April is Autism Awareness month and during this month people recognize those who have been affected by Autism. There is one organization that doesn’t just recognize this diagnosis for a month, but all year long.
The Center for Autism has been working with Autistic individuals and their families for over 55 years. They perform small miracles every day through their methods of assessment, treatment and training.
Founded in 1955, the center is a non-profit organization that uses the latest research to incorporate into their daily programs of treatment. Their environment is cheerful and warm; they embrace every person that comes into their facilities.
Their goals are simple: to improve the quality of life for Autistic individuals and their families, to develop better outcomes for those they treat and to treat each person with Autism as individuals because they understand that this disorder affects every person differently.
Through assessment of each individual, the staff strives to make impairments such as behavioral, communication and social interaction less severe. It’s also important that the families are their full partners in this process. Understanding that the families also need support, the center tries to provide this through education and resources.
The Center for Autism has two locations. Their main offices are located at 3905 Ford Road, Suite 6 and their second location is in Northeast Philly at 2801 Grant Avenue.
They have four different programs. Their Pre-k program operates Monday-Friday from 9 am until 2 pm. In this program they work with each child in an intensive program that is geared towards them individually based on that child’s individual treatment plan. Transportation is provided and the center observes a schedule similar to the Philadelphia School District; they’re closed on all major holidays and if the district is closed due to inclement weather, so is the center.
Their second program is the Social Competency program and is an after school program for ages 6-15. Their hours are Monday-Thursday from 4 pm to 6 pm. This program focuses on improving social skills of school-aged children. Transportation is also provided.
Their third program is the Individual Outpatient which offers service one-on-one and through group therapy. The program works with both the child as well as the parents.
The fourth program is the Family Café which meets once a month and serves as support group for families.
If you’re interested in any of these programs, please contact The Center for Autism at 215-878-3400.