Autism Spectrum Disorders affect 1 in 68 children. And every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed.
At Hope Network, we give these children a chance.
The Center for Autism is where we diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorders (ASD), providing comprehensive outpatient treatment with an emphasis 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.
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Should I Be Concerned?
Every child grows, develops and matures differently. However, it can be helpful for parents to understand how their child is developing and accomplishing milestones in comparison to other children in their age group. Explore each area to see an easy-to-understand grid.
If you feel that your child is significantly delayed in several milestones, please consult your pediatrician or contact the Center for Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before three years of age. Each child who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders will have a unique combination of symptoms that makes it essential for treatments to be customized for each child's unique needs.
Unlike autistic disorder and Asperger's syndrome which have specific symptoms for diagnoses, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is a diagnoses given to children who may exhibit some symptoms of Asperger's or autism, but do not conclusively match a diagnosis for either.
Puzzle Partners/Social Skills Groups
Puzzle Partners offers a variety of friendship/social skills groups for teens and young adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or other social impairment. Through a variety of activities, field trips, and cultural events, the members are coached in problem solving, life skills, and social skills. This gives them a fun and enjoyable way to increase their self-awareness and build social and life skills to assist their growth as they transition into adulthood and independence.
There are groups for Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Young Adult Guys, and Young Adult Girls.
View our group calendar
Each session includes:
- Time to get to know others of similar age who are also looking for friendship, acceptance, and new experiences.
- A social reminder or special social focus for the day.
- Trying something new or repeating a favorite activity.
- A fun time!
Some activities are held at our usual meeting spot at LaGrave CRC (see address below). Others are outings, so we'll be asking you to bring your child to the outing location.
LaGrave Christian Reformed Church
Youth Group Building (aka: The Vault)
121 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
$15 per session.
To attend one of the Puzzle Partners groups, complete our Referral Form.
Hope Network offers monthly educational programming, specifically for parents of people with autism, called Family Rounds. An extension of the lecture series Grand Rounds, which began in 2012 for professionals and the public, Family Rounds will provide a specific forum with resources and information for parents of people with autism. Parents will learn about solutions available to them, network with other parents and autism professionals, and help build a knowledgebase of the tools in the community.
The topic matter will address an array of areas, including social development, available organizational resources, housing options, financial support, job placement and coaching, continuing education, transitioning to independence, federal/state/municipal support, and emotional wellbeing.
RSVP is optional, but appreciated. Please email attendance toCFARounds@hopenetwork.org.
Professional Grand Rounds
Our professional Grand Rounds is a series of lunchtime lectures on topics relevant to practitioners in the field. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. Pizza lunch will be provided. Following each lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
All lectures are from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Hope Network Education Center, 775 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Please RSVP to CFARounds@hopenetwork.org.
[Calendar of both here]