It’s Autism…now what?

By: Alexis Eggenberger, MSSA, BCBA / “Your child has autism.” You might have known this diagnosis was coming. You may have observed the red flags that were mentioned by your pediatrician or read something on the internet. Perhaps you weren’t surprised in the least and had a gut feeling all along. Or maybe not. Maybe…

Your Favorite Activities

By Suzi West / For a special project we are working on, we recently asked our LGSC Facebook followers to share their favorite activity to do with their child(ren) 5 and under. We were blown away with the number of responses! We decided to take all those great ideas and put them in a list…

Got Cooperation? The Art of Giving Good Directions

by Cary Zavala / The Lenawee Great Start Parent Education Series is off to a GREAT START! (Couldn’t resist!) The series opened up with discussion around “What exactly is cooperation?” As a kid who grew up loving Sesame Street, the song that comes to my mind goes like this: “Cooperation, makes it happen, cooperation working…

Summer Rerun: Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

by Gretchen Hofing (originally posted 2010) / Through my work in nutrition education, some of the most common questions I am asked have to do with feeding children, especially those who may be “picky eaters.”  Questions come from parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers—you name it. I recently ran across these “research-supported, mother-tested” strategies from behavioral…

Vacations are Great! (most of the time)

By Suzanne Lopez / This past week, our family went on vacation. And this wasn’t just any vacation—this was a vacation covering 20% of the nation’s states in seven days. This was a journey that took us from Michigan to Virginia to Myrtle Beach. Then we traveled west into Georgia and back north to the…

map of geocaches Adrian

Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

By Cathy Chesher / “I found it!” I yell to my husband who is pawing through a nearby bush. I reach into the hollow log, mentally crossing my fingers that there are no spiders, or worse, inside. I pull out the Tupperware-like container; open it; take note of the trinkets inside; sign the log, then…

Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…

Popsicles in the Park: Coming Soon!

By Suzi West / Lenawee Great Start is once again hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park this summer. What is Popsicles in the Park?  Well, yes, it does include popsicles, but it is so much more than that. Popsicles in the Park not only includes a nice, cold frozen treat, but also includes fun,…

photo by Suzanne Lopez

Get the Kids Outside (and Maybe a Puppy, Too!)

By Suzanne Lopez / With the springtime upon us, it’s easy to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! In Michigan, most everyone has cabin fever by this time of year, and welcome the warmer and longer days. It’s a reminder for us to send the kids outside to play, (just like we did when we…