Our Mission

Metro West Learning Center, founded in 2004, is dedicated to individualized, developmentally appropriate instruction that supports students with varying needs through social communication groups, speech, occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis. Highly qualified staff members deliver research-based interventions in a nurturing, client-centered environment stressing the importance of parent and family involvement.  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.  Our caring, passionate and knowledgeable staff  will help your child be successful at home, school and in the community.


New Autism Speaks Public Awareness Campaign! 

To kick off World Autism Month, Autism Speaks unveiled a public awareness campaign featuring Sesame Workshop’s four-year-old Muppet with autism, Julia. The campaign, in both English and Spanish, aims to lower the age of diagnosis of autism and empower parents to have their kids screened for autism early and seek a diagnosis if necessary.

While autism can reliably be diagnosed by age two, the average age of diagnosis is between four and five. Early intervention is crucial; it can translate to a lifetime of difference and help people with autism live their best possible lives.

At www.ScreenForAutism.org / www.DeteccionDeAutismo.org, parents can find the tools and resources to get their children the support they need!

Does Your Child Have Dyslexia?

What exactly is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a brain-based condition. It causes difficulty with reading, spelling, writing and sometimes speaking. In people with dyslexia, the brain has trouble recognizing or processing certain types of information. This can include matching letter sounds and symbols (such as the letter b making the buh sound) and blending them together to make words.

Some people with dyslexia don’t have trouble sounding out or “decoding” words. But they may struggle to understand what they read. It can be very hard for people with dyslexia to read in a way that’s automatic, or seemingly without effort.

Like other types of learning and attention issues, dyslexia is a lifelong condition. Children don’t outgrow it.

Characteristics of dyslexia often include:

  • Difficulty associating sounds with letters and letters with sounds
  • Confusion when pronouncing words and phrases, such as saying “mawn lower” instead of “lawn mower”
  • Difficulty reading aloud with the proper tone and grouping words and phrases together appropriately
  • Difficulty “sounding out” unfamiliar words
  • Trouble writing or copying letters, numbers and symbols in the correct order
  • Trouble rhyming

Even though dyslexia doesn’t go away as kids get older, there are lots of accommodations and strategies that can help.  (www.understood.org)

Please contact our office to set up an evaluation or discuss programming to assist with your child’s reading, writing or math difficulties.


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.


Lindamood-Bell Visualizing Verbalizing

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

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.