As school begins for students across the country, The Children’s Center in Detroit’s Wayne County is beginning preparation work for both children with autism and their families as well. The center has a variety of programs for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. TCC identifies autism as one of the fastest growing conditions affecting children in the United States and that is why they have developed these programs.
The Children’s Center has created a specific initiative known as the P.L.A.Y. Project. It provides families in Detroit with a myriad of ways to assist families who have children with autism. Some of the offerings by the P.L.A.Y. Project include monthly visits by agents, videotaping technology, family coaching, and written evaluations with feedback. All of the aforementioned provisions are meant to ease the difficulties that arise when raising a child who has autism.
These programs are meant to help children enhance their basic skills, express their emotions, communicate with others, and interact socially. Chief Operating Officer George Winn states that these programs offer the highest quality treatment for children who have autism and their families as well. More often than not, parents of children with autism are unaware of opportunities such as these are out there. Through a variety of mediums and methods including art, play, movement, and musical therapy, patients are experiencing higher qualities of life. In the end, parents should not worry because programs such as The Children’s Center exist to help families and children with autism alike.