Weekly Update - August 5, 2022

Strive Center for Autism

Upcoming Fun Fridays

Spirit Days

  • August 12th - School Spirit Day - wear your Strive shirt
  • August 19th - All One Color Day - dress all in one color of your choice. This will be our final Spirit Day for the summer.

Fun Friday Activities

  • August 12th - Wheels Day/Wheels Wash - Feel free to bring your own wheels and helmet, but we'll have plenty at the center to play with. We'll get the hose out and wash down our wheels too!
  • August 19th - What melts in the sun? Science experiment outside, all materials provided by Strive. This will be our final Fun Friday for the summer.

Congratulations Graduates!

Our Brighton location held a graduation ceremony today for a number of children who are moving on to different settings. We are so proud of all of our children (and their amazing families) and so grateful to you for choosing to make Strive a part of your lives!

We ask that families complete a brief exit survey to provide feedback that will allow us to improve our services. The survey will be emailed to you, so please be sure your BCBA has an email address to follow up with you. We will send the surveys out several times over the course of your first year or so following therapy, in order to better assess the long term outcomes for our children. Thank you for your help.

Caregiver Appreciation

Friday, Aug. 19th, 3pm

Brighton and Burton

Please join us for caregiver appreciation just before pick up time!

In Brighton - head over to the Coffee Beanery for a treat on us.

In Burton - head back to Garrett's Place and enjoy a treat on us.

All caregivers welcome! This is a great opportunity for a coffee and to connect with other caregivers.

Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk

Strive Center for Autism is a proud sponsor of this year's Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) Hero Walk. The Autism Hero Walk is an annual fundraiser for the AAOM, which is an organization that leads collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

The AAOM was instrumental in getting the mandate passed which requires insurers to pay for ABA services, and they continue their support for individuals with autism through a variety of efforts.

Please consider joining us at the Hero Walk on Saturday, September 17th at the Detroit Zoo if you're able. It's a fun event for the entire family, and once you've registered for the walk (for a fee of $10 per person) you can attend the walk and stay and explore the zoo all day. The registration fee covers parking as well.

If you'd like to attend the walk, there are two options for receiving tickets. Strive Center has a pack of 4 tickets and 1 VIP parking pass to raffle off to one of our families to attend the event for free. If you'd like to enter the drawing, please complete our brief Google form. Winner will be notified by August 19th.

If you'd like to purchase tickets, you may do so here (and when asked for a team to attribute your donation to, please search for Strive Center.)

If you're unable to attend, but would like to make a donation to the AAOM, please donate here and search Strive Center as the team to attribute your donation.

We hope to see you there!

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Meet Kezia, ABA Therapist in Burton

Kezia started working at the Strive center in May of 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State and a Master’s from University of Phoenix.

Kezia married her high school sweetheart and they have four kids. They have a child who is on the autism spectrum who attends ABA therapy and inspired her to learn more about ABA and work in the field.

Kezia loves playing tennis and water skiing. She enjoys traveling to new places with her family and friends. Her favorite vacation so far has been Disney World.

Rethink Community Resources

We just recently discovered this great resource from Rethink for parents, and wanted to share with you.

Rethink has a variety of podcasts, blogs, and articles for parents on all sorts of topics available here.

Some of the topics that caught our eye:

  • Summer Hacks for Parents - a podcast
  • Going Back to School: How do we do this again? - a podcast
  • Parenting Siblings: Can't we just get along? - a podcast
  • Halloween Guide for Children on the Autism Spectrum - a blog
  • Caring for Caregivers - a blog

Please check it out for lots of helpful info.


Summer Vacations

The end of summer is coming fast! We know families will be looking to schedule vacations in the next month, so please use the link below to inform us of your planned absences.

Therapy Schedule Update Form

Here are some additional dates that the centers will be closed this summer:

Friday, August 26th Professional Development Day

Monday, September 5th Labor Day

If your family is planning a longer absence around one of those dates, or at another time, please let us know as soon as you are able!

NO THERAPY - Professional Development Day

Friday, Aug. 26th, 8am

Brighton and Burton

NO THERAPY, Friday, August 26th

For this Professional Development Day, we'll be treating our hard-working staff to a picnic and cornhole tournament.

Please enjoy a long weekend with your family.