Weekly Update - December 3, 2021

Strive Center for Autism

Strive VIP Day a Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for VIP day last week! It was a great way to kick off Thanksgiving, spending time with the VIPs in our kids' lives.

Kids were able to show their VIP around a little, make a craft together, and maybe share a story or a favorite toy.

If you missed it, don't worry - we are planning to do this again in the future. Everyone enjoyed it!

Update to Parent Appreciation Party

We are moving the date of the BRIGHTON Parent Appreciation Party from December 10th to December 17th at 8:35, right after drop off. Don't worry if you can't make it to this one, we plan to continue hosting these parties monthly, so you'll have another chance to catch one.

Strive BURTON Parent Appreciation Party will remain on December 10th at 8:35, right after drop off.

Strive Center for Autism is beginning monthly Parent Appreciation Parties! The purpose of these events is to get parents together to get to know one another and feel a sense of community. Strive will provide a space for parents to connect outside of the center! Strive staff will not be present at the event, as we hope it will be a time for families to casually network. Parents and caregivers are welcome!

At the Burton location, the event will be held in the Autism Support and Resource Center building behind our playground at the back of the lot. Feel free to walk over after you drop your child off for therapy. Coffee and bagels will be provided. Please stay as long as you would like!

At the Brighton location, the event will be held in the Coffee Beanery right near the center . Feel free to head over after you drop your child off for therapy. You will be given a voucher for your first coffee drink on us! We will have a table marked for Strive Families. Please stay as long as you would like!

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Meet Tamara, ABA Therapist

Tamara started at the Strive Center in October 2021. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a triple literacy emphasis.

Tamara has been a Special Education Assistant as well as a Special Education Teacher from 2000 to 2018. Over this time span she worked in New Mexico and North Carolina.

In Tamara’s free time, she enjoys camping, reading, crafting, spending time at the beach and with her family and friends.

It's Getting Chilly

As you know, it is starting to get chilly again! We are planning on continuing to take the children outside to play as much possible throughout the winter. We will take them outside as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. This means kids need their gloves or mittens, hats, warm coats, and eventually boots and snow pants. Going outside creates opportunities for your child to practice putting on and taking off their own gear.

We will send winter gear home daily, so that you have it if you need it in the evenings or on the weekends.

An easy way to send it is to keep it in a reusable shopping bag with your child's name on it. Then we can pack it all up at the end of each day.

Holiday Absences

Please let us know if you have any planned upcoming absences due to the holidays, so that we may plan our staff schedule accordingly.

In December, our last day of therapy will be Friday, December 17th. Both centers will be CLOSED December 20th - December 31st. Therapy will resume on Monday, January 3rd.

You can either email Katie, our Office Manager at Kolari@sc-centers.com or call the center and follow the prompts for the center's attendance line at 810-344-8082.

Inclement Weather or Other Cancellations

The Strive Center for Autism will plan to be open and available for service as much as possible. In the event that we may need to cancel sessions, we will provide as much notice as we can, and offer several options for parents to access that information.

Parents may sign up for our www.remind.com account, and we will inform families of any cancellations through that account.

Parents may access our Facebook page for closing information or our website: www.sc-centers.com.

The following guidelines will be used to make a decision to close due to weather:

  • Because our families transport their children, the Strive Center may not close due to cold temperatures.
  • A decision to close will be made by 6:00am and posted on www.remind.com, our Facebook page, and our website.
  • The Strive Center will close when driving conditions in and around Brighton or Burton are noted to be dangerous.

Parents will not be charged any fee for days cancelled by the Strive Center.

Holiday Appreciation

With the holidays approaching, we want you to know how much we appreciate you sharing your children with us every day of the year! We know that you have placed an enormous amount of trust in us, and we are humbled to spend this time working with your child and family.

At this time of year parents may feel they would like to thank the people who spend so much time with their children. While this may be a common and acceptable thing to do in a number of other settings, due to our professional ethics, we are unable to accept gifts from our families and we wanted to make sure you know that. The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and RBTs states clearly that we cannot ethically accept gifts. As we strive to perform to a high standard of practice, we feel it is important to preserve this code.

If you feel like you would like to give an extra special thank you to any of our staff, please know that we would love to hear your feedback on our annual parent surveys, be thrilled to receive a handwritten thank you note, or absolutely treasure a picture your child colors for us. Outside of those things, we cannot accept gifts.

Thank you so much for understanding and Happy Holidays!

Centers CLOSED for winter break

Monday, Dec. 20th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 31st, 8pm

Brighton and Burton

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED from December 20th through December 31st for a winter break.

Therapy will resume on Monday, January 3rd.

Please enjoy a lovely cozy time with your family.