Special MI Moms

A blog for moms of special needs children in Michigan!

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No More Sidelines – Harvest Homecoming Dance – 11/17/12

No More Sidelines to host their 2nd Annual Harvest Homecoming Dance on Saturday, November 17th at Pewamo Westphalia High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Bring 1-2 friends, along with siblings and other family members.  DJ, photographer and refreshments served. Each child will receive a free 5×7 photo and free boutonniere or corsage. Click here for more details and to register for the event.


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Sports Skills Program – MSU

MSU undergraduate students provide coaching and instruction in sports skills to children and adults with disabilities who reside in the greater Lansing area.  Children (aged 6 and older) and adults with disabilities are welcome to participate regardless of the nature and severity of the person’s disability.  The next sections begin on or around January 29, 2013.

There are three sections of programming available:

*Tuesday Swimming from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Jenison Fieldhouse Pool.

*Tuesday Gym from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the IM West Turf Room.

*Thursday Swimming from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Jenison Fieldhouse Pool.

The fees are $75 for one section, $120 for two sections and $150 for all three sections.  Applicants are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here for more information and to get your name on the program mailing list to receive an application.

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The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning


The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning is more than just a special needs camp–it’s open all year.   Located in southeast Michigan on 200 acres of lakefront, The Fowler Center was founded in 1957.  The Center offers seasonal camps, weekend respite camps, day camps and other activities.  The Center features outdoor education, horseback riding, creative arts, swimming/boating, barnyard animals, gardening, a rock climbing wall, tree house, archery, campfires and hayrides.  Looks like a great option for our kids.  Visit their website for more information here.


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Play Place for Autistic Children (PAC) to Open in Detroit

A local Detroit mom, inspired by her autistic son started the vision to create a one-of-a -kind facility to offer a fun filled family experience for children and families affected by autism and other special needs.  The Detroit community has embraced this vision and PAC is now looking for corporate sponsors and many fundraising events are assisting with the effort.  The facility will more than likely be on Hall Road in Macomb County.  Through a unique play-powered environment, PAC combines recreation and education with a variety of social, occupational and physical overtones to promote reciprocal and imaginative growth and development.  It will feature a variety of therapeutic elements, including a Cosmic Laser Light Lounge (writing skills, artistic skills, imagination), PAC Playscape (sensory, coordination and motor planning), Giant Bouncers and swings (sensory, balance, depth perception), 4D Movie Theater (behavioral, focus), group, occupational and speech therapy and a Computer Cafe and more.  PAC will also have hyperbaric chamber therapy and sensory integration services.  Here for more information and to follow PAC.

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MSU Special Needs Music Programs

MSU offers several music programs for special needs children.  Programs include individual and group music therapy, individual music lessons and singing for speech.  Fall and spring classes are offered.  They also offer a music camp in the summer.  Fall classes are starting right now.  The spring classes begin the last week in January.  I am investigating music therapy for Ryan right now for a fun extracurricular activity to do after school.  According to Cindy Lu Edgerton (edgerto3@msu.edu) in music therapy they focus on non-musical goals and objectives…like fine motor, gross motor, speech, etc. while having a lot of fun playing a wide variety of instruments.  They have drum sets, electric and acoustic guitars, pianos, keyboard, lots of drums, electronic instruments that create various instrumental sounds, and many other options.  They would let the child determine which instrument and what type of music they would like and this could change from session to session.  Individual music therapy sessions are $26 per half hour session and they like to meet once per week.  The Community Music School has financial assistance available.  They currently have group sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Students do not have to have any special music talents to participate–they accept all students.  Here for more info.

Has anyone had experience with either the individual or group music therapy at MSU?  Looking for feedback. Thank you!  Kim

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No More Sidelines Central Michigan – Adventure Golf Event DeWitt

No More Sidelines Central Michigan is sponsoring a great free event for special needs children and their families on Saturday, October 6th from 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Adventure Golf DeWitt, 11890 US 27. This fun event is open to special needs children of all ages and up to 4 family members. Come and play golf, carve a pumpkin and get your face painted. Free pizza lunch with chips, drink and dessert will also be served.

I made our reservation to take Ryan today. His grandparents are joining us. Let me know if you are going. We would love to see/meet you there!  Reservation here.

No More Sidelines is a wonderful organization that creates opportunities for children with special needs and their families.