcATC Direct Autism Services
  2. Astra Day School
  3. KcATC Direct Training
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

KcATC provides services to children throughout the Greater KC Area. We have had families move into the area to receive our services.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mr. Ron Johnson

Keywords

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evidence-based, autism services, childcare, educational services

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Also Known As

Astra Day School

EIN

43-1923793

 Number

3481011868

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Autism (G84)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: KcATC measures success in small accomplishments of the children we serve. When one child began receiving services from KcATC, she was delayed in all language, cognitive and social areas and had no vocal language. She made significant gains during her time as KcATC, learning to talk and engage socially with friends. She learned to read at KcATC and last August she transitioned to full-time first grade in a typical classroom with no supports. She is thriving in her new school environment, making friends, and her favorite thing to do is read. This year she joined cheer camp and performed with her friends during halftime of the school basketball game. Without 1-1 ABA and systematic programming she would not be successful in the environment that she is in today.Connor*came in with high rates of maladaptive behavior when asked to get dressed, with some parent training we were able to change this morning dynamic allowing their family to get ready for school smoothly and happily. We taught Connor to allow taking turns which has allowed him to share things with friends and create more opportunities to learn from his providers. He has learned language that made it easier to get his needs and wants met while replacing the need to engage in some maladaptive behavior.Henry* wouldn't approach unfamiliar men at the start of last year and wouldn't follow directions from any unfamiliar adults. He is currently following directions in group contexts from unfamiliar adults, including at his first team sports practice. This will allow him to participate in playdates, additional sports teams, and large groups at school. A child who does not receive therapy, will likely progress into adulthood needing services and special living accommodations costing society upwards of $4M over their lifetime. *names were changed for privacy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

KcATC Direct Autism Services

KcATC Direct Autism Services provides 20-35 hour treatment plans for children ages 2 ½ to 12 diagnosed with autism. We design and provide interventions that employ applied behavior analysis (ABA) and are individualized for each child. Our goal is for every child served at the Center to make a socially valid change that is important to the child and his/her family that results in the child being able to succeed in a less restrictive environment. For this reason, we provide parent training, ensuring skills learned onsite transfer to the home, and we support inclusion experiences (both in schools and the community).

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Budget

Program 2

Astra Day School

Astra Day School is a service provided by KcATC which offers intensive one-on-one therapy to children on the autism spectrum, as well as provide day school services for two preschool classrooms which enroll both typically developing students and students with special needs. As the day school program of KcATC, Astra Day School provides a solid, scientific culture of trained learning specialists and a core belief that every child has the right to learn to their greatest potential. Astra's close ties to behavioral science lead to a unique focus on reinforcement and motivation for every student. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure consistent instruction for both high-achieving students and more fragile learners, so that individual students receive the amount of personalized attention required to learn, rather than the amount of attention allotted to them through state regulatory guidelines. For more information, please visit www.AstraDaySchool.org

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 3

KcATC Direct Training

KcATC - Direct Training participates with the Kansas Center for Autism Training and Research and as a training site for the Kansas Autism Waiver program. We provide direct training and supervision for participants enrolled in the program. Initially participants complete a set of online tutorials designed to increase their knowledge of evidence-based practices and attend a clinic-based training with exposure to implementing these practices with children with an ASD. Following these clinic-based activities, these trainees come to KcATC to experience how these evidence-based practices are put into effect in a community setting.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

KcATC provides services to children throughout the Greater KC Area. We have had families move into the area to receive our services.

Funding Needs

Donations of funds for renovations to the new building.Donation of funds and materials to expand services to more children and families.Donation of funds to support scholarship for low-income and uninsured/under-insured families.Donation of funds to support continued expansion of outreach services. In-kind services such as Marketing, Design services, and printing are always needed.

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KANSAS CITY AUTISM TRAINING CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Ron Johnson

BIO

Co-Founder of the Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.Father of a son diagnosed with autism.Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University. Significant business and successful sales experience in insurance and real estate industry.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"From the Executive Director Reaching our 10 year milestone is an incredible achievement. I believe our commitment to our mission is the main reason KcATC has endured the rough nonprofit waters. Our commitment to serving families and improving the lives of the children by utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis has not changed. This mission is still as important today as it was 10 years ago. I remember one early mentor to the organization told me, ""Ron, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith."" In 10 years of serving families, we have done plenty of leaping! There have been many obstacles along the way, but each time one presented itself, there was always an answer nearby to move us forward. When our co-founder, Linda Heitzman-Powell, and I started the center, our view was just one day, one week, one month, one year at a time. After 10 years in operation we are now looking 20 years into the future - a very different perspective. Something amazing happened in 2015 to help us with our expansion plans. The Red Bridge Christian Church decided to disband their congregation, and then they did something unheard of - they donated their building to KcATC. The building, at 21,000 square feet with 7.5 acres of land, will allow us the opportunity to increase our services to more families in the area. After some rehabilitation and remodeling, it will be ready to support our mission into the future.With the passage of health insurance coverage in the State of Missouri and limited coverage in the State of Kansas during the 2010 legislative session, KcATC has been able to serve more children. Although, families now have insurance that provides coverage, it is often below what is needed for the child. Most all of our families are under-insured. KcATC is consistently challenged by the insurance companies and the allowable amount of coverage for our children. Our autism program goal is for every child served at the Center to make a socially valid change that is important to the child and his/her family that results in the child being able to succeed in a less restrictive environment. We are living up to this goal. KcATC is committed and prepared to provide hope for families struggling with this pervasive disorder. Without our gracious donors, we would never have been able to achieve this milestone. Thank you for helping us to grow the past 10 years. Please join us and support our efforts to help more families in the future!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gary Hall

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Term: Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

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