Comprehensive Therapy Center is once again offering a series of workshops designed to empower parents and caregivers as advocates for their children.  Each workshop is taught by an expert in the field.  All of the workshops are completely FREE and open to the public.  Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.  Please arrive before the session starts, to ensure you have a seat.

All programs will take place on THURSDAYS from 9:00AM – 10:15AM

At Temple Emanuel 1715 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 616-559-1054 or email

Here is the lineup for 2018:


June 21: Grand Rapids’ Wonder Women

Meet three parents of special needs children as they share their stories of family life, schooling and beyond. The power trio is Kristina Donaldson, Daniel’s mother; Helena Goldfarb, Charles’ mother; and Ryan Tubbs, Dean’s mother. They tell stories that are unique but share a common purpose – allowing their children to be the best that is possible.
This power trio bring many skills: Kristina works for the Michigan Children’s Special Health Care Services, Helena brings years of experience as a clinical psychologist and national advocate for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Director of Anatomical Studies for Michigan State University.

June 28: Laughter Yoga

Join certified laughter yoga teacher Angēla Essick Dykes to learn the benefits of laughing. Angēla will educate you on real and fake laughter and how they help the body.

July 5: Decisions, Decisions

Back by popular demand are our friends from The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program. Executive Director, Patti Peiffer, shares information on the Program that helps students, parents, and educators make decisions that improves educational outcomes.

July 12: Touch and Go

Comprehensive Therapy Center’s Occupational Therapists have activities to improve sensory processing as well as fine and gross motor skills. Always a favorite, these activities are fun ways to work motor and sensory skills into every day activities. Our occupational therapists have answers to your questions.

July 19: Untangle the Web Called Special Education

Got questions? Confused about the special education process? Concerned that things are changing? Laurie VanderPloeg, Director of Special Education for Kent ISD, has the answers. She is a treasure in the Grand Rapids area, and can help you make sense of the whole IEP process.

July 26: We Have Ways to Make You Talk

CTC’s experienced speech-language pathologists bring you hands-on ways to practice language and speech skills.