Special Needs Resources Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Southeast Michigan Parents of children with special needs can plan ahead for fun activities, sensory-friendly movie showings and more that are tailored to meet their needs. « Previous Metro Parent Editorial • June 19, 2017 Read Comments (15) Total: 223 210 2 4 2 2 3 There are always plenty of fun activities going on around southeast Michigan for kids and families to enjoy. But sometimes it’s nice for children with special needs to have an event that’s designed just for them – from sensory-friendly movie showings to a chance to try something new in a more patient, supportive environment. Parents can also benefit from workshops, support meetings and other events geared toward moms and dads of children with special needs. That’s why we’ve compiled this list featuring some great upcoming special needs events for kids and their parents. Take a peek at these activities for people with special needs and their families. Interested in adding an upcoming special needs event in southeast Michigan to this roundup – or to our events calendar? We’d love to know! Just email us all the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the event on our calendar page. Just a word of advice: Some events may require pre-registration. Click on the calendar listing for the event and get details on pre-registering and how to contact the organizer for more details. PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library June 20, 2017 Address: 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights Time: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays Cost: Free Trained therapy dogs don’t judge or interrupt. That’s why they visit the library and sit with kids as they practice their reading skills. Sensory-Friendly Movies for Adults and Teens at the Bloomfield Township Public Library June 23, 2017 Address: 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township Time: 11 a.m.-noon Cost: Free Adults and teens with special needs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour-long documentary in a stress-free environment with the lights up and the sound down. No registration needed. AMC Sensory-Friendly Films: Cars 3 June 24, 2017 Address: Forum 30 (44681 Mound, Sterling Heights), Star Gratiot 21 (35705 South Gratiot, Clinton Township), Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Road, Livonia) Time: Contact theater for times Cost: Ticket prices vary People with autism can get up, talk and move during these movies. Today, see Cars 3 (G). Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsilanti June 24, 2017 Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Time: 9-11 a.m. Cost: $10/resident, $13/non-residents EMU’s Autism Collaborative Center and Rolling Hills County Park host this annual swim for kids and adults on the autism spectrum. Sensory-Friendly Saturday at the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn June 24, 2017 Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $13.25-$18 Kids on the with sensory needs or who are on the autism spectrum can take a sensory-friendly tour of the Ford Rouge Factory. Emagine Autism-Friendly Movies & Fun: Despicable Me 3 July 1, 2017 Address: Emagine Novi (44425 12 Mile Road), Rochester (200 Barclay Circle), and Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave.) Time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Cost: Contact for details People with autism can see new flicks in a safe, understanding environment. Today, see Despicable Me 3 (PG). Kids with autism can see new flicks in a safe, understanding environment. On June 17, see Cars 3 (G). On July 1, see Despicable Me 3 (PG). See Spider-Man: Homecoming* (PG-13) on July 15 and The Emoji Movie on Aug. 5. PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library July 11, 2017 Address: 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights Time: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays Cost: Free Trained therapy dogs don’t judge or interrupt. That’s why they visit the library and sit with kids as they practice their reading skills. Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness at Lotus One Yoga Studio in New Baltimore July 13, 2017 Address: 35700 Green Street, New Baltimore Time: 3:30 p.m. Thursday Cost: $40 These playful classes for ages 2-5 combine yoga poses with engaging yoga adventures, songs and games that exercise sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility, stimulating self-expression and building social skills. Speech-Language Presentation at Babies ‘R Us in Sterling Heights July 13, 2017 Address: 12050 Hall Road, Sterling Heights Time: 7 p.m. Thursday Cost: Free Find out about developmental milestones and how to help develop your child’s communication skills with everyday, play-based activities. Emagine Autism-Friendly Movies & Fun: Spider-Man: Homecoming July 15, 2017 Address: Emagine Novi (44425 12 Mile Road), Rochester (200 Barclay Circle), and Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave.) Time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Cost: Contact for details People with autism can see new flicks in a safe, understanding environment. Today, see Spider-Man: Homecoming* (PG-13).