There are currently more than 300 older children ages 8-17 in Michigan foster placements, waiting anxiously to be adopted. Ann Arbor-based Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) has a unique program designed to match these kids with prospective families and help them realize their goal of finding a forever family before they age out of the
Parents with a newborn sent to the hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) often describe the experience as an emotional roller coaster. Nothing can quite prepare a mother’s heart for this type of experience. One Saline mother, Sara Austin, shares her story of what it was like to have her newborn child stay in the
While the popularity of yoga has surged in the US, little is known about its benefits for children on the autism spectrum. Morgan Wright, Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University, decided to help fill that information void. An uncommon intervention for a common diagnosis Although the official estimate of children with Autism
On the surface, Nicky Andrews looks like a typical teenager. The Superior Township high school sophomore likes to have fun with her friends and family. She is heavily involved in dance. She enjoys forensic research. What is not apparent are the biweekly injections she receives to help her fight Crohn’s disease, and the team of doctors who work to keep her healthy and
Parents with special needs children benefit greatly from support and/or specialized information groups, coming together to share experiences and helpful advice. Here are some resources that provide help. Supporting those that care Local support groups for parents By Donna Iadipaolo The Parent SHARE Support Group This group, run by the Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern
I used to say that only a Ph.D.-level child psychologist could babysit my son. This was before James was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My main worry was that a babysitter wouldn’t be able to withstand James’ crying. That he was vulnerable to abuse. Thankfully, James became less fussy and much more fun to be around.