Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism - September 24, 2021

Hiring in Burton

Just a reminder that we are currently hiring in Burton, so if you know anyone who has at least 60 college credits, loves children, has lots of energy, and would like to have the best job in the world, please refer them to our website:

Career Opportunities

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Recommended Reading

We thought with September being the time to head back to school, it might be a good time to share some of our favorite books about Autism.

Today, we'd like to highlight two books, one for adults and one to share with children.

For adults, The Verbal Behavior Approach by Mary Lynch Barbera, provides parents and professionals with an introduction to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.

For children, Hello, My Name is Max and I Have Autism by Max Miller is a book that was written by a boy with Autism. This book is appropriate for children ages 8-12, as it has longer sentences and paragraphs.

We'll share two more books next week, but feel free to ask your BCBA anytime for more recommendations.

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Start thinking about Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Strive! While Halloween can be so much fun for children, we know it can be challenging too. Sometimes our children with Autism struggle to wear a costume for a lot of different reasons. We are ready to help children with this so that your family can enjoy Halloween. Here's a few things to keep in mind as Halloween approaches:

  • Keep costumes simple - wigs or masks that cover the head can be hard to wear.
  • You know what your child likes to wear - if he prefers sweat pants, find a costume that works over sweat pants.
  • Involve your child in choosing the costume - no one wants to wear something they didn't choose.
  • Buy the costume at least a size too big - often costumes are worn over other clothing, which can feel uncomfortable, especially if it's too small.
  • Send your child's costume into Strive early and we'll help him get used to wearing it.
  • Plan on just a short time to trick or treat - maybe just a trunk or treat is enough - or plan on going for 15-20 minutes and then taking a break.

If you have any gently used costumes that you'd like to send in to the centers, we will use them to practice dressing up and trick or treating. Once you've decided on your child's costume, please feel free to send it in with him and we will practice having him wear it. The sooner you can send it in, the more practice time we'll have, and the better the outcome will be.

Please reach out to your BCBA if you have any specific questions or concerns.