About Us

The Wisconsin Early Autism Project, Inc., is a program and clinic for the treatment of children with autism based on the work of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, the pioneer of an intensive behavioral approach with proven best outcomes.

WEAP provides ongoing therapeutic treatment through its local clinics for families in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Malaysia, and Vancouver as well as training workshops with follow-up supervision for families in other parts of the United States and the world.


WEAP is Officially Approved by Dr. Lovaas
The Wisconsin Early Autism Project is a Replication Site actively collaborating with Dr. Lovaas' research through the National Institute of Mental Health. Children treated by WEAP have shown success rates essentially the same as those of Dr. Lovaas. We are proud to be the first program to reach this goal!

WEAP's Treatment Program
  • Takes a totally positive approach
  • Personalizes curriculum based on each child's needs
  • Presents new material in a fun way that's easy to master
  • Keeps children happy, smiling, and motivated to learn
WEAP's curriculum addresses the major deficits common in autism
  • Understanding language
  • Communicating with and relating to peers
  • Building age appropriate and symbolic play skills
  • Increasing conceptual thinking and cognitive skills

Funding for treatment in Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin currently offers funding for in home autism treatment through a waiver system. Children under the age of eight with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder who demonstrate a medical need may be eligible to receive up to three years of funding for intensive autism treatment. Children older than eight may be eligible for reduced funding for a variety of services.

The waiver is offered state-wide and is administered by individual counties. County case managers work directly with families to complete the waiver application process. Some counties have chosen not to administer the waiver, and in these counties, the state has contracted with private agencies to assist families interested in securing funding.

For more information about how to apply for funding and services in your county,
contact our Intake Department today.