Chileda’s residential program serves children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 21 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Speech and Social Communication Disorders, Intellectual Developmental Disorders, and other cognitive disabilities paired with behavioral challenges.

Children come to Chileda from across the nation to learn skills to be successful in their home and school environments. With the support of highly trained staff, children in our residential program work on their treatment goals during all waking hours in our structured residential program. Our high student-to-staff ratio provides frequent opportunities for learning in the natural environment. The residential program operates 365 days per year with 24-hour awake staff members.

Upon enrollment, each child is assigned a Treatment Team, which consists of a Case Manager, House Manager, Behavior Specialist, Health & Wellness Care Coordinator, Special Education Teacher, and therapists as outlined in their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Treatment Plan. The internal Treatment Team works collaboratively with the student, parent/guardians, and social services team to help the student reach their full potential.

Behavioral Services

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) oversees all individualized behavior plans. Each student is assigned a Behavior Specialist who completes a Functional Behavior Assessment and develops an individualized behavior program with input from the student, staff, and families. Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) along with Trauma-Informed Care are used to work on socially significant behaviors to improve the quality of life for each student.

Health Services

Chileda’s Health & Wellness Department works closely with local physicians, nurses, and specialists to provide comprehensive care. Each child is assigned a Health & Wellness Care Coordinator who coordinates their medical and dental needs.

Community Activities

Students participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities with peers who live in the La Crosse community. These activities include, but are not limited to, the public library, the local YMCA, the roller skating rink, local parks, swimming pools, and bowling alley. Students also participate in sporting events and area festivals. Throughout the year, special activities are planned around seasonal themes and both life-skills-focused and recreational community activities are planned.