Autism Care and Support

In 2013, the Beaumont Children’s Center for Exceptional Families (CEF) earned recognition as an Autism Center of Excellence from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Since then, more than 300 families have benefited from our compassionate care and expertise. With the prevalence of autism growing, we are predicting more than 140 evaluations in 2016 alone and many children will need evidence-based therapy.

New state-of-the-art facility

To accommodate increasing demand for this specialized care, CEF is expanding to include more than 10,000 square feet of clinical treatment space adjacent to our current facility.

In addition to the diagnostic clinic and comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment services (physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychology and dietitian services), our approved Autism Evaluation Center will be adding comprehensive and focused, center-based applied behavioral analysis (ABA) treatment.

Our new facility will provide an ideal learning and therapeutic environment for children with autism and a training site for future therapists, featuring:

  • comprehensive ABA classrooms ranging from highly structured to approximated typical preschool settings with opportunities for mainstreaming in the adjoining University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center
  • specialized occupational, physical and speech therapy rooms, as well as a sensory room
  • activities of daily living apartment for teens and young adults to learn and practice life skills
  • audio/visual equipment and technology that supports observation and assessment
  • conference room and clinical learning space to teach a new generation of therapists and professional clinical staff
  • family support and case management
  • Autism Diagnostic Clinic and follow-up visits
  • settings to provide focused ABA to school age

Partnering for exceptional autism care

With a team of Beaumont Children’s specialists working together and a strong collaboration with the University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center and the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, CEF offers unique educational and training opportunities. We extended our partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2015 by collaborating on a State of Michigan grant to increase the number of ABA-trained professionals. Joint efforts will support training and certification of approximately 225 registered behavior technicians and 25 board-certified assistant behavior analysts.

Our new state-of-the-art facility will support a partnership between medical and academic professions, creating a strong base for research and validity studies on ABA. It will also bring together professionals from the community to support collaboration between schools, families and other providers. The autism program at CEF will be a premier one-of-a-kind facility in the state of Michigan, anchored by two reputable medical and academic institutions.