Adult Autism Support Rapid City SD

Local resource for adult autism support in Rapid City. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to information on autism or Asperger down syndrome, education for adults with autism, autism support for adults, as well as advice and content on autism services.

Black Hills (SD) Chapter ASA
(605) 737-0377
1818 W Fulton Street, Suite 101
Rapid City, SD
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Support Organization

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Childrens Care Rehab and Development Center
(605) 342-4412
2800 Jackson Blvd.
Rapid City, SD
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Early Intervention, Medical, Therapy Providers

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Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.
(605) 673-2935
PO Box 3975
Rapid City, SD
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Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Childrens Care Hospital & School
(605) 782-2379 or 1-800-584-9294.
2501 W. 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Central South Dakota Chapter: Autism Society of America
(605) 567-3394
HC 69 Box 608
Midland, SD
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Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Black Hills Workshop
(605) 718-6274
3650 Range Rd
Rapid City, SD
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Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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DakotaLink
(605) 394-1876
1925 Plaza Blvd.
Rapid City, SD
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Other

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Learning Disabilities Association of South Dakota
PO Box 9760
Rapid City, SD
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Disability Advocacy

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Center for Disabilities AUCD
(605) 357-1439
The University of South Dakota Dept. of Pediatrics
Sioux Falls, SD
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Childrens Care Hospital and School
(605) 782-2300
2501 W. 26th St.
Sioux Falls, SD
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Government/State Agency, Helpful Websites, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Residential, Residential Facility, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Finding The Right Home For Your Adult Child With Autism

Finding the right home for your adult child with autism

Lisa Jo Rudy

Marianne Ehlert of Protected Tomorrows works with the families of people on the autism spectrum to plan for adult living. Available options for people on the autism spectrum vary from state to state and individual to individual. Possibilities range from complete independence to institutional living. Figuring out just what a particular individual needs, where to find it, and how to fund it, can be a complex process.

Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time.

Step One - Envision an Ideal Setting for Your Adult Child With Autism
All parents, Ehlert says, want their children to be "safe and happy" as adults. But every parent has a different vision of what "safe and happy" might look like. That vision, she says, depends as much on the parent's experience and attitudes as on the child's abilities and preferences. Still, it's important for parents to start thinking about their own vision for their child's future before making any concrete actions.

Where would your child thrive? In a city? On a farm? On his own? With a group? At home with parents? In essence, says Ehlert, there are five general living options available:

∗ At home with family

∗ Apartment with services that come in and check on residents (make sure they are paying bills, cleaning, etc.) These are living support services, and they could be privately or publically funded.

∗ Housing unit program/roommate -- individuals live in a house or apartment building that belongs to a structured support group; caregiver makes sure everyone is OK at night, runs programs, etc.

∗ Group home (community integrated living arrangement) -- caregiver lives on site

∗ "Dorm-style," large facilities (institutional settings, very low level workshop living)

Step Two - Determine if Your Ideal Setting Exists
Once parents (or parents and their teenage children with autism) have identified an ideal living situation, the next step is to determine whether such as setting already exists or whether the family will have to create the setting. A surprising number of parents are involved with or considering involvement with the creation of a residential setting for their child with autism. Some are funding or developing supportive living situations; others are envisioning and creating work/home settings in towns, cities, and rural areas.

Often, information about adult living situations in your state or province is available thr...

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