New Special Education Preschool in Saline

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 08/29/2019 - 13:32

Metropolitan Detroit pediatric therapy provider MetroEHS recognized the need for educational support for preschool age children in the Detroit metro area. On September 16, 2019, MetroPrep Academy will welcome its first students – at MetroEHS’s Saline Therapy Center, located at 7025 E. Michigan Ave., near Brewed Awakenings.

Young children with developmental delays will thrive in this small-class size environment. Focused on helping those little ones who need extra support, MetroPrep Academy will provide a supportive environment with a typical preschool curriculum that includes literacy, writing, crafts, math, science, music, and play. While preparing students for a general education setting, extra help will be provided that typical preschools don’t offer.

Each day, a Speech-Language Pathologist and/or an Occupational Therapist will be in the classroom working alongside the preschool teacher to improve the children’s: speech sound, receptive language skills (understanding the spoken language, following directions), expressive language skills (grammar, vocabulary, age-appropriate sentence structure), and social skills (making friends and responding appropriately to their peers).

Other skills that will be taught at MetroPrep Academy include: fine motor skills (drawing, writing), gross motor skills (strength, coordination), sensory integration (regulation of input from their environment), visual-motor skills (hand-eye coordination), bilateral integration (lacing shoes), and daily living activities like eating, dressing, buttoning and zipping. When appropriate, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst will be available to address behavioral issues as well.

MetroPrep Academy will use a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary, individualized approach to learning. Aimed at helping children with developmental delays (ranging from speech and language disorders to Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and more), MetroPrep Academy will have a limited class size of 12. Children ages 2-7 are welcome. Classes begin September 16 from 9:00-12:00 every Tuesday and Thursday.

About: MetroPrep Academy is the brainchild of MetroEHS, which comprises eight locations across metropolitan Detroit. MetroEHS has been providing pediatric speech, OT, and ABA therapy in the Detroit area for nearly two decades. MetroPrep Academy is the first preschool launched by MetroEHS, with plans for additional classes to be added in the future. To learn more, visit


Allison Holecek
Allison Holecek is a Speech-Language Pathologist with MetroEHS Saline.