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The Autism Parent's Bucket List

The Autism Parent's Bucket List

Metro Parent's March list of 101 things every child should do or learn before they grow up didn't cut it for parents of autistic children. Here's an amended list for parents raising a child with autism.

April 2013
Making Southeast Michigan Attractions More Autism Friendly

Making Southeast Michigan Attractions More Autism Friendly

How can we make everyday places and people more hospitable? The Autism Alliance of Michigan is teaming with The Henry Ford – and, it hopes, others – to help make this happen for kids.

April 2013
Chickens and Autism: How 'Goldie' Helps a Michigan Teen

Chickens and Autism: How 'Goldie' Helps a Michigan Teen

With the help of a feathered friend, Alair Bergman of Ortonville, Mich. has overcome autism symptoms, written a book and plans for a bright future.

April 2013
4th Wall Theatre Company Gives Spotlight to Special Needs Kids

4th Wall Theatre Company Gives Spotlight to Special Needs Kids

A mobile southeast Michigan troupe offers theater as therapy – and a chance to thrive – for children with autism, Down syndrome and more.

April 2013
Shakespeare Against Cancer Helping Sick Children

Shakespeare Against Cancer Helping Sick Children

This local theater group entertains southeast Michigan kids battling cancer with special in-hospital performances.

April 2013
Kaufman Children's Center Sensory Gym for Kids with Special Needs

Kaufman Children's Center Sensory Gym for Kids with Special Needs

Swings, zip lines, a rock wall and quiet nooks are designed to help children with sensory challenges. Explore a new feature at this West Bloomfield therapy resource.

March 2013
Raising Special Needs Children, Tips from a Veteran Metro Detroit Mom

Raising Special Needs Children, Tips from a Veteran Metro Detroit Mom

Annie Lubliner of West Bloomfield has an adult son, Jonah, who has autism. Here are her eight key tips for any parents who have kids with special needs.

December 2012
Walnut Lake Preschool and Development Kindergarten in West Bloomfield Helps Special Needs Kids

Walnut Lake Preschool and Development Kindergarten in West Bloomfield Helps Special Needs Kids

An Oakland County school is pioneering a unique approach to teaching children with developmental disorders in southeast Michigan.

October 2012
The Promise of Cord Blood for Kids with Special Needs

The Promise of Cord Blood for Kids with Special Needs

Stem cells could offer a better life for some children, like a little girl with cerebral palsy here in southeast Michigan. Will more families explore the possibilities?

April 2012
Dads Dealing with a Special Needs Diagnosis in their Kids

Dads Dealing with a Special Needs Diagnosis in their Kids

It's tough for any parent – but for fathers, it can be even tougher to accept, cope and feel hope. Some local dads share their stories and offer insights.

December 2011
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