Location

Grand Rapids – East Paris, MI

All of our locations in Michigan operate as
Autism Centers of Michigan


Hours

8am - 7pm, M-F Weekends in-home only

1000 E. Paris SE
Suite 160
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

(844) 244 -1818 New Clients

(231) 668-4909 Administration

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Our 10-Day Promise

Most parents are anxious to begin helping their child — now.

Here's the Acorn Health promise: For our early intervention program, you will have an opportunity to meet with one of our clinical team members for a free consultation within 10 days from calling admissions.

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Welcome to Autism Centers of Michigan

A network of providers, one shared vision

Acorn Health is setting the standard of ABA therapy with best practices, pioneering next practices, and a Clinical Advisory Board of leaders in the field.

Acorn Health's Grand Rapids Clinical Director Phylicia Ruso

Phylicia Ruso, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Clinical Director

Autism Centers of Michigan - an Acorn Health Cmpnay

From our Grand Rapids - East Paris Clinical Director

We know the path to receiving a diagnosis and accessing services for your loved one can be a long and challenging one. Once you receive this diagnosis, you may wonder, “What’s next?” At Autism Centers of Michigan, an Acorn Health Company, we are committed to serving as a supportive and consistent partner in your journey toward accessing and participating in high-quality ABA services that will serve to impact lasting and meaningful change.

Our clients receive the highest level of care, respect, and attention and our clinicians are committed to working directly with our clients and families to create socially meaningful individualized treatment packages that directly allows each individual to reach his or her full potential. It would be a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of your loved one!

We are an officially recognized Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Our Services

Everyone repeats behavior that produces a valued reward

This very simple, human inclination is central to ABA therapy. Your child’s Acorn Board-Certified therapist identifies a goal behavior for your child. When your child displays the behavior we want to see, he or she receives something personally meaningful (and you’ll help us identify ideas.

We’ll also learn what precedes your child’s challenging behaviors

We call them “antecedents.” They’re things that happen immediately before the behavior we’re trying to change. An antecedent can be a request, like “clean up your room”; a feeling or reaction; a specific object; bright lights or a noisy crowd. ABA therapy looks for these antecedents and finds alternatives that influence your child’s reaction.

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Assessment

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts conducts skills assessments to understand your child’s specific needs: his or her language development, practical life skills, ability to generalize learning, and more. We also conduct functional behavior assessments and analyses for children with challenging behaviors.

Custom Therapy Plan

With all this data, we draft a custom therapy plan and share our clinical recommendations with parents and caregivers. Therapy plans are developed only after we understand your family’s goals and preferences. We also openly collaborate with your child’s school and other therapists (for example, speech language pathologists or occupational therapists). Consistency and a team approach lead to optimal outcomes.

Skill Building

Acorn Health focuses first on the child’s activities of daily living. We begin with improving communication and social skills. Then, we address activities like mealtime challenges, and intensive toilet training. Where appropriate, we also develop vocational skills.

Family education and training is an integral part of each therapy plan. Consistency helps children acquire skills, then maintain and generalize the learning for new situations.

Behavior Reduction

Children with challenging behaviors benefit from function-based behavior reduction plans. These plans often include eliminating triggers and providing opportunities for the child to demonstrate the replacement behavior.

We have protocols for managing these behaviors and functional alternatives (e.g., asking for a break rather than engaging in problem behavior to achieve that break). Here, too, collaboration matters. Consistency at home, school, and other environments creates lasting progress.

News and events

Event

Wed. March 11 – Social group for teens and young adults

Please join us for exercise and fun in the gym. This event takes place in the GYM of the Special Olympics Sports & Inclusion Center, located at 160-68th Street SW, in Grand Rapids. The center is between US131 and Division Avenue. Please park in the WEST lot and enter the… Read More

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Event

Sun. May 3 – The 2020 Walk for Autism

The 2020 Walk for Autism is coming up on Sunday, May 3! Register now for this awesome event! Enjoy a day of togetherness, kids’ activities, music, zoo animals, snacks, a Silent Auction, a walk around John Ball Park, and MORE! Our Resource Fair features over 35 vendors! Check them… Read More

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ABA therapy is typically covered by insurance

Insurance requires a doctor’s referral and a formal diagnosis of autism. We accept most health insurance plans for assessment and ongoing treatment.


Please contact us with any insurance related questions at
(844) 244-1818

    Michigan state resources

    Michigan state resources

    Michigan state resources

    Michigan state resources

  • Autism Alliance of Michigan

    We are leading collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy

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  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services

    Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) provides the connections, expertise and innovative solutions to drive continued business growth, build vibrant communities, create affordable housing, generate tourism and attract and retain key talent to fill Michigan’s vast pipeline of opportunities.

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  • Michigan Alliance for Families

    Michigan Alliance for Families  is a statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education. We help facilitate parent involvement as a means of improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

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  • Michigan Autism Program

    It is our goal to be a leader and partner in the support of individuals with autism, their families/caregivers and professionals serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder to lead a quality and fulfilling life.

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    National resources

  • ABAI

    Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis. ABAI provides many services to its members and the field

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  • The BACB

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. 

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  • The BHCOE

    We are an international accrediting body created to meet accreditation needs specific to the delivery of behavior analysis. We develop and measure voluntary consensus standards for autism and Applied Behavior Analysis service providers.

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  • National Standards Project

    The National Standards Project – Phase 1 and Phase 2 – answers one of the most pressing public health questions of our time — how do we effectively treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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