Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism

September's Theme is Apple Orchard

This month's theme is Apple Orchard. We've got books, crafts, songs, and playtime planned around apples.

The kids worked on the letter "A" this week, and enjoyed this video during literacy time: Letter A by Jack Hartmann

This is a fun variation on a popular Dr. Seuss book, Ten Apples Up on Top, that we are using during circle time this month.

Look for info on a "Fall Fun Day" at our centers later this month - we're planning a day with apples, cider, and donuts and fun fall activities outside for the kids!

Burton Hair Cut Workshop

Do you DREAD when it's time to get your child's hair cut? We are here to help! We are teaming with a very special hairdresser to help this workshop come to life!

Bring your child to come get a haircut from a professional hair stylist in a calm, familiar environment at the center. Leading up to the workshop, Evey can help you during parent training sessions to help work on desensitizing your child to the hair cut process and build up some skills to support the process. During the workshop, Evey will be there to help support and coach both you and the hair stylist to best cater to your child.

Where: Strive Burton

When: November 7th, 9am-12pm

How: Contact Evey via Remind or email at ewright@sc-centers.com and she will book your spot

Cost: $20 per child


TheraWe Platform Coming This Weekend!

We are excited to announce that we will begin using the TheraWe platform in the near future. TheraWe is a mobile app that provides a bridge for better therapy session updates, personal training videos, and navigating the entire pediatric therapy journey.

Specifically, it will:

  1. Enable your therapy provider to send you (and your entire family) video updates and visual home training instructions in a HIPAA-compliant way

  2. Allow you to chat questions and transmit videos of behaviors from home after your therapy session

  3. Create a video therapy record that will reduce the risk of regression when switching organizations and/or entering the school system

We believe this approach will lead to improved child outcomes and a more inclusive day-to-day experience for your entire family team.

Coming soon, you will receive more information about how to sign up and access your TheraWe account, as well as training on how to maximize it. If you’d like to learn more, please watch this short video or visit https://www.theraweconnect.com/

Create Your TheraWe Account

All parents with an email address active in Rethink should receive an email over the weekend with instructions for creating your TheraWe account. Please look for it and follow the instructions. We will make a welcome post so that you can start to see how it works. When you have the app installed on your device, you'll get push notifications when your provider posts new content. That content could include just a message, like "Please bring more clean socks tomorrow!" or a behavior plan, a data sheet, materials you can use outside of session, or videos. It should really help enhance communication with your provider.

We will be able to add additional caregivers to your TheraWe. For example, if grandparents, aunts, uncles, or babysitters regularly pick up your child or are interested in understanding therapy or what to do with your child outside of therapy, they can be added to your group of caregivers in TheraWe. Your BCBA will work with you on adding people over the next few weeks.

Trick or Treat!

We know it's early, but Halloween is one our favorite holidays at Strive Center. Things may look different for trick or treating in your neighborhood, but we are still planning on trick or treating at Strive. What this will look like is that we'll have stations within or outside our centers for the kids to approach and trick or treat. It's a fun way to practice skills we've been learning in therapy, like speaking to someone, waiting in line, and staying with your group.

You are welcome to send your child's Halloween costume into the center around the first of October, and we'll make sure he's comfortable wearing it before the big day. Sometimes our kids need more than a quick practice to wear a costume long enough to participate in festivities. We normally use costumes and dress up items in our dramatic play center for Halloween, but this year we will stick with either the costume you send in, or plastic items that can be sanitized.

We typically use a variety of non-edible treats at our trick or treat stations, and may use some candy items. We will check with individual parents regarding any edible treats prior to our big trick or treat day to make sure your child has a fun and safe experience.

Professional Development Day NO THERAPY

Friday, Oct. 16th, 8am

Burton and Brighton

Trick or Treat at Strive

Friday, Oct. 30th, 8am

Burton and Brighton

We will set up trick or treat stations for the kids at the center. Costumes are welcome but not required. Send your child's costume in to the center in October to practice wearing it.