Celebrate Autism Acceptance

At the Child Development Center, our team is lucky to know many amazing kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)! Each child on the autism spectrum has a unique personality. Every one of them has individual strengths and needs.

It’s our role to teach these children skills they need to adapt to the world. We’re asking you to practice autism acceptance by meeting them part way. Acceptance means you support, include and appreciate people on the autism spectrum for who they are, autism and all.

Celebrate Autism Acceptance!

You’re invited to kick off our month-long Autism Acceptance Campaign! The Child Development Center, Karl Tyler Auto Group, and our wonderful partners will host two events, one in Missoula, and one in Kalispell. All proceeds from the events will go to educational toys, technology, and experiences for children with autism who are enrolled at the Child Development Center. Each event will feature art by individuals with autism, raffle prizes, refreshments, and the opportunity to get your Acceptance T-shirts. At the Missoula event, we’ll also play BINGO to benefit the cause!

Missoula Event: Friday, April 5
First Friday Gallery Night
5 – 8 p.m.
MSO Hub, 140 N Higgins Ave, Missoula

Kalispell Event: Tuesday, April 9
Benefit Brews Night
5 – 8 p.m.
Kalispell Brewing Company, 412 S Main ST, Kalispell

Donate to support local learners with autism.

You can support western-Montana kids with autism by donating today. Your gift will fund educational toys, technology and experiences that help us teach targeted skills to children with autism. Your online donation is secure through PayPal (and you don’t need a PayPal account):


You can also mail your gift:

Child Development Center
ATTN: Autism Acceptance
3335 LT Moss RD
Missoula, MT 59804

*Please write Autism Acceptance in your check memo.

Thank you for your generosity and support!

What do we teach kids with autism?

The Child Development Center teaches skills that many of us take for granted every day. We also teach skills that all children are learning, like reading, but often in a slightly different way. In addition, we coach families so they have the tools to support their child on the autism spectrum.

ASD commonly affects brain development related to communication, social and self-help skills. Some people on the autism spectrum also experience sensory challenges. Many struggle with recognizing and regulating emotions. Using the evidence-based methods of Applied Behavior Analysis, we work on specific goals in order to incrementally reduce challenging behaviors and build skills in any area of development where a child with autism needs support.

All children learn through play. All kids benefit from learning through experiences. Educational materials help make learning possible. Children with ASD may learn differently than you or your child. They may need to focus on learning different skills, too. But they should never be underestimated due to their autism. People on the autism spectrum can and do contribute greatly to their families and communities, leading healthy, fulfilling lives.

For more information, contact Jamie Wolf or call 1-800-914-4779.