A Bi-Monthly Blog with Nicole McLain, Director of Autism Services.

Recent Posts

Extended Family (2016/03/28)

Over the past year, CARE has really developed a solid relationship with the Applied Behavior Analysis team on campus, and we recently joined efforts in making a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  The ABA team has helped CARE train parents, evaluate behavior of children, present to the community and so... READ MORE


House Rules (2016/03/04)

Every house has its own rules. At some homes you have to take your shoes off at the front door, eat at the table and go to bed by 9 p.m. while at other homes you may be able to leave your muddy boots on, eat pizza on the couch while watching basketball and stay up till 11 p.m. Every set of house rules is different, just as every child impacted by a... READ MORE


The Vacation Home (2016/02/19)

For some of us, it is white toes in the sand, a cool breeze and the smell of the ocean that defines our happy place. For others, it is the brisk mountain air, a nice soak in a hot tub and the starry sky above that they picture. We all dream of that ultimate vacation. The place where our worries disappear and our mind is free from the daily grind. T... READ MORE


Home is where the HEART is…Autism and Figurative Language (2016/02/03)

Home is a place we like to think of as filled with unconditional love. Some might even say “home is where the heart is,” but I urge you to stop and think before saying that to your student, child, friend or neighbor impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder. You see figurative language is a difficult concept for many children and adults w... READ MORE


Nicole McLain


Nicole McLain is the director of Heartspring’s Autism Services programs. She has years of experience working with children with special needs in the classroom, community, within family homes and in therapeutic environments. Her last job was as program director at a South Carolina school where she developed and managed programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Helping families find resources, learn and grow and assisting children reach their goals and aspirations in life are amongst her top career objectives. Nicole has lived and studied ASD across the country, but is originally a Kansas girl from Beloit.


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