Providing Clinical, Educational, and Vocational Services to the Greater New Orleans
Chartwell Center is a New Orleans nonprofit (501c3) working to make a difference in the autism community. We are in our 20th year educating and providing clinical services to children and adults with autism. Currently, we provide a wide variety of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), academic services, and vocational training.
Pieces to the Chartwell Puzzle
Our Four Guiding Pillars
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses evidence-based assessments and interventions to reduce problem behaviors and increase communication, social/play, and adaptive skills. Research has proven ABA to be an effective therapy for those on the Autism Spectrum. ABA at Chartwell is covered through medical insurance. We utilize a combination of Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) to teach, generalize, and maintain skills. We believe parent involvement in ABA is crucial to our success and work to involve parents in goal selection and to train parents on effective strategies for their child.
Community Based Instruction
Community Based Instruction (CBI) is a method of teaching that takes students out of the classroom to teach them functional skills in the natural environment. CBI targets skills that are meaningful to individuals and to families. The goal is to teach valuable skills like vocational skills as well as things like how to ride public transport, how to go grocery shopping, and how to order in a restaurant. CBI allows students to generalize their skills in new environments and promotes independence and self-esteem. Not only that, but going out into the community means spreading autism awareness to our neighbors.
At Chartwell, we know that exposure to the arts and the creative process can benefit a student’s cognitive and emotional development. When appropriate, visual and performing arts are included in curriculum via project-based learning. For some students, arts integration means using art to teach fine motor skills, imitation, and so much more. Art is also taught as a play skill and as an appropriate outlet for sensory stimulation that so many of our students require. Our talented resident music therapist, Meredith Sharpe, of Sharpe Notes LLC leads group and individual music therapy sessions for all our students.
Health & Wellness
It is common for parents of children and adults with autism to have dietary and health concerns. This is why our dedicated staff keeps our students physically engaged and seizes teaching opportunities to encourage healthy eating behaviors. Our students participate in activities like meditation, yoga, basketball, physical play, walks in the park, and more. When possible, our students learn to prepare healthy meals and snacks for themselves embedding nutrition into this life skill. Our PATH students tend to our urban garden planting and harvest seasonal crops. Our goal is for all of our students to lead a healthy and happy life.