Summer Autism Programs Grand Rapids MI

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Kent County (MI) Chapter ASA
(616) 752-8577
PO Box 150348
Grand Rapids, MI
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Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Kent County Chapter-Autism Society of America
(616) 752-8577
P.O. BOX 150348
Grand Rapids, MI
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Robert DeJonge, D.O.
(616) 956-6090
2251 E. Paris Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI
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Medical

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Easter Seals Michigan
(616) 942-2081; (800) 292-2729 (in MI)
4065 Saladin Drive, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI
Support Services
Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Vision and Sensory Center
(616) 534-8234
4467 Byron Center SW
Wyoming, MI
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Early Intervention, Lindamood Bell, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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MetDesk in MI
(800) 818-8828
161 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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BRAINS
(616) 365-8920
Grand Rapids, MI
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
(616) 954-9747
4123 Embassy Dr. SE
Kentwood, MI
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Products/Stores, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Dr. Bob Payne
(616) 942-9840
Grand Rapids, MI
Support Services
Dentists
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Robert A Hohendorf, OD (Vision and Sensory Center)
(616) 534-4953
4467 Byron Center Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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How To Find A Summer Autism Program

How to find a summer autism program

Lisa Jo Rudy

You finally made it through the school year. Despite all the obstacles, your child did pretty well. You even saw him meet some of his IEP goals. But now summer is looming, and you have no clue what to do with him. Ordinary summer camp looks pretty unlikely - after all, how many camp programs offer “social skills” along with “horseback riding?” Here’s how to get the process underway.

Here's How:

1) Start early. These days, even parents of typical kids start early in their quest for the perfect summer camp at the perfect price. For parents of autistic kids, the start should begin even earlier - sometime around September first!

2) Find out what kind of Extended School Year (ESY) program is offered through your school district. ESY is a federally funded option for kids whose skills are likely to regress during extended breaks. If your child does qualify, he may be eligible for a free summer program . Some districts will supply a 1:1 aide so that your child can be included in a typical summer camp. Transportation is included.

3) Look into Variety Club and the YMCA. Both have missions that focus on inclusion, and both work hard to make inclusion work. I was able to work with my local Y to add an autism support "bunk" to the typical daycamp.

4) Surf the Web. Take a look at My Summer Camps , and Kids Camps for listings of special needs options. While some of these camps can be pricey, others are about the same cost as a nice private daycamp in your area.

5) Ask around. Your teacher, principal, or parents of kids in your child’s class may have great ideas.

6) Check newspapers. Special “parenting” magazines in many metropolitan areas create camp directories. These are usually published in early winter. Many include listings for camps that cater to kids with special needs.

Tips:

1) All YMCA's offer financial aid to families in need. Be sure to ask about financial aid if you need it.

2) Summer is an...

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