Autism Appreciation Month - Safety Care for Families - CASP Conference - Easter Blessings - Annual Plant Sale

Autism Month

Don’t be fooled on April 1 - it is the beginning of Autism Month and there’s no “foolin’ around” about the importance of this global effort each year to bring attention to autism.

At the heart of Autism Month, we not only strive to foster awareness and acceptance but also to deeply appreciate the unique talents and capabilities that individuals with autism contribute to our world.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude towards the families (parents, siblings, caregivers) - alongside dedicated professionals - who devote their lives to uplifting those in the autism community. This commitment crafts a more understanding, inclusive world for this extraordinary group of people.


Safety Care for Families

With grant funding, Balance Autism is offering a number of workshops in April and May for family members to receive Safety Care training. This is a specialized program that was developed specifically for family members and teaches a unique skillset to de-escalate behaviors.

What is Safety Care for Families?

You will…

  • begin to develop an understanding of how challenging behaviors are learned and the purpose behind these behaviors.

  • learn to identify how caregivers can create a supportive environment both physically and socially.

  • learn how to maintain awareness of what is happening around you to quickly intervene prior to a situation becoming more challenging.

  • be introduced to 3 strategies to utilize during an escalated behavior.

  • work through a plan on how to support those in your care when going out in the community.

We will also explore and discuss our actions and how we ensure we are communicating respect and dignity to those in our care.

If this is something that may benefit you and a family member, please consider signing up for this great opportunity. Limited spots are available!

Register here:


CASP Speaker, Lindsay Ward

The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) is a non-profit trade association of provider organizations serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder. CASP member organizations provide services in many different settings utilizing a variety of funding streams.

As noted in the last newsletter, we are proud to have some of our very own team members presenting at this renowned conference.Alongside our Vice President of Children's Services and BCBA, Evelyn Horton, Lindsay Ward - Regional Clinic Director for our Des Moines locations - will be joining to share about Balance Autism’s sexuality program.

These two professionals' profound knowledge and diverse experience make each of them a reliable source of insights that hold immense value for all attendees. Their presence at the conference signifies our genuine commitment to assembling the industry's leading minds for a rich and meaningful exchange of thoughts, knowledge, and personal development.

Easter Blessings


Save the Date

The annual tradition of our plant sale on Campus makes it’s return April 26-27 and May 3-4. SAVE THE DATE and come early. Many things WILL sell out!

More details to come.