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Metro West Learning Center, formed in 2004, is dedicated to individualized, developmentally appropriate instruction that supports students with varying needs through social communication groups and tutoring, including those on the Autism Spectrum and with related disorders. Highly qualified staff members deliver research-based interventions in a nurturing, client-centered environment. MWLC is committed to meeting the ongoing needs of the Autism Community through innovative, flexible programming and responsiveness to student needs.


10151127_223679477842999_5675194542656561878_nWhat that means to you…

We are here to help you. Your student will work with an experienced instructor who will target the areas where he or she needs support using age-appropriate approaches. The strategies and techniques utilized by our staff are the result of decades of educational research and years of personal experience. There are no contracts to sign and no hoops to jump through. Just caring, passionate and knowledgeable staff  with the skills to help your child be successful at home, school and in the community.

Click here to see Metro West featured on WHO-TV!

 Clive here to watch a WHO-TV story on Oliver’s lemonade stand!

IMG_7778Welcome Kristin Hanson, MA-BCBA! Kristin is now scheduling appointments and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from the Grand View University and a Master’s degree in Child & Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin also holds a Post-Graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She worked as a Primary Therapist at The Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, IA where she provided one-on-one ABA therapy to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Please call or email for more information.





New Programming at Metro West

Five and six-year-old social communication groups meet on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30

Interested in having your pre-kindergarenter in a social language group at Metro West? We’d love for your little one to join us on Mondays from 1:00-2:00. Please contact the office for more information.

Success!: It’s All in the Organization

This summer at Metro West we are offering a crash course in executive functioning to support academic organization and planning.

The focus of the first session will be organization strategies. We will explore a variety topics related to organization including planner options, how to use a planner for organizing homework/ projects, making lists, and note-taking.

The second session will target skills related to planning, such as task analysis, prioritizing, budgeting time, and determining importance of task components (details vs. big picture).

The content of the third session includes initiation skills (i.e., getting started, asking for help/ clarification, finding motivation) and follow through skills (i.e., accountability, meeting deadlines/ punctuality, rewarding yourself,).

Each session will include direct instruction, opportunities for guided and independent practice, as well as suggestions for carry-over. Our foundational skills in social thinking and perspective will be used during this course to further promote understanding of how good executive functioning impacts our own goals, and the thoughts of those around us. This course is intended for middle- and high-school students.

To enroll, please call or email the Metro West Office. 515-987-8835 or infor@metrowestkids.com

Session 1: July 20th, 2016 4:30-6:30

Session 2: August 3rd, 2016 4:30-6:30

Session 3: August 17th, 2016 4:30 -6:30

Lindamood-Bell Visualizing Verbalizing

This is a great study that hightlights how Visualizing Verbalizing reading program  improves brain function and comprehension. Read it here. 

2016 Summer Bike Clinic!

Taught by Occupational Therapists!



MAY 25, JUNE 8 AND 29



Feeding Clinic

Metro West’s Occupational Therapy Eating/Feeding Program uses a family-centered approach that includes the family in an individualized evaluation and intervention program to help your child learn to eat a variety of textures and range of foods. Strategies and education to enhance eating, feeding, and skills will be provided to families. Evidence-based strategies are provided by an experienced occupational therapist. As needed, services from a behavioral specialist can be accessed for intensive eating/feeding assistance.

Who should be referred to occupational therapy?

  • Children who have difficulty eating, chewing, biting, or swallowing foods
  • Children who have ongoing gagging, choking, or coughing during meals
  • Children with strong negative reactions to non-preferred foods (tantrums, screams)
  • Children who are having difficulty transitioning to baby food purees by 10 months.
  • Children who are not eating table foods by 12 months of age
  • Children who are still eating baby food at 16 months of age
  • Children who do not eat foods orally (e.g., have feeding tube), but are safe to do so.
  • Children with 20 or less foods in their diet (e.g., dropping foods from their diet)
  • Children who avoid food groups (e.g., proteins, fruits, vegetables
  • Families who are experiencing a high level of anger/frustration during mealtimes.


Identify the Signs

The Identify the Signs campaign aims to educate the public about the warning signs of communication disorders. Speech, language, and hearing disorders are treatable and early detection is a major contributor to speedier recoveries, shortened treatment periods, and reduced costs for individuals and society alike. Visitors are encouraged to use this site to learn the warning signs; get professional help, if necessary; and share the site and its information with family, friends, and social networks. To visit the Identify the Signs campaign website and learn more, click on the following link: Campaign.

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  • Tele-practice
  • Job Coaching
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing Verbalizing & Seeing Stars Programs
  • Young Adult Group (YAG)
  • ABA Therapy




Cimage1ongratulations to the Metro West Teen Group in raising over 100 cans during their winter food drive! The high schoolers worked through the planning and implementation stages of this service project over the course of about two months, and gained valuable practice in verbal communication skills, perspective taking, and problem solving while helping those in need. The food collected has been delivered to two local homeless shelters/food pantries. Thank you to all who donated to this great cause!