Celebrating 10 Years!!!


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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 language 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.

What 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.

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Summer Programming at Metro West

Metro West Summer Meet Ups!

Welcome to Metro West Summer Meet Ups! Each activity or club will need at least 4 students (6 for the lock-in) to make it a go. Students will need to be signed up for the activities by 5:00 the Wednesday before the activity.

Summer, Friday Night Outings: ($25) Grades 4-8

  • Coffee Shop (5:30-6:30) – July 11th
  • Mall (5:30-7:00) – June 27
  • BBQ/Picnic (5:30-7:00) – June 13
  • Bowling (5:30-7:00) – July 25th
  • Mini Golf (5:30-7:00)-Aug. 15


Lock-in: Friday night: 7:00pm- 8:00am (Aug 1) ($50) Ages: 12-18

  • Order Pizza and drinks
  • Movie room
  • Game room
  • Everyone bring a snack to share
  • Sleeping bags/room
  • Bring own video games/tablet/game room
  • Break room/quiet room (need a break)
  • Outdoor games



  • Helping the students work together/build interpersonal skills around their interests
  • End of July-Beginning of August: Tentatively: July 14th- August 11 (5 sessions)


Music Club will be held on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. for ages 13-18. A $30 deposit ($150/ 5 sessions) is required.

  • Have to already play an instrument (independently)
  • Staff will consult a musician on helping to pick a song for the band and something simple
  • Take a tour of music department at a college
  • Option: Open mic night at a coffee shop


 Art Club  is for ages 10-18 and will be held on Monday nights from 4-6 p.m. A $30 deposit ($150/5 sessions) is required.

  •  Help the students to be able to take constructive criticism and help to build up their confidence
  • Help the student to gain a mentor and to build interpersonal skills needed for future boss
  • Build Art Skills have an Art Show (decide together to do sculpting, painting, etc.
  • Take a tour of the art department


Clubs to think about for the future: (Parents: please indicate if your child is interested)

  • Science/physics club or Lego Club/Mine craft club


Let’s Ride Bikes!      

The OTs and PTs are planning the summer bike clinic. Click here more information!


Metro West Music Club

  • Do you love music?
  • Do you play an instrument well? (must be independent)
  • Are you interested in making friends who share your musical talent?
  • Have you ever wanted to play in a band?


If so, please join us this summer for Metro West Music Club where we will:

  • Develop the interpersonal skills needed for playing as part of a cooperative musical group
  • Cultivate friendships/partnerships based on shared interests
  • Provide an opportunity to receive instruction and insight from a professional musician(s)
  • Prepare for a live performance as a band


Metro West Music Club will meet Wednesday nights from July 14- August 11, 2014 from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. and is open to kids ages 13-18. The cost is $150. A $30 deposit is required. Participants provide their own instruments and must know how to play an instrument prior to joining.



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Metro West Celebrates Emily’s Achievement!

Testimonial Pic for WebsiteWe spent every Wednesday this summer driving to Metro West in Clive—a 3 hour round trip for social skills and job skills. Was it worth it? The picture above answers that question! The staff at Metro West are special education teachers who are trained in the skills they teach. They have a program and they execute the program. Emily became more “graced” in her social skills. She couldn’t get out of the car fast enough to hang out with her new friends. Dr. Knight led the job skills and she is hands down one of the best providers we have ever worked with. She’s smart and knowledgeable in many aspects learning job skills specific to your child’s interests. If you have to drive like we did, or are lucky enough to have Metro West Kids in your own backyard and you have a son or daughter with autism, you need to see what their programs can offer your child. We couldn’t have done it without them!

New to Metro West

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