ACI Learning Centers, was founded in 2002 by Nancy Champlin, owner and Chief Executive Officer. After 30 years of working with elementary-age children of all learning styles within the public school systems in Kansas and Missouri, Nancy was seeking a new professional challenge. She completed an additional Master’s in early childhood special education, received her BCBA, and began working with young children, ages birth through 3 and discovered her passion for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ms. Champlin began working with children, families, and other professionals utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach language and communication skills, along with developmentally appropriate play skills. Her passion for language acquisition and teaching functional plays skills led her to utilizing and creating extensive tools for initiating social interaction between peers.
Ms. Champlin’s pioneering work in language acquisition, play skills, and social skills became well known in the Kansas City area and soon she opened her first center to better help families and their children affected by autism. This experience and expertise has since carried over to the current 5 ACI Learning Centers located in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. ACI Learning Centers prides itself both in the focus of programming, from play and social skills to language development, as well as on the high quality training and support that every clinician receives. ACI’s natural approach to the developmental sequence of language sets them apart from others and has placed child progress above all.
In addition to the founding of each of the learning centers, Nancy has developed products and conducted research on language and play skills that have been presented at national conferences, as well as being an invited speaker at international events. Others have been inspired to join Nancy’s mission to provide exemplary behavior analytic services for individuals with autism or other developmental delays. Learning each individual’s strengths and their foundational capabilities enables our staff to better help families and children through the use of behavioral principles in a highly engaging environment.
Our staff of approximately 150 credentialed and certified personnel are driven to enable every child to be the best version of themselves. Through extensive training, the staff are continually inspired to pursue our mission of providing the highest quality behavior analytic services for each of our families.