Our Intensive (Residential) Treatment Program uses the principle of applied behavior analysis to help children with autism and those with other developmental disabilities.
The ultimate goal of a stay at the Great Lakes Center is for each child to be able to return home where treatment can continue under the guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Steps to achieving our goal:
During typical school hours children spend time in classrooms working one-on-one or in small groups on programming selected by the BCBA from the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia.1 The children also work with our special education teacher from the Kalamazoo Area Educational Service Agency (KRESA), participating in structured physical activity in the gym, or playing outside. When the child is ready, he/she will begin attending school through KRESA outside of the center. This will vary for each child and will be determined by the BCBA and the special education teacher.
After school hours, the children gather and socialize in the hearth rooms, common living areas, or outside. During these times, children are still practicing communication and daily living goals. These goals include, but are not limited to:
While the child is achieving his/her behavioral goals, parents participate in a minimum of 10 hours of parent training. This entails:
The Great Lakes Center (GLC) placements are primarily funded by two entities:
Private insurance seldom pays for treatment. Insurance companies that have paid in the past have done so under extraordinary circumstances.
First steps to receive service at GLC:
What is the Intensive (Residential) Treatment Program?
The Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) is a division of Residential Opportunities, Inc. The Intensive Treatment (Residential) program is licensed as a child caring institution by the State of Michigan, designed to provide intensive behavior interventions for children with significant behavioral challenges.
Who does the Intensive Treatment Program serve?
Children diagnosed with autism and/or other developmental disabilities ages 6 to 17 years with severe behavior problems who pose a serious risk of causing harm to themselves or others.
How long will my child stay at the center?
Our goal is for your child to move back home as soon as possible. We use each child’s advancement towards his/her individualized treatment goals as a guide in determining when a child is ready to transition home. A typical stay typically lasts between 6 to 24 months.
Will I be able to visit my child?
Yes, we encourage families to visit and partake in the treatment process. To ensure treatment consistency we discourage off-site visitations.
How will the gains made during treatment be maintained after my child leaves the GLC?
During the child’s stay at our center, our staff work with the child’s primary care providers (parents, legal guardian, and when appropriate area health personnel who will be working with the child) in acquiring the knowledge/skills associated with the child’s individualized behavior plan. This training takes place throughout the child’s stay and is a key component of treatment. Following a transition home, GLC is available to continue services on an outpatient bases to help ensure consistency and success.