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Teachers Have Learned the Power of Early Intervention

Detroit Free Press Article Published 11:13 a.m. EST January 19, 2016

When Jessica Goettes' son struggled learning to speak as a toddler, she knew she needed to act early.  As a longtime teacher in West Bloomfield School District, Geottes fully appreciated how early intervention in the face of learning delays can make a world of difference for a child. (Read full article from freep.com here.)

Fun Activities to Support Your Child's Development

Oakland County Moms - Article published by Glen LaGrou, January 15th, 2016 

Build Up Michigan offers tips and fun activities to support your child's development.  Research states that what children learn in their first five years makes a significant impact on their entire life.  Parents, grandparents, childcare providers and educators all contribute to a child's development by providing a positive environment in which they can learn.

Parent, Pediatrician Relationship Important to Child's Development

Lansing State Journal Article Published 9:24 p.m. EST January 13, 2016 

While the first priority of parents with a newborn is bonding with their child, Dr. Harman Nagler notes that it's also important to nuture another relationship - with their family pediatrician. (read full article on lansingstatejournal.com here)

Boy with Speech Delay Now a Great Communicator

Lansing State Journal Article Published 2:03 pm. EST January 7th, 2016

When 2 1/2 year-old Nicholas became Christine and Allen Lopez's foster child in April 2011, he wasn't able to speak beyond stringing together a few unintelligble syllables. (Read the full article on lansingstatejournal.com here)

Is Your Preschooler Struggling to Learn?

Lansing State Journal Article Published 3:15 p.m. EST January 7, 2016

Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will reach several milestones between the ages of 3 and 5.  If you're concerned about your child's rate of development, you can get free help through the Michigan Department of Education's Build Up program.  (Read the full article on Lansingstatejournal.com here)

From Not Talking to Thriving: First-grader Overcomes Speech Delay

Detroit Free Press Article Published 10 a.m. EST January 5, 2016

Jennica and Aubin Wahl enjoy some family time at their home in Ferndale. Aubin, who didn’t speak until he began receiving special education and speech therapy services through Build Up Michigan at age 3, is now a thriving first-grader in the Royal Oak school district. (Photo: Luke Pline)

For most parents, hearing their 3-year-old say the word "ball" is a common occurrence.

For Jennica Wahl of Ferndale, it was nothing less than an "awesome" experience.

If You Wonder About Your Child's Development, Speak Up

Detroit Free Press Article Published 10:23 a.m. EST December 29, 2015

Dr. Bridge McArdle offers simple, reassuring advice to parents who are worried that their young child might have developmental delays: "Let's talk." McArdle, a pediatrician at Henry Ford Medical Center - Sterling Heights, said she wants parents to know that it's OK to raise concerns with their doctor about a child's physical or mental development.

Kat Cooper, host of Moms Everday, along with WILX TV 10, interviews Christy Callahan about Build Up Michigan!

Part of our role and responsibility is to provide awareness about services that are available for eligible 3 through 5 year olds.  Most parent's aren't aware that services are available for children ages 3, 4, and 5 through their local school district, because they're not yet school age. In Michigan, special education supports and services are provided for preschool-aged children with a developmental delay or a disability.  

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