Hockey Hall of Famer and former Detroit Red Wings star helps open new center for children with autism
Jacelyn Krol spends a lot of her time driving her 5-year-old son, Carter, to appointments each day and advocating for his care. Carter is on the autism spectrum. She waited two and half years to hear her son say his first word: cake.
“When we started getting treatment, Carter rarely made eye contact. He couldn’t sit, respond to his name or follow directions,” said Krol who takes her son to Beaumont Children’s Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center.
Now, a $1 million gift to Beaumont Children’s by the Ted Lindsay Foundation is bringing three key services for children and families under one roof.
Parents of children with special needs often make multiple appointments with different doctors, therapists and development experts.
The 12,700 square foot Beaumont Children’s Center – Southfield, located at 30503 Greenfield Road, houses the Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center, pediatric speech-language pathology and the Center for Human Development or CHD. The CHD staff evaluate and treat children who are showing evidence of, or who are at risk of, learning or developmental disorders.
“I am looking forward to seeing how much this new center will help children like Carter. I’m so impressed by the new space and I know the convenience of having all three programs together will make parents’ lives easier and children’s therapy more impactful,” said Ted Lindsay, a Hockey Hall of Famer and former Red Wings star.
Lindsay’s friend, John Czarnecki, inspired the hockey legend to support autism research. Doctors diagnosed Czarnecki’s son, Dominic, with autism.
The new building features more space and treatment rooms for all three Beaumont Children’s services, and parent observation rooms with video monitors. Additional child-size bathrooms near treatment rooms enhance toilet-training programs.
“Not only is there an improved physical flow and better use of space, but we can also observe different services conveniently. Best of all, we will be getting to know one another much better and be able to collaborate on brainstorming new programs,” Lori Warner, Ph.D., director of the HOPE Center and Center for Human Development, said.
Dr. Warner’s work impressed Lindsay when he first met her years ago. “When I saw how much she was able to change children’s lives, I knew we had to help her. These kids deserve the best facility we can create for them,” Lindsay said.
Margaret Cooney Casey, Beaumont Health chief development officer and president of the Beaumont Foundation, added, “Mr. Lindsay’s passion for helping children with autism spectrum disorders inspires all of us. We are so fortunate to partner with the Ted Lindsay Foundation on this wonderful project that will benefit children and families in our community.”
Kroll is now spending less time in her car and more time with her son and team of therapists at the new center. In the past two-and-a-half years, Carter has learned how to point, wear shoes and even use several words. She’s eager to see how much progress Carter will make now that his therapy will be more cohesive in the new center.
“It’s just more minds who are able to help us come up with plans to help our children,” Kroll said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The Michigan Department of Education reports 18,746 students diagnosed with ASD were enrolled in Michigan schools this year and approximately 50,000 individuals living in Michigan have ASD.
To make an appointment at the new center, call: 248-691-4744