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Dartmouth, MA: Autism center opens; 60 on waitlist, center may expand

Feb 24, 2022, Dartmouth (MA) Week: Pacheco Autism Center brings special needs daycare to Dartmouth

Dartmouth families of children with autism and other special needs now have a new resource for childcare. The Pacheco Autism Center, located at 703 State Road North in Dartmouth, opened for the first time this week and will now begin offering one-on-one applied behavioral analysis and special needs daycare services from licensed therapists. “A lot of people go to work and they’ve tried daycares but they just can’t handle their kids,” said owner Steve Pacheco…. Now that it’s open, Pacheco’s facility will offer sensory integration work, functional communication training, parent training and applied behavioral analysis. They will also do weekly community outings to destinations like the Boston Science Museum…. Though the center just opened its doors, Pacheco said that he already has eight kids signed up — and about 60 more waitlisted…. But with so many kids on the waitlist, Pacheco said he is already thinking about expanding the business to new facilities. “There’s a lot more of a need than I thought,” he said….

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