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FUTURE Helping children with special needs gain independence BY MARTY MINCHIN





rofessionals who work with children with special needs echo the same advice for preparing them for independence: start now. “Parents shouldn’t wait until their child is a teenager or in their last year of high school,” says Doreen Byrd, parent educator with Exceptional Children's Assistance Center in Davidson. “Leaving it up to fate is not the way to go.” Helping a child with special needs prepare for living on his or her own is not unlike the guidance parents provide typically developing children. Learning life and jobs skills may take more time and specialized assistance, but for many children with special needs, independence is an attainable goal. And like many typically developing children, many children with special needs desire selfsufficiency as they mature. “They want to have independence,” says Deborah Hofland, executive director of Philips Academy, a school that provides students with special needs the skills to be self-reliant. “There’s an enormous sense of pride when they are able to start doing things for themselves.” Continued on Page 4




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Life Skills Matter As Jane and Phil Blount’s son Philip was nearing middle school, they realized that a typical college preparatory curriculum would not benefit their son, who is diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. Along with longtime educator Barbara Parrish, they founded Philips Academy eight years ago. The school teaches skills that students can apply in the real world. Instead of learning algebra, for example, students learn how to calculate the amount of change they should receive back in a transaction.  Even the youngest children with special needs can learn skills that will help them live on their own, whether it’s packing a lunch, getting dressed or making their bed. Parents often fall into caregiving mode because it is easier for them do things for their child with special needs than to allow the child to do it himself. Parents should push their children to try new skills, keeping in mind that their child may be capable of more than they think. Establishing challenging goals based on the child’s abilities will help determine his or her potential. “In some cases, young people I know are perfectly capable of doing laundry or shampooing their own hair, and the parents are doing these things for them,” says Byrd. “Essentially, the parent doesn’t realize in their effort to help their kid, they are limiting their independence.” Teaching life skills to a child with special needs can take a long time and require a lot of repetition, but years of practice can greatly help, says Jane Blount. As children get older, they can learn real-world skills such as how to manage a debit card, write a check, sign their names and balance a checkbook online. Many summer and school programs, including individualized education plans through public school systems, also can help children develop social skills, daily life skills and practical skills that can translate into successful independent living later.

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Financial and Legal Planning Parents also should begin planning early for the financial and legal issues that can be unique to children with special needs. Attorneys and financial planners who specialize in special needs are available. “It’s very critical to get the right person guiding you and helping you,” says Hofland. Philips Academy regularly hosts community workshops to provide parents with legal and financial information. Children age out of certain services when they turn 21, and specialized advisors can help parents figure out what assistance young adults with special needs can qualify for. As children with special needs grow into teenagers, parents can begin thinking through issues of guardianship, independent living situations and job programs for their child. Some parents

plan for how their child with special needs will be taken care of after they die. Parents should be careful not to limit their child’s capabilities or make legal decisions that could take away decision-making power from young adults who may need more time to mature. While some children with special needs may not be ready to live on their own at age 18, they may be by age 23. “Don’t think of your child as being sort of frozen in this stage of development forever,” says Byrd. “They will continue to learn and develop, (just) maybe behind the pace of other folks.”

On Their Own Getting children and teenagers with special needs involved with outside activities and volunteering, whether it’s at the public library, a local nonprofit organization or a church, can provide invaluable preparation for holding down a job later. Such opportunities can help them learn how to follow directions, cooperate with others and build endurance for working and living on their own. As young adults with special needs mature, parents should talk to them about where they would like to work and live. Philip Blount is now 21, and he is transitioning into living into a condominium with a roommate. He works two restaurant jobs and has a close group of friends. “He is working and achieving that independence,” says Jane Blount. “It has taken every bit of these eight years since the school was founded to get to this place.”

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MAX GAMER: A Superhero for Children With Asperger Syndrome



What makes a superhero? In the comic book world, it is usually a tragic accident that gives a hero special powers, making them appear to be from another world. Children with Asperger’s, an autism spectrum disorder, may feel like they are from a different planet, often excluded at school and in social situations. Frank Gaskill from Southeast Psych in Southpark is on a mission to change that notion and show that children with Asperger’s – or “Aspie’s” – are their own kind of superhero. Gaskill is the co-creator, along with Ryan Kelly, of Max Gamer, a superhero who also has Asperger syndrome. “Superheroes are cool and have special abilities … Max Gamer is a little boy, and his Asperger’s gives him special abilities, like seeing patterns that other people cannot,” says Gaskill. The comic is written in anime style because it features exaggerated facial cues and makes it easier for the children to recognize the emotions of the character. Max Gamer is also drawn in such a way that various age groups are able to relate to the comic. When the comic was still a prototype, Gaskill held a reading for children with Asperger’s and their parents. Gaskill remembers one little boy looked up and asked, “Have you been following me around?” “Max Gamer is a way to show Aspie’s in a positive way,” says Gaskill, “empowered, accepted, and helps them recognize and embrace who they are rather than fight against it.”



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What About Me?





Helping siblings of children with special needs cope




ia has spent many hours in doctor offices in her seven years of life, but she’s seldom the patient. She is the younger sibling of a child with special needs. Her older sister, Parker, 9, has PraderWilli syndrome (PWS), the most common known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity in children. PWS typically causes low muscle tone, short stature (if not treated with growth hormone) and a chronic feeling of hunger that, coupled with a metabolism that utilizes drastically fewer calories than normal, can lead to excessive eating and obesity. The girls’ parents, Bethany and Scott Cheney, have always discussed Parker needing extra help, and at age 4, they began explaining the specifics of PWS to Mia. A book on PWS, written specifically for children, helped both daughters understand PWS behaviors.

Understanding Feelings Depending on the severity of a special need, the entire family life and schedule may revolve around the child with special needs. It is not uncommon for other children in the family to feel jealous or neglected. Red flags include acting out, irritability, frustration, withdrawal, comments about resentment or increased sibling rivalry.

Parents can help by providing education about the special need but remembering that knowledge doesn’t necessarily match emotional experience. “Children can still feel jealous even when they know cognitively the reasons behind the special attention the sibling receives,” says Nichole Finger, family therapist at Lake Norman Family Therapy in Cornelius. Some children may be afraid to bring up the topic, but parents should maintain open communication and initiate discussions with all children in the home about a sibling’s special need, says Finger. “As children grow and mature, their cognitive processes develop, moving from more concrete to more abstract thinking. As this occurs, the questions that children have will change and deepen and more complex issues and concerns will be addressed."

Social Support Finger encourages families to get help when needed. Resources such as individual and family therapy, school counselors, support groups and respite services are available. The Cheneys make sure both children have experiences with peers with and without special needs. Mia participates in conferences for children with special needs and attends picnics, fundraisers and community activities.

“Many times the programs for children with special needs will also include the siblings, so those children feel special too, and it creates this real natural understanding for people of all abilities,” says Bethany Cheney. Openness and education of family, friends, teachers, classmates and other parents is vital. “The child with special needs wants to be included, and the typical sibling wants their special needs sibling to be accepted and seen for the amazing person they see,” she says.

One-on-One Time Though challenging, carving out quality one-on-one time with each child needs to also be a priority. The Cheneys believe both of their daughters need their own activities and independent playtime with friends and special times with parents. “Mia and her dad went on a trip together to visit family while Parker and I had a week of activities that she enjoys at home. That trip was probably the best trip Mia ever had. We sensed she really needed some time to feel ‘special.’ Being on the lookout for those signs is important.” Holly Becker is a freelance writer and mom to three children who lives in Cornelius.




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ix years ago, Gina Fisher found herself without an answer to her son Heath’s question, “When do I get to play?” Heath, age 14, had watched his brother play baseball and wanted to do the same, but because of developmental delays and gait issues, he was unable to play on a regular team. Children with special needs spend their time between school, therapy and doctor appointments. Forming friendships and finding recreational activities are harder to come by. Determined to create more opportunities for Heath and kids who face similar challenges, Fisher and her husband created Take On Sports, an organization coordinating sports for children with special needs. Heath’s involvement in sports helped relieve stress and improved his gait and self-esteem. An unexpected outcome was the emotional bond formed with other athletes and volunteers. Continued on Page 12

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“Sports unify. Every player, every spectator is part of the event. It creates a bond, sometimes even without words.”

“Sports unify. Every player, every spectator is part of the event. It creates a bond, sometimes even without words,” says Jolanda Hengstman, a 15-year veteran of Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s adaptive physical education department. While building friendships that extend beyond the playing field, athletes can also learn lifelong lessons of respecting others and contributing to a team. Rory Kinane, a 16-year-old from Charlotte, participated in the 2013 World Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in the speed skating event. Participation in sports is a driving factor in Rory’s life, giving him goals to accomplish, teaching him to be tenacious, driven and competitive, says his mom, Stephany Kinane. These lessons have trickled into academic and recreational endeavors as well, she says. Selecting the right sport for a child with disabilities involves interest, skill set and a bit of trial and error. Begin with an available sport that fits the family schedule, and then use cues from the child to determine whether to continue or change direction. Families can choose from more than 20 sports through Special Olympics, Mecklenburg Therapeutic Recreation Department, YMCA’s Miracle League, Take On Sports and Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program. Staff and volunteers make participation easy and affordable. Nicholas Batley, a spirited eighth grader with Asperger syndrome, played baseball in the inaugural season of Miracle League, a baseball league for children with

special needs. Nicholas remembers his first time on the field, “It felt amazing to be a part of this special league. I felt like a happy person. It was cool.” In addition to playing baseball, Nicholas wanted to test out his commentating skills. He requested permission and was given the opportunity. Nicholas took the first steps to realizing his dream to be a NASCAR sports announcer. Being involved in sports can lead to a lifelong love of athletics, which in turn helps individuals strive for a healthy lifestyle through exercise and athletics. Diagnosed with brittle bone disease and using a wheelchair for mobility, Taylor Lipsett started playing sled hockey at 15. Now 26, Lipsett plays on the USA Sled Hockey Team, which recently won the international championship. When asked what he’s gained as an athlete, Lipsett says, “I became healthier, learned to set and achieve goals, and developed lifelong friendships,” he says. “Sled hockey has helped shape the adult I am today.” Lipsett stressed how being in a wheelchair can lead to a sedentary existence, but involvement in regular exercise through a sport can promote a healthy lifestyle. It may take several attempts to find the right sport, but when you do, who knows what good things may come about. Vanessa Infanzon lives in Charlotte and is mom to three boys, including one with special needs. Read about her adventures in parenting at

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CROSSWAY PEDIATRIC THERAPY Working together to bridge the gaps on the journey to success


rossway Pediatric Therapy was established in 2004 by Shelley Portaro, M.S., OTR/L to provide occupational, speech and physical therapy for children with special needs, and give families the additional support and resources needed. At Crossway Pediatric Therapy, you will find a community of highly experienced therapists and a support system committed to helping each child achieve his or her maximum potential. A team of multidisciplinary therapists collaborate to develop and implement a program that is specific to each child’s needs. Crossway Academy, a clinic-based day school, opened its doors in 2011. The school was created to help children with learning disabilities and special needs thrive in an environment filled with hope and opportunity while improving their academic and social skills. The curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of each individual child while following the North Carolina Core Curriculum. Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT or CI) consists of casting the unaffected arm for children with hemiplegia in order to facilitate the use of the affected arm. Crossway Pediatric Therapy offers a group intensive session through a summer camp called CIMT Camp and they also offer individualized CIMT throughout the year. While a child’s unaffected arm is casted, the child then uses his or her affected arm repetitively and intensively for two to three weeks. The therapists at Crossway use splinting, Kinesiotaping and principles of neuroscience based frames of reference to rebuild the strength and use of the affected arm while the unaffected arm is casted in order to build confidence in the child’s perception of the affected side to increase use of it. Kay Toomey’s (Ph.D., author) S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding is a systematic, multidisciplinary approach to teach children with sensory processing disorder, food allergies and feeding difficulties that eating is fun. The S.O.S. Approach requires family involvement within the therapy sessions and home programming to ensure they are able to carryover the skills to home. The feeding clinic offers both individual and group therapy depending on the child’s needs. Twice a year, surgeons from the Texas Brachial Plexus Institute come to Charlotte to hold a clinic for families with children who have sustained a brachial plexus injury. The doctors meet with the




clients to assess the child’s progress and further treatment options. Therapists at Crossway review current therapy, home programming and the possible need for additional therapeutic intervention. Crossway Pediatric Therapy is focused on treating the whole child, as well as giving parents and caregivers the tools and skill sets needed for continued progress and success at home. In addition to the specialized services highlighted, the clinic offers individual occupational, speech and physical therapy services.


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SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES Children with special needs face unique challenges. Whether their needs are intellectual, physical or developmental, find more than 125 local resources to support them as they grow.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 501 3rd St., NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 202-387-1968 Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Academic Advocates 15318 Brynfield Drive 704-502-1665 Provides individual case advocacy for children with learning differences. Angels in Need Davidson 704-895-4968 Helps develop, implement and financially support local programs that support exceptional children. Arc of North Carolina 343 E. Six Forks Road, Suite 320, Raleigh 800-662-8706 Services and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. • Cabarrus County: 704-788-1616 • Gaston County: 704-861-1036 • Mecklenburg County: 704-332-4535 | • Union County: 704-261-1550 • South Carolina: 803-748-5020 Autism Foundation of the Carolinas 704-906-7662 Helps families find programs and funding.

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Advocacy continued from Page 15 Autism Services of Mecklenburg County 2211-A Executive St. 704-392-9220 Offers residential and communitybased services for adults and children with autism, traumatic brain injury and other developmental disabilities. Community-based services are available in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. Autism Society Of North Carolina 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh 919-743-0204 Provides a community where people within the autism spectrum and their families receive respect, services, and supports based on individual differences, needs and preferences. Autism Speaks 4530 Park Road, Suite 320 704-561-0003 Funds global biomedical research and raises public awareness about autism through events, including World Autism Awareness Day. Beginnings 7508 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 106 704-566-0145 Free services to N.C. parents of children who are deaf or have hearing impairment, including resources and referrals. Brain Injury Association of North Carolina 1100 Blythe Blvd. 704-960-0561; 877-962-7246 Advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and provides support groups throughout the region.

CHADD Of Mecklenburg County 4100 Coca-Cola Plaza 704-551-9120 Meets on second Mondays monthly, January-May; September-October only. Works to improve the lives of people with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder through education, advocacy and support. Child Care Resources 4600 Park Road, Suite 400 704-376-6697 Provides free child care resources and referral services, including teenage parents, grandparents raising grandchildren and parents with a child with an identified special need. Children's Developmental Services Agency 3500 Ellington St. 704-336-7100 Works to help children, birth to 3 years, and their families who are at high risk for developmental delays to grow and develop by providing assessments, treatment and case management service coordination. Sliding fee scale. Insurance and Medicaid billed for allowable services. Community Alternatives Programs for Children 1985 Umstead Drive, Raleigh 919-855-4380 capchildren.htm A N.C. Medicaid waiver program, providing home and community services to medically fragile children who are at risk for institutionalization. Eligibility based on child's income. Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities CAPMRDD/ Medicaid programs that provide home and community services to individuals of any age with mental

retardation and developmental disabilities. Eligibility based on the child’s income, not that of the parents. • Cabarrus/Union counties: 704-939-7700 • Gaston/Lincoln/Iredell counties: 800-864-1454 • Mecklenburg County: 704-366-6404 Council For Children's Rights 601 E. 5th St., Suite 510 704-372-7961 Advocates for children in the areas of special education, abuse and neglect, and mental health. Council for Exceptional Children 888-232-7733 Advocates for improving the educational success of students with disabilities and those who are gifted and talented. Covenant Case Management 2101 Sardis Road N., Suite 217 704-249-7418 Provides targeted case management, educational workshops, personal consultation and advocating for clients. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 7506 E. Independence Blvd. Suite 120 704-321-7852 Developmental Disabilities Resources 9822 Albermarle Road 704-573-9777 Care providers for children with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. Disability Rights and Resources 5801 Executive Center Drive, Suite 101 800-755-5749

Provides information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training, advocacy and transition from nursing homes back into the community. Disability Rights of North Carolina 2626 Glenwood Ave., Suite 550, Raleigh 877-235-4210 Part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies. Helps people gain access to services. Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte 704-536-2163 Offers family-to-family support, educational meetings, newsletters, social events, fund-raising activities and networking opportunities or families of children with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Online 949-757-1877 Offers high-quality, comprehensive information resources and communication to enhance public understanding of Down syndrome. Easter Seals South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 803-256-0735 Provides information and referral and early intervention services to families and children with disabilities, as well as therapy services in schools and homes. Easter Seals/United Cerebral Palsy North Carolina 6135 Park South Drive, Suite 350 800-662-7119 Offers child and family services, mental health services, job development and placement to individuals with disabilities.

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Who Should be Referred? · Poor weight gain in infants · Food aversion (refusal of food and/or drink) · Difficulty in increasing food textures · Failure to thrive · Feeding tube dependence · Babies with a history of difficulty feeding in the nursery or following discharge · Delay in meeting oral development milestones · Problems with gagging and/or vomiting · Behavior problems during meals (spitting, tantrums) · Extreme pickiness that lasts for longer than a few weeks

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Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina 1920 W. First St., uite 5541A, Winston-Salem 800-451-0694 Supports children and adults with epilepsy through information and referral, counseling, support groups, advocacy and community and school education. Exceptional Children's Assistance Center 907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103, Davidson 800-962-6817 Parent training and information center offering assistance with educational issues, a lending library and parent-to-parent support. Family First Community Services 3705 Latrobe Drive, Suite 340 704-364-3989 A community-based program that serves North Carolina children and adolescents with mental health/ substance abuse challenges. Family Support Network of Mecklenburg County 3500 Ellington St. 704-336-7173 Offers a one-on-one parent match with a trained support parent for emotional support and assistance finding resources. First in Families of N.C. 3109 University Drive, Suite 100, Durham 919-251-8368 Resources and assistance to help those with developmental disabilities become self-sufficient, including food, housing and clothing. • Cabarrus/Union counties: 704-261-1550 • Gaston County: 704-689-6648 • Mecklenburg County: 704-536-6661

Innovative Approaches Cabarrus Health Alliance 1307 South Canon Blvd., Kannapolis 704-934-4399 An alliance of community partners that provides services and resources for families of children and youth with special health care needs from birth to age 21. Genetics and Down Syndrome Clinic 704-381-6810 Provides genetic evaluations, genetic counseling and laboratory testing for a variety of conditions associated with developmental disabilities, as well as information, education and referrals to programs and groups. InReach 4425 Randolph Road, Suite 400 704-536-6661 Provides housing, employment and community services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Services include: group homes, supervised apartment living, case management, CAP services, independent housing, First in Families project, Open Opportunities project and transition services. Innovative Approaches Cabarrus Health Alliance 1307 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis 704-934-4399 An alliance of community partners that provides services and resources for families of children with special health care needs. Ages birth to 21. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 205 Regency Executive Park Drive, Suite 102 704-561-0828 Advocates for a cure for diabetes and its complications.


LifeSpan 200 Clanton Road 704-944-5100 Provides education, employment and enrichment opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Love Inc. 2633 Eastway Drive 704-536-5588 Volunteer network of more than 170 churches that donates services to the disabled. Make a Wish Foundation 212 S. Tryon St., Suite 1080 704-339-0334 Granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. March of Dimes 7506 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 114 704-377-2009 Funds research and provides community services, education and advocacy to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Mecklenburg County Children's Developmental Services Agency 3500 Ellington St. 704-336-7130 Evaluates and services children birth-3 years with developmental delays or disorders. Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas Inc. 3701 Latrobe Drive, Suite 140 704-365-3454 Promotes mental wellness through advocacy, prevention and education, and an online directory of mental health professionals. Metrolina Association for the Blind 704 Louise Ave. 704-372-3870 Provides services to blind and visually impaired people, including rehabilitation and accessible Braille services. Muscular Dystrophy Association 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 701 704-567-2912 Combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of research, medical and community services, and professional/public education. N.C. Association for Parents of Children With Visual Impairment 919-469-8879 Provides information and resources for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. N.C. Department of Public Instruction - Exceptional Children's Division 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh 919-807-3969 Assures that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment. N.C. Division of Services for the Blind 5855 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100 704-563-4168 Provides services for adults and children who are blind or visually impaired. N.C. MedAssist 601 E. 5th St., Suite 350 704-536-1790 Free medication, healthcare advocacy and related educational services for low-income, uninsured N.C. residents.

National Association for Down Syndrome 630-325-9112 Offers information, support, and advocacy to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential. National Tourette Syndrome Association Concord 980-521-3951 Funds research and treatment, and offers resources and referrals to people living with Tourette Syndrome. North Carolina Early Intervention Services 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh 919-707-5520 Assessment, treatment, case management, education, inclusion training and inclusion aides. Birth-3 years. Parker Autism Foundation 704-819-4952 Provides workshops for parents and educators, a lending library, and scholarship grants for North Carolina families with children on the autism spectrum. Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte 1613 E. Morehead St. 704-288-5300 Provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children in nearby hospitals. Social Security Administration 5800 Executive Center Drive, Suite 300 800-722-1213 Offers Supplemental Security Income for children under 18 who meet Social Security's definition of disability for children. • Charlotte: 888-383-1598 • Concord: 888-366-6149 • Gastonia: 866-331-2193

• Rock Hill, S.C.: 877-626-9589 • Statesville: 704-872-8120 The MORGAN Project Promotes awareness and support of parent caring for their special needs children, and works to enhance the quality of life for these special families. Email Total Care and Concern 1428 Orchard Lake Drive 704-321-1635 Care designed to maximize the independence of people with disabilities, productivity and quality of life; allowing them to thrive in their community and ultimately living their lives to the fullness of their capabilities. United Way of Central Carolina 301 S. Brevard St. 704-372-7170 Information and referrals through the United Way for various types of developmental needs. York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs 7900 Park Place Road, York, S.C. 803-628-5999 Developmental programs for children and adults, case management, residential services and a summer camp.

AdAptive equipment And Assistive technology Generations-Tadpole 205G W. E. St., Butner 919-575-3093; 888-288-7948 Lends and delivers low-tech assistive technology devices, adaptive toys and equipment, and adaptive leisure and recreational items. Continued on Page 21




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Adaptive continued from Page 19 National Lekotek Center 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL A nonprofit that offers toy lending libraries for children with special needs, plus webinars for parents.

Equine-based program offers professional counseling, focused group programs, individual mentoring programs and special programming for the family and special populations.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program 5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 105 704-566-2899 Consultations, information and referral for assistive technology needs, and equipment loan program.

Boy Scouts of America 1410 E. 7th St. 704-333-5471 A variety of programs for boys with disabilities, plus a co-ed program.

Camps and ReCReation ABC Language Stimulation Summer Program 201 E. Matthews St., Suite 102, Matthews 704-443-2990 Thematic summer-based units for children with speech and language delays, plus language enrichment, social skills, academics and speech and language therapy included. Ages 3-8. Adaptive Water Skiing Program 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius 704-716-4400 Water skiing program for those with disabilities provided by the Lake Norman YMCA and Carolinas Rehabilitation. Bambino Buddy Ball 1200 S. Trade St., Matthews Offers children ages 5 to 18 with mental or physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball each weekend in the spring and fall. Hosted by Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association. Bit of Hope Ranch 5001 CR Wood Road, Gastonia 704-862-0095

Camp Arc • 1165 Constitution Blvd. (Day Camp) • 155 Johnston St., Rock Hill, S.C. (Residential Camp) 803-329-5659 Mainstreamed summer camp for children with developmental disabilities, including eight weeks of day camp at Boyd Hill Recreation Center and one week of residential camp at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center.

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Camp BE-Tween 3132 Manchester Ave. 704-432-4325 Weekly field trips, swimming, sports, arts and crafts. $100/wk. Ages 11-13. Camp Boomerang Siskey YMCA 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews 704-716-4329 Inclusion-based day camp for children with autism ages 5-15 that includes nature, field sports, low ropes, fishing, swimming, devotions and arts and crafts, music and occupational enrichment activities. Camp Carefree 275 Carefree Lane, Stokesdale 336-427-0966 Summer camp for children with special needs and chronic illness and their siblings, as well as for children whose parents are chronically ill or have special needs. Ages 6-18.


For children of all abilities with accessible surfaces and equipment, plus adapted swings with shoulder straps and high seat backs. Some may include sensory equipment. See for locations and details.

Chantilly Park

Mallard Creek Park

Clemson Park

Marion Diehl Park

Colonel Francis Beatty Park

Merry Oaks Park

Cordelia Park

Nevin Park

Freedom Park

Park Road Park

Grier Heights Park

Reedy Creek Park

Idlewild Park

Revolution Park

Jetton Park

William R. Davie Park

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Camps continued from Page 21 Camp Dakota Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd. 704-819-4952 One-week camps for ages 5-13 to strengthen academic goals through traditional camp activities. Camp Dogwood 7050 Camp Dogwood Drive, Sherrills Ford 828-478-2155 Boating, fishing, swimming, crafts, water-skiing, tubing, music, art, miniature golf, field trips and horseback riding for the blind and visually impaired.

City of Rock Hill Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Programs 1165 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill, S.C. 803-329-5658 Recreational programs, including camps, a theatrical troupe and Special Olympics.

Camp Horizon 704-366-0167 Three-day overnight camp at for children ages 10-17 with Down syndrome. Camp Lakey Gap 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain 828-669-8977 A camp for people with autism that promotes social and emotional growth. Ages 4-adult. Camp LUCK 1299 Camp Cherokee Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 704-240-1041 A medically supervised overnight camp for kids with heart disease plus one sibling that includes programs to nurture, educate and support kids and families. Ages 7-14.




Carolinas Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program 1100 Blythe Blvd. 704-355-1062 Offers a variety of programs and activities for physically challenged children and adults. Challenger Flag Football League and Cheerleading Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road 704-432-4328 Provides children and young adults with disabilities the chance to play flag football and cheer in a safe, structured and team environment. Ages 8-21.

Camp Holiday Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road 704-366-0167 Day camp for children ages 5-16 with Down syndrome. Some teen campers are considered for a counselor-in training program.

Camp Royall 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure 919-542-1033

A residential summer camp program designed to provide campers on the autism spectrum a week of typical camp activities in a structured environment. Ages 4 and older.

Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks and Rec 704-892-6031 Offers programs for individuals with special needs, including summer camps, sports, parents-night-out, and family events. Ages 5-16. Creative Care Christian Preschool Camp for Children with Special Needs 4823 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe 910-280-4644 Daily activities include, circle time, music, art, and PE, plus weekly programs, including yoga, martial arts, dance, field trips and more. $125/week. Ages 4-10.

Crossway Academy and Pediatric Therapy Summer Camps 9129 Monroe Road, Suite 100-105 704-847-3911 and Designed to strengthen academics, communication and social skills throughout the summer. Curriculum is thematic unit based with activities that include reading, math, music, art and gym. Epiphany School of Charlotte Summer Camp 6800 Saint Peter's Lane, Matthews 704-644-4407 Fun, experiential activities build upon a child’s natural strengths to enhance communication and social skills and help them make new friends in a safe, educational and recreational atmosphere. Ages 6-14. Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council 7007 Idlewild Road 704-731-6500 Many programs and activities for girls, including girls with disabilities. Hinds’ Feet Farm 14625 Black Farms Road, Huntersville 704-992-1424 Services for brain-injury patients, including a therapeutic equestrian riding program. Imagination Station/ Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 440 Tuckaseegee Road 704-432-4329 Day camp that features sports, art, music, dance and field trips for ages 2-6 with disabilities. Joni and Friends Charlotte 616A Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews 704-841-1177 A Christian outreach ministry that operates a five-day camp to give

families affected by disabilities a chance to refresh and relieve stress. Kids Rein 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville 704-701-4711 Therapeutic horseback riding program at Latta Plantation Recreation Center. Lose the Training Wheels 7100 Statesville Road 704-906-7662 A program designed to help children with autism and other neurological related disabilities learn to ride a bike using uniquely adapted bikes. MDA Summer Camp at Bethelwoods 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 701 704-567-2912 Overnight program in York, S.C. that includes swimming, fishing, games, arts and crafts and other activities for children with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. Ages 6-17. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation – Therapeutic Recreation 704-432-0237 Goal-oriented camps and programs for children with disabilities. Activities include field trips, swimming, games, music, sports, and arts and crafts. Miracle League University YMCA 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road 704-716-6700 A baseball league for children who have a physical or mental impairments. Ages 5-18. Misty Meadows Mitey Riders 455 Providence Road S., Waxhaw 704-841-0602 Therapeutic riding and equineassisted activities, free of charge.


NC Lions Foundation 7050 Camp Dogwood Drive, Sherrills Ford 800-662-7401 Provides recreational opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including Camp Dogwood at Lake Norman and a fishing tournament at Nags Head. Playing for Others 704-999-4564 Pairs teens with children that have special needs and their siblings through a buddy program that facilitates relationships through the arts, community outings, and community service. Ages 5-17. Shining Hope Farms 328 Whippoorwill Lane, Mount Holly 704-827-3788 Therapeutic horseback riding, family and caregiver support, and social recreation. SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized) 226 SOAR Lane, Balsam 828-456-3435 A success-oriented, high-adventure program for tweens and teens with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder. Ages 8-25. Social Skills Camp 1100 S. Mint St., Suite 108 704-981-1898

Camps focus on fine-tuning social skills including dealing with feelings, conflict resolution, making and keeping friends, communication, teamwork, decision-making, selfcontrol, and self-esteem. $300/wk. Ages 7-14.

"Make Summer Count" is designed to provide both Fletcher and nonFletcher students with learning disabilities and attention difficulties an opportunity to maintain and improve academic skills during the summer. Rising grades 2-8.

Special Olympics North Carolina North and South Carolina 704-358-1935; 803-772-1555 Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children with disabilities.

Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation 416 Armour St. Davidson 704 892-3349 Therapeutic programs for children ages 5 and older.

Spectrum Family Camp at YMCA Camp Greenville Cedar Mountain 864-836-3291 Traditional camp in the N.C. mountains that features archery, riflery, canoeing, fishing, hiking, crafts, songs and campfires for families with kids on the autism spectrum. Talisman Summer Camps 64 Gap Creek Road, Zirconia 888-458-8226 Overnight camps for children and teenagers with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.

Trips Inc. 800-686-1013 Travel agency offering a variety of tours designed for people with developmental disabilities in the U.S. and Europe. Victory Junction 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman 336-498-9055 Offers camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. 6-16 years. Wings of Eagles Ranch 4800 Faith Trails, Concord 704-784-3147 Offers therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities.

The Fletcher School 8500 Sardis Road 704-365-4658

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY ABC Educational Services 201 E. Matthews St., Suite 102, Matthews 704-443-2990 Provides early intervention and educational assessments, plus language and occupational therapy. Alexander Youth Network 6220 Thermal Road 704-366-8712 Offers behavioral health care services and outpatient therapies. Brain Balance of Charlotte • 9101-J Pineville-Matthews Road, Pineville | 704-540-6363 • 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius | 704-655-1334 Provides targeted sensory, motor and cognitive activities, designed to stimulate and increase brain function in children to overcome the challenges of ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities and developmental delays. Ages 3-19. Butterfly Effects 1815 Willow Haven Lane, Matthews 704-859-4478 Offers therapy and tutoring in academics, behavioral health, communication disorders, and social and life skills. Continued on Page 24


The Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc. (MHA)’s ParentVOICE program is staffed by parents and caregivers of youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns. Trained and caring Family Support Specialists help families navigate the education, mental health and juvenile justice systems. We can offer: • Attendance at meetings with schools and service providers • as a support for parents, grandparents and caregivers • Monthly support groups for adults and youth • Training & workshops for parents, youths and provider agencies, at NO COST to families

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Developmental continued from 23 The Center for Creativity and Healing 4728 Park Road, Suite C 704-523-5567 Provides a holistic approach to therapy, including play, animalassisted and art therapy programs. Ages 4-18. Child and Family Development 4102 Park Road, Suite 200 704-332-4834 A multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic that can assess and treat a wide range of childhood concerns including autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities and speech development through an integrated approach. Crossway Pediatric Therapy 9129 Monroe Road Suite 100-105 Provides home and clinic-based speech, occupational and physical therapies, plus tutoring. Also offers a clinic-based day school. Ages 0-18. Dreamweavers Unlimited Inc. 1010 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia 704-868-8551 Provides speech therapy, counseling, early intervention services and music therapy. Easter Seals/United Cerebral Palsy Child Development Center 716 Marsh Road 1-800-662-7119 Individualized therapeutic services for ages birth-5 years. Focus MD 309 S. Sharon Amity 704-900-0252 A medical practice solely dedicated to ADHD diagnosis and treatment that uses cutting-edge technology to create individualized treatment and behavior modification plans. Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte 5007 Providence Road 704-364-6594




SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES Offers play therapy and counseling for children and youths, including those who are on the autism spectrum. Learning Charms 316 Lillington Ave. 980-225-5414 Enrichment classes, camps, developmental and kindergarten readiness screenings, evaluations, occupational therapy and speech therapy for ages 5 months-5th grade. Learning Connections Unlimited, Huntersville 704-488-2026 Developmental specialists work with children and families in their homes to provide play-based developmental intervention. Ages 0-6. Psychological Services of Charlotte 1923 J.N. Pease Place, Suite 204 704-503-3535 Integrated therapy for Sensory Integration Disorder. Queens University of Charlotte Music Therapy Clinic E.H. Little Fine Arts Center, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2520 Offers music therapy services to address functional needs through musical experiences. Ages 3 and older. Rodgers Christian Counseling 6412 Bannington Drive 704-840-3228 Mental health therapist that specializes in play therapy with an interactive, fun, relational and healing approach. Ages 3 and older. Siber Imaging 7820 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Suite 106 704-543-0427 Multi-disciplinary neurophysiology practice founded by Dr. Myra Preston

that uses neurotherapy to treat ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety and learning disabilities. Also offers equine therapy. Southeast Psych • 6060 Piedmont Row Drive S., Suite 120 | 704-552-0116 • 8840 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 200 | 704-970-4791 Psychological services for various ages and needs, including children with Aspergers and on the autism spectrum. Special K Enrichment • 2838 Queen City Drive, Suite A 704-395-9387 • 1564 Union Road, Suite A, Gastonia 704-917-0230 Provides support and services to help individuals with developmental and physical disabilities live comfortable lives within their community. TEACCH Charlotte Center 5701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 108 704-563-4103 Serves individuals with Autism spectrum disorders by providing diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning and implementation, education, and research. The Brain Trainer 11030 Golf Links Drive Suite 204 704-541-1373 An evidenced-based brain-training and speech therapy center. Works one-on-one with clients to improve speech and cognitive skills. Thompson Child and Family Focus • 6800 St. Peter's Lane, Matthews, 704-536-0375 • 2200 E. 7th St., 704-376-7180 • 1645 Clanton Road, 704-333-5382 Leading provider of effective clinical and behavioral treatment, developmental education, and proactive care for at-risk children and families. Ages 0-21.

EDUCATION All Saints Episcopal Preschool 525 Lake Concord Road, Concord 704-782-2024 Giving children of all backgrounds and needs the opportunity to learn and grow. Allegro Foundation 419 Ardmore Road 704-364-4063 Free movement education programs for children with disabilities. Bethlehem Center Head Start 2600 Grimes St. 704-375-1417 Federally funded child development program that offers a variety of services for children ages 3-5 with special needs.. Carolina Center for Applied Behavior Analysis 2124 Crown Center Drive, Suite 200 980-819-0010 Consultation and tutoring for children with autism. Charlotte Mecklenburg School Programs for Exceptional Children 700 E. Stonewall St., Suite 404 980-343-6960 Provides special education services to students ages 3-5. TEACCH affiliated classes are available for preschoolers identified with autism. Charlotte United Christian Academy 7640 Wallace Road 704-537-0331 Private school for children with autism spectrum disorders. Grades K-12. Crossway Academy 9129 Monroe Road, Suite 105 704-847-3911


A combined clinic-school for children ages 6-10 and/or for a middle school for children ages 11-14. Cyzner Institute 7022 Sardis Road 704-366-8260 CI Day School and Therapeutic Center provides customized educational and therapeutic support (ABA, OT, SpeechLanguage, Creative Arts) for children with learning differences, behavioral and/or developmental needs.

The Davidson Center 452 S. Main St., Suite 110, Davidson 704-892-4533 Comprehensive learning center that provides psychological-educational evaluations; reading evaluations; educational therapy and remedial instruction for ages 5-18. Governor Morehead School Preschool Program 4401 Colwick Road Suite 504 704-548-5197 Early intervention services for visually impaired children ages birth-5 years. The John Crosland School 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd. 704-365-5490 Individualized education for students grades K-12 who have learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Lazar Center of Learning and Achievement 5126 Park Road Suite 2E 704-726-8236 An after-school tutoring center that creates an individualized curriculum for each student.

LIFESPAN Circle School Statesville 302 W. Broad St., Statesville 704-872-8579 Inclusive preschool environment for children with developmental delays. Services provided in the home, in child care facilities and other community locations. Ages 6 weeks-5 years. Lindamood-Bell Learning Center 4419 Sharon Road 704-362-4556 Reading, language comprehension and math programs for individuals with dyslexia, hyperlexia and autism spectrum disorders. Lisa Pennington and Associates 6729 Fairview Road, Suite E 704-362-3123 Specializing in evaluations, intervention development and tutoring services for children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Manus Academy 6203 Carmel Road 704-542-6471 Private school program for students in grades 4-12 who have learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.


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NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 1841 Capital Blvd., Raleigh 888-388-2460; TDD 919-733-1462 Provides books and magazines in large print, Braille or tape. Located in Raleigh, but mails throughout the state. No fee for services. Philips Academy 3115 Providence Road 704-365-4533 Individualized education for middle and high school students with complex language, learning and/or cognitive disabilities.

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Education continued from Page 25 Shands Institute 130A W. Matthews St., Matthews 704-321-5705 A nonprofit learning center serving children diagnosed with ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and visual/ auditory processing disorders. Teaches individual learning styles with a multi-sensory approach. Ages 6-12 years.

Therapies that bridge conventional and natural medicine. The Developmental Vision Center 10210 Berkeley Place Drive 704-510-1555 Provides pediatric optometry therapy and rehabilitation, including treatment for learning-related vision problems.

Swan Learning Center 427 S. Sharon Amity Road Suite A 704-442-1718 Personalized programs and instruction that address students’ academic needs.

Haas Wellness Centers 3315 Springbank Lane, Suite 304 704-837-2420 Holistic alternatives for health issues including those with special needs.

The Epiphany School of Charlotte 6800 St. Peters Lane, Matthews 704-644-4407 Private school program for students with social and communication problems, including Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sensory processing disorder. Grades: 1-8. The Fletcher School 8500 Sardis Road 704-365-4658 Individualized and college preparatory programs for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

Asthma and Allergy Specialists 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300 Other locations in Mallard Creek and Matthews. 704-341-9600 Provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for food allergies and chronic asthma.



Bayada Nurses Home Care Specialists • 2221 Edge Lake Drive, 704-423-9449 • 7300 Carmel Executive Park Drive, 704-295-1200 • 8801 J.M. Keynes Drive, 704-549-1700 Helps people have a safe home life with comfort, independence, and dignity. HomeTown Oxygen 1005 S. Kings Drive 888-877-0202 Provides quality, community-based home respiratory products and services.


Carolinas Natural Health Center 1126 Sam Newell Road, Matthews 704-708-4404


Interim HealthCare • 131 Providence Road, 704-372-8230 • 141 Union St., Concord, 704-784-3483 2551 • Pembroke Road, Gastonia, 704-861-1156 • 154 Amendment Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 803-324-4166 Encompasses home care, hospice and health care staffing. Maxim Healthcare Services • 1300 Baxter St., Suite 114 704-366-1075


• 5821 Fairview Road, Suite 308 704-552-9510 Provides home health care, pediatric home care, respite care, intermittent care and companion services. Mission Medstaff 4108 Park Road, Suite 409 704-295-0829 In-home nursing services for ages birth to 21. PSA Healthcare 4530 Park Road, Suite 105 704-335-9797 Private duty nursing with tailored care plans. Symakla Home Health Care 9700 Research Dr. 704-947-8383 Provides services for individuals who are able to maintain their physical needs, but need assistance with daily living activities.

HOSPITALS  CHILDREN’S Hemby Children’s Hospital – Novant Healthcare 200 Hawthorne Lane 704-384-4021 Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast 920 Church St. N., Concord 704-403-3000 Levine Children’s Hospital – Carolinas Medical Center 1000 Blythe Blvd. 704-381-2000 Shriner’s Hospital for Children 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 864-271-3444

OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY Carolina Kids Therapy Services 16818 Bridgeton Lane, Huntersville 704-293-1856 Provide therapy for children birth to 21 in their home or at the child's daycare or preschool. Charlotte Therapy Associates 5200 Park Road, Suite 219 704-705-4550 Licensed therapists and counselors provide support and guidance through challenging situations, working towards achieving goals. ChildWorks Therapy 4405 Sardis Church Road, Monroe 704-575-2670 Home-based, community and clinicbased physical therapy for ages birth to adolescence. Early Bird Developmental Services 3007 Simmon Tree Road 704-995-2900 A family-focused company with the mission to provide the highest quality functional intervention to infants and children in their natural environment. Ages 0-21. First Steps Pediatric Therapy 2711 Randolph Road 704-256-4281 Provides physical and occupational therapy for ages birth to 21. Integration Station 2110 Ben Craig Drive, Suite 300 704-595-9363 Enhancing function and participation through skilled occupational therapy in areas such as sensory processing, motor coordination and behavior modification. Services delivered in the home, school and sensory clinic. Ages 0-14.


Integrative Therapy Concepts 134 Infield Court, Mooresville 704-799-6824 Clinic-based physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Kinetic Kids Inc. 9611 Brookdale Drive, Suite 100-122 704-807-5699 Physical therapy delivered in home and at schools. Ages 0-21 years.

Interactive Health Therapies 2102 Sardis Road N., Suite 112 704-845-6134 Occupational, speech and physical therapy services for schools, developmental centers and earlyintervention programs from birth to 21.

Lake Norman Children's Therapy 9835 Northcross Center Court, Suite B, Huntersville 704-896-8688 Speech, occupational, physical, psychological and family therapy services.

KidsAbilities Occupational Therapy for Children 7735 Beaker Court 704-503-1117 Private pediatric occupational therapy clinic that uses a sensory integrative approach to help children with sensory and motor skills. Ages 0-21.

Little Wonders 123, Pediatric Occupational Therapy 5113 Piper Station Drive #103 704-752-1616 Pediatric occupational therapy for children and infants in a clinic based supportive setting. Ages 0-16 years. Pediatric Boulevard 2814 Gray Fox Road, Indian Trail 704-821-0568 Provides speech, physical, occupational, feeding and aquatic therapy services. Ages 0-21. Touchstone Therapy 561 N. Polk St., Pineville 704-889-7828 Full spectrum occupational and physical therapy services for children.

SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING THERAPY Achieve Therapy Services 2301 Crown Point Executive Drive, Suite E 704-708-8314 Speech and occupational therapy for children, plus family support and guidance, “fun groups� for typically developing and children with special needs, plus pediatric yoga.

Carolina Speech Therapy 13420 Reese Blvd. W., Huntersville 704-380-0799 Private practice specializing in providing speech-language and occupational therapy in the child's natural environment. Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates 6035 Fairview Road Other locations in Belmont, Blakeney, Concord, Eastover, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Pineville, Matthews, Southpark, Statesville, Steele Creek, Monroe, Rock Hill, S.C. and University. 704-295-3000 A multispeciality practice with a comprehensive audiology program. Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center 741 Kenilworth Ave., Suite 100 704-523-8027 Speech-language, hearing diagnostic and remediation services for all ages. Continued on Page 28





Speech continued from Page 27 Child Language and Developmental Speech 2101 Sardis Road N., Suite112 704-845-0561 Early support for language difficulties, plus screenings, evaluations and speech therapy services. Ages 3 and older.


Offers speech therapy with art and high energy movement classes for children. Ages 3-10. Speech Excellence Inc. 320 Lillington Ave., Suite 202 704-375-5231 A private speech pathology practice providing evaluation and treatment for children with communication problems, plus special programs for language and learning disabilities. Speech Matters 17228 Lancaster Hwy., Suite 212 704-307-9541 Provides individual therapy for speech, language, and feeding issues. Speech WISE Inc. • 3315 Springbank Lane, Suite 206 • 6000 Fairview Road 704-847-0186 Offers speech and occupational therapy for children of all ages.

Charlotte Area Transit System Para-Transit provides door-to-door transit services within Charlotte's city limits, including the towns of Matthews and Pineville, for individuals with disabilities The Speech Garden certified as eligible according to the Institute Inc. 1235-E East Blvd., Suite 140 Americans with Disabilities Act.

704-609-8255 Parent education and therapy for children with speech and language disorders.

STS II serves a limited area in Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville and Mint Hill. Find out more by calling 704-336-2637 or

Kidspeak Speech and Language Services 6911 Shannon Willow Road, Suite 700 704-540-3777 Offers individual screenings, evaluations and therapy. Ages 0-18 years. Speech, Create and Move 704-443-8247




The Speech Vine 4425 Randolph Road, Suite 207 704-535-5305, ext. 25 or 704-629-8463 Speech and language evaluations, as well as group and individual therapy. Terrific Talkers 11535 Carmel Commons Blvd., Suite 100 704-541-3737, Provides speech, language and communication services within a fun learning environment. Ages 18 mos.-18 years.

SUPPORT GROUPS Absolutely Special Kids (ASK) 704-522-9912 Share and have a good time in a relaxed setting with parents of children with special needs and Celebral Palsy. Apraxia Group of Charlotte For parents who have children with Apraxia of Speech. Find on Facebook. Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte 704-536-2163 Group of parents that has a variety of educational activities, Moms Night Out, play dates and other chances to share mutual support. Family Connection of South Carolina – Rock Hill 803-366-4839 Parent-to-parent support to help in planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services for children with special needs. Lake Norman Exceptional Moms Davidson 704-895-4968 For parents of children with special needs in the Lake Norman area. Holds monthly support groups, social events, family gatherings. E-mail Parents of Allergic Kids Matthews 704-905-9603 Members include parents of children from babies to young adults with severe food, latex and venom allergies. Holds meetings, playgroups and a message board. Parent VOICE at Grace United Methodist Church 737 Woodlawn Road 980-406-1498 Offers monthly support groups for parents and caregivers.

TRanSPORTaTiOn and acceSSibiliTy 1st Choice Transportation Services 704-537-1819 Provides door-to-door transportation, for school-age children, adults, the elderly and disabled. A-1 Wheelchair Patient Transport 1121 Hawthorne Lane 704-333-9741 Shuttle service to doctor appointments or the hospital. AA Prestige Taxi Service 3504 N. Tryon St. 704-332-3939 Emergency and non-emergency wheelchair accessible transportation. Adventure Vans 4765 South Blvd 704-527-5454 Provides many different seating configurations and vehicle sizes that are handicap accessible. Canine Companions for Independence 8150 Carcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL 407-522-3300 Assistance dogs for children and adults. Canines for Service 1200 N. 23 St. Suite 101, Wilmington 866-910-3647 Aims to empower people with disabilities to gain independence and enhanced quality of life through the service of specially trained dogs. Carolina Mobility Sales 4025 Queen City Drive 704-399-0900 Sells wheelchairs, mobility aids and adaptive accessories, and provides transportation. Continued on Page 31

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Transportation continued from Page 28 Carolinas Handicap and Disability Transportation Service 3850 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail 704-821-2730 Non-emergency transportation to appointments, rehabilitation and therapy sessions. Carolina Specialty Transport 4839 A Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-2455 General and non-emergency transportation. Chair and Equipment Rentals and Sales 800 Central Ave. 704-333-8431 Rehabilitation and mobility products and services. Ilderton Conversion Company 5518 Westpark Drive 704-523-2022 Installs adaptive equipment, and sells new and pre-owned accessible vans. Renting also available. Lundberg Specialty Transportation 704-649-1177 Dependable transportation for mobility limitation of any kind, including wheelchair. Medi-Taxi 2400 Queens City Drive, Building F 704-295-1495

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Your child will receive the utmost care, expertise and sensitivity from the speechlanguage pathologists at Child Language and Developmental Speech, PLLC. Through one-on-one intervention plans, we work to: understand your child’s unique speech and language needs determine if your child has a speech or language delay offer you fun activities to do with your child to strengthen speech and language skills

For more information, call 704.845.0561 or visit “Not only did my son’s speech therapist help him with his speech difficulties, she was always knowledgeable, friendly, and most importantly, patient with us.” — C. Sanders, homemaker, South Charlotte

Peoples Special Transportation 3330 Pine Meadow Drive 704-408-2637 Provides transportation for the disabled. Stalls Medical and Adaptive Vans 9908 Albemarle Road 704-494-7222 Sells conversion vans and wheelchairaccessible vehicles, as well as wheelchair lifts. Totz ‘N’ Teenz on Wheelz 1925 Rothmullan Drive 980-219-7020 Offers quality children’s transportation services. Van services will transport your kids to various destinations around Charlotte. Withers Transportation 2706 Cochrane Drive 704-377-3263 Ambulatory and wheelchairaccessible transportation.

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Peer reviewed scientific research has reported that EEG biofeedback can: 1) raise a child’s score on an IQ test, the single best predictor of success in life, 15 points (4 studies). 2) significantly improve auditory (80%) and reading memory scores (222%) in individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD), when employing Dr. Thornton’s brain functioning model. 3) significantly improve auditory (105%) and reading memory (143%) in subjects with a history of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), when employing Dr. Thornton’s brain functioning model. 4) can improve memory functioning (in SLD & TBI subjects) to above normal levels, thus a “cure” for their memory problems, when employing Dr. Thornton’s brain functioning model. 5) produce substantially larger effect sizes (1.6 Standard Deviations (SD) than standard interventions (average .41 SD across 27 approaches) – thus, 4x the effect size with Dr. Thornton’s model. 6) show generalization to different cognitive functions. 7) significantly affect behavior in a positive way by reducing impulsivity, inattention, & hyperactivity. 8) significantly improve the cognitive abilities of the autistic child. 9) result in positive physical changes to the brain – fMRI / qEEG studies. Dr. Thornton’s program is a non-drug, non-invasive, non-medical intervention. A recent MTA study concluded that medication and counseling were not effective in changing the symptoms of ADD / ADHD in an 8 year follow up study. EEG biofeedback has consistently demonstrated significant and powerful changes in clinical groups and is currently recommended by 6 professional organizations for ADD / ADHD & other clinical conditions.

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