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Hi Hello,

The center has many missions – assessment, treatment, schooling, raising awareness, research – to name some. But I hope the center will also inspire and provide “fresh, new explorers” as teachers, clinicians and researchers.

The way to do that is to engage young people however we can in the work we are doing. Recently I participated in a classroom presentation on savant syndrome and intelligence at Oakfield High School. I visit the psychology classes there each year at the invitation of their remarkable teacher, Mr. Karl McCarty, and the discussions are always fun and exciting. I try to visit other high schools in the area as well with equally encouraging results.

We involve young people in our center programming as often as we can. To help with our 40+ students in the academy on a daily basis, we have a number of volunteers, some of them high school or college students. Additionally, some students are trained behavioral technicians in the ABBA program to help treat the more than 130 children with autism enrolled in home treatment programs scattered throughout 20 counties in Wisconsin.

Students can begin training as behavioral technicians at age 18 for positions that pay $10 per hour and those are an excellent beginning for a number of careers in behavioral health or special education. Visit for further information on such opportunities.

In the treatment arena, the center reached a milestone in January with a caseload of 150 children and adolescents attending the treatment clinic staffed by Tammy Langhoff, nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tom Fabricius of the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. Considering that the clinic opened only in April, it is convincing testimony to the need for such treatment capability for this deserving population.






Darold Treffert, MD

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Join our Team

Explore the possibility of becoming a behavior technician through Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA)!  ABBA serves not only children at the Treffert Center in Fond du Lac, but counties across Wisconsin. This opportunity provides on-the-job training, with no previous experience needed, and flexible part-time hours. Apply online at (search word autism).

Meet Amanda Dalton, Behavior Treatment Therapist

Spotlight Amanda and Bryce.jpgI have been working for the Beyond Boundaries of Autism program for six years, and have been a senior/behavior treatment Therapist for more than two years. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Berlin, where I was an active member in my local 4-H club. I moved to Fond du Lac to attend college at Marian University where I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood elementary education. I currently reside in Fond du Lac with my husband Chris, our daughter Colbie and two dogs, Bucky and Charlie. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends at our summer place in Crivitz, playing with Colbie and our pups, and reading. Over the years, I have held a variety of jobs working with kids (babysitter, camp counselor, and teaching to name a few), but this job has been by far one of my favorites. What I love most about this job is knowing that I am making a difference not only in the lives of kids that I work with, but also their families. 

I have been lucky to be a part of the Treffert Center since the beginning of last summer when we introduced ABBA services into the Academy. The Treffert Center allows our ABBA kids to have the social experience in a school based setting, with the added support of their behavioral treatment technicians.

The bright smiling boy getting a piggy back ride on my back, Bryce, started with us in June 2016. Using the Early Start Denver Model (a relationship based early intervention approach), Bryce has made tremendous gains in his short amount of time with us. One of these gains includes expanding his food repertoire.  When Bryce started with us, he had an extremely limited number of foods he would eat and wouldn’t even allow those foods to be on his plate. With lots of patience and understanding from our staff, we have helped Bryce to expand the number of foods he will tolerate being on his plate and also the number of foods he will taste. I remember the first time he ate a whole chicken nugget, everyone in the room (including his classroom peers) was so excited for him. That’s what I love so much about my job. No accomplishment is too small to celebrate.

Treffert Academy expands its current services

Yoga at the Treffert Academy.jpgIn an effort to expand our current services, we have recruited two teachers from the Marian University Early Childhood Center. Starting this fall, the Treffert Academy will offer a 4K program during both morning and afternoon sessions four days per week (with the exception of Fridays). We will also be offering a half-day 3K program starting this fall. Our half-day 3K program is a wonderful option for families not needing full-day child care but interested in the social-emotional opportunities the Academy has to offer. Two sessions of our half-day 3K will be offered: a Monday, Wednesday and Friday option, along with a Tuesday and Thursday option. The curriculum will align with our current full-day program option.

Jodi Oye
Supervisor, Treffert Academy

Treffert Academy accepting enrollments!

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What our visitors are saying:

"The way you all interacted with my son says a great deal about the kind of hope and happiness you are spreading to the world!" – Lamis J. -Visitor from MI

Currently accepting applications online at

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LEGOs at the Library!

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There are two LEGO groups trending at the Treffert Center this February. One group is for teens with autism and the other for pre-teens with autism. There are two curriculums set up for each group to make sure we are catering to their group levels. We used a book from the Treffert library, LEGO Therapy: how to build social competence through Lego clubs for children with autism and related conditions by Daniel B. LeGoff, to help develop the curriculum and usePho building to enrich the educational experience for everyone. We have many LEGO sets for use during the groups that include instructions to assist the teens in assembling their creations. However, we strive to have them work together and assist one another.  The goals of the group include: teamwork, communication, interaction with peers, and learning from one another.

Update given by Heather Olson, behavior technician with ABBA and Treffert Center intern

Yoga for Children at the Treffert Center

Children ages three to 12 are invited to join Lauren Villegas, PsyD, psychotherapist and certified yoga instructor, for yoga practice that incorporates positive play with the use of games and songs to assist children in yoga postures, as well as in breathing and mindfulness exercises.

Eventbrite - Yoga for Children at the Treffert Academy

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