Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism


When your child begins attending full days, please remember to send lunch in a brown paper bag daily. We will seat the children at least 6 feet apart while they eat, and of course, tables will be wiped before and after eating, and hands will be washed (staff and children!)

Remember that full day children will attend half days on Friday, with the end time being 11:30. This will allow us the time needed to ensure everything is cleaned, and toys are rotated for maximum fun!

Summer Vacations

Please remember that if you are planning to take time off from therapy, we need you to complete a Therapy Schedule Update form. Just ask us at arrival or dismissal and we'll bring one out to your car. We request 2 weeks' notice for planned absences whenever possible.

Please keep in mind that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan does apply to anyone taking a vacation from therapy. That may include following the Return to Therapy requirements listed below, if you are traveling out of state via airplane, or to an area with higher incidence rates of COVID-19. Please speak to your BCBA about scheduled vacation plans and destinations, so that we can advise you properly.

Families who take time off to vacation within Michigan, or just to have a few extra days at home should not expect to complete additional Return to Therapy requirements.

Return to Therapy Requirements

A child who was diagnosed with COVID-19, or answered positive to the daily screening questions, may only return to therapy upon confirmation of the cessation of symptoms and contagiousness, proof of which may be acquired via the test-based strategy or the non-test-based strategy.

The test-based strategy is preferred but relies upon the availability of testing supplies and laboratory capacity. Under this strategy, children may discontinue isolation and return to therapy upon achieving the following conditions:

• Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;

• Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

• Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 (from two consecutive nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected at least 24 hours apart if feasible or one negative test and a return to work authorization from a medical doctor).

Under the non-test-based strategy, children may discontinue isolation and return to therapy upon achieving the following conditions:

• At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;

• Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

• At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Children who came into close contact with, or live with, an individual with a confirmed diagnosis or symptoms may return to therapy after either 14 days have passed since the last close contact with the diagnosed/symptomatic individual, or the diagnosed/symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test.

Children are typically required to submit a release to return to therapy from a healthcare provider; given the current stressors on the healthcare system, the Center may accept written statements from parents confirming all the factors supporting their release.

See you later

Please join us not in saying "goodbye" but just "see you later" to Christy Wahl, one of our BCBAs in Brighton! Christy has been with us since we opened in 2015, and has been a very dedicated employee and a great co-worker. We wish her the best of luck in her move to Florida, and will miss her so much!
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NO THERAPY - July 3rd

Friday, July 3rd, 8am

Brighton and Burton

No therapy on July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day - enjoy the long weekend!

Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk

Please join us for the virtual AAOM Hero Walk on July 26th. The AAOM provided a great deal of support and information for ABA providers and parents throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. They really provide tremendous support for families all year long, including free training opportunities like the virtual one we hosted on Tuesday, June 23rd. Please consider joining our team and fundraising for this organization if you're able.

Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk: Virtual Event

Sunday, July 26th, 9am

This is an online event.

The Autism Alliance of Michigan's Hero Walk will be a virtual event this year. They have launched the fundraising website, and you can find more general info here:


We have formed a Strive Center for Autism team, and would love to have you join us here:


Professional Development Day for Staff - Children do not attend therapy

Friday, Aug. 7th, 8am

This is an online event.