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The Keweenaw Community Foundation administers a number of community funds. Established in 1994, the mission of the Foundation is to promote philanthropy, develop and manage permanent endowments from a broad range of donors, and award charitable grants that enhance quality of life in the Keweenaw.
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Click in the "Resources" tab or the "Autism Information" tab to access valuable resoruce information as well as some of the most recent information on autism specrum disorders.
We continue to provide information on news that we find in the media regarding autism and its treatments, but our readers are encourged to use thier own judgment on the contents.
Opinions and articles republished here are not necessarily the opinions of Copper Country Autism Awareness
Information for caretakers and professionals
AVAILABLE THROUGH COPPER COUNTRY MENTAL HEALTH SERVING BARAGA, HOUGHTON,
KEWEENAW AND ONTONAGON COUNTIES
What is the Autism Benefit?
It is a benefit to provide intensive ABA interventions for children 18 months through 5 years with the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children must have either Medicaid or
What is ABA?
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a scientific approach to changing behavior and teaching skills and is internationally recommended for children with autism. With ABA, skills are taught in small steps with many opportunities to practice, and positive reinforcement is used contingently to motivate the child to improve skills and reduce problem
behaviors. ABA programs include high levels of data collection to demonstrate progress. Each child’s program is custom‐designed to meet the needs of the family and learning style of the child.
What are some Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders?
• Limited social interaction and/or communication
• Flapping of hands
• Rocking of the body
• Sensory sensitivities
• Repetitive behaviors both physical and verbal
• Avoiding eye contact
• Doesn’t respond to name
(This is not a complete list nor for the purpose of diagnosing.)
Who is eligible through Copper Country Mental Health?
How is ABA delivered?
ABA through Copper Country Mental Health’s Autism benefit consists of about 5 to 20 hours per week of one‐to‐one individualized instruction and engagement activities. This can take place either in the home or in an office setting.
Who can make a referral?
A referral can come from family, school, primary care doctor, or any other source.
Several assessments will be administered by Copper Country Mental Health and the final diagnosis confirmed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
What happens after the testing?
If an Autism Spectrum Disorder is confirmed there will be further testing to determine the intensity of services required. This can range from 5-20 hours per week depending on the medical necessity. There will be an opportunity for additional supports and services through Copper Country Mental Health.
To Begin the Referral Process Call the NorthCare Network at:
We are proud to have been able to help support our local school districts by awarding grants of $400 each to the Dollar Bay/Tamarack City Schools, Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools and Adams Township School to allow them to purshase items for their efforts to support children with autism spectrum disorders in their special education classrooms.
We will once again be offering grants to all our local schools again in the fall of 2015.
You can help us by supporting Copper Country Autism Awareness' School Support Program: You can mail donations to Copper Country Autism Awareness, 118 2nd Street, #201, Lake Linden, MI 49945
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Parents of children with autism are not looking for sympathy, but hope for understanding. The next time you see a child "misbehaving" in Walmart or the super market, this may not be a "bad" child or a "bad" parent, but it just may be a child with autism who has had a "meltdown" because of over stimulation caused by the number of people, the lights, the noise or all of these things that can be so overwhelming to a child with autism. Don't judge, don't feel sorry, just be understanding!
Persons with autism may possess the following characteristics in various combinations and in varying degrees of severity.