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The Children’s Center Presents…

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 No Comments

The Children’s Center presents

Advocacy Day
May 8, 2013

Child & Family Issues, Children’s Mental Health, Foster Care Awareness

Help erase stigma and give voice to the issues facing children & families living with mental illness; emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders; trauma, and within the foster care system.

Child & Family Advocates will meet with State legislators in Lansing to engage in advocacy related dialogue and raise awareness about the issues

  •        HealthCare Reform & Behavioral Health Parity
  •         Medicaid Expansion
  •         Expanding Funding for Early Childhood Education
  •         Mental Health Services and K-12 Partnerships
  •         Funding Equity for Foster Care Services

Who Should Attend?  Child & Family Advocates, Foster Care Families, Social Workers, Children’s Mental Health Consumers, Community Partners, Schools and Educators.

Advocacy Day Sample Itinerary:

7:15 AM
Departure (Detroit)
11:45 AM
Lunch & 
Keynote Speaker

9:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings

1:30 PM
House Session
 10:00 AM
Senate Session & Committee Hearings

2:30 PM
Legislative Meetings
11:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings
3:15 PM
Departure (Lansing)

Registration:  Click here to RSVP by April 22, 2013.
Send questions to Clarence Gayles: Cgayles@childrensctr.net or 313.969.5696.

The Children’s Center’s Guiding Principles
  • Behavioral health is an important part of a child’s total physical health diagnosis.
  • Behavioral health treatment should be treated equally within the law.
  • All children reserve the right to be treated fairly; to have all of their health care, educational, recreational, and basic personal needs met; and, to have the ability to shape their own futures.

Six Reasons Special Needs Kids Gotta Have Art

Posted on: February 11th, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words.  To a non-verbal, special needs child, the benefits of pictures and art go far beyond words:  

Art provides special needs kids the chance to creatively communicate thoughts and feelings when they don’t have the words to express them.  For example, Valentine’s Day is a great time for special needs children and their families to use art for loving self expression.


Helping Young Children Cope With Violent Tragedies: Newtown

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 No Comments


I’d like to welcome Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD and founder of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids to Warner’s Club House.  Wendy specializes in helping children and families cope with the little and not so little issues in their lives – anger, divorce, grief and loss, moving, etc.  Today, she shares her recommendations for parents to best help young children understand the recent violence in Newtown, Connecticut.  Thank you, Wendy!

Tragedy Unfolds

Newtown, Connecticut.  A sleepy little town less than one hour away from where I was born.  I watched in horror, with the rest of the world, as the tragedy in this small town unfolded.  The trauma surrounding these events is a heavy burden to bear for the town of Newtown, and it will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark.  Traumatologists, counselors, clergy and other supports will converge upon Newtown, to assist in helping its people begin to cope and pick up the pieces.  It will be a long road to healing. On behalf of Kidlutions, I offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers.   Read more.


Flip2BFit®: Building Relationships while Building Muscle

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 1 Comment

Flip2BFit® is the newest fitness craze for differently-abled kids!  The game combines nutrition trivia, yoga, stretching, and aerobic exercises in a fast and fun workout appropriate for the whole family.  Players compete individually or in teams in a race through the park to meet “Springer” the dinosaur in the playground.  Crab crawl, lunge, toe touch, and do the downward dog to move your piece around the park.  Make a poor nutrition choice and you’re going to have to move back a few spaces!

Early and ongoing exercise helps differently-abled children make significant strides toward purposeful movement and increased cognitive and social development. (more…)

Lollacups Are Here!

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 No Comments


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A Case for the Child Harness

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

Many years ago now, I spent my summers working at the Detroit Zoo.  Those that have visited it can tell you that it covers a lot of ground with elaborate gardens adorning the paths to the animal enclosures.   They can also tell you that it is easy to get turned around even with the map that they receive upon entering.  And, the larger the number of park visitors the more difficult the logistics are to manage. (more…)

Five Reasons to Teach Your Child American Sign Language

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 No Comments

Temper tantrums were common during our daughter’s transition from pre-verbal to verbal.  Her word acquisition did not keep pace with her quickly growing wants and desires.  Through the frustration and tears (sometimes hers, sometimes ours), we would remind her, “Use your words!”  Eventually, we developed a somewhat  effective way of communicating with each other using words and gestures.  The problem was that no one beyond our immediate family “spoke the language”.  How I wish that we had known about baby American Sign Language (ASL) back then!!

Although there are more than a few benefits to teaching your child ASL, here are my top five:

  1. It’s a real language.  In fact, it is the 4th most common language in the US!
  2. It will facilitate your pre-verbal or non-verbal child’s communication and, therefore, help them build connections with you and others.
  3. This additional tool in their communication-toolbox means less dependence on temper tantrums for self expression.
  4. Watching others sign stimulates visual attention and joint attention skills.
  5. Signing develops motor skills.

If you are looking for a resource, we were fortunate to meet Jennifer Cranston, M.Ed. at a recent gathering.  She is a nationally certified sign language interpreter with over a decade of experience in interpreting and deaf education.  She can be contacted at Jennifer.L.Cranston@gmail.com or (703) 725-8289.

More in future posts!

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Warner Goes To Washington

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 No Comments

Greetings to all of our new friends from last month’s National Down Syndrome Congress Monumental Meeting in Washington, DC!  We had a GREAT time and hope that you did, too!

Congratulations to the Hayes family from Baltimore, MD!  They won the AirBlox set!  Thanks to everyone that participated!

Our personal Monumental highlights:

 We’d love to hear about Your Highlights on Warner’s Corner blog or our Facebook page!  (Please “Like” us, too!)

  Lollacups will be here soon!

We eagerly anticipate their September arrival.  FYI, they no longer will be available in purple or black.  Those colors have been replaced by pink and blue.   Click here to pre-order!

We look forward to visiting with you again next summer in Denver, Colorado!

Coming Soon – Lollacups as seen on Shark Tank

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

We are excited to announce that Lollacups will soon be available in Warner’s Toy Box!  The Lollacup is an an excellent alternative to the traditional sippy cup.  The valve-free, weighted straw allows infants as young as 9 months old to easily drink from a straw even if the cup is tilted.

It is BPA-free, phalate-free and made in the USA.

We’ll post them as soon as they arrive!!


Children and Fine Motor Skills

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 No Comments

Happy First Birthday, Baby!  Your baby’s work on her fine motor skills is really paying off now.  She can pick up and hold her toys (and other “stuff” that you rather she wouldn’t).  She enjoys turning the pages of her board books while you are reading to her.  Stacking cups present her fun and interesting challenges. (more…)