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Autism Center Undergoes Construction

Published June 30, 2014

Autism Center 

Providence Children’s Center, along with their adorable helpers, recently celebrated the construction on their Autism Center, which will be located on the fifth floor of the Pavilion for Women and Children. Set to open in August 2014, this 3,000-square-foot facility will be the first center in Snohomish County designed for children with autism.

“Dreams really do come true,” said Christie Tipton, manager of the Children’s Center.  She and the Providence Autism Center Team are so excited for this new program to officially launch later this summer. The new center will be a three-room facility designed for children and their parents to learn more about autism, helping prepare all of them for the future. “Our philosophy is that to truly affect change and progress, the whole family needs the education and strategies to help their child learn and grow,” Tipton said. The program will allow parents to watch Providence caregivers interact with their children, teaching them classroom skills and basic rules such as taking turns and helping them learn to resolve conflicts.

Darren Redick, vice president of support services, has witnessed the difference the center is already making in the lives of others, and it hasn’t even opened yet. “Last week when we celebrated the start of construction with families, I could see the workers understanding how special this project is,” he said. “This project clearly touches many in our community.”

If you haven’t already, check out this article from the Everett Herald, highlighting the story of just one of many families that will benefit from this new center.