Tag Archives: Special Needs

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

Local Doctoral student studies benefits of yoga in children

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

Fighting the daily battle of Crohn’s disease

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

Strategies to help Special Needs Kids with Holiday Stress

Let’s face it: the holiday season brings joy to our lives, but can also bring a lot of stress. All of the parties, festivities, events, and activities of the season can feel overwhelming to everyone, especially children with special needs. Betsy Stoelt LMSW, a clinical social worker at Eastern Michigan University’s Autism Collaborative Center, shared