FOCUS Center for Autism has a new friend in Heart International of Fukuoka, Japan. On Friday, Aug. 15, FOCUS Center for Autism will host Heart International during the final day of their Summer Social Skills Immersion Program. Founder Chihome Irie and her associates will observe FOCUS Center for Autism's unique clinical Model of Treatment to better understand how to work with children on the Autism Spectrum. "Chihome is very excited to meet those on the Autism Spectrum, as they have interests in Japanese culture," said Alan Looper, alumna of FOCUS Center for Autism. Looper was instrumental in establishing this partnership, as he and Irie have known each other for eight years. During his many visits to Japan, Looper participated in Heart International's Japanese Immersion Camps, which are scheduled activities that introduce the participant to various aspects of Japanese culture. Examples include the traditional tea ceremony, learning martial arts skills, making sushi, and instruction on how to wear a kimono. Looper has brought his experience and knowledge from Heart International to FOCUS's Extended Day Treatment Program, leading activities in calligraphy and making connections with the many children interested in Japanese culture.
FOCUS and Heart International are hoping this initial visit will turn into an international partnership.
Heart International is a Japanese language school specializing in cultural immersion activities that correspond with their teaching curriculum. For more information, visit http://www.heart-international.info.
FOCUS Center for Autism is a grassroots, community based nonprofit whose mission is helping children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum achieve their full potential. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2000, FOCUS has developed into a well respected community-based model of treatment that has now served over 600 children and families. For more information, visit http://www.focuscenterforautism.org or check us out on Facebook.