Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

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The Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE) regional hub on Hope’s Children’s Campus is designed to connect people with autism spectrum disorders, along with their families, with services and support systems in the region.  

A partnership between Hope and the AllOne Foundation, a Wilkes-Barre based non-profit organization working to enhance the healthcare delivery system in northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania, the center is one of five Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence serving a 13-county region in northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania. The centers function as regional hubs that identify and address gaps in the existing service delivery network for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

*Now offering Autism Resources in Clinton County at STEP Inc.'s Clinton County Community Center*

 

 


Table Top Role Playing Therapy

Therapeutic Tabletop Role Playing Group (TTRPG) is a therapeutic group that uses tabletop role playing
games to help treat behavioral and mental health issues. Through interaction with other members of the
group and the collaborative story, players can be exposed to a wide variety of situations that aid in
exposure to, creation and rehearsal of strategies to manage situations.

Hope's Autism Resource center (614 W. 4th street, Williamsport)
Weekly meetings to begin remotely in mid-November through May of 2021

Early Transitional Youth (Ages 12-17)
Transitional Youth (Ages 18-24)

Each group will have 6 participants, a trained Game Master, and overseen by a Clinical Therapist. Must have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disability, OR Mental Health Diagnosis and willing to provide IEP’s/diagnosis reports upon request. Participation in this project is considered an extra-curricular and could be added to a resume.

 

For more information about the Autism Collaborative Center of Excellence or TTRPG, contact Emily Camerer, Community Resource Coordinator at 570-772-2491 or visit the Autism Collaborative Center of Excellence website https://www.alloneforautism.org/acce-hubs/index.html.


Early Learning Advocacy Project

For children with ASD, meaningful inclusion in high-quality early learning programs can lay a strong foundation for social communication, self-regulation, critical thinking, and further learning. Children’s brains develop rapidly during these years and are influenced by the experiences they share with their families, teachers, peers, and in their communities. Inclusion in a high-quality early learning program shapes everyday experiences and sets the stage for every child to reach her potential. Studies indicate that including children with disabilities in early education programs where they are exposed to typically developing peers supports learning, developing friendships, facilitating problem-solving skills, and building a community of diversity.

Successful early intervention can lower costs for future special education programming and reduce reliance on public assistance. In partnership with families, high-quality early childhood programs can facilitate experiences that support inclusion and foster learning for children with ASD. Our team is working to develop a learning curriculum that will be available in 2021 to educate providers in central Pennsylvania.