Great Lakes Center

Great Lakes Center

The new Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research is the first of its kind in Michigan and is home to two of the Center’s programs. The Center teamed with Western Michigan University’s Department of Psychology to design the facility, to treat children, and to study the results.

  • The Residential Program is the only one of its kind in Michigan. The Center can temporarily house up to twelve children. Doctors and staff will help them develop skills they’ll use in home & community environments.
  • The Heersma Outpatient Clinic provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapies, as well as occupational, physical, and speech therapies to children with autism and a variety of disabilities.

Originally a Moose Lodge, Kingscott completely remodeled the building to meet the exacting program needs. Special design features include:

  • Finishes and space configuration to minimize noise levels and create a comforting environment; Materials and furniture that ensure durability and safety; Colors and lighting levels that are calming
  • Observation and work areas for one-on-one therapy and research in Private bedrooms in pods allows groupings by age, gender, or
  • Behavioral challenges to maximize care and comfort
  • Motor skills area for physical activity and a special education classroom