Pieces of Wonder (POW) Center for Behavior Services ribbon cutting

Lou Giramma (IPPI CEO), Sandy Chilton – (MD State Dir.), Kristen Colyer – (MD Dir. Children’s Services), Mike Chater (IPPI Board Chair).

On Wednesday, June 12th, Mid-Atlantic Human Service Corporation opened the Pieces of Wonder (POW) Center for Behavior Services. The center will offer early interventions for children up to the age of six who have received a diagnosis of autism and have been recommended for intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services.

At Wednesday’s open house and ribbon cutting, nearly 100 people visited the center, touring treatment rooms, learning about the services offered and hearing from agency leadership about its vision for the work ahead.

POW Center is the first of its kind in Harford County and will provide access to families and children who would not otherwise have access to these types of services. “Our staff will help our children learn to talk and communicate, learn life skills like going to the bathroom and getting dressed, social skills such as making and playing with friends,” said Kristen Colyer, Director of Children Services for Mid Atlantic Human Service. “We’re going to transform the lives of the children that we serve and I’m proud to be a part of that service.”

Mid-Atlantic Human Service Corporation is a division of The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI), which provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities and other special needs in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont.

“Our mission is to build strong communities by empowering individuals, and I can’t think of a better way to build community than to work with kids so that they can grow to be healthy, powerful adults,” said Lou Giramma, IPPI CEO. “It is the foundation and building blocks of any community. This is a momentous occasion.”

View the Grand Opening Photo Album here

To learn more about the Pieces of Wonder Center for Behavior Services, visit www.ippi.org/powcenter 

About Mid Atlantic Human Service Corporation, a division of The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc.

The mission of The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) is to build strong communities by empowering individuals. For more than three decades IPPI, a non-profit human service agency based in Vermont, has provided treatment and supports to people living with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout New England and Maryland. For more information, visit www.ippi.org