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Planning Your IEPs During COVID

Find out what you need to know to advocate for your child with developmental disabilities and get tips to help plan your IEPS during COVID, too.

Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Metro Detroit

Parents of children with special needs in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor can plan ahead for fun activities, sensory-friendly movie showings and more that are tailored to meet their needs.

Easy, Cheap and Fun Sensory Bin Ideas

Kids with special needs or sensory processing disorders will love these fun and simple sensory bin ideas.

Weighted Blanket Benefits for Kids With Special Sleep Needs

They've become wildly popular, but they've actually been around for a while. Discover weighted blanket benefits for kids – and see if it's a snug fit for you.

Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center are Sensory Certified

Zoo experiences for kids with special needs are in better reach since the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak and Belle Isle Nature Center in Detroit became sensory certified.

Sterling Heights Community Center Built on Inclusion

The new Sterling Heights Community Center, opened in February 2020, focuses on offering sports and active fun for kids and families of all ability levels.

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.

Anastasia and Katie’s Coffee Shop & Café in Livonia is an Inclusive Workplace

A trio of metro Detroit residents whose loved ones have Down Syndrome came together to open an inclusive workplace where people all abilities can join the workforce.

Cool Gifts for Kids with Special Needs

For children with autism and other special needs, toys might not be No. 1 on their holiday lists. Here are some alternate ideas.

10 Keys to Success for Children With ADHD

The prevalence of ADHD in school-aged children has nearly doubled in the past two decades. Here's what parents can do at home to make the school day smoother.

DIY Sensory Toolbox Ideas to Help Kids Self-Soothe

A local early education teacher's DIY sensory toolbox concept helps little ones with special needs navigate big emotions – and it's easy to create one.

Childhood Leukemia Survivor Shannon Spicer Now Works at Hospital That Treated Her

As a child, Shannon Spicer battled childhood leukemia at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital – now, she works there treating other sick kids.
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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?