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Transitioning into Summer Time with Children with Special Needs

For kids with special needs, summer time represents transition, good or bad they are hard to handle. Learn 3 strategies to ease into your new summer routine.

Dr. Liz Matheis

He Raced Without Me and We Both Found Freedom

Events just don’t happen without us. At the same time, we all wish and pray and work towards independence for our children.

Jamie Sumner

How We Solved The Summer Job Puzzle

In Northern Michigan jobs are tough to come by, even for our non-disabled child. When you add in an intellectual disability, the search becomes a puzzle.

Alethea Mshar
household chores

Distributing the Wealth of Household Responsibilities

As parents of a child with special needs, how do you distribute household responsibilities? Here are a few strategies to evenly share tasks so you both feel appreciated.

Dr. Liz Matheis
Best Childrens Hospitals 2019-2020

Best Children’s Hospitals 2019-2020: Honor Roll and Overview

No matter what ails a child, these hospitals rank among the best in treating sick kids. By Ben...

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS

LifeTown Offers a One-of-Kind Experience for Youth with Special Needs

LifeTown is a place where children can come to play, while learning how to live independently. It offers practice for life in a fun and safe environment.

Jamie Sumner
ABA therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for Autism: Take Two

We want our son to enjoy the world, and for the world to enjoy him, and for now, we see ABA therapy as the most effective way for that to happen.

Alethea Mshar

5 Common Tube Feeding Questions

The idea of getting a feeding tube can be overwhelming and will present new challenges and responsibilities, but it will ultimately give your body the fuel it needs, so you can stay healthy and either maintain or improve your lifestyle.

Cassandra Bursma, RD

To Medicate or Not To Medicate My Child, That is the Question

This is a question many parents struggle with once they receive an ADHD, Autism or Anxiety diagnosis for their child. There are several factors to consider.

Dr. Liz Matheis
Illinois Spina Bifida Association

Connecting Through Spina Bifida: When Wendy Met Zaela

“I knew nobody else like me,” says Wendy, age 48. Then last fall she met Zaela. It was the first time Wendy met someone with the same level spinal lesion...

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS