Expanding program is accepting new clients from ages 18 months to 21 years; coordinated therapy services maximize treatment, convenience in one location   

CONTACT Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Erika Jones, Judson Center; Erika_Jones@JudsonCenter.org; 248.837.2052

Royal Oak, Mich. — May 14, 2019— Judson Center, a multi-county human service agency that provides autism programs, behavioral health services, child and family services including foster care and adoption in tandem with its affiliate, Child Safe Michigan, employment services for the disabled, and primary care for all ages, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Autism Connections location in its Warren facility at 12200 E. Thirteen Mile Road.  Judson Center’s Autism Connections provides evidenced-based applied behavioral analysis services (ABA) to those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and focuses on a comprehensive continuum of care, addressing the needs of both individuals and their family members.

Judson Center has occupied its current Warren location since 2016 and serves nearly 1,100 individuals each year there.  In February 2019, the organization opened the Judson Center Family Health Clinic in the same building to provide its clients, as well as the community, primary care health services integrated with mental health care.

According to Judson Center CEO and President Lenora Hardy-Foster, the expansion in Warren includes 4,000 square-feet of newly developed space, specifically designed for the organization’s longstanding Autism Connections program.

“After months of construction, we are excited to build upon the success of our Autism Connections,” Hardy-Foster said. “Today, one in every 59 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; expanding in Warren will enable Judson Center to remain responsive to the needs of families in Macomb County and neighboring areas by providing a broad range of innovative and quality services to enhance the lives of children, teens and young adults with ASD and their families.”

The new space is filled with natural light and is a largely open concept to allow for movement, where children can learn to ride a bike and play games and sports activities. There is also classroom space and sensory space that includes a swing, trampoline and ball pit. Contracted speech therapy is available onsite, with occupational therapy available onsite shortly; both of which allow for better coordination of care between therapies and less driving for parents and caregivers.

“Judson Center continues to be a leading resource for families who are impacted by autism,” Frankie Groce, Director of Autism Connections, said. “We are privileged to serve Macomb County and enrich the ASD community with our programs, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), counseling, social skill groups, summer programs, and parent training, in our new space.”

Judson Center’s Autism Connections is located at 12200 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Suite 200, Warren, Mich., 48093, and is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate children in school.  Summer hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program is now accepting new clients ranging in age from 18-months-old to 21-years. For more information, contact Judson Center at autism@judsoncenter.org, call 248.837.2047, or visit the website at https://www.judsoncenter.org/autism.

About Judson Center

Judson Center is a non-profit human service agency that provides expert, comprehensive services in Southeast Michigan that strengthen children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health and primary care challenges so they are successful in their communities.  Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to change the lives of over 10,000 children, adults, and families each year. Judson Center has five regional offices in Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Headquarters are located at 4410 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073.  Learn more at https://www.judsoncenter.org/.