Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism - June 24, 2021

Strive Centers CLOSED

Friday, June 25th, 8am

Brighton and Burton

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED on Friday, June 25th for Professional Development for staff.

Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk

Please join us for the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) Hero Walk on Sunday, July 25th at the Detroit Zoo or virtual. This year, the Strive Center is sponsoring the walk, and we have a walk team.


To join the Strive Center Walk Team, click here.


Please feel free to share our team page with others to help in our efforts to fundraise.


For general information on the walk please visit their website here.


This year, the zoo will allow 900 walkers to access the zoo for the day. Other walkers will receive a zoo voucher to use at a different time, and the AAOM will have a virtual event organized for those walkers on July 25th as well. Number of zoo vouchers earned is dependent on fundraising amount, and details are available on the AAOM Hero Walk page.


Strive Center proudly sponsors the AAOM whenever possible, as this organization provides families affected by Autism with a wide variety of opportunities, services, and information. For more information on the AAOM, or to access any of their services or opportunities, please visit the AAOM page.


Please understand there is no obligation for any of our families to participate in this event or to donate to the AAOM.

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 2nd - Red, white, and blue day - wear any combo of these colors for a fun pre-Independence day celebration! AND Reading Buddies - we'll grab a blanket, some books, and a buddy and head outside to read.


July 9th - Hat day - wear any hat you like! AND Make Your Own Edible Flag treat - ingredients are graham crackers, cool whip or frosting, strawberries, and blueberries. For any allergy or dietary concerns, reach out directly to your BCBA so they can provide the actual ingredients purchased in each building. Kids could easily skip the graham cracker and cool whip/frosting and just enjoy the berries, or you can pack your own special treat!


July 16th - School Spirit Day - wear your Strive t shirt AND Water Balloon Day! Feel free to send sandals or water shoes or whatever foot wear you'd prefer your child to get wet in, as well as extra clothes or even a bathing suit if you'd prefer they wear that to get wet.


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.

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Meet Jessica, BCBA in Burton

Jessica started at the Strive Center for Autism in July of 2018. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology and completed her BCBA coursework through Eastern Michigan University.


Jessica’s interest in psychology began with her jobs at Oakland County jail and Oakland County Children’s Village. She worked as a behavior technician, then a behavior analyst at the Guidance Center’s Autism program in Wayne County. Jessica worked as a BCBA at Easterseal’s autism program in both Oakland and Genesee counties.


Jessica enjoys reading, hiking, sky-diving, laying on a beach, yoga, eating gluten-free dairy-free treats and spending time with her family.

Strive Centers CLOSED

Monday, July 5th, 8am

Brighton and Burton

Both Strive Center locations will be CLOSED on Monday, July 5th to observe Independence Day. Therapy resumes on Tuesday, July 6th.