Local Resources For Special Needs Children And Families

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed

Location varies depending on class or activity
734-994-2300 | a2schools.org/reced

Rec & Ed warmly welcomes and encourages the opportunity for everyone to express themselves in a safe, accepting environment. Our core values drive our mission to enhance the quality of life for everyone through recreation and education. We strive to serve one and all in our community. Check out a2schools.org/reced for upcoming programs, such as Fun Night Out, Strike Force Bowling, TOPSoccer, Moving to the Music, Sunday Family Flag Football, and First Steps.

Wild Swan Theater

Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building,
Washtenaw Community College, 
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
(Season Performance Site)
734-995-0530 | Wildswantheater.org

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for families and to making that theater accessible to everyone including low income, minority and disabled children through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs. All of their season performances are shadow interpreted for those who are deaf and hearing impaired, and they offer backstage touch tours and audio-description for blind theater patrons. Just in time for the holidays, Wild Swan brings Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, to the stage December 5 – 9.

Parables: All-Abilities Inclusion Worship

First Congregational Church of Chelsea,
UCC 121 E. Middle St. Chelsea, MI | 734-475-1844

Our community is unique in that we “put the marginalized in the middle” of our attention and care. We feel privileged to learn and grow in faith through the leading of the most vulnerable among us. Our worship includes Sasha (our therapy dog), fidgets, noise-cancelling headphones, a visual schedule board, movement scarves and instrument parade, with an eye for creating participation opportunities for all. For more information contact Pastor LeAnn Seto at marginsmatter@chelseafcc.com or by calling the church office at 734-475-1844.

Creating Brighter Futures

4201 Varsity Dr.
734-926-0740 | creatingbrighterfutures.com

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services are provided for children, ages 8-18, who are exhibiting developmental delays, or have already been diagnosed with autism or other developmental disorders. Creating Brighter Futures’ goal is to provide the skills, teaching environments, and learning opportunities necessary to improve the quality of life for each child in a center-based setting.

Go Like the Wind Montessori

8845 Main St. | Whitmore Lake
734-747-7422 | golikethewind.com

Go Like the Wind is an authentic Montessori school serving infants through middle school children. The Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach and values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Their school can accommodate many different learning styles with a low student to teacher ratio, self-paced curriculum and individualized work plans. Students learn by doing with many hands-on activities and are free to move about, an advantage to those who require a high level of physical activity. Each student has the latitude to learn at his own pace, without pressure to meet formal standards by a predetermined time. The school also has access to public school therapy services. For more information please call or email info@golikethewind.com.

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Centers

Locations include: Dearborn Heights, Plymouth,
Rochester, Saline, South Lyon, Sterling Heights
313-278-4601 | MetroEHS.com | info@MetroEHS.com

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Centers specializes in assisting individuals with therapy services including ABA, Occupational, Physical & Speech. Our locations have the unique ability to provide multiple types of therapy in one location. Our team also offers services via Tele-therapy for families that desire to have therapy services done at home and have maximum involvement in their loved one’s treatment. In addition to these services, our award winning Saline Center (formerly Urban Toddler) offers play sessions, birthday party packages and offerings for caregivers that include yoga and massage therapy. Metro EHS is a one stop shop for families and would be honored to serve you. Please contact us today for more information 313-278-4601 or info@MetroEHS.com and www.MetroEHS.com.

A2 Therapy Works

3200 W. Liberty Rd., Suite #5
734-780-7852 | A2therapyworks.com

A2 Therapy Works, LLC is a small, family focused private practice which works with both children and adults. Their goal is to help children and families reach their greatest potential by offering quality services and providing useful information in a family-friendly manner. In order to make it easier on busy families, they provide services in the comfort of your home, at your child’s preschool, school or in their office in Ann Arbor. They work with children of all ages and provide treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Oral-Motor Dysfunction, Language Delay, Dyslexia, Fine Motor and Sensory Integration Disorders, and more. They accept most major insurance plans.

Children’s Center for Growth and Development

6276 Jackson Rd., Suite K.
734-821-6915 | childrenscenterforgrowth.com

The Children’s Center for Growth and Development is a pediatric therapy center specializing in Speech and Language therapy, Occupational therapy and Physical therapy. Our facility is a professional, family oriented environment dedicated to improving the well-being, confidence and future of the children we serve. Through strategic play and collaboration with parents and professionals we strive to provide the highest quality of services to meet the individual needs of each child.

Michigan Abilities Center

7286 W. Ellsworth Rd.
734-622-9500 | michiganabilitiescenter.org

Michigan Abilities Center (MAC) provides therapy, learning, life skills, and wellness programs that focus on strengths and abilities, not disabilities. They are a PATH, International Center that serves all ages and abilities. Equine assisted therapy is emphasized due to the unique healing and empowering benefits of the horse’s rhythmic movement, personality, and the horse-human interaction. Therapy and learning programs are customized to achieve meaningful goals for all ages and abilities. Farm life is combined with therapy and learning via equine assisted therapy and activities (hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and mental health, and recreational riding), experiential learning, life skills, and traditional & alternative rehabilitation services. Michigan Abilities Center has provided equine assisted therapy and learning programs since 2006 at Heritage Hill; a 60-acre scenic 19th century farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has been offering equine assisted programs and farm activities for individuals with special needs since 1999.