Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism - July 16, 2021

June Leaves

As you know, the Tree of Possibilities is more than just a logo at the Strive Center. Each child has his own individual tree poster in the center and one that goes home where families can see their child's growth, in the form of a leaf sticker added for each new skill acquired.

In June, our learners acquired a total of 167 new skills!

That brings the total for the year up to 1,094 new skills!

We are so proud of every one of those skills - thank you parents, for trusting us to help your children learn and grow every day!

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.
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Meet Alyssa, ABA Therapist in Brighton

Alyssa has worked at the Strive Center since April 2021. She has previously worked as an Event intern, a substitute teacher and an ABA Technician.

Alyssa has a degree in Hospitality and tourism with a minor in business. She is currently in the process of getting her graduate degree in ABA.

Alyssa enjoys traveling, horseback riding, running, photography, hiking with her dog and working out.

Children's Masks Voluntary

A separate communication was sent to families this week via Remind regarding our children wearing masks. We are moving to voluntary masks for children, and each family can decide whether they would like their child to wear a mask or not.

If parents choose to have their child continue wearing a mask indoors during group activities, parents need to reach out to their BCBA by Monday, July 19th to indicate this preference. Otherwise, we will allow the children to stop wearing their masks next week.

We plan to evaluate this change for two weeks and then we will consider whether to move staff mask wearing to voluntary. Thank you to all the parents who were able to share their opinion in our survey. Please reach out to your BCBA or Amy Hund with any questions or concerns.

Jessica Milobar, BCBA in Burton jmilobar@sc-centers.com

Evey Sobczak, BCBA in Brighton esobczak@sc-centers.com

Amy Hund, Executive Director, ahund@sc-centers.com

Food Desensitization Program

Each of you should have received a permission slip sent home for the Food Desensitization Program. The purpose of the program is to help the children learn to try some new foods. It is research based, with a very specific 12 step hierarchy to be followed with each food. It will also be lots of fun, as we plan to conduct the group during snack time daily, so kids will be trying new foods with their friends, and there will be plenty of reinforcement for each step!

We will provide a new food to try each week and there is no requirement to participate in the program. Each family will need to complete the permission slip for their child to participate. If your child has allergies or dietary restrictions, please reach out to your BCBA and we can make sure he can still participate.

Regardless of your child's participation in this program, you will still need to send 2 snacks daily and your child's regular lunch. The food provided in this program will not replace your child's regular meals and snacks.

If you did not receive your permission slip, please reach out to your BCBA and we'll be sure to get one to you. We are really looking forward to beginning this program during the week of July 26th.

Fun Fridays

We'll keep listing these in the newsletter for a quick and easy spot for you to check them, and we'll send Remind messages each Thursday to help you keep up to date!

July 23rd - Mismatch Day - stripes with polka dots, crazy colors, 2 different socks, the less it matches, the better! AND Reading Buddies Day - pick another cozy spot to read outside with a friend.

July 30th - Super Hero Day - wear a shirt with your favorite super hero on it, or go all out and dress like your favorite super hero AND Fireworks Science experiment. "Fireworks" are made by mixing oil and food coloring and dropping it into water - no flames, just fun colors! Kids won't need to touch the oil or food coloring directly, but please reach out to your BCBA if there are any allergy concerns here.

August 6th - SPORTS DAY – wear a shirt for your favorite sports team, or any sports related clothing AND Ice Cream in a Bag - we will send home a permission slip with all of the ingredients listed, but the children can help make it the ice cream even if they don't eat it, since they won't need to touch the ingredients.

August 13th - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY – Wear your Strive t shirt AND Wheels Day/Wheels Wash - kids can bring their own wheels and helmets, and we'll ride and wash our wheels!

August 20th - ALL ONE COLOR DAY – Dress in all one color of your choice AND What Melts in the Sun? Science Activity

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.