Mission-driven provider of evidence-based therapy for children with autism, Stride Autism Centers (Stride), is now actively enrolling clients at its new clinic at 1327 Boyson Road, Hiawatha. In addition to Hiawatha, Stride recently opened clinics in Clive, Johnston and Davenport.
The four new Iowa-based locations bring Stride’s total number of centers to seven including previously established centers in Illinois and Nebraska.
“By choosing to establish their presence in Eastern Iowa, Stride brings mission-critical autism services to Hiawatha and the surrounding Cedar Rapids community,” Landlord representative and GLD Commercial Agent Associate Angie Glick-Martin said.
Differentiating them from other autism centers, Stride works exclusively with preschool-aged children, ages 2-6, to ensure their clinicians have expertise through dedicated focus.
The core deficits of autism are social and communicative in nature. As a result Stride blends one-on-one therapy to help rapidly build communication and other life skills with group activities to promote social skills. Merging the two methods helps prepare children for kindergarten by offering them opportunities to learn as well as play and socialize with their peers.
Stride specializes in the “gold standard” of treatment for individuals with autism, called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. It is the move evidence-based therapy for autism and has been shown to improve a range of important skills for long-term independence.
Stride’s mission to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families is deeply personal to Founder and CEO Brad Zelinger. “My sister has an autism-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. She is nonverbal and requires substantial support in everyday activities,” Zelinger said. “I founded Stride so individuals like her can get the effective therapy they need as early as possible to live more independent, joyous lives.”