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An organization that provides compassionate care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individual and group services are available year round at the center for children, teenagers, and adults.

The Pier Learning Center offers alternative education programs for K-12th grade students with a current IEP who need enhanced behavioral, emotional and special education services.

The Pier Learning Center is part of the Pier Center for Autism, a program of Mid-Step Services.  The center is located in a newly constructed facility at 3895 Stadium Drive in Sioux City, IA 51106.  Students attending are not limited by an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


  • Students will have access to high quality, evidence-based strategies and curriculum that encompasses academics, social, behavioral and mental health services with a small teacher/student ratio.
  •  Assessment of skills in the areas of social communication, emotional regulation, flexibility and other areas that may impede learning.  Design a program that matches the assessment, and implement the program with fidelity.
  • Ongoing progress monitoring
  • Provide a positive atmosphere that states rules and behavioral expectations, with incorporation of schedules and routines.
  • Implementation of Iowa Core State standards
  • Parent training
  • Training opportunities for home district school staff to understand the behavior plan and demonstrate the skills to implement.

Our Vision

The Pier Center for Autism was founded out of a desire to deliver compassionate services for individuals with autism in Siouxland.  The Pier Center for Autism delivers a comprehensive approach with the focus on the individual, caregivers, siblings and the community.  It provides a network of support for the individual with autism while connecting the spans of life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver services using a compassionate and comprehensive approach to help increase positive outcomes for individuals and families living with autism.



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