Weekly Update - April 1, 2022

Strive Center for Autism

Pet visits

We rounded out pet month with a visit from some farm animals! Emma arranged for us to meet some chickens, bunnies, and a duck. The kids loved all the animals, and so did the staff.

Meet our Brighton Behavior Specialists!

We'll provide more detailed bios of each of our Behavior Specialists over the next few weeks, but each of these talented women are enrolled in a Master's program that will lead them to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs.) They are each helping Amy to oversee several of the children's educational programs while Evey is on maternity leave. We are so happy to have them in this new role!

Therapist Switch Time

Spring is (sort of!) here, and we are planning our regular 3 month therapist switch in April.

For some families, your child will be working with someone you may not have worked with before, for some, it will be a return to an old friend. Please keep in mind that switching therapists is important for your children for several reasons:

• It allows generalization of skills, to ensure that your child can respond to any teacher

• It helps to reinforce flexibility and a positive response to changes

• It gives your child a fun and different perspective, with a new person to play with

As parents, the most important thing you can do is say positive things about your child's therapist in front of him - "Look - it's Jill! You're going to have so much fun with her this morning!" or "It sounds like you had a great time with Sue this afternoon!"

We will continue to add profiles of our therapists to the newsletters and to our Facebook page, in the hopes that you'll feel like you're getting to know our therapists a little better. You can also pull up those profiles and pictures to show your child who he's going to work with on a given day, or talk about what he did with her earlier that day.

Switching therapists is an important step in preparing your child for school and other settings, and we thank you for your support.

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Meet Erin, RBT in Burton

Erin has worked at the Strive Center for Autism since June 2018. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Erin previously interned at the YWCA as a children’s advocate in the safe house.

Erin has a passion for photography and writing. She is interesting in write stories geared towards children with disabilities and spreading awareness. She also enjoys any outdoor activities, especially water sports.


Friday, April 15th, 8am

Burton and Brighton

Both locations will be CLOSED on Friday, April 15th for Good Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!