The Detroit Institute for Children in Walled Lake serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in more than 180 schools, as well as Head Start and early intervention programs in southeast Michigan and the Grand Rapids area. It was founded in 1920 and offers speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services, and special education consulting. The organization’s contracts have no minimum number of hours, and schools and organizations are billed for time spent working with children and completing required reports. Because schools closed early this year, the institute’s Summer Learning Individualized Learning Experiences program (SLIDE), which addresses summer learning loss in children with special needs, will also help make up for school time lost in April, May, and June. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has developed a teletherapy program so children can continue to receive services from home. Donations will help support the teletherapy services and SLIDE, and provide resources such as books and assessment tools that can be delivered to children’s homes.
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