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November 2012
 
November is a time for reflection around Judson Center. Our planning year ends, and our new year begins. We have the opportunity to celebrate the things we have accomplished and the people we have served. Then we embark on planning and strategizing for another successful year.  This November also brings a new Chief Executive Officer to Judson Center. We have enjoyed the time spent with Marn Myers at the helm, and as she retires, we are excited to welcome Cameron Hosner to lead our agency into the future! 
 
We genuinely appreciate your continued patronage.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me to discuss these. We look forward to seeing you around Autism Connections this month! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Ann Patronik, Program Director 248-549-4339 x21201
 
Fall Groups - 2nd Session
The second session of our Fall programs began November 1st.  If you have not registered yet, please check out our website for program information, or stop by to pick up a Fall Program brochure.   
 
Click below for our groups:
 
As always, siblings and friends are invited to participate at a reduced rate.  Call Zech at 248.837.2047 to register!
 
Dylan Yates' Calendars for Sale
Dylan, of Dylan Yates Art, has created a Monster Calendar for 2013.  The calendars are available to purchase in our Autism Connections lobby and through his website:  www.dylanyatesart.com
 
The calendars that Dylan creates are a wonderful product of his love for Adobe Illustrator and the pen tool.  Dylan has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has finished high school.  He is beginning his post secondary education through the Berkley Schools Program.
 
He manages to amaze his teachers and fellow classmates everyday with his excitement, creativity and problem solving skills within Adobe Illustrator.  He has learned advanced tools and concepts, but it is Dylan's creativity that makes this calendar so special.  We hope you enjoy the calendar and future artwork to come.  You can contact Dylan through DylanYatesArt@gmail.com
 
The calendar is $13.00 and proceeds will be divided between Dylan, Autism Connections at Judson Center and the Oakland County Chapter of the Autism Society of America.
 
Preparing for the Autism Insurance Benefit: Parent Workshop
Judson Center Autism Connections is pleased to offer another informational parent workshop supported by the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM), Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM). This workshop will be held at our Washtenaw location.
 
The workshop is designed to prepare parents for the Autism Insurance Benefit.  A representative from the Autism Alliance of Michigan, will explore the following topics:
  • Autism legislation bills and what they mean
  • Treatments covered by the legislation
  • Evidence-based practice treatments and what that means
  • Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Explanation of state-regulated and self-funded insurance coverage
  • Medicaid coverage for treatments
  • How to find a qualified provider
  • Resources for help in this process
Workshop Information
Date:      Thursday, November 15th 
Time:      7:00pm - 9:00pm
Place:     Judson Center Autism Connections Washtenaw
              3840 Packard Rd., Suite 110
              Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost:      FREE (Hosted by AAoM and Judson Center)
 
Spots are limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, November 14 to autismconnectionswashtenaw@judsoncenter.org or by calling 734-528-1692 ext. 23222 if you plan to come. We hope to see you there!
 
"Winter Wonderland" Party - Save the Date!
We are so please to announce the date for our annual Family Holiday Celebration at Judson Center Autism Connections! 
Mark your calendars, and plan to attend this wonderful event on
Sunday, December 9th 1:00-4:00pm. 
 
The party will include:
  • Holiday themed crafts, games, and activities
  • Snacks/Treats (many Gluten-free/Casein-free options)
  • Music related entertainment and fun
  • Private photo session at the North Pole with Santa
Cost: $20/family
 
Please RSVP by December 3rd to 248-837-2047 or
 
Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with your family in our Autism-Friendly Environment!
 
Art Therapy & Art Dyads
Does your child like to paint or draw?  Do you think your child would find new and creative ways to express themselves given the opportunity? 

Art therapy focuses on increasing skills such as communication, social interaction, and self-awareness through the use of a creative medium.  We are now offering Individual Art Therapy sessions and Art Therapy Dyads with our master's level therapist, Valerie. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact us at autismconnectionsoakland@judsoncenter.org or 248-837-2047.
 
New sweatshirts for SALE
Have you noticed the newly designed hoodie sweatshirts on display in the Autism Connections lobby?  What a great way to stay warm on a cool fall evening!  If you are interested in purchasing a sweatshirt, we have adult hoodies in a variety of colors and sizes. You can stop by to pick one up, or contact Zech to order one (248-837-2047).
Prices: 
Adult S-XL  $24.00
Adult XXL   $29.00
Youth S-XL $10.00
 
Family Spotlight: Meet the Yates Family
(from mom, Donna's perspective)
 
Tell us a little about your family.
Dylan has an older brother Jake who is graduating from CMU in December and has accepted a job in Chicago.  They are very close.  Dylan's father is a structural engineer and runs his own firm.  I have been a preschool teacher for the last 20 years and am seeking a career change now that my children are grown. Dylan has always enjoyed and exceed at art.  He loves to draw and sculpt. 
 
Do you have a favorite family activity?
As a family Dylan likes to watch movies and go on vacations to Disney World.
 
How did you hear about Judson Center Autism Connections?
I heard about Judson Center when Autism Connections was very new. 
 
What Autism Connections programs or services does your family take advantage of?
Most recently Dylan has enjoyed the services of the teen social groups and art therapy/counseling.  Dylan has opened up and shared so many of his feelings through his counseling sessions.  Dylan looks foward to the teen social groups and enjoys having FRIENDS! 
 
What do you like best about Autism Connections?
I appreciate that Autism Connections provides many services to children, teens and young adults ont he ASD spectrum.  They are also a good resource to use if you are looking for support or have any questions or concerns about your child on the spectrum. 
 
Any thoughts or advice for families thinking about trying one of the services at Autism Connections?
I would encourage families to utilize all the services and resources Autism Connections has to offer.  Dylan attends the Berkley Post secondary program in which the Judson Center is a part of.  Dylan enjoys the time at the Judson house learning life skills and the support he is provided working in the community gaining job skills.  I feel so fortunate to have the Judson Center Autism Connections program in my neighborhood.  The staff and support has been priceless!!!
 
Refer-a-friend
Refer-a-friend Program
Refer a new family to Autism Connections, and you will receive a $25 credit to use for future services.  It's that easy!  Please ask your referral to let us know YOU sent them to us.  Once your referred party registers for a program, we will contact you regarding your credit.

  


 

October 2012
 
Wow, what an exciting fall...
  • In anticipation of the Autism Legislation, Autism Connections has added four additional Behavior Technicians to our staff. 
  • Our ABA classroom design and renovation are just about complete. 
  • We have been working hard over here to continue to offer the same high quality social skill groups and programs that you and your familiy are used to. 
  • And, we have spent countless hours creating a long term strategy to ensure our future sustainability. 
It has really been quite a couple of months!
 
In terms of our long-term sustainability, it is important to note our recent increase in fees for many of our services.  When Judson Center opened the Autism Connections wing six years ago, we did so with grant assistance.  The grant was renewed for five years, and was designed to jump start our wonderful program.  We are now operating without that funding, and need to continue to breakeven.  Because we want to continue to provide the same high-quality programs well into the future, it is necessary to increase our revenue.  We can achieve that through increased prices and through increasing the number of clients we serve. We appreciate your support, and hope that you agree we are still very appropriate with our pricing.  We will continue to review our fee structure to ensure program prices are both affordable for our families, and sustainable for our center.  We also appreciate your referrals. When you refer your friends, it helps us grow our client base!
 
We genuinely appreciate your continued patronage.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me to discuss these. We look forward to seeing you around Autism Connections this month! 
 
Sincerely, 
Ann Patronik, Program Director 248-549-4339 x21201
 
Fall Groups - 2nd Session
The second session of many of our Fall Session programs will begin November 1st.  If you have not registered yet, please check out our website for program information, or stop by to pick up a Fall Program brochure.   
 
Click below for our groups:
 
As always, siblings and friends are invited to participate at a reduced rate.  Call Zech at 248.837.2047 to register!
 
New Billing Service
We are so pleased to tell you that we are moving to a new billing service for our ABA, Counseling, Behavior Consultations and other insurance-eligible services.  Once this begins, we will require all payments at the time of service. 
 
Families will be responsible for payment of service not covered by insurance including: copay, deductible, group session rates, individual service rates and services not covered by insurance at the time of service. 
 
We encourage you to contact your insurance company to understand your coverage and benefits.
 
Below is a list of the insurance companies we are currently paneled with:
  • ATENA
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cofinity
  • CompCare
  • Great Lakes
  • HAP
  • Molina
  • TriCare
  • UBH/Optum
 
Volunteers Needed - Kids Night In & Play Dyads
Kids Night In:
Is your teen looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Or do you know of a child who would be a perfect fit to help with our "Kids Night In" program?  We are seeking volunteers ages 14+ to assist with one or all of our next KNI dates:  October 19, November 9, December 7.  Volunteers are needed 6pm-9pm. 
 
Please contact our office (248-437-2047) if you are interested! 
 
Facilitated Play Dyads:
Autism Connections is seeking volunteers to participate in our play dyads (facilitate playdates).  We are looking for typically developing children, ages 4-12 who would like to participate in a weekly playdate.  The dyads are always rewarding for both children involved, and often result in new friendships! 
 
We prefer a 4-week commitment, and will schedule the weekly dates at a time that is mutually exclusive for both children involved.  Please contact our office (248-437-2047) if you are interested!
 
Team Autism update
The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon is fast approaching! Team Autism has been training, and will be ready to race on October 21, 2012. If you are registered to run - watch for our tee shirt arrival announcement! 
Tee shirts should be here and ready for distribution late next week!
 
New sweatshirts for SALE
Have you noticed the newly designed hoodie sweatshirts on display in the Autism Connections lobby?  What a great way to stay warm on a cool fall evening!  If you are interested in purchasing a sweatshirt, we have adult hoodies in a variety of colors and sizes. You can stop by to pick one up, or contact Zech to order one (248-837-2047).
Prices: 
Adult S-XL  $24.00
Adult XXL   $29.00
Youth S-XL $10.00
 
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Team Member Spotlight: 
Meet Shannon Leveille
 
What's your role at Autism Connections?
I am currently transitioning from an individual Counseling role to a Behavior Specialist, mainly doing the behavior consultations. I will be taking my BCBA exam in January and will be the acting Supervisor for the behavior program while Emily Besecker is on maternity leave.
 
How long have you been working at AC?
In January of 2013, I will have been here for two years. However, I worked at Judson Center from 1998-2005. It was my very first job out of college so I was really excited to come back.
 
What is your training?
My undergraduate degree is in Psychology and my Master's is in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. In 2001, I completed a post-master's program in Behavior Interventions in Autism from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
How did you get into this field?
This sounds very cliche, but I always knew I was going to be a Counselor working with children. However, I was working in the school system as a Behavior Specialist from 2009-2010 when I fell in love with Behavior work with kids on the spectrum.  I came to Judson Center's Autism 101 in Spring of 2010 by Sarah Bretz and was hooked!
 
What are your professional goals?
Now that I know I have found my niche in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, I want to continue to work with families who have a child on the spectrum. I LOVE doing behavior consults because it blends counseling, parent education and improving the lives of children...all of my passions. AND...currently, I want that certificate saying I'm a BCBA in my hand!!
 
Anything about your personal life you'd like to share?
I have been married for ten years to a fantastic man, Mike, and we have two hilarious boys, ages 8 (Colin) and 5 (Ethan).
 
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I  can hold a conversation with both my brothers using only movie quotes!!!
 
What are 3 words that describe you?
passionate, funny, spunky
 
Refer-a-friend
Refer-a-friend Program
Refer a new family to Autism Connections, and you will receive a $25 credit to use for future services.  It's that easy!  Please ask your referral to let us know YOU sent them to us.  Once your referred party registers for a program, we will contact you regarding your credit.

 

Washtenaw & Livingston

October 2012
 
Fall Session I social skills groups are underway! If you were unable to attend Session I, consider registering for Session II starting in November. Read on for details on the specific groups we will be offering this fall including a new group for elementary school age girls on the Autism Spectrum!  Contact us today to sign up for Fall Services!  734-528-1692 ext. 23222
 
Be sure to "like" us on Facebook this month to stay up to date with our programs and news.  As we find out the latest updates with regard to autism legislation, we will post it on our Facebook page. 
 
We appreciate your continued patronage.  We look forward to seeing you around Autism Connections this month. 
 
Sincerely, 
The Autism Connections Washtenaw & Livingston Staff
 
Annual Halloween Party!
Halloween is here!  Join us for a spooky night filled with fun games and crafts including trick-or-treating, making paper masks, making skeletons, and exploring "creepy body parts." Come show off your best costumes! 
 
Anyone is welcome to come, drop your kid(s) off or make it an evening with the family. RSVP as soon as possible, spots are limited!  Call (734) 528-1692 ext.23222 to reserve your spot.
  
Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Judson Center, 3840 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Cost: $5 per child
 
 
Next Kids Night In (Ages 3-12) October 19th
Do you need a break? Does your child with ASD and his/her siblings want to have a FUN night playing games, making arts & crafts, playing outside? This monthly activity is open to children on the autism spectrum and their siblings (ages 3 - 12). Parents may register their children starting the first day of each month of service. All registrants must complete a prescreen intake to register.
 
Location: Ann Arbor YMCA 400 W. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Dates: October 19th, November 9th & December 7th
Cost: $10 per child
 
Spots are limited. Call Judson Center at 734-528-1692 ext. 23222 to sign up!
NEW SERVICE- Teen Night Out! (Ages 13-18)
Teen Night Out provides a social and community outing for teens to interact with their peers and practice the social and life skills need in community settings.  Outings are designed to be fun for teens, but also give them a place to learn and develop new skills.
 
Teen Night Out will be in conjunction with Kids Night In.  Families will drop off and pick up teens at the Ann Arbor YMCA and then the group will head to downtown Ann Arbor for an evening of fun or a specific planned activity.
 
Location: Ann Arbor YMCA 400 W. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Dates: October 19th, November 9th & December 7th
Cost: $20 per teen + cost of activity
 
Spots are limited. Call today to register at 734-528-1692.
 
Back by Popular Demand..Teen Outings!
Join other teens for a fun opportunity to socialize and have fun! For teens on the autism spectrum that have verbal capabilities, would work well in a 1:4 staff to child ratio, and are interested in building friendships and learning about relationships with others. This group will meet at various locations in the community and provide social skills lessons while enjoying other teen's company! All participants will need to be pre-screened to ensure a good match for the group.
 
Cost: $20 per meeting + any activity fees  
 
Our October Teen Outing will be held on Saturday, October 27th!
Time and location to be determined soon. More information will be sent soon!
                          
Mark your calendars! Other fall teen outing dates are as follows:
Saturday, November 17th (Time and location TBD)
Saturday, December 1st (Time and location TBD) 
 
New Fall 2012 Programming! Spots are Limited!! Call today to register!
Preschool Playtime (ages 3-6)
This group provides young children with the opportunity to play with peers in a structured and recreational setting. Our Autism Specialists will incorporate foundational group readiness and social interaction skills into a variety of fun activities, including music, art, and gross motor play. Skills will focus on building attention, following group rules, and interacting appropriately with peers. 1:3 staff to child ratio. Attendance is not required at all days and parents can pick which days they want their child to attend. RSVPs are required prior to attending.
               
Cost: $20/ per day
 
Washtenaw
Mondays 1-3 pm AND/OR Fridays 10-12am
Session I: September 17-November 2 (no meeting 10/15/12 or 10/19/12)
Session II: November 5- December 21 (no meeting on 11/23/12)
 
Kid's Club-Lego Fun (ages 6-11)
Do you want your children to learn and practice important ways to communicate with others in a social setting? This group is for children on the autism spectrum that have verbal capabilities and love creating and building with Legos. This group is for those interested in building friendships and learning about relationships with others while having fun and working as a team while building with Legos. This group works on important social skills. All participants will need to be pre-screened to ensure a good match for the group a 1:3 staff ratio.
 
Group Cost per Session: $155
 
Washtenaw:
Wednesdays 5-6pm                                                         
Session I: September 19-October 24                                
Session II: November 7- December 12
 
Livingston (LESA building):
Mondays 6-7pm
Session I: September 17-October 29 (No Group October 15)
Session II: November 5-December 10
                                             
 
Hobby Club (ages 12-17)
Do you want to have fun and meet other kids while experiencing new and fun hobbies with others? For children and adolescents on the autism spectrum who have verbal capabilities; would work well in a 1:4 staff to child ratio; and are interested in building friendships and experiencing new hobbies such as photograph, videography, baking, art projects, card gaming, and more! This group works on important social skills. All participants will need to be pre-screened to ensure a good match for the group.
 
Group Cost per Session: $155
 
Washtenaw:
Wednesdays 7-8pm
Session I: September 19-October 24 
Session II: November 7-December 12 
 
Livingston (LESA building):
Mondays: 7-8pm
Session I: September 17-October 29 (No group on October 15)
Session II: November 5- December 10
                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Girl's Group Elementary (9-12)
This group is for children and young adolescents on the spectrum! We are looking for girls who work well in a 1:4 environment and who want to connect with other girls on the autism spectrum. The group will focus on building socialization skills & self-esteem, learning about the challenges and triumphs of ASD, and meeting new friends! All girls must be pre-screened to ensure a good match for the group.
 
Group Cost per session: $155
Washtenaw:
Monday 4:30-5:30
Session I: September 17-October 29* No group October 15th
Session II: November 5-Decemebr 10
 
 
Girl's Group - Crafts & Friends (ages 13-17)
This group is just for female adolescents and teens on the spectrum! We are looking for girls who work well in a 1:8 environment and who want to connect with other girls on the autism spectrum while working on new and fun crafts as a group. The group will focus on building socialization skills & self-esteem, learning about the challenges and triumphs of ASD, and meeting new friends! All teens must be pre-screened to ensure a good match for the group.
 
Group Cost per session: $155
Washtenaw:
Tuesdays 6-7 pm
Session I: September 18-October 30 * No group October 16*
Session II: November 6-December 11
 
Preparing for the Autism Insurance Benefit: 
Parent Workshop
(open to providers, clinicians, insurers, employers, and others who are interested in learning more about this benefit)
Judson Center Autism Connections is pleased to offer an informational parent workshop supported by the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM), Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM). The workshop is designed to prepare parents for the Autism Insurance Benefit.  The facilitator, Colleen Allen, Ph.D., President & CEO of Autism Alliance of Michigan, will explore the following topics:
  • Autism legislation bills and what they mean
  • Treatments covered by the legislation
  • Evidence-based practice treatments and what that means
  • Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Explanation of state-regulated and self-funded insurance coverage
  • Medicaid coverage for treatments
  • How to find a qualified provider
  • Resources for help in this process
Workshop Information
Date:      Thursday, November 15th 
Time:      7:00pm - 9:00pm
Place:     Judson Center Autism Connections Washtenaw
              3840 Packard Rd., Suite 110
              Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost:      FREE (Hosted by AAoM and Judson Center)
 
Spots are limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, November 14th to autismconnectionswashtenaw@judsoncenter.org or by calling 734-528-1692 ext. 23222 if you plan to come. We hope to see you there!

 


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