Summer Learning Individualized
Developmental Experiences

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 will give children with special needs an opportunity to receive crucial therapies and prevent learning loss over the summer months.

We have two program locations. To qualify, a child must be 4-12 years old and have an IEP through their school.  The program location serving children ages 5 to 12 years old is in Southfield at Bradford Academy.  The program location serving children 4 to 5 years old is in Detroit at the Matrix-St. Stephen Head Start Center.  The primary therapies will be speech language therapy, occupational therapy, and special education. The program is provided at NO COST to families.

We need volunteers! Anyone 18 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 Jan Shimshock at 248-918-4274 (direct) or

Watch this short video to see our program in action!

Your generous support helps us ensure all our children and their families reach their individual goals

Please Note: Enrollment for the 2018 SLIDE program is now closed. Please check back next Spring for our 2019 program details.
Thank you to our program sponsors!
Sigma Gamma Association
Patrick and Christie Scoggin Family Foundation
Macedonia Baptist Church
Presented in loving memory of Stephen R. Durand