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posted: 5/2/2014 7:48 AM

The Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

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  • Innovations Academy staff participate in Autism Awareness month by wearing their many "Wishes."Ann Johnson

    Innovations Academy staff participate in Autism Awareness month by wearing their many "Wishes."Ann Johnson

Rick Karmik

Within the Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System we are continually striving to provide evidence based, effective treatment and HOPE (Healthy Opportunities within a Peaceful Environment) for children with Autism and their families. Within our continuum of care -- Inpatient Hospitalization, Partial Hospitalization Program, Innovations Academy Therapeutic Day School, and Outpatient Services - we work closely with families, schools, and their communities to teach the skills necessary to effectively transition and support the child within his or her home environment.

Autism Awareness Month came as an exciting time within SBHS as we celebrated our successful efforts in providing support to children with Autism and their families and increasing awareness of the great need for effective services for this growing population. On our Behavior Intervention Unit -- Autism Spectrum Program --we decorated our unit with puzzle pieces and Autism Awareness artwork created by our patients and had a "Blue Day" where all staff wore something blue to represent Autism Awareness. Within our Innovations Academy Therapeutic Day School and Partial Hospitalization Program, we also had a "Blue Day" and incorporated "National Wish Day" as staff wished for many positive things including the wish for happy, healthy and successful lives for our students on the Autism spectrum. Other related efforts within SBHS is the putting together of a team for the upcoming BADASS Dash™ promoting Autism Awareness and encouraging staff and visitors to order items from the Sevenly™ website where portions of proceeds go to various charities including Autism awareness and support organizations.

In order to continue developing more effective treatment and supportive interventions, we have integrated a scanner based data collection system within Innovations Academy (and soon on our Behavior Intervention Unit) that efficiently compliments the already existing commitment to objective behavior measurement. We also continue to build working relationships with area universities and community agencies to further our program development and promote awareness for the treatment we provide.

For more information about our Autism programs or our full continuum of behavioral health services, please visit our website at or call 1-800-272-7790.

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