The Wisconsin Early Autism Project was founded in 1995 by Dr. Glen Sallows and Dr. Tamlynn Graupner, who were pursuing progressive approaches to supporting children and families affected by autism. After learning of the pioneering work done by Dr. Ivar Lovaas at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Drs. Sallows and Graupner took on the challenge of bringing intensive behavioral treatment to the state of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Early Autism Project soon became a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) approved replication site for the research of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. In collaboration with Dr. Lovaas, Drs. Sallows and Graupner went on to implement, evaluate, and document the long-term effects of early, comprehensive intervention for young children with autism. The research proved that with early comprehensive treatment, approximately half of the children treated were able to successfully integrate into mainstream educational opportunities with little or no support.
Drs. Sallows and Graupner’s replication of Dr. Lovaas’ research has been used world-wide to establish intensive behavioral treatment as a medically-necessary intervention.
The Wisconsin Early Autism Project carried out its research while also reaching the needs of families throughout the state, with clinics in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Eau Claire. During its two decades of service, WEAP has serviced families and trained professionals across the country and world-wide. With concentrated efforts in Wisconsin, as well as Illinois, South Carolina and Minnesota, WEAP spread its knowledge and experience. WEAP pioneers also brought behavioral treatment to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Malaysia, where local professionals now maintain world-class treatment options.