Parent Training Classes: Responding to Challenging Behavior in the Home – an ABA perspective

Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, will offer a training course over 3 weekly classes for free this month. The training will deal with How to Respond to Challenging Behavior in the Home. 

Individuals with autism may engage in challenging behavior as way to communicate everyday wants and needs. In the home, this can be particularly challenging for parents and caregivers to respond to effectively. The goal of this training is to teach parents how to identify, describe, and understand the challenging behaviors their children engage in. More importantly, parents will learn some basic strategies for how to respond to these behaviors in the moment while teaching appropriate placement behaviors.

1st class: November 7th, 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
2nd class: November 14th, 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
3rd class: November 28th, 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Glenwood’s Avondale ABA building. 
3721 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222

For parents and caretakers of children with behavioral issues. 

How to Sign Up:
RSVP with Mary-Kate Carey by calling (205) 970-1263.


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Glenwood Receives CARF Accreditation

Glenwood receives important accreditation

We are honored to share that Glenwood’s accreditation with CARF International has been renewed for three years. Maintaining a CARF-accredited status is an important part of Glenwood’s commitment to providing quality services and enhancing the lives of the people we serve. 

The Three-Year CARF Accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization.  To receive this acknowledgement, Glenwood was part of a rigorous peer review process. During an on-site visit our staff demonstrated our commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. Founded in 1966, CARF International accrediting establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. ​

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Montgomery Run for Autism 2018

Register for October 20 Run for AutismReady to get moving for a great cause? Glenwood’s Montgomery campus will hold its seventh annual Run for Autism on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Glenwood is Alabama’s leading autism service provider, with state-wide services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Proceeds from the 2018 Run for Autism will help provide developmental screenings, psychological assessments, and speech and language therapy to children in the Montgomery and Central Alabama area.

The race will begin at the Glenwood office located at 2361 Fairlane Drive, Montgomery, AL. The 5K Run ($25) will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk ($10) will start at 9 a.m. Don’t feel like waking up early on Saturday? Sign up for the sleep-in option for $25 and rest easy knowing you are helping children with autism in Alabama. Click here to register. The first 200 participants will receive a T-shirt.

Support and race day services will be provided by The River Region Runners.

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It is said that “a journey begins with a single step.” One huge journey that begins with one such step is bringing a child into the world. When you learn that your child has autism spectrum disorder or a mental health concern, it becomes a journey for which the entire family needs a great deal of support.

We thank our donors for joining us in making the journey a better one for families touched by autism and mental health issues. Supporting The Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood gives life-changing care and hope to more and more families.

Donors made it possible for us to exceed our $10,000,000 goal. Much more important than any campaign number, though, are the people behind the number – people who are living – and going to live – better lives because of community support.

Earlier this year, Capstone Collegiate Communities completed three houses for individuals with autism on Glenwood’s campus off Sicard Hollow Road. Those beautiful houses on serene Turkey Foot Lake have now become home to 16 people who are enjoying the peaceful surroundings immensely.

This summer, in collaboration with United Methodist Children’s Home, eight children moved into our first off-campus children’s residence, Overton Home. And in Irondale, six women are now enjoying two community homes.

Overton Home

The heart of our campaign is coming to life with the purchase of three buildings to expand our services. Our new Glenwood Avondale campus is where we will provide evaluations, diagnosis, speech and occupational therapies and host our in-home services team.  Here we will also offer ABA (applied behavior analysis) services.

ABA is currently the most utilized therapy for autism in the country. ABA is an evidence-based therapy to improve social behavior. ABA therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation of a child’s skills and current environment. Based on scientific methods, therapists help to develop new skills, shape and refine previously learned skills, and decrease socially significant problem behaviors.

ABA Services-Avondale

Heating and air have been added to our gymnasium and the pool has been resurfaced at the original campus. These are both important aspects of the health, wellness and the physical development of – and the social interaction and recreation time of – our students and residents.

Other projects made possible by the capital campaign include:

  • A memorial garden created near Harper Chapel.
  • Space for our Human Resources Department.
  • Start-up expenses for our Montgomery campus.
  • In Huntsville, Journey Academy’s educational programs for adults with autism or other behavioral health needs. Here, adults participate in programs focusing on the development of daily living, social, vocational and technical skills.
  • A vocational rehab program on Birmingham’s southside called Journey Academy Birmingham. Adults here receive aid in community-based living and vocational skills. They also have the opportunity for job training and coaching at this location.

Journey Academy Birmingham

Donors have recently helped us secure a matching donation from The Daniel Foundation to work on the Community Center and a few other important campaign projects. Projects have begun including:

  • An Arts Center – A visual and performing arts center will broaden and enrich the experience of people with ASD and other mental and behavioral concerns. An Arts Center can also help therapists address social and sensory concerns with those we serve.
  • Much needed renovations to some of our older residential facilities.
  • Long overdue renovations to our camping facilities.
  • Improvements at our new Avondale campus, including plans for a preschool, with an indoor playground/gymnasium, to serve more children and be a demonstration site where others can learn to work with children with autism.

Outpatient Services-Avondale

Early intervention is the key to improved outcomes for young children on the autism spectrum. The vision for our Avondale campus is that more children than ever before will receive outpatient diagnostic services, speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy and preschool services at this one location and parents will receive training and support. It will serve as a training site for Universities in the areas of Education, Psychology, Nursing, Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Public Health.

We are thankful for the support of so many donors that have helped provide hope to families on this important journey.

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Save the Date for Big Top 2019

The date has been set for A Night Under the Big Top! For 15 years, Glenwood’s Junior Board has hosted this premiere event to benefit children with autism. Over 700 guests are expected each year and are treated to an evening of entertainment at The Club in Homewood.

Enjoy live music, a delicious menu, complimentary beer and wine, and an extensive silent auction. The event is best known for the silent disco where guests dance the night away as they overlook the Birmingham skyline.

Funds raised by this event directly support children with autism. Your support helps provide diagnosis, treatment, early-intervention, education programs, and in some cases, full-time residential care. Treatment is focused on each individual’s needs including assistance in behavior management, communication skills, social skills, and daily living activities to help them increase their independence.

Stay Tuned for more details and ticket purchasing information. For sponsorship opportunities contact:


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Glenwood Lecture: The Neurological Basis of Autism

Glenwood invites staff and families touched by autism to attend a FREE lecture where Dr. Daniel Marson will present the field’s current understanding of autism as a neurobiological disorder.

Dr. Marson has lecture nationally and internationally and published over 130 papers, handbooks, and book chapters. Dr. Marson brings a unique perspective because of his personal and professional interest in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He and his wife Beverly’s oldest child, Tyler, has autism and an intellectual disability and is served by Glenwood.

The event is FREE, but your RSVP is required. RSVP to 205-795-3268 or

Event Details:
Friday, September 28
Glenwood Staff: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Families: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Glenwood Main Campus
Harper Chapel
150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242

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Glenwood Partners with Planet Fundraiser

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Planet Fundraiser, a free mobile app designed to help you give back without changing your routine or budget! Simply make everyday purchases at businesses listed in the app, submit a picture of your receipt & we’ll receive a percentage of the total. That’s it! Participating merchants include: Piggly Wiggly, Shipt, Johnny Rockets Summit Location, Jimmy Johns, Yogurt Mountain, Urban Cookhouse, and MORE.

Your participation will help support our ongoing efforts at GLENWOOD. Text “RAISE” to 444-999 to download the app or find it in the App store. Select GLENWOOD as your group of choice. Download the app and submit your first receipt today!

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Autism Rate Changes to 1 in 59

A new report was released from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report estimates that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new figure represents a 15% increase from the previous estimate of 1 in 68. The report is based on a study conducted from 2014 of 8-year-olds diagnosed with ASD in 11 communities across the nation that make up the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM).

“The CDC launched the ADDM in 2000 to collect data that would provide estimates of the prevalence of ASD and other developmental disabilities. The agency laid the groundwork for the network in 1996, when it developed a methodology for estimating autism prevalence using information from children’s health and education records.”

Some of the factors explaining variations across the network include “differences in policies that affect access to services and differences in how children are screened, evaluated and diagnosed in those communities,” shares Daisy Christensen, co-author of the new report.

In response to the report, The Autism Society shared that “while much of the nation’s discussion has been on what has caused the increase, unfortunately little was discussed about the needs of all impacted by autism. Little has been mentioned about the growing disparity in accessing services based on income.”

Glenwood is a leader in serving families impacted by autism, yet there’s still so much to do. There are many ways you can help through donations, planned giving or volunteering. Contact Linda Baker at to learn how you can make a difference.

Click here to learn more about the report from the CDC.

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Glenwood Art on Display in Montgomery

On Thursday, May 24th, the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) hosted a reception for artists featured in their annual art exhibit. The month-long showcase featured artists that battle mental health issues who use art as a way to cope with their daily struggles.

Three individuals served by Glenwood collaborated on an art piece titled “Capstone” that was featured at the event. Their art was created to celebrate The Hope Cottages that were built in partnership with Capstone Collegiate Communities and opened on Glenwood’s campus earlier this year. When ADMH Commissioner Lynn Beshear toured the homes and saw the art, she asked if it could be included in the May showcase.

Art can provide freedom of expression and offers release for individuals with autism and other mental health challenges. The art that was created was truly inspiring.

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Dancing the Day Away

On Saturday, May 19, individuals served by Glenwood and the Arc of Central Alabama enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and live music at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church. For the 11th year, Liberty Crossings hosted the dance for adults with autism and special needs served by these area organizations.

Adults with autism share the common human goals of being respected members of the community, participating in activities of interest, maintaining valuable relationships while living as independently as possible. The partnership between Liberty Crossings, Glenwood and The Arc of Central Alabama furthers the mission of these organizations, by giving the individuals served an opportunity to grow their friendships while enjoying fun and laughter.

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