Resources + Contact
"I get by with a little help from my friends" -The Beatles
We highly recommend the following specialty resources.
- The Pfeiffer Treatment Center for biomedical testing and dietary supplements. Pfeiffer takes into account behavioral factors as well as biomedical test results before prescribing a program of nutritional supplements. They specialize in treating people with Autism, among other patient populations. They have a compounding pharmacy on site, which we found extremely important in coordinating Erika's regimen of supplements. For patients unable to swallow capsules, their pharmacy offers xylitol syrup, which can be used to mix the supplements for delivery. We have found the staff at the Pfeiffer Treatment Center to be very compassionate, and their services to be cost-effective.
- Signing Time is an excellent resource for American Sign Language videos which can help children of all ages (pre-verbal and non-verbal) learn to communicate. Their video series uses a multi-sensory approach, which shows the written word, many visual examples of the word's meanings, and interaction (the signing of the word). The visuals and songs are highly engaging for children like Erika.
- The ARC of Livingston County is a non-profit agency which assists families and individuals with developmental disabilities by providing support, information and advocacy.
- Autism Insurance in Michigan is a group dedicated to promoting Autism Insurance in Michigan through networking and legislative reform.
- University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center provides clinical services, comprehensive evaluations, intervention, and consulation to school therapists and other professionals. They also provide training and resources to families and professionals working with children with Autism.
- Dr. John's Candies has been an excellent resource for purchasing Xylitol suckers for Erika. Erika usually gets a red sucker immediately after taking her regimen of supplements prescribed by the Pfeiffer Treatment Center. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that does not promote (and may even help prevent) tooth decay.
- Apple store, Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor MI. The staff at the Apple store at Briarwood can schedule individualized training for the iPad. They also have a specialist on staff who has worked with assistive technology in the public school systems.
- Autism Dietary Intervention Group (ADIG), Howell, MI. (no website link available) This group provides support in areas such as nutritional diet, including gluten-free, casein-free (and other allergens), and can provide you with information on supportive doctors, neurologists, nutritionists, therapists, and stores. For more information, contact group coordinator Deanna Seng.