Learn to swim with LOGAN

Just in time for spring break, LOGAN Child & Adolescent Services will be offering free group swimming lessons at the YMCA in South Bend for children already enrolled in services. Taught by certified swim instructors, the classes begin Feb. 26 and continue for seven weeks. A staff person from LOGAN will assist with the lessons, and additional lifeguards will be on duty. Two classes will be offered, Swim Starters for 2- and 3-year-olds and Swim Basics for 3- to 12-year-olds. In Swim Starters, toddlers will learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness. A parent must go in the...

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New series of autism Social Skills groups starts in January

Three new, age-specific, social skills groups begin in January at the LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Southwest Michigan. The groups will meet one day a week for a total of six weeks at the center, 1651 E. Nickerson Avenue, Benton Harbor The cost is $10 per session or $55 for the six-week series. Please make checks payable to LOGAN Center. Two separate groups for adolescents Two of the groups will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning January 14, 2020. Additional dates for these two groups will be Jan. 21, 28; and February 2, 11, and 18. The intermediate group will be geared for...

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Adaptive Dance classes offered this fall

Got a dancer in your family? Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance & Music will be offering new Adaptive Dance classes on Saturdays this fall. The classes, geared to students with autism or Down syndrome, will provide such benefits as balance, coordination, rhythm, body awareness, socialization, focus and self-confidence — all through the fun of dance. Antonette Patino will teach the classes. In addition to her dance training, Antonette worked previously in an autism center. She also is working toward a degree in Special Education at IUSB. Dance class details The first session will run for...

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Sign up today for September Medicaid Waiver Workshop

Got questions about the Medicaid Waiver? We’ve got answers! Get your questions answered at a Medicaid Waiver Workshop coming up September 4 at LOGAN Center. The workshop, presented by Kacy Hopper, Support Coordinator Autism Society of Indiana, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but you must pre-register. Click here to pre-register. Frequently asked questions What is it? Why do we need it? How will it help my child? How do I get it? Add your questions to the list, and come to the workshop so we can answer them for you. And that’s not all. We’ll also provide...

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LOGAN All-Stars take the field

LOGAN Night at Four Winds Field coming up August 13 It’s time once again for the LOGAN All-Stars to take the field with the South Bend Cubs. On Monday, August 13, join staff and volunteers at 4 p.m. to watch this annual exhibition game. Then, stay to see the South Bend Cubs take on the Lake County Captains. The exhibition game is free, but you must have a ticket for the evening game. Thanks to generous sponsors, LOGAN employees who signed up in advance get free admission to watch the South Bend Cubs play Lake County. Friends and family may purchase tickets at the Box Office. “This is...

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How do parents decide which therapy options to pursue?

Parents needed for new research project studying how they choose A professor at the University of Michigan-Flint seeks parents or primary caregivers of children with autism to participate in a new research project studying the way parents make therapy decisions. “The purpose of the study is to contribute to the understanding of the deliberation processes of parents when selecting among the large number of therapy options available for their child,” said Dr. Jami L. Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics at the University of Michigan-Flint....

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New division formed to better serve children and teens

Child & Adolescent Services at LOGAN LOGAN has changed the way it delivers services to children and teens by forming a new division, Child & Adolescent Services at LOGAN. Seven very successful programs, including Autism Services and First Steps, have been realigned as a single group and placed under the direction of Dr. Joshua John Diehl, Chief Program Officer – Child & Adolescent Services. “We are so excited to bring all the services we offer to children and teens together,” said Dr. Diehl. “This will lead to a better integration of services across different...

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Starlite Ball to benefit Sonya Ansari Center for Autism

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. The 15th Annual Starlite Ball on May 5 at The Century Center will be an event unlike any other. Again this year, proceeds from the ball will generously benefit The Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN Center and Global Art Vision. “We are honored to be chosen as one of the two beneficiaries of this outstanding event,” said Jill Langford, Chief Development Officer for LOGAN. “We are especially appreciative of the Ansari Charitable Foundation Inc., the presenting sponsor for the Starlite Ball,...

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15 ways to support LOGAN Autism Services in April & May

The blue spotlight is shining on LOGAN Autism Services during Autism Awareness Month. From give backs at local restaurants to  a walk and a bowling event, we’ve packed the calendar with fun ways to support LOGAN Autism Services. Here are 15 ways you can get involved:   1. Outreach program Behavior Strategies 6:30 p.m. April 23 LOGAN Center, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd. Learn how to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the home and in public settings. Britany Melton, MEd, BCBA, Clinical Director- Indiana, for LOGAN Autism Services, will review basic behavioral strategies for children and...

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“Shark attack!” inspires #GivingTuesday campaign

Beckett Murray loves taking his shoes off and running around barefoot. Staff at the autism center he attends asked his mom to bring in some slippers, to keep his toes warm. She brought in his favorite pair, plush gray shark slippers, with a gaping red, toothy mouth. Soon after, the shark attacks began. Whenever staff spotted Beckett, they’d playfully call out, “Shark attack!” and Beckett would pounce with his slippers. “That connection he had with all the people, the staff, that was a major connection for him,” said his adoptive mom, Cathy Murray. Beckett’s personality...

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