Thursday, January 31, 2013


Drum roll, please! 

Announcing the 11th Annual Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp at Michigan State University's Community Music School (MSU/CMS) in East Lansing, Michigan. As we open the camp doors for our second, terrific season of celebrating music and abilities, there are a few important changes. 
First: New location in the beautiful, newly renovated Community Music School on Hagadorn Road right across from the gorgeous MSU campus. Second: We will have two camps this year, instead of just one. 

-Children and adolescents will make music on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10th thru June 12, 2013. 

-Adults will attend camp on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 13th thru June 15th, 2013. 

-For returning campers, that means the yellow/green/pink/orange groups will meet Monday thru Wednesday. The blue/lime green/purple/red groups will meet Thursday thru Saturday. 

-Both camps will have an end-of-camp Be-a-Star Showcase and all campers will perform on stage. 

-Returning campers can mail in the required registration form with payment beginning TODAY! Camp fees are $195 per camper and $375 for two campers/same family. 

-Campers five years old and younger will have the option of attending in the morning or in the afternoon. The fee for the half-day campers is $100. 

-The 2013 RicStar's Camp will begin accepting NEW campers on March lst.  That means that returning campers must have their registration form/payment in the CMS office BEFORE March 1st.  Reminder: camp fills up quickly each year and the wait list rarely moves.

-Repeat: You must have your completed registration form/payment into the CMS offices asap in order to hold a place on the camper list. Please, make sure you sign the registration from on the front AND back. 

-Contact Cindy Edgerton, RicStar's Camp director, if you're intersted in receiving financial aid or if you have additional questions, including opportunities for campus lodging. 

RiStar's Camp focuses on ability, modeling inclusion and celebrating the power of music to change lives. We also have lots of fun. See you at summer camp!  

Note: CMS is currently updating their site with the 2013 info/registration. If needed, you can also download the 2013 registration form at my website, click on RicStar's Camp page.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Reminder: Most of my special needs posts now appear on my professional Facebook page. Here are the links to  my current social networking sites.

Facebook- Special Needs Parenting Posts
Pinterest- Special Needs Parenting Board-Fav Resources
Twitter-Judy Winter
Tumblr-Winter Visions: pretty things. pretty words. pretty images. General interest blog.


I was hoping to have my recent December interview about special needs holiday tips before now, but better late than never. Hopefully, this will provide you with on-going support for all those future gatherings/celebrations. It's not seen during this interview, but my book's title is, 'Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations.' I'm also an expert contributor to the book, 'Easy to love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories.' My words also appear in the book, 'A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs,' and in dozens of newspapers/magazine columns and features, both in print and online. Reminder, that you can also access most of my new posts on Facebook. Facebook Page-Special Needs

Interview on You Tube: 

Holiday Tips and Special Needs Families

Former Interview about my book on this same program:
Special Needs Families/Judy Winter-Author

You can find samples of some of my national interviews at page.
Judy Winter Website/Media Page