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At Judson Center’s Autism Connections, we realize that an Autism diagnosis impacts the entire family not just the individual. That’s why we offer a comprehensive approach designed to embrace the individual needs of those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families from age two through early adulthood. We provide evidenced based, applied behavioral analysis services (ABA) to the individual, as well as counseling services, parent trainings, sibshops and events/workshops for family members.
Our focus is on providing a continuum of care, from teaching pre education skills (communication, play behaviors) with a three year old, to addressing skills needed for an adolescent or young adults, such as community skills, daily living skills and pre-vocational skills.
We pride ourselves on our robust staff training, as well as continued education requirements of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and Behavior Tutors. Each staff member provides high-quality goal- and data-driven services in their specialty area. All services are individualized to meet the needs of the client.
Autism services at Judson Center are unique, as we have provided quality services long before most providers became established. We offer a comprehensive, continuum approach, where there are services for all family members, and from early on needs to transitional living skills for soon to be adults.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. She is a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, holds a LMSW in the State of Michigan with both clinical and macro designations, and is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Provider.
Prior to joining Judson Center, she served as Executive Director, Statewide Autism Services, at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Hope Network, where she managed the Center for Autism at five locations and developed a partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the College of Research, Autism, Intellectual and Neuro Development Disorders to support diagnosis and research of autism. Michelle also worked for Beaumont Healthcare System’s Center for Exceptional Families (CEF) in Dearborn, Mich., where she advanced in a variety of roles, starting from social worker, case manager, and manager of physician practices, to serving as associate director and director.
Judson Center Autism Connections has sites conveniently located in Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor and Warren to serve you and your family. Locations are conveniently located in a friendly environment where are all welcome.
Individuals with a diagnosis of ASD make great strides in many areas of their lives through our comprehensive services that meet the needs of all ages.
Autism spectrum disorder is a neuro-biological disorder that impacts the development of social skills, communication skills, sensory regulation and behaviors.
Children with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) typically have poor eye contact, however, not all children with poor eye contact have a diagnosis of ASD. Be sure to have your child evaluated to determine their needs.
Not necessarily. Those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are impacted in communication skills, but also social skills, and display restricted interests, and often repetitive behaviors (e.g. flapping their hands).
Families should ask their pediatricians to complete a ‘screen’ to see if there are enough signs that indicate autism. If the screen is positive, it does not mean your child has autism, but that they should be evaluated for autism. Your insurance company can then direct you to what Autism Approved Evaluation Center would be able to take your insurance, and conduct the assessment.
No. Many individuals with an autism diagnosis are able to develop and strengthen skills, and hold successful jobs, develop friendships, as well as get married and have a family. All individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unique, with varying strengths, abilities, and needs.
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