Living With Autism Workshop Resources + Support

Raising or caring for a child with autism is filled with joys — and challenges. The right resources can be difficult to pin down and, when you find the right path, financing it is often another big hurdle. Offering help and hope to parents and professionals like you is at the heart of the Living With Autism Workshop, a long-running annual event sponsored by Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System. Our goal is providing support to families in southeast Michigan and beyond. On this page, we bring those resources right to you, including local organizations and educational articles to guide you on your journey.


Local Autism Resources + Support

When it comes to kids with autism, it truly takes a village to make progress. These organizations throughout southeast Michigan and beyond are ready to be part of your circle and help you understand your options and next steps. Click on each to see what it offers.

Aim High School

This private special needs middle and high school in Farmington Hills, Michigan, specializes in teaching students with Asperger's syndrome and similar learning styles.

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Discover this nonprofit dedicated to supporting the entire lifespan of those touched by autism. Explore its free Navigator professional consultations, training, advocacy and more.

Early Autism Services

Experience the passion clinicians bring to helping children with autism thrive at this Troy-based center.

Gateway Pediatric Therapy

Find out more about best-in-class ABA therapy at this Bingham Farms, Michigan-based provider, which offers eight (soon-to-be nine) locations in metro Detroit.

Healing Haven

This behavioral health and autism therapy provider in Madison Heights, Michigan, works with kids 2-16 and their families, focused on a natural and holistic approach to ABA therapy.

Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

This comprehensive center offers a variety of assessment and intervention options for children from birth through adolescence, including diagnostic, intervention and support services.

Judson Center

Get to know this nonprofit human service agency offering a range of services for autism and much more at five convenient locations in southeast Michigan.

Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor & Autism Treatment

Discover this award-winning West Bloomfield, Michigan, special needs clinic, known for center- and home-based ABA programs, therapeutic classrooms and much more.

MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy

With nine locations in southeast Michigan, this accessible network of centers offers integrated therapy services for children including pediatrics for ages 2-10.

Spark Center for Autism LLC

See how lives are changing as a result of the therapies used at this Farmington Hills, Michigan, center, which serves 18 months-10 years and offers ABA therapy, speech therapy and summer camp.

Special Education Mediation Services

Learn more about the free services available at this Lansing, Michigan-based organization, including dispute resolution services and communication training in special education.

STAR Behavior Consultants

This Shelby Township, Michigan, provider creates a positive learning environment for children and families with a multidisciplinary approach to teaching skills to enhance the quality of a child’s life.

University Pediatricians Autism Center

Learn more about the family-focused treatment at this clinic, located in Clinton Township and Novi, Michigan, specializing in high-quality ABA treatment and offering school readiness for ages 0-21.

Learn More About Autism and Children

Here at Metro Parent, we’re passionate about providing parents with the tools they need to make their lives a little easier and more fun — and that includes families with autism. Explore some of our articles that provide support, perspective and a bit of adventure, too.

Sensory-Friendly Events and Accessible Play in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Enjoy a fun day in a quieter and calmer atmosphere.

Tips on Enjoying Amusement Parks with Kids with Autism

Some theme parks, like Cedar Point, Kings Island and Michigan's Adventure, offer programs to help families of kids with autism. Learn about them and discover tips on how to prepare for your child's day.

Fidget Toys for Older Kids With Autism and Sensory Challenges

It can be tough to keep your mind on task when your body wants to stay in motion. These fidget toys for older kids help teens and tweens keep on track.

Helping Kids With Autism Cope With Schedule Disruptions

The owner and director of the Spark Center for Autism offers advice on helping kids with autism cope with schedule disruptions caused by COVID-19.

What Should You Do if You Suspect Your Child Has Autism?

Kerry Peterson of Kaufman Children's Center in West Bloomfield offers advice.

The Autism Parent’s Bucket List

There's so much to experience in childhood, but autism can change the equation. Here, a mom offers her autism parent's bucket list of 41 wishes for her son.

The Power of Words

Is it more appropriate to use person-first or diagnosis-first language? We spoke to some experts to find out which is preferred.

Top Autism Centers in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Find the top autism centers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for support, autism resources and education.

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