Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism

Mask Mandate Update

With the recent update to the executive order requiring mask wearing for elementary aged students, we'd like to remind our parents that our center is a private center, not a school. We have been working with children to increase their tolerance for mask wearing since our return to therapy, and will continue to do so as that is a necessary life skill at this time.

We ask that if you prefer your child wear his mask all day, you speak to your BCBA and we will work with you to reach that goal.

We also ask that if you prefer your child wear a cloth mask instead of a disposable mask, you send two clean cloth masks daily. One mask will be worn, and the other can be kept in a small plastic bag you send it in, only to be used if the original becomes soiled. We are also happy to provide a disposable child-sized mask if the primary mask is soiled and will provide disposable masks daily for children who do not come with a cloth mask.

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

Fall Fun Day Success

Fall Fun Day on Friday was so much fun that I forgot to send a newsletter! The kids had a great time, and it was perfect fall weather to get outside.

Kids had the chance to:

  • Bowl over some "ghosts"
  • "Bob" for apples (with their hands, plastic apples!)
  • Paint a pumpkin
  • Win a prize at our apple punch board
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Pick or hunt for apples
  • Complete an obstacle course
  • Enjoy cider and donuts

Each child brought home a note to show what some of the activities looked like, and we hope that the note helped for you to be able to talk about what went on. We'll continue to send those types of notes home on special days, so you'll be able to talk about what happened with your little one.

Tree of Possibilities - Skills Acquired

As you all know, our logo with the tree is more than just a logo for us. The tree represents the Tree of Possibilities, which is a unique way of breaking down the skills your child is acquiring in day to day therapy. Each child has his own Tree of Possibilities sent home with you and each month, our BCBAs provide leaf stickers to represent all the skills your child has acquired that month. We keep a tree on display at each child's table too, so our team can celebrate his success as well.

Since returning to therapy in June, your children have acquired a total of 601 new skills - that's 601 leaves sent home to families and displayed proudly! That's 601 small steps that open up lots of new possibilities for our kids. We are so proud of each small victory, and will continue reporting our "leaf counts" here! This leaf count is the total for all of the children in our centers.

TheraWe Platform Is Here!

For families who were trying to access TheraWe using an apple product, there was a hiccup - apparently the app wasn't quite ready! It appears that it is now ready, so if you were using an apple product and struggling, please try one more time. It may require deleting the app and re-installing it.

Any parents who haven't created their TheraWe account should have received another email last week from TheraWe regarding set-up. Please let your BCBA know if you haven't received one.

Each of the BCBAs has made a "Welcome to TheraWe" post in your account, so please check those out and comment on the post when you've been able to see it. That will let us know that we can begin using the platform to communicate with you more.

TheraWe will help us with HIPAA compliant video chat and ways to post content related to your child's therapy that you can view on your time. We look forward to exploring its many uses with you and are working toward using it to replace the Remind app completely, so it's important that we get all of you able to use it.

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 in both centers. In Burton, we are able to wash costumes, so you may see your child dress up in a costume, but it will be washed between children.

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.

Burton Hair Cut Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 9am-12pm


You must register with Evey for a spot. Contact her via Remind or at ewright@sc-centers.com to reserve yours!

There is a $20 fee for the haircut.