Crossing over to health


Parents of special needs children can rest assured they are in good hands when they deal with Dr. Laurie Lundblad, clinical director of the new Ann Arbor facility of Building Bridges Therapy Center, a full-sevice pediatric clinic for children with special needs. Dr. Lundblad takes their family’s needs personally. “I’m a parent of special needs children myself,” Lundblad says. “I have one child who is on the Autism spectrum, and another who is a cancer survivor.” It’s that personal investment, combined with a comprehensive approach to care, that makes Building Bridges exceptional.

Building Bridges was established in 1988 in Plymouth, Michigan, and has just opened its brand-new Ann Arbor facility at 1310 S. Main St. “We bring a unique mix of individual therapy for children with varying ability levels,” Lundblad says, “whether they have disabilities, or are exceptional in terms of giftedness. Building Bridges is staffed by a team of professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration, psychological counseling, and music therapy. But the key to Building Bridges’ approach is helping families find access to different resources, and arrive at a plan of treatment that is right for them.

“I really try, because of my own experience, to help families decide their path based on their needs,” Lundblad says. “Kids do better when families are supported and well-educated.” Building Bridges not only provides treatment and education, but help to put families in contact with the resources that can help them, whether from the schools, from other government or private agencies, or even from other families. “What’s unique to our center,” Lundblad says, “is my role as clinical director in helping to coordinate services.” Specialists work together to design an individualized treatment plan for each child, taking into account the latest research on cognition and development And under Building Bridges’ New Office Welcome Program, the first thirty new families at the Ann Arbor facility will receive a 20 percent discount on services for their first three months. Call 734-778-1541 for information, or see