About Us - The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning

About Us

About the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning

Highly regarded on state, national and international levels, the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning provides state-of-the-art intervention for children and adolescents with autism, with a new adult autism program starting in June 2020.

Through a contract with the University of Utah, our center is actively involved in research projects to improve and understand the treatment of autism and has received national recognition for its work.

Our History

Late 1970's

The Carmen B. Pingree center was founded. Carmen Pingree spearheaded the movement to fund a preschool, because she was a parent of a child with autism, and noticed the severe lack of autism services in Utah.

2002

On November 21, thanks to many in the community, a k-12 service school became a reality. Over 700 people helped celebrate the opening of the new Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism.

2015

The Do Your Blue campaign (originally called Blue your ‘Do) was started to raise money for student scholarship funds and support about Autism Awareness Month. To get involved, supporters can visit certain local salons to get a blue hair streak or purchase a limited-edition blue item at participating establishments.

1998

David and Susan Spafford created a vision for an autism elementary school. The school was envisioned to serve nearly 250 children with autism. The Spaffords began by establishing a $10 million endowment with an additional $1 million generously provided by Valley Behavioral Health.

2014

The Center changed its name to the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning, to reflect Center as a place of learning for not only the children, but also their families, the staff, university students, and the community.

June 2020

We will be opening Utah’s first Adult Autism Center. Children on the autism spectrum age out of government support between the ages of 18-22. There is a huge lack of quality autism services in Utah for adults. Our Adult Autism Center will offer daily skills and vocational training.

Late 1970's

The Carmen B. Pingree center was founded. Carmen Pingree spearheaded the movement to fund a preschool, because she was a parent of a child with autism, and noticed the severe lack of autism services in Utah.

1998

David and Susan Spafford created a vision for an autism elementary school. The school was envisioned to serve nearly 250 children with autism. The Spaffords began by establishing a $10 million endowment with an additional $1 million generously provided by Valley Behavioral Health.

2002

On November 21, thanks to many in the community, a k-12 service school became a reality. Over 700 people helped celebrate the opening of the new Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism.

2014

The Center changed its name to the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning, to reflect Center as a place of learning for not only the children, but also their families, the staff, university students, and the community.

2015

The Do Your Blue campaign (originally called Blue your ‘Do) was started to raise money for student scholarship funds and support about Autism Awareness Month. To get involved, supporters can visit certain local salons to get a blue hair streak or purchase a limited-edition blue item at participating establishments.

June 2020

We will be opening Utah’s first Adult Autism Center. Children on the autism spectrum age out of government support between the ages of 18-22. There is a huge lack of quality autism services in Utah for adults. Our Adult Autism Center will offer daily skills and vocational training.

Our Philosophy

Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning is Utah’s premier program for the treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are proud to provide nationally recognized, cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment. To implement autism therapy, we use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is the international gold-standard of care. At the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning, we have certified ABA clinicians in order for your child to have an enriched and effective experience. The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning has Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA) that are trained to provide and supervise behavioral analysis. Established practices are in correlation with our scientific findings.

Life Changing Results

Our center for autism treatment delivers real results that can transform the life of your child. Families have experienced life-changing special moments with their children like:

  • Looking into your eyes and saying, “I love you, mom.”
  • Smiling at you for the first time
  • Telling you they hurt rather than hitting you
  • Asking, “Mom, can I play with my friends?”
  • Getting hugs or kisses for the first time

We use structured learning environments, motivational strategies, and the collection and monitoring of data to make sure our children are making progress. Our staff develops individualized plans for each child to help them get the support they need based on their abilities, interests, strengths, and any areas requiring support. Check out our programs to learn more!

Partners in Success

Community Partners & Sponsors: Operated by Valley Behavioral Health, the Pingree Center is a successful example of a private/public partnership.

Center Affiliates: We have some of the most prominent researchers in the field of autism in Utah on our advisory council. We rely on the expertise of our advisory council as well as key faculty members from the University of Utah to guide our program.

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