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27 Sep 2018

The first time Iris and Apollo Falconer enrolled their son, AJ, in a public school program, it proved too much for the boy with autism spectrum disorder to handle.

Two years later, in fall 2018 – after a regimen that included attending the Macomb Intermediate School District’s Autism Impaired Program at the Bozymowski Center in Sterling Heights, receiving applied behavior analysis... Read more

Picture of Apollo looking in a mirror, wearing a hat
30 Jul 2018

For most parents, watching their children forge friendships with other kids in the neighborhood is a standard rite of passage.

But the initial social interactions of sons Jackson and Jameson held special meaning for Robb and Rebecca Drzewicki.

They served as proof that, thanks largely to the early intervention and Build Up Michigan preschool special education services each... Read more

10 May 2018

Dana Chicko has come to appreciate the power of early intervention. After all, she says, it’s what has helped her son overcome a speech delay and develop into a blossoming preschooler.

“Every day it’s something new with this kid – in a good way,” said Dana, who’s quick to credit 3-year-old Alexios’ speech improvements to assistance her Lincoln Park family has received from two sister... Read more

Alexios and his family
06 Feb 2017

Throughout Michigan, education programs and resources that enhance learning are available for most young children. Through public school districts, special education support and services for preschool-aged children with a developmental delay or disability are available for those who qualify.

Communication is key, experts say.

“My best advice is to visit your child’s school to... Read more

Young Girl with Down Syndrome Playing on a Playground
06 Feb 2017

When bringing up the subject, family members or friends should “think of the range of reactions they might be greeted with,” Rispoli said. “Some parents might feel relieved that others noticed what they were thinking. But for many parents, it can be a shock.”

Considering the emotion surrounding the topic, and to avoid alienating parents or heightening their anxiety, Fitton and Rispoli... Read more


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