What is Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in social interaction and communication and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that symptoms can vary widely from person to person.

The exact causes of autism are still unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Autism can affect a child's ability to learn, but with the right support, most children with autism can learn effectively in school. Some children with autism may need special education services, while others can succeed in a regular classroom with accommodations.

At the WHILDE Method

At the WHILDE Method, we believe that autism does not have to define a person's potential. We understand that autism is a spectrum of neurodevelopmental conditions that can impact individuals in various ways, from communication and social interaction to learning and behavior.

Autism is highly manageable, and with the right support and strategies, individuals can thrive in all aspects of life. Our experienced team of coaches is dedicated to providing personalized interventions and evidence-based techniques tailored to each individual's unique needs, helping them unlock their full potential.


Inspire your Child to Thrive, not just Survive!

We believe in empowering individuals with autism to develop the skills and strategies they need to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Our experienced coaches provide personalized support and evidence-based techniques to help individuals understand themselves better, navigate their unique experiences, and build a strong foundation for success in school, work, and daily life.

WHILDE's B·A·I·N·E·S System

A powerful tool

that helps students

grow in six life and

wellness areas.


WHILDE's B·A·I·N·E·S System

sets our programs apart from others!

These six life and wellness attributes are interconnected and pivotal to the success of each student. They are your Child's Path to Success!

The B·A·I·N·E·S System is a series of personalized tools and resources that will help your Child reach their full potential.

The B·A·I·N·E·S System and Autism

B·A·I·N·E·S and Autims

The B·A·I·N·E·S System is a holistic approach to education that helps children with Autism overcome their challenges and thrive in school and life. The system focuses on six key areas of well-being: behavior, aspirations, interests, nutrition, exercise, and sleep. By addressing all of these areas, the B·A·I·N·E·S System can help children with Autism.

    With the right support, individuals with Autism can overcome challenges and thrive in all aspects of life, and discover their extraordinary potential.  The B·A·I·N·E·S System is a powerful tool that can help individuals with Autism achieve their full potential.

    Contact us today to learn more about how our personalized coaching programs, incorporating the BAINES System, can help you achieve your goals and unlock your full potential on the autism spectrum. Together, we can empower you to thrive in all aspects of life, embrace your neurodiversity, and discover the extraordinary within yourself.

    The B·A·I·N·E·S System will:

    • Enhance focus and attention, improving learning and task completion.
    • Strengthen organizational and time management skills, promoting independent living and task management.
    • Improve emotional regulation and self-esteem, fostering resilience, self-confidence, and positive self-perception.
    • Develop effective coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, promoting emotional well-being and resilience.
    • Identify and utilize strengths, enabling self-discovery and empowerment in pursuing personal interests and goals.
    • Enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, promoting adaptability and effective decision-making.
    • Strengthen self-advocacy and communication skills, fostering independence and self-expression in all aspects of life.
    • Boost confidence and self-efficacy, empowering individuals to embrace their unique strengths and pursue their aspirations.

    Who is our Autism Coaching For?

    Our Autism Coaching is designed to empower individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum to navigate their unique strengths and challenges, fostering personal growth and achieving their full potential. Our experienced coaches provide personalized interventions and evidence-based techniques tailored to your specific needs, helping you develop strategies to:

    • Enhance social interaction and communication: Improve nonverbal communication, conversational skills, and social cue interpretation.
    • Manage sensory sensitivities: Develop strategies to regulate sensory input and reduce sensitivities.
    • Strengthen self-regulation and emotional management: Develop coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and emotional fluctuations.
    • Improve organizational and time management skills: Establish routines, prioritize tasks, and manage time effectively.
    • Identify and utilize strengths: Discover and leverage unique talents, interests, and abilities.
    • Promote independence and self-advocacy: Develop skills for self-determination, decision-making, and advocating for your needs.

    We also offer comprehensive programs for parents and educators to help them better understand autism, provide effective support, and create a nurturing home environment.

    With our personalized coaching and comprehensive support, you can overcome the challenges of autism and thrive in all aspects of life. Contact us today to learn more about how our Autism Coaching programs can empower you or your loved ones to achieve their goals.

    What Parents are saying about WHILDE

    "We are so lucky to have found Whilde for our son. They are kind, focused, and have the right training and tools to elevate students to their potential. A breath of fresh air for parents looking for something better than the norm."


    The WHILDE Method

    ONLINE:  Anywhere in the WHILDE World or

    IN-PERSON:  local in the greater Portland, Maine area

    100% Guaranteed!

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    We are so confident that your child will love the WHILDE Method that we offer a money-back guarantee to all new students. If you and your child are not satisfied with the program after the first two sessions, we will refund you all the money paid - no questions asked.
    We believe every child deserves to succeed and are committed to finding the best approach to meet each child's unique needs. That's why we offer our money-back guarantee - to give you peace of mind knowing that you are making the best investment in your child's future.
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    Autism Coaching Pricing

    Autism Coaching
    / session
    Coaching Includes:

    For ages *5 to 55

    1:1 Online or InPerson Sessions with Coach

    Our Coaches meet with students 1, 2, or 3 times per week.

    Weekly Session Notes in the Parent Portal

    Communication between the Coach and the Parent

    Each session is approx 55 minutes

    * Typically the age for online starts at ten. Please discuss with the WHILDE Method

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    Billing FAQ

    Our billing system allows for recurring monthly payments with the option to pay in advance for prepayment discounts.

    • First invoice:

    The first invoice is billed and must be paid in full within 48 hours of the start of coaching services and will be calculated for the number of sessions for that first month. For example: If a student is scheduled to start on the 8th of a month, an invoice will be generated once the schedule has been agreed to for all scheduled sessions from the 8th to the end of that month.

    • Subsequent invoices:

    Subsequent invoices will be billed for the following month on the 15th of each month. For example, the invoice for March sessions will be issued on February 15th. If a student’s first session with WHILDE starts after the 15th of a month, then the partial month and the following entire month will be invoiced.

    • Recurring payments:

    Families must allow recurring payments when the invoice is created on the 15th of each month. This means the family's credit or debit card will be charged automatically for the upcoming sessions on the 15th of each month.

    • Variable session count:

    The number of sessions may vary monthly depending on WHILDE’s vacation/holiday schedule or how the calendar falls for that student's session schedule.

    • Payment methods:

    Payments may be made by credit card, debit card, or check.

    • Cancellations:

    Families may cancel at any time. However, there are no refunds for any paid invoices unless extenuating circumstances have occurred.

    • Pay as you go:  

    Unfortunately, we do not allow this option.  We have found that monthly payments create a more substantial commitment to our Coaching service and enable families to plan financially.

    • Discounts
      1. A family may pay three months in advance and receive a 5% discount on the invoice.
      2. A family may pay six months in advance and receive a 10% discount on the invoice.
    • Missed Payment / Returned Checks
        1. Missed payments will stop services until payment is made. Notification by WHILDE to the Parent/Guardian will be made via email if this happens.
        2. The Family will have one week to rectify the payment. Failure to do so could cause the forfeit of their spot. A $30 fee will be applied to the family’s account in case of a returned check.

    At the WHILDE Method, we look for Students and parents who are committed to their Coaching and desire to grow and expand their minds.  Each session is essential, and the Students' attendance is expected.

    • Rescheduling

    Life happens, and we understand if you need to reschedule a session; please reach out to us at least 48 hours in advance, and we will work on finding a time that works for you and the Coach.

    We do allow one rescheduled session every two months, but after that, we reserve the right to refuse the rescheduling.  Rescheduling is not guaranteed, but we will do our best to make it happen.

    Rescheduling will not result in a refund or a credit on your account and is based on the Coach’s ability to accommodate the rescheduled request.  If necessary, a substitute coach will meet with the student to accommodate a rescheduled request.  If the PARENT stops services with WHILDE and a rescheduled session is still outstanding, no refund will occur.

    • No Show

    If the STUDENT fails to attend a session or cancels their session without a 48 hours (2 days) advanced notification, the session will not be refundable nor available for rescheduling.

    If the STUDENT is late to a session, Coaches will only wait for 15 minutes and will not try to contact the parent. If, after 15 minutes, the STUDENT still has not arrived, the session will be considered a “No-Show session” and is not eligible for rescheduling. I understand the Coach will not return to finish a session after that 15-minute grace period.

    In cases of unpredictable circumstances, please discuss with WHILDE to determine if any flexibility can be made to accommodate a missed or canceled session. In all cases, no credits or refunds will be distributed for missed sessions.

    Absolutely. If your child is not "feeling" it or your household circumstances have changed, just let us know through email:

    Because no refunds for unused / paid sessions will be given, please notify us before the 15th of the month so we can stop the reoccurring invoice.

    The WHILDE Method does not follow ALL school holidays. The list below are the days that The WHILDE Method recognizes as days off from scheduling. All Sundays 09/04/23:  Labor Day 10/09/23:  Indigenous Peoples Day 11/22/23 - 11/25/23:  Thanksgiving Break 12/23/23 - 01/01/24:  Christmas & New Years 02/17/24 - 02/25/24:  February Vacation 04/13/24 - 04/21/24:  April Vacation 05/27/23:  Memorial Day 07/04/24 - 07/06/24:  July 4th break   Download our Calendar Here

    For all new students (a Student that has not attended a WHILDE program within one year), WHILDE offers a money-back guarantee if the Student and Parents determine that WHILDE is not a good fit within the first two sessions.

    Our guarantee reads:

    If, after the New Student attends two sessions, the Parent does not feel WHILDE is the right match for their Child, WHILDE will discuss a new strategy OR a new Coach, OR WHILDE will refund you all Money paid, whichever you prefer.

    We do not directly interact with insurance providers or supply diagnostic or service codes. However, some clients have utilized their Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account (FSA/HSA) to cover coaching fees. As each FSA/HSA provider has distinct criteria and approval processes, we recommend contacting your provider to ascertain if our services are eligible for fund usage.

    Clients can request to include WHILDE on their FSA/HSA-approved vendor roster if deemed suitable. Additionally, some families have effectively tapped into their 529 Plan college savings for our coaching sessions. Kindly consult with your 529 Plan administrator to determine if this might be feasible for you.

    Yes, we have a complete policy page. Go HERE to see the entire list of policies.

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