Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism - August 20, 2021

Professional Development Day NEXT FRIDAY

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED, next Friday, August 27th for a Professional Development Day for staff.

We close for about 4 of these days per year, and we provide additional training opportunities and team building for our staff on these days.

Next week, we are having a staff picnic as a thank you for our team's hard work, with some fun team building activities planned. We'll be sure to share photos here!

Ending Early Release on Fridays

Effective September 7th, we will end our early release on Fridays for all children. With the lessening of some cleaning protocols, and our increased efficiency with the remaining cleaning and Friday rotation protocols, we will no longer need additional time for our team to complete these duties on Fridays. We are pleased to offer all of our children full sessions on Friday, beginning after Labor Day. Please continue to enjoy an early Friday release for the summer, and we'll remind all of our families as the date gets closer. September 10th will be the first full Friday with dismissal at 3:20.

Friendly Reminder: Absences

Please remember that the process for reporting an absence is for the caregiver to call our main office number: 810-344-8082 and leave a message on the attendance line for your center (press 1 for Brighton and 2 for Burton.)

It's important that you report the absence this way, as it alerts multiple members of our Leadership Team. This way, if one staff member isn't in the office, your therapist will still hear about your child's absence. If you use Remind or email, it's harder for us to ensure that everyone who needs to know finds out on time. Also, if we don't receive the message, we'll call you within fifteen minutes of the session start time.

You can call and leave a message anytime, day or night - so feel free to call even if it's the middle of the night and you realize your child can't come in tomorrow.

Back to School Tips

Summer is almost over, and it’s time to start preparing kids to go back to school. As parents of kids on the spectrum, this is a big job. Whether your child is returning to the same classroom and teacher as last year, or starting something new, now is the time to start preparing. What are some simple things you can do?

-Drive by the school 1-2 times per week. Talk about how much fun it will be, and who your child’s teacher is. Mention anything that you know your child likes about school (playground, friends from last year, reading books, etc.)

-If your child is anxious about returning to school, try some simple pairing. Pack a favorite snack when you drive by the school. Give your child the snack when school is in sight. Over time, begin to pull into the parking lot and eat the snack, or get out and check out the playground. Try to make the experience as positive as possible.

-Share with your child’s therapists any info you can about the school – name of the school, name of the teacher, friends your child expects to see again. We can talk about these in therapy as well. Share pictures if you have them and we’ll work on familiarizing your child with these important people and places.

-Call the school office and ask if you can take pictures of the lobby, classroom, hallways, gym, etc. Explain that you want to use the pictures to help your child with ASD prepare for the new year.

-Make sure you have ONLY good things to say about school in front of your child! Your attitude will influence his, so bite your tongue if you have to. Talk about what a great year he’ll have, how smart he is, and how happy you are that he’s going back to school. Save your doubts and concerns for grown-up conversation.

Now Hiring in Burton

We are hiring for the role of ABA Therapist in Burton. If you know anyone who's great with kids and looking for an exciting opportunity, please send them our way.

Some important details:

  • Minimum 60 college credits required
  • Must be highly energetic, engaging, and enjoy children!
  • Extensive training is provided, so it's not necessary to have specific experience in ABA
  • Apply here: https://www.sc-centers.com/career-opportunities
  • Resume and cover letter required

Fun Fridays

Today was our final Fun Friday for the summer! Thanks for helping us make this fun for everyone. We'll have plenty of fun parties and events throughout the school year, so keep reading our newsletters!

Strive Centers CLOSED

Friday, Aug. 27th, 8am

Burton and Brighton

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED for staff Professional Development Day. Therapy will resume on Monday, August 30.

Strive Centers Closed

Monday, Sep. 6th, 8am

Burton and Brighton

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED for Labor Day. Therapy will resume on Tuesday, September 7.