Weekly Update - August 12, 2022

Strive Center for Autism

Upcoming Fun Fridays

Spirit Days

  • August 19th - All One Color Day - dress all in one color of your choice. This will be our final Spirit Day for the summer.

Fun Friday Activities

  • August 19th - What melts in the sun? Science experiment outside, all materials provided by Strive. This will be our final Fun Friday for the summer.

Caregiver Appreciation

Friday, Aug. 19th, 3pm

Brighton and Burton

Please join us for caregiver appreciation just before pick up time!

In Brighton - head over to the Coffee Beanery for a treat on us.

In Burton - head back to Garrett's Place and enjoy a treat on us.

All caregivers welcome! This is a great opportunity for a coffee and to connect with other caregivers.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves!

We have forgotten to publish the totals on new skills acquired for the last few months in the newsletter! Your newsletter editor, Amy Hund, was focusing so much on filling in for Evey that it completely slipped my mind to share these.

In May, your amazing kids acquired 294 new skills! That's the highest month so far this year!

In June, your talented kids acquired 237 new skills - the second highest monthly total!

In July, your terrific kids acquired 95 new skills - a little bit of a slowdown after the previous two months of working so hard!

Sometimes, after big skill acquisitions, you'll see a slowdown like that - please know that your children are still working hard, but we count each skill equally for this data set - which means that learning to use the toilet would be counted as one skill, and so would imitating clapping your hands, even though toileting is a much more complicated skill! So when you see a decrease in skills acquired for your child, talk to your BCBA about the types of skills, and remember that some skills are pivotal and multi-step, and some are smaller, but they all add up.

Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk

Strive Center for Autism is a proud sponsor of this year's Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) Hero Walk. The Autism Hero Walk is an annual fundraiser for the AAOM, which is an organization that leads collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

The AAOM was instrumental in getting the mandate passed which requires insurers to pay for ABA services, and they continue their support for individuals with autism through a variety of efforts.

Please consider joining us at the Hero Walk on Saturday, September 17th at the Detroit Zoo if you're able. It's a fun event for the entire family, and once you've registered for the walk (for a fee of $10 per person) you can attend the walk and stay and explore the zoo all day. The registration fee covers parking as well.

If you'd like to attend the walk, there are two options for receiving tickets. Strive Center has a pack of 4 tickets and 1 VIP parking pass to raffle off to one of our families to attend the event for free. If you'd like to enter the drawing, please complete our brief Google form. Winner will be notified by August 19th.

If you'd like to purchase tickets, you may do so here (and when asked for a team to attribute your donation to, please search for Strive Center.)

If you're unable to attend, but would like to make a donation to the AAOM, please donate here and search Strive Center as the team to attribute your donation.

We hope to see you there!

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Congrats to Kezia, our newest RBT!

We just shared Kezia's bio last week, and this week she passed her exam to become a Registered Behavior Technician!

At Strive Center, we require all of our therapists to complete this important credential. It indicates that our staff have completed a minimum of 40 hours of online training in behavior analysis, passed a competency exam (where the BCBAs observe their work to ensure competency) and passed a written exam administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. This credential is not required by insurance, but we believe that it holds our therapists to a higher standard and provides them with more training and support to better serve our families.

If you see Kezia next week, tell her congratulations!

Strive Center Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Several months ago, we established a committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at our center. This committee includes members of our team from both centers, and is led by the RBTs who have volunteered to participate.

One of the first tasks they decided to tackle was updating our diversity statement. We had a generic one that you could find on any HR blog about diversity and it didn't really suit us. This is the new diversity statement for Strive:

At Strive Center for Autism our mission is to ensure that all clients, employees and families are treated equally regardless of their neurodivergence, talents, ethnicity, nationality, culture, race, gender identity, physical ability or religion. We understand that a diverse community of staff, families and peers can foster the best learning experience for each child. It is through accepting and welcoming everyone's unique strengths and needs that we are able to provide relief for families and support for the children at our centers.

Our committee got feedback from the entire team to draft this statement, and we appreciate the time they devoted to this first task.

Next projects for the committee included posters to simplify and share our diversity statement with the children (you can see those in both centers soon!) and some training activities for our upcoming PD days. We'll continue to share updates on their work, and would like to acknowledge our committee members here:







Rethink Community Resources

We just recently discovered this great resource from Rethink for parents, and wanted to share with you.

Rethink has a variety of podcasts, blogs, and articles for parents on all sorts of topics available here.

Some of the topics that caught our eye:

  • Summer Hacks for Parents - a podcast
  • Going Back to School: How do we do this again? - a podcast
  • Parenting Siblings: Can't we just get along? - a podcast
  • Halloween Guide for Children on the Autism Spectrum - a blog
  • Caring for Caregivers - a blog

Please check it out for lots of helpful info.


Summer Vacations

The end of summer is coming fast! We know families will be looking to schedule vacations in the next month, so please use the link below to inform us of your planned absences.

Therapy Schedule Update Form

Here are some additional dates that the centers will be closed this summer:

Friday, August 26th Professional Development Day

Monday, September 5th Labor Day

If your family is planning a longer absence around one of those dates, or at another time, please let us know as soon as you are able!

NO THERAPY - Professional Development Day

Friday, Aug. 26th, 8am

Brighton and Burton

NO THERAPY, Friday, August 26th

For this Professional Development Day, we'll be treating our hard-working staff to a picnic and cornhole tournament.

Please enjoy a long weekend with your family.