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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.

11 Easy, Cheap and Fun Sensory Bin Ideas

Your little ones can spend hours playing with these fun sensory bins.

Choosing a Doctor for Your Newborn

Henry Ford doctor offers advice on picking the right health care expert for your baby.

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.

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.

Adaptive Sports for Kids with Disabilities and Special Needs

In search of adaptive sports for kids with physical or developmental disabilities? Here are local sports programs for kids with special needs in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

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.

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.
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