Special Needs Resources

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Early Autism Diagnosis: What You Should Know

How do you ensure a child gets the right testing? The experts at Blossom Behavioral Wellness Center in Novi offer help in getting started.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Holidays

Frank Pinkham, MSW, BCBA, Director of Adolescent Services at Gateway Pediatric Therapy offers tips for navigating social situations at family gatherings.
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Mom Urges Kids With Autism Who are Non-Verbal to Trick-or-Treat with Blue Buckets

'Trick-or-treat' is the standard greeting on Halloween but not all kids are able to say those words. One mom is trying to make the holiday more autism-friendly by making blue buckets the sign a child is non-verbal.
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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.
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Michigan Family Adopts Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

About 40,000 infants are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder each year. A Farmington Hills family shares how they help their daughter thrive and why greater awareness is needed.

Mom Taylor Johnson’s Story of Down Syndrome Adoption

Adopting a child with special needs has resonated with this Warren mom since she was a teen. Now, through Down syndrome adoption, her dream is reality.

Retro Bowlero Lanes & Lounge is an Autism Certified Center

A local mom and former school psychologist has brought Royal Oak's Bowlero Lanes & Lounge back to life, complete with many unique accessible features.

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.

Sensory-Friendly Play POND Makes Theater Accessible for Kids

The University of Michigan and Michigan State University are teaming up to create sensory-friendly Play POND for kids, set to debut in summer 2020.

What Are Some Sensory Strategies for Fall?

The Kaufman Children's Center Occupational Therapist team offers advice.
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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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Loose Anagen Syndrome: A Benign Hair Loss Condition

In the realm of special needs, loose anagen syndrome may not seem so serious. But for little girls, it's a hit on developing healthy self-esteem.