Resources for Special Needs Children: Programs in Detroit

Parents of children with special needs can find various services within the city of Detroit and the surrounding area.


Finding services for your child with special needs can be challenging. But, if you live in Detroit, there are various programs and resources nearby to help your child with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs, which we’ve listed here. Also included in this list are various programs offering occupational therapy for children with special needs – and other services like counseling, therapy and other mental health services in Detroit, Michigan and very close by.

Costs vary, so be sure to check with the center of your choice for details and health insurance coverage information.

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan

  • Address: 3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-745-KIDS (5437)

The experts at Children’s Hospital of Michigan specialize in treating children and can aid kids with a variety of special needs, including those with physical and mental health disabilities. Specialties include autism, communication disorders, epilepsy, speech and language pathology and audiology, rehabilitation services, psychiatry and psychology – plus much more.

Futures Health Core, LLC

  • Address: 3101 S. Gulley Road, Suite F, Dearborn
  • Phone: 734-407-2500

This group offers speech, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition assessment, applied behavioral analysis under direction of certified BCBA and more for those ages 0-18.

Judson Center’s Autism Connections

  • Ann Arbor: 2935 Birch Hollow Drive; 734-528-2003
  • Royal Oak: 4410 W. 13 Mile Road; 248-837-2047

Here, families have access to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy), family support, like counseling for the entire family, social skills groups and summer programs. ASD diagnosis required for some services.

Judson Center’s Mental Health Services

  • Address: 12200 E. 13 Mile Road, Suite 200, Warren
  • Phone: 586-573-1810

Check into the outpatient mental health services here if your child has a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. In-home and outpatient treatment is offered.

Neighborhood Services Organization Life Choices

  • Address: 8600 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-875-7601

Children with developmental disabilities and their family can connect with Life Choices to find resources, gain support and take advantage of its services. Therapy, evaluation, a summer program, art therapy and more are available.

New Center Community Services

  • Address: 2051 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-961-3200

Offers mental and behavioral health services for adults and children.

Northeast Guidance Center – Eli Z. Rubin Children’s Wellness Center

  • Address: 20303 Kelly Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-308-1400

Live on Detroit’s east side? Is your child in need of mental health services such as evaluation, therapy or medication management? You’ll find help here.

Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center

  • Address: Beaumont Children’s Center for Human Development, 30503 Greenfield Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-691-4744 (Center for Human Development Front Desk)

Families will find ABA therapy plus multidisciplinary assessments for developmental, behavioral and learning disorders. Counseling and academic tutoring are also offered. The center uses a family-focused approach, stressing partnerships between specialists and parents.

The Children’s Center

  • Address: 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-831-5535

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, behavioral health services, psychiatric care and therapy for families with a child with autism. Intervention includes applied behavior analysis, behavioral therapy help, parent education and training.

The Guidance Center

  • Address: 13101 Allen Road, Southgate (plus other locations throughout Wayne County)
  • Phone: 734-785-7700

If you live in Wayne County, check out this organization’s many programs, including mental and behavioral health services. These services are for adults and children of all ages with emotional and behavioral challenges. Plus, you’ll find services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and more.

The Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

  • Addresses:
    • Henry Ford Medical Center – Southfield: 22777 W. 11 Mile Road, Southfield
    • Henry Ford Medical Center – Cottage: 159 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms
    • Henry Ford Medical Center – Hamtramck: 9100 Brombach St.,Hamtramck
    • Henry Ford Medical Center – New Center One: 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit (Medical Home clinic offering primary care services for children with disabilities and special health care needs, including autism spectrum disorder)
  • Phone: 313-916-4665

Find a wealth of services for your child with autism at this center, which is certified by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a Center of Excellence for diagnosis of ASD. Find ABA therapy for kids 18 months to 17 years old, an early intervention program for ages 8 months to 6 years and Behavior Support Consultation Program and social skills programming for kids 7-17 years old. Plus, find on-site speech and language therapy, medication clinics, Parent-Child Intervention Treatment for kids 2-7 years old, counseling, mental health and sexual health education services. Families have access to information on resources and advocacy services.

Wayne Center

  • Address: 100 River Place Drive, Suite 250, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-871-2337

Both youth and adults can join group therapy, family support and more at this Detroit center.

This guide was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2017.