Tag Archives: Special Needs

Support for Children with Special Needs from Local Mothers

Courtney Stinson is a resident of Washtenaw County, mother of two children, and married to her supportive husband, Jeff. Stinson’s first child, Nathan, was born completely healthy. When Stinson got pregnant with her second child, she expected she would also give birth to a healthy baby. The unexpected happened when her second baby, Ellie, was

Make the Holidays More Fun for Kids with Sensory Issues

Parties and family gatherings, special food, twinkling lights – what’s not to like about the holidays? Plenty, for kids with autism and other sensory challenges. Many are easily overwhelmed by new sights and sounds. Spending time with relatives you rarely see, eating unusual food and opening presents is a lot to take in, especially when

Matching area teens with forever families at MARE Meet and Greets

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

A Mother’s Heart

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