Celebrating 10 Years!!!



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Our Mission

Metro West Learning Center, formed in 2004, is dedicated to individualized, developmentally appropriate instruction that supports students with varying needs through social language groups and tutoring, including those on the Autism Spectrum and with related disorders. Highly qualified staff members deliver research-based interventions in a nurturing, client-centered environment. MWLC is committed to meeting the ongoing needs of the Autism Community through innovative, flexible programming and responsiveness to student needs.

What that means to you…

We are here to help you.

Your student will work with an experienced instructor who will target the areas where he or she needs support using age-appropriate approaches. The strategies and techniques utilized by our staff are the result of decades of educational research and years of personal experience.

There are no contracts to sign and no hoops to jump through. Just caring, passionate and knowledgeable staff  with the skills to help your child be successful at home, school and in the community.

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Let’s Get Your Child to Eat!

Most parents can relate to the challenge of getting a child to eat how and what they want. This holds particularly true for families who have kids with special needs. Parents, caregivers, and teachers are invited to attend Metro West Learning Center’s two-hour workshop designed for children who are:

  • Not eating the same meals as the family Refusing textured foods
  • Limited in the range of foods they will eat
  • Displaying problem behaviors during mealtime
  • In need of reinforcement in order to eat


This may include children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, developmental delay, or who are fed using non-oral methods.

An occupational and behavioral therapist will discuss evidence-based strategies to enhance your child’s eating performance, including a combination of behavioral and multi-sensory approaches that have been used successfully by families.

Location: Metro West Learning Center

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: $15


Computer Programming Classes

computer-kidsMetro West Learning Center is offering a computer programming class for youth on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD and other related disorders, ages 14 and up.

Teenagers will learn the basics of coding and various other computer science curricula during this three-month session. As students progress through the class, they will get to interact with professionals working in the technology field.

Learning to code contains similar problem-solving skills applied in everyday life. Allowing a teenager to identify a problem and solution in the most efficient way possible can help develop their decision-making skills in the future.

“Our computer class gives them the opportunity to do just that,” said Toni Fuller-Merfeld, Metro West Learning Center director.

“Students will work on a project with a beginning, middle and end point, bond with a peer group that shares similar interests, teach and learn from others, and acquire skills that could translate to future job opportunities.”

Learning to code helps youth understand the technology shaping their world and gives them the necessary tools to:

  • Make their own website
  • Become a programmer
  • Start a business

Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 with a tentative start date of Jan. 14-April 1.

Call 515-987-8835 or email info@metrowestkids.net for more information or to sign up.


image001The Identify the Signs campaign aims to educate the public about the warning signs of communication disorders. Speech, language, and hearing disorders are treatable and early detection is a major contributor to speedier recoveries, shortened treatment periods, and reduced costs for individuals and society alike. Visitors are encouraged to use this site to learn the warning signs; get professional help, if necessary; and share the site and its information with family, friends, and social networks.

To visit the Identify the Signs campaign website and learn more, click on the following link: Campaign.



Metro West Celebrates Emily’s Achievement!

Testimonial Pic for WebsiteWe spent every Wednesday this summer driving to Metro West in Clive—a 3 hour round trip for social skills and job skills. Was it worth it? The picture above answers that question!

The staff at Metro West are special education teachers who are trained in the skills they teach. They have a program and they execute the program. Emily became more “graced” in her social skills. She couldn’t get out of the car fast enough to hang out with her new friends. Dr. Knight led the job skills and she is hands down one of the best providers we have ever worked with. She’s smart and knowledgeable in many aspects learning job skills specific to your child’s interests.

If you have to drive like we did, or are lucky enough to have Metro West Kids in your own backyard and you have a son or daughter with autism, you need to see what their programs can offer your child. We couldn’t have done it without them!

New to Metro West

  • Tele-practice
  • Job Coaching
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing Verbalizing & Seeing Stars Programs
  • Young Adult Group (YAG)