We conduct educational workshops for parents, caregivers, professionals, and others involved in the care and support of children with special needs. We can provide one of our current workshops or we can design one that specially meets the needs of your target audience.

Trauma Workshops
The Detroit Institute for Children in partnership with Starr Commonwealth and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children provides training and professional development in understanding Trauma and its impact on children, their ability to learn and their overall growth and development. Our certified trainer will come to you and can train in the following topics:

  • Children of Trauma Resilience
  • Trauma Informed Resilient Schools
  • Structured Sensory Interventions
  • Resetting for Resilience
  • Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools

The Detroit Institute for Children provides Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training through the Crisis Prevention Institute.  Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training equips you, your staff, your school or your organization with an effective framework to safely manage and prevent difficult or dangerous behavior.  Our CPI Certified Instructor can come to you and train and certify your team.

Additionally, our highly trained licensed professionals provide workshops, trainings and professional development in the following topics:

  • Identifying Children for Disability and Mental Health Services
  • Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom
  • IEP 101
  • How Sensory Processing Impacts Behavior and Learning
  • Post-Partum Depression: What New Parents Need to Know
  • Separation Anxiety in Young Children
  • Positive Discipline: Practical Strategies for Peaceful Parenting

Questions? Contact Jordan Oshesky at 248-918-0057 (direct) or

Summer learning experiences for children with special needs
The Detroit Institute for Children is proud to present SLIDE, Summer Learning Individualized Developmental Experiences, our summer learning program for children with special needs.  SLIDE gives children with special needs the opportunity to receive crucial therapies and prevent learning loss over the summer months.

We have a few program locations in the Metro Detroit and Grand Rapids areas.  To qualify, a child must be 4-12 years old and have a current IEP through their school.  The primary program therapies will be speech language therapy, occupational therapy, special education, and literacy programming.  Limited spots are available, please call us for application details (financial subsidies are available for those who qualify).

We need volunteers!  Anyone 17 or older can volunteer with these programs, and it is a great opportunity especially for students studying disciplines related to education, therapy, and special needs.  Please contact us for further details. Questions? Contact Jordan Oshesky at 248-918-0057 (direct) or

Watch this short video to see our program in action!

Specialized Programs

Childhood trauma refers to traumatic experiences that happen between the ages of birth to 17.

These traumas can be the result of intentional violence—such as physical or sexual abuse or domestic violence—or the result of a natural disaster, accident or war.

When trauma happens, the child is overwhelmed by terror and can experience a prolonged heightened state of alertness, stress or persistent fear for his or her safety.

Download our Trauma brochure

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2045 E. West Maple
Suite D-407
Commerce Township, MI 48390

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The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.

The Detroit Institute for Children is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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