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Help for Autistic Children and Families in Detroit as They Prepare for School

  • Published: 2010-09-02 : The Children's Center of Wayne County.
  • Synopsis: Autistic Children and Families in Detroit Are Offered Help from the Child Center of Wayne County as They Prepare for School

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Autistic Children and Families in Detroit Are Offered Help from the Children's Center of Wayne County as They Prepare for School

In preparation for the new school year The Children's Center's is gearing up their early intervention programs for families and children with autistic spectrum disorders between the ages 18 months to 6 years old. The Children's Center (TCC) recognizes one of the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States affecting our children is Autism. That's why TCC is offering back to school support to families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

The Children's Center's P.L.A.Y. Project*is unique. It is one of the few organizations in Detroit to provide families: monthly home and Agency visits, videotape technology, coaching for the entire family and written evaluations with feedback. This one-on-one intervention uses time intensive resources that are child centered, individualized, relationship oriented and integrated with school and other therapies. TCC also has a phenomenal program for mentally and emotionally impaired (MEI) children & adolescents. Children learn skill building techniques such as: basic social skills, expressing emotions, dealing with anxiety and change along with general social interaction. The goal of MEI is to provide comprehensive and quality treatment for youth to decrease the need for hospitalization or out of home placement.

According to George Winn, Chief Operating Officer of The Children's Center, "Our team of (9) Board certified Child Psychiatrists & Psychologists, Clinicians, Art Therapists and Case Managers offer the highest quality treatment for children with emotional impairments and their families. Parents shouldn't despair, help is available. Through the use of art, play, movement, and music treatment to modify behavior of daily living our clients are yielding greater success." The Children's Center is located in midtown Detroit and has been a beacon of hope for 81 years.

About The Children's Center -The Children's Center is one of the largest, most diverse and comprehensive front-line child-serving agencies in Michigan, providing over 25 programs addressing therapeutic & mental health needs of children, as well as foster care & adoptions. The Children's Center of Wayne County has been committed to meeting the needs and challenges of some of the most troubled children in the United States for the past 80 years. For more information, please visit The Children's Center web site at

**About P.L.A.Y. Project -"P.L.A.Y." stands for Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters, created by Richard Solomon, MD based on the DIR® (Developmental, Individualized, Relationship - based) theory of Stanley Greenspan, MD also known as 'Floortime'.

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