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Resources for Children With Special Needs in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

If you're a parent seeking resources for children with special needs, you'll find various services in southeast Michigan in our guide.

Girls and Asperger’s Syndrome

Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are being woefully under-identified and under-served by the system. Metro Parent looks into the roots of this diagnostic discrepancy.

Resources and Programs for Adults with Special Needs

There are several resources in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for adults with special needs. Find details here.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism in Kids

One in 68 kids have an autism spectrum disorder. Think this could be your child? Read up on signs of autism in kids, including early signs of autism.

Vaccine Facts vs. Fiction

We've heard the arguments against vaccines, but what are the facts? We break down the arguments to help you better understand vaccines and their importance.

Metro Parent's 2011 Mom Approved Docs

Local parents chose the top pediatricians, kids' dentist and other family doctors in southeastern Michigan. See who made the list – and read comments from local moms and dads!

Talking to Children with Special Needs About Sex

Kids with special needs develop sexual feelings, too. And for them, it's even more important to be open, honest and to tackle 'the talk' early.

Bloomfield Hills-Based Nonprofit Wish Upon a Teen

The group helps local teens with cancer, chronic illness and autism spectrum disorder to have teenage experiences, like making friends and going to events.

Road Map to Special Needs Education

From identifying a disability to setting up your student's Individualized Education Program, here are five steps to get you started.

Special Needs Resources for Families

Check out the following organizations for workshops, services, additional special education information and more.

Intestinal Germs May Impact Autism, According to a Study

Research from Arizona State University found kids with autism have different concentrations of certain bacterial-produced chemicals than those without autism

Easter Seals Story: Finding The Right Therapy for Autism

Therapy caused frustration for the Terry family. But with the help of Easter Seals Michigan, they found a program that has opened up a whole new world.
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Letterboxing in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor for Families

Here's everything you need to know to get started on this unique, kid-friendly pastime. Plus, check the roundup for a few spots for letterboxing for kids.

The Pros and Cons of Exotic Pets for Kids

Thinking of expanding your family with mice, snakes or geckos? A local pet store owner weighs in on the pros and cons of exotic pets; plus things for families to consider before purchasing.

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home

Earth Day is right around the corner. Take care of Mother Earth and celebrate Earth Day from home with one of these fun and green activities.

How to Get Your Child to Sleep Without a Nightlight

Is your child refusing to sleep in the dark? Two experts shed some light on how to get your child to sleep without a nightlight.

ASMR and Kids: What is It, and What are the Pros and Cons?

YouTube has exploded with videos of people whispering, rustling buttons and even eating pickles – all to elicit a calm feeling. Can ASMR and kids be a good mix?