About Us The mission of St. Gerard House was born out of love and passion to help families navigate the complex course of autism. Founders Caroline Long and Rachael Cushing-Cook experienced the everyday trials of autism in their own families and set out to offer quality services for other WNC families. With the help of family and Fr. Nick Mormando, they opened the doors in 2010 for preschoolers up to age 6. In response to an outcry for help from the region, SGH quickly expanded programming to include therapy for school aged children, teens and young adults.
Our main programs are:
The Grotto Therapeutic Center supports individuals ages 3-21 by providing intensive 1:1 intervention and small group instruction based on the science of ABA therapy. Feed the Need tackles the growing number of young adults aging out of support programs by teaching pre-vocational, community living and social skills to foster independence and productive integration into the community. Connect Drama Club is a summer day program for ages 6-19 seeking social and behavioral support. A lack of intuitive social ability is a hallmark of autism and interferes with the ability to connect and build relationships. Discovery Group is designed for school aged children who have graduated from 1:1 therapy to group learning and academics. Family Group Night is a free, monthly meeting (virtual or in person) for families experiencing special needs. In addition to an educational program, families have an opportunity to enjoy a meal, share resources and fellowship
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