The Otis R. Bowen Center has become a leader in northern Indiana in the development and the provision of services for children and families affected by autism, and related social and emotional disorders.
Bowen Center offers two specialized programs to address the core deficit of autism – which is social impairment.
We have aligned our services with the nationally and internationally known PLAY Project ® (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our PLAY consultants have received intensive training, supervision, and consultation from Dr. Richard Solomon, who developed the PLAY Project intervention, and from his staff of highly qualified PLAY Project personnel.
We also use the widely acclaimed Think Social ® curriculum, developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, as the basis for our Social Learning groups for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Social engagement with your autistic child, between the ages of 18 months and 5 years, is the main focus of the PLAY Project.
Using the 7 Circles of PLAY as a guide, PLAY consultants train and support parents, in a 1-1 format, as they effectively engage their child. Sessions can be provided in the home or clinic settings. Video footage captures the parent-child interaction and the PLAY Plan provides clear techniques and activities for parents to use in engaging their child.
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Bowen Center has also sought to meet the need for the development of social awareness and social problem solving for our clients by implementation of the Social Thinking® Methodology, developed and researched by internationally known SLP, Michelle Garcia Winner. The Bowen Center's Social Smarts programs are based in this methodology, but are not directly affiliated with the Social Thinking organization.
Social Smarts groups are offered for children between the ages of 3 and 18, with young adult programs also available. Groups generally consist of up to six members with at least two staff providing leadership. An Activity based approach is used to enhance meaning and relevance of the concepts that are being taught.
The curriculum teaches individuals to first become aware of themselves in a group setting, their emotions and their actions and then consider their thoughts and behaviors in relation to others by learning to 'read' the social situation (perspective talking) and figure out how best to modify their behaviors to interact in a positive, expected social manner for the particular situation.
These services are available in all Bowen Center locations and may be eligible for reimbursement through various health insurance plans, including Medicaid.
For further information contact:
Bill Easley – Manager of Autism-related services email@example.com Toll free: 1- 800-342-5653
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