Air date: October 15, 2015
About 1 in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder. A disorder that is seen across all races and genders. Madeline: Things that were previously diagnosed as maybe just global mental retardation are now being diagnosed as autism. Developmental problems are frequently noticed before a child’s first birthday.But many go undiagnosed until the child is between the ages of 3 and 8. Mitch: And what happens between 3 and 8? Madeline: If the child is not diagnosed the behavioral issues will increase. They probably aren’t developing good communication skills and then that puts a lot of stress on the families. Special Education and Behavioral Connections opened its Detroit office in March 2015 thanks to Rev. Holley’s donation of the building adjacent to his Little Rock Baptist Church. In their fledgling year, Connections is serving a community that was once out of reach. Reverend Holley: These children are smart. They learn in a different way and this is why I feel this is so important for Detroit. Connections runs on the Michigan Child Waiver program. Each child has a program designed especially for them that touches on areas like social communication, and simple language skills. In just a short time they have seen the children blossom. Bridget: I think the greatest joy is when he um comes out of the program he runs to me with this smile that just brightens up my face. Opening a door to families in need, Special Education and Behavioral Connections is building a brighter future for Autistic youth righthere in the heart of Detroit.