Center for Autism
Grand Rapids & Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Center for Autism, located on the Coral Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan and on our new campus in Ann Arbor, provides comprehensive outpatient treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While our emphasis at the Center for Autism is on evidence-based, early intervention and ABA therapies with children as young as age two, we also provide services to older children and their families, including a social skills program for adolescents and young adults called Puzzle Partners.
Our clinical team includes a neuropsychologist who accepts adults as well as pediatric patients, Ph.D. Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Speech Therapist. Our specialists work together to develop a treatment plan that best meets the needs of the individual.
The neuropsychological evaluation assists with gaining a thorough understanding of an individual’s diagnosis, their strengths and talents, and factors that could be barriers to their success. The result of the evaluation includes a comprehensive treatment plan, and the neuropsychologist coordinates both treatment options within our program as well as assists families in determining options for helpful services from external providers. The neuropsychologist also collaborates closely with your primary care physician and monitor treatment response to ensure that your treatment plan meets your changing needs.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Behavior modification, performed by a board-certified behavior analyst teaches desirable responses and behavior patterns to replace undesirable ones.
The goal of psychotherapy is to reduce emotional distress by developing improved coping skills. Our comprehensive treatment begins with a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation which provides clear recommendations for treatment by our psychologist and neuropsychologist.
Our DART program provides residential services for adolescents with autism and other neuro-developmental disorders.
Social Skills Groups
Puzzle Partners offers a variety of friendship/social skills group for teens and young adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or some other social impairment.
Speech/Language therapy treats articulation difficulties, fluency disorders such as stuttering, and challenges with the development and/or production of speech, as well as difficulties with the basic understanding of language and/or expression of needs for those who have at least some verbal skills..
If your loved one exhibits symptoms of autism or another neurodevelopmental disability, please contact your family care physician or the Center for Autism.