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Early Learning Autism Therapy Center in Houston to Open in Friendswood

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas -- Behavioral Innovations, a leading provider of center-based ABA therapy, today announced their newest center opening that will be located in Friendswood, Texas, a suburb of the Houston metro area. The growing need to provide access to early autism services is increasing as more children are being diagnosed with autism than ever before.

Behavioral Innovations, a leader in providing evidenced-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum, will be opening their newest center in Friendswood, TX on Monday, September 30, 2019. This will mark Behavioral Innovations' 32nd center opening across Texas and Oklahoma, making them one of the largest providers of center-based ABA therapy in the region. Their centers focus on providing a fun, engaging play-based approach in helping every child reach their developmental goals.

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is the most effective, early-intervention treatment for children with Autism. Behavioral Innovation's center-based model is designed to promote growth in children's skills across many facets of development including social interaction, skill acquisition, play skills, communication, and adaptive skills. Behavioral Innovations' state-of-the-art facilities offer a fun, welcoming environment where learning and social interaction occur more naturally.

The new therapy center will be led by Clinical Director, Drew Mercer. Mr. Mercer has over 10 years of healthcare experience working in various settings including center-based development, which makes him a great fit to help kick start the new center.

"We are very excited to open our doors to the Friendswood community and serve as a great resource for those families dealing with a child with autism," said Mr. Mercer. "The surrounding community has already welcomed us openly and we look forward to partnering with other healthcare providers in the area as we all work together."

About Behavioral Innovations:

Behavioral Innovations started almost 20 years ago when founders Lori Russo, Carla Edwards and Billy Edwards, armed with their master's as Behavioral Analysts, saw a lack of services available to help children diagnosed with autism. They opened the first autism therapy ABA center in Dallas, Texas in 2003 and continued to expand. Behavioral Innovations now serves close to 400 clients across Texas and Oklahoma. As a result, their growing team includes passionate and dedicated personnel such as admissions, insurance, billing, operations and most importantly, a highly skilled clinical staff.

The new Friendswood center is enrolling clients now. The center will be located at 105 East Shadowbend in Friendswood, Texas.

For more information, or to connect with the Friendswood therapy center, please call (855) 782-7822 or visit https://behavioral-innovations.com/.

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Autism Treatment Centers of Michigan Announces Opening of New Clinical Center in Kentwood

KENTWOOD, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in Kentwood, Michigan. The new center, located at 1545 68th Street SE, will allow ACM to expand on its existing services in the Grand Rapids area, by offering a second clinical center for children of all ages.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our ABA services by adding a second clinical center in the Grand Rapids area," said Krista Boe, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our clinical team has been serving clients in the area for nearly three years; this new center provides additional supports and treatment options for both our clients and our staff."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the clinical center from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on September 13, 2019.

"We are delighted to be able to provide this additional resource to our current and future clients and their families in Grand Rapids! Since we began providing services in Kent County nearly 3 years ago, we have had the honor and privilege of establishing meaningful partnerships within the community as we continuously strive to meet our goal of improving the lives of individuals and their families impacted by autism. We could not be more excited about this opportunity to expand our program to serve additional families in need in the greater Grand Rapids area!" said Rachel Gossan, BCBA and ACM's regional clinical director.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:

The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families at homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan. Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.
To learn more about our centers: https://www.autismcentersmi.com/

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(231) 668-4909 Ext. 8101
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Autism Treatment Centers of Michigan Announces Opening of New Clinical Center in Gaylord

GAYLORD, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in Gaylord, Michigan. The new center, located at 940 N Center Ave, will allow ACM to expand its existing in-home services in the Gaylord area, by offering in-center treatment options for children of all ages.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our services and adding a clinical center in the Gaylord area," said Krista Boe, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our clinical team has been serving clients in homes and in the Gaylord community for several years; this new center provides additional supports and treatment options for both our clients and our staff."

The Gaylord location is now open for services and accepting new clients. "We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and families of this community and ultimately provide families the resources and tools necessary to teach and maintain skills that focus on the core deficits of autism," said Liza Brandt, BCBA and ACM's clinical lead in the Gaylord area.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:

The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families in homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan.

Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.

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Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM) Announces Opening of New Clinical Center Location in East Tawas, Michigan

EAST TAWAS, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in East Tawas, Michigan. The new center, located at 101 Newman Street, will allow ACM to expand its existing in-home services in the Tawas area, by offering in-center treatment options for children of all ages.

"It is so exciting to be able to add center-based services to our existing in-home ABA therapy program," said Krista Boe, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our center, located right downtown in East Tawas, is a wonderful location for us to be serving this community."

The Tawas center is now open and accepting new clients. "It is a privilege and honor to provide this much needed resource to the community. Our families have been needing and asking for a clinical center and we are excited to be able to provide this opportunity. We look forward to helping our existing families and many new ones in the upcoming months and years," said Tammy Ruemenapp, BCBA and ACM's clinical lead in the Tawas area.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:
The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families in homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan. Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.

Learn more at: https://www.autismcentersmi.com/

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Arts Detroit Launches Spectra, a Theatre Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- A new theatre education program will be offered by Arts Detroit for students on the Autism Spectrum and with Aspergers inside of their performing arts studio at PARC - Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex. Spectra will be a course to help students on the Autism Spectrum learn theatre techniques that can help them develop life skills as well.

The course will be taught by a local professional actor and arts educator, Taylor Morrow Johnson, who has been working on theatre for people with specials needs for more than five and half years. She will focus the class on the processes of character development, memorization, repetition, and creative thinking, which will help students begin to make connections between performing and self-awareness. The class will focus on using preexisting plays and characters to enhance their stage presence and help develop personal characteristics.

Ms. Johnson says she is excited for Spectra because she "has seen first-hand how influential theatre can be on people, regardless of age or ability, and theatre consistently fosters an environment of creativity, thoughtfulness, and fun." She further believes that students who participate in Spectra will "be a part of an ensemble that will work as a team and gain a support system within each other."

Arts Detroit Executive Director, Adriane Galea, says creating a program for students with special needs has been on her radar for quite some time. "Creating theatre is a powerful tool for developing empathy, encourages out-of-the-box thinking, and creates a real sense of belonging. I have heard from parents and other folks who work with students on the Spectrum that these kids often want to get involved with theatre but don't have traditional access to it, so I'm very proud that Arts Detroit can provide an outlet for students of all abilities."

While Arts Detroit is currently only offering Spectra classes at their location in Plymouth, there are plans to expand programming to their Allen Park location as well as to open it up to other avenues of the performing arts.

Spectra will be offered for students ages 14 and up on Thursdays from 4-4:45 p.m. and students ages 11-14 on Thursdays from 4:45-5:30 p.m. a part of their normal programming, and for students ages 4-6 on Fridays from 11:15am-noon through Plymouth PEP, a joint programming effort between tenants at PARC and the Plymouth YMCA.

The PARC family is also excited to bring this type of programming into their building. Gail Grieger, the PARC Executive Director, said, "We are delighted that Arts Detroit will be offering the Spectra Theatre Program at our facility. This program makes a great addition to the other opportunities already provided by the performing arts and educational organizations located at PARC and will be a great resource for the entire community."

Students interested in studying with Arts Detroit but cannot afford tuition are encouraged to contact info@artsdetroit.com for scholarship information.

To learn more, visit: https://www.artsdetroit.org/spectra

About Arts Detroit:

Arts Detroit was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under the umbrella of Center Stage Studios. In 2015, the studio expanded into a storefront location in Allen Park and opened a second studio in Plymouth in 2018. Arts Detroit is proud of their current students and alumni, who have excelled in all areas of the arts. Students have gone on to study Music/Theatre in some of the top programs in the country and are in or working toward professional careers in the arts.

Many of our students have been recipients of the North American Invitational Championship awards in both Broadway and Classical Voice, American Guild of Music All Around winners, received ratings of 1 (the highest ranking) at Michigan Solo and Ensemble and Michigan Thespian Festival competitions, and have won more than one thousand competitive awards and trophies collectively. Arts Detroit is involved in giving back to the community as often as possible and strives to create a fun, dynamic environment in which to learn and that others can enjoy. Learn more at: https://www.artsdetroit.org/.

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Geek Club Books Partners with Someone Special Books for Special Needs Kindness and Acceptance Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Geek Club Books, Inc., an autism nonprofit, and Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books today announced their "Kindness and Awareness" initiative to help educate children about other children with special needs.

Geek Club Books creates autism awareness education and curriculum so parents and teachers can introduce important topics of autism in the inclusive classroom. Someone Special Books allows the parent or educator to further personalize the message of acceptance through their customizable picture books. Working in collaboration, the two organizations help children develop the compassion and understanding for their peers with special needs.

"Jodi Murphy and I are special needs moms," said Heather McCarthy, co-founder of Someone Special Books. "While my children carry the diagnosis of Propionic Acidemia, her son has autism. We both know that these are simply diagnoses and they do not define our children."

"We have a common mission and dream for our children," said Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books. "We want a kinder, more accepting world that looks deeper than a diagnosis. Heather, her co-founder Kate Ryan, and I are providing the tools for special needs families to make that happen."

To kick off their initiative, Someone Special Books has chosen Geek Club Books as their charity of the month. During the month of August, they will give back 10 percent of their sales for Geek Club Books autism awareness education.

"We are excited to partner with Geek Club Books." said Kate Ryan. "Together, we are raising awareness, spreading acceptance and helping the fight against bullies."

To support Geek Club Books and Someone Special Books kindness and awareness mission, go to http://bit.ly/someone-special-books.

About Geek Club Books:

Founded by Jodi Murphy in 2014, Geek Club Books is a 501(c)(3) autism charity with an autism education and empowerment mission. They produce interactive children's story apps, enhanced e-books, curriculum, digital media and webisodes to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. The nonprofit partners with clinical advisors and educational specialists. A team of autistic adults collaborate and contribute their talents to everything the organization produces. http://geekclubbooks.com/.

About Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books:

Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books was created by Heather McCarthy and Kate Ryan to help children understand other children with special needs. Their mission is to spread the message of kindness and acceptance through personalized picture books. Each customized book focuses first on the child's hobbies and interests and the second half focuses on the child's disability, condition or syndrome. Children learn that children with special needs are more like them than they are different. http://someonespecialbooks.com/.

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Geek Club Books Releases Educational Webisode for Inclusive Classrooms on Autism and Friendship

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Geek Club Books, Inc., an autism nonprofit, today announced the release of their latest educational webisode, "The Friendship Game" to teach elementary school children how to be good friends to their autistic peers. This is the fourth webisode in the free Bluebee TeeVee autism series for the inclusive classroom featuring an autistic host and a Bluebee Pal co-host (Most Innovative Educational Toy 2016).

"We need to show kids the best ways to engage with their autistic peers," said James Sullivan, member of Geek Club Books autistic team, writer, filmmaker and host of Bluebee TeeVee, "so we made a game show episode. It's a fun way to teach kids how to be inclusive and reach out to those of us on the autism spectrum."

The webisode comes with an episode guide and friendship kit for parents and educators with additional resources, classroom activities, and a model "Lunch Buddy Program" for schools.

"The friendship kit is a case study of a lunch buddy program developed by Lisa Smith of Quirks and Chaos for her autistic son," said Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books. "So successful it was featured in People Magazine. Most autism spectrum programs rarely get noticed by the mainstream but Lisa and her community created something special. We're hoping it inspires other communities to implement similar programs."

Access to Geek Club Books' "The Friendship Game" video, guide and friendship kit, are available at: http://bit.ly/bluebeetv.

About Geek Club Books:

Founded by Jodi Murphy in 2014, Geek Club Books is a 501(c)(3) autism charity with an autism education and empowerment mission. They produce interactive children's story apps, enhanced e-books, curriculum, digital media and webisodes to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. The nonprofit partners with clinical advisors and educational specialists. A team of autistic adults collaborate and contribute their talents to everything the organization produces. Learn more at: http://geekclubbooks.com/.

About Quirks and Chaos:

Lisa Smith is a mother of 7 and a popular mom blogger at Quirks and Chaos. She writes about the family's journey with the youngest two with special needs, a son with autism and an adopted daughter with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and ADHD. Lisa has been featured on several parenting blogs including The Mighty and Scary Mommy. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Autism Parenting Magazine award for being a "top parental narrative writer." Learn more: http://quirks-and-chaos.blogspot.com/.

About Bluebee Pals:

Bluebee Pals by Kayle Concepts are interactive Bluetooth(r) enabled plush companions and learning tools. Compatible with all tablets and laptop computers, they are instrumental in classroom settings and home learning environments. Bluebee Pals are a leading assistive technology tool for children with special needs and autism. Recipients of many educational and parenting awards, Bluebee Pals have recently been named "Most Innovative Educational Toy 2016" by Corporate Vision (CV) Magazine. Learn more: http://bluebeepals.com/.

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*Photo Caption: James Sullivan, autistic host of Bluebee TeeVee, presents "The Friendship Game" on autism and friendships.

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