Summer Programs Assists Children with Autism


The Bruce Awad Summer Program for autistic children is wrapping up for the 36th year.

The six-week program held its annual open house and carnival at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Grade School Thursday.

Autism Services Incorporated runs the program.

President Michelle Helou says the program has 63 clients between the ages of six and 21.

She says there is a waiting list for children to enter the program.

"We have to wait for kids to age out," says Helou.  "When they turn 22 they age out and then spots will open up.  It's a very popular program."

Helou says without the program it would be difficult for children to transition back into the classroom in September.

"With autism they do need the structure," says Helou.  "They need to consistency that is key for them and this is what we try and provide for the families and for the individuals in the program."


The six-week program held its end of the year carnival and open house on August 8, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Rob Hindi)

She says it's her autistic son's last year in the program but she will continue to assist every year.

The carnival included face painting, games, inflatables and a visit from Zoo2You.

The 2019 program wrapped up on Friday.