CHIP program helps family with autistic children

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – When the Coleman family's first child was diagnosed with autism, they were not sure where to turn.

After searching for help, they found the Clinic Home Intensive Program, or CHIP program developed through Mercy Autism Services. The program uses clinical therapies with home-based consultation to help pre-school aged children cope and live with autism.

Michelle Coleman and Sylvester Coleman took their son Zion to the program.

"He had limited language.  He was very rigid and structured.  He didn't like changes to his routine.  He did not like to accept direction from anyone else," said Michelle Nagel a Clinic Coordinator with the program.

Through CHIP's intensive therapies Zion began to improve.  So when the Coleman's second child, Amira, was diagnosed with autism they knew exactly what to do.

"Because of our affiliation with CHIP through the Children's Miracle Network we already knew what we were going to do.  We didn't have to go through the whole process of searching and looking and hoping that we were going to find people who were passionate about dealing with Autistic children," said Michelle Coleman.

And with one on one attention and a focus on Amira's customized program she is also making progress.

The Coleman's say the help CHIP has provided them in invaluable.

"I used to be so worried and stressed that if I left, what kind of shape would he be in?  And now I know without a doubt that him and our daughter...they're going to be fine," said Sylvester Coleman.

To learn more about the work of Children's Miracle Network, tune in to the WTOL11 Children's Miracle Network Telethon Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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