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his journey began for our family six and a half years ago. I can remember the smell of the doctor’s office, the sounds of a baby screaming in the exam room next to us and the sick feeling in my stomach as the doctor handed us a simple piece of paper that had been hurriedly copied by one of the nurse staff and was off center and blurry, but the word at the top was impossible to mistake as it was the diagnosis that we had feared . . . AUTISM. My eyes filled with tears as the doctor walked toward the door and it clicked shut with an enormous finality. I clutched the paper as if it were my only possession on this planet and began to read the sterile and tormenting prognosis for my little girl. The words stung my soul like poisonous darts bringing despair and waves of emotion that is difficult to put into words. Was this it? Was this piece of paper the best our doctor could do for us? I knew at that moment that at some point in my life time that I would do something to change this outcome. At the point of diagnosis or recognition of a delay, families should be given something tangible, something besides a cheap piece of paper filled with worst case scenarios and grim statistics, something useful, something practical, and maybe a little inspirational…that something is what you are holding in your hands right now…Connections Issue #5. ded by: Photos provi rtraits o P ia Bella M ad on Pg. 41 See their

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Wayman Learning Center offers comprehensive services, across settings, to address the behavioral needs of children with autism, developmental delays and other disabilities by implementing procedures derived from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in order to decrease problem behaviors, including but not limited to tantrums, aggression, self-injurious behaviors, and increase skills in areas of deficit, especially language, communication and social skills. With a knowledgeable and experienced staff, Wayman Learning Center values the progress of the children it serves and strives to provide services of the highest quality. In doing so, Wayman Learning Center has garnered a reputation over the years as a leader locally, statewide and even nationwide in providing quality ABA services to children with special needs. Please feel free to contact us for a no-obligation tour, including a meeting with the Director.

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our son or daughter may be struggling in school….and wondering why. Determining the best approach to overcome learning problems should begin with the right tests. Content-oriented testing in school is not enough. Students often struggle due to underlying, undiscovered skill weakness. Many children, teens, and adults struggle to process information and make sense of incoming data, erroneously attributed to lack of motivation or proper instruction. In fact, the more common cause is a weak underlying cognitive skill. Proper testing pinpoints sub-par skills related to poor performance and allows you to target training to overcome weakness. Why invest in this test? If your child shows struggles, why not schedule this test? One call will likely take the guesswork out of your child’s learning struggles. The hidden truth could be one phone call away.

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Enter Now to be Our Next Winner: Contest Rules: Must submit by Jan 31 Email photo’s to info@ConnectionsKids.com At time of submission submit; Name of child, Age, and diagnosis

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hoosing a winner for the Cute Contest always proves to be a difficult task for the Connections Staff, but when we saw the smile of a little boy full of life named Joshua, we knew we had our next cover kid. And Joshua of course, did not disappoint. Joshua is a beautiful, happy child, on the inside and out who has blessed his family since his arrival into their home at the age of 21 months. Joshua’s parents Kevin and Yvonne, and big sister Caylee, 17, knew they would bring another child into their home and but had never consider a child with special needs. That all changed after Yvonne’s nephew was diagnosed with Autism. “At that point I knew it was possible” she said. So when Joshua, now 6 was 21 months old he was adopted by the Hamrick family. Joshua has Angelman Syndrome. Angelman Syndrome (or AS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by global developmental delays and severe speech impairment. A few individuals with AS develop functional speech but most communicate through a mixture of gestures, eye gaze, adapted sign language and augmentative communication devices. Individuals with AS have developmental delay and intellectual disabilities. Current research suggests that neuronal development occurs correctly in the brain in AS, but neuronal functioning is impaired. This neuronal impairment impacts the individual’s ability to learn in that skills are acquired less rapidly than in age-matched peers. However AS individuals continue to progress throughout their lifespan, and their ability to learn is greatly enhanced by intensive educational programs, repetition, and environmental enrichment. Individuals with AS have a movement and balance disorder which ranges from mild to severe. While some children with Angelman walk before age 3, most walk much later and some never achieve independent walking. The movement disorder can be mild and only affect gait and hamper some fine motor skills, or severe enough to prevent self-help skills like feeding, walking, and dressing. Most individuals with AS have a seizure disorder which can be difficult to treat. Feeding disorders in infancy are common and some persist throughout childhood. Sleeping difficulties are commonly noted in individuals with AS. Individuals with AS tend to have a happy demeanor, characterized by frequent laughing, smiling and excitability. Many individuals with AS have an unusual attraction to water and take great pleasure in water based activities like swimming and bathing. For Joshua, though gaining the balance to walk has been a challenge, he has thoroughly enjoyed his newfound freedom in eating solid foods. His mom reports, he loves eating Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and French fries with his friends! As well, Joshua has recently join his churches children’s choir and enjoys playing the tambourine or jingles bells, but most importantly just loves being with other children. And with traditional therapies, such as Speech,

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• Listing on Pg. 80 For children with various Learning Differences, Asperger’s Syndrome and or AD/HD, Great Lakes Academy, an accredited, non-profit, K-12 private school, offers its’ students a positive school experience.

GLA also provides its’ students the opportunity to develop: • An appreciation for their own uniqueness • Self-confidence and self-worth via successful learning experiences, social skills lessons and positive reinforcement. • Coping skills to assist them in becoming effective students. • A sense of accountability and responsibility for their own academic experience. Utilizing small class sizes, multi-sensory teaching methods and a well trained and caring faulty, Great Lakes Academy is an excellent alternative school choice!

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Families for Effective Autism Treatment – North Texas (FEAT-NT) is a non-profit organization of parents and concerned professionals dedicated to providing Education, Advocacy, and Support for children with autism and their families. FEAT-NT provides:

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We help different learners see opportunities instead of obstacles. Kids with dyslexia, adhd and other

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Occupational and Physical, and dietary interventions, the goal is for Joshua to become an independent adult, and we have no doubt Joshua will attain the goals he sets out for! Most importantly, Joshua is loved by many, especially big sister Caylee, who is inspired by his love of life and the joy he gives to so many. The Hamrick family insists, like many families who adopt children, they are definitely the lucky ones and couldn’t imagine life without their precious gift. Congratulations Joshua, you are an inspiration to many, your spirit and love of life is contagious. We are proud to have had the opportunity to meet you and share a bit of your story. For more information on Angelman Syndrome go to: http://www.cureangelman.org/ 20 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Metrocare Services provides a comprehensive array of services & support for children from birth to age 18 who are living in Dallas County. 1-877-283-2121 The center also serves as the front door for eligibility and determination screenings for state funded services for developmental disabilities. (See our ad on page 60) Call Metrocare Services Eligibility Determination Unit at (214) 333-7000

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ost parents have busy schedules and eating “on the go” becomes the norm. Eating out usually entails fast food, filled with excess trans fat, saturated fat, sodium, calories and low nutritional values. The fast food options are often cheap, convenient and many taste good making them the ideal choice, but unfortunately not the healthy choice. The unhealthy food choices don’t apply just when eating out but at home too, where kids eat too many foods and snacks high in sugar and calories. There can be an added dilemma when your child has dietary restrictions. It is important to talk with your child to find out what they like about their favorite fast food establishment. For example, McDonalds has done a great job marketing their ‘happy meal’, every child knows they get a toy and this may be why your child wants to go there 5 days a week. The toy or the play area may be the reason your child loves their favorite restaurant. In this case, buy the toy separately and find a great park, bringing your healthy lunch with you for a picnic. Remember you can use last night’s leftovers for lunch or make extra food in preparation for the next day. When you must dine out the following will help you make healthier choices and remember to always inform the establishment about any allergies or food sensitivities. Tips for food on the go: Grab a small cooler and stock it full of fun snacks, some of my favorites include: 5 delicious allergy-free snack options: • Baby carrots 1. Chocolate Bar by Enjoy Life • Turkey jerky 2. Pretzels by Glutino • Granola • Dried fruit 3. Pirate Potato Flyers • Nuts 4. Granola by Enjoy Life • Fresh Fruit 5.Dried Apple Fruit Snacks by No Nuttin’ Tips for making healthy restaurant choices: Menu– Please read the menu descriptions carefully and don’t be afraid to special order. The menu will outline preparation techniques, sauces and side options. You want to stay away from fried (any version), cream, or battered, these are high in calories, sodium and fat. The protein choice should be lean meat such as turkey, fish or chicken and preparation is best grilled or baked. When choosing sides, ask for a salad (dressing on the side), fresh vegetables (steamed) or fruit. Many times the difference between unhealthy and healthy food is preparation. Drinks- The best choice is always water. You can try squeezing lemon or lime into the water to add flavor. Your child may desire a soda but this is a hidden source of calories and also very high in sugar. You can also opt for juice, I recommend adding water to reduce the sugar intake. Skip It Skip the “free” bread at the restaurant, it adds no nutritional value and fills them up prior to the healthy meal. Skip the bun and try a turkey burger rapped in lettuce instead. Skip butter, fatty dressings, spreads, cheese, and condiments (i.e. sour cream). Its best to control what goes into and on your food.

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helly Burman knew she wanted to parent a child(ren) with Down syndrome from the time she was a 13-year-old volunteer with the Special Olympics. Recently she and husband Brian have become the parents of THREE children with Down syndrome-- Owen, Evelyn, and Hudson, all of whom are five years old, have Down syndrome, who had previously lived in eastern Europe. The Burmans, who fostered children for two years, were ready to adopt. Shelly’s Internet research had led her to Reece’s Rainbow, a 501(c)(3) agency that connects prospective adoptive parents to children with special needs living abroad in institutions and orphanages. The adoption fee(s) include the cost of a facilitator and a translator, who handle the necessary paperwork and other details in the foreign country. Shelly and Brian, parents to Madelaine, 12, and Ethan, 3, had originally planned to add two children to their family, a boy and a girl. Owen and Evelyn’s pictures on the Reece’s Rainbow Web site spoke to them, and Owen and Evelyn looked like brother and sister. Then there was the picture of Hudson. Hudson, smiling happily straight into the camera. Hudson, who at any time could have been sent to an institution from which he could not be adopted. Hudson, a third child when they were only planning for two. Hudson weighed on the Burmans’ hearts, and they prayed much over him. In the end, they could not leave him, knowing that he wouldn’t live more than a year or two in the institution to which he would have gone. On March 21, 2010, which happens to have been World Down Syndrome Day, the four Burmans’ international trek to their three prospective family members commenced, 13 hours by airplane followed by an 8-10 hour train ride. They wore World Down Syndrome Day t-shirts, designed by an artist with Down syndrome, and took t-shirts for Owen, Hudson, and Evelyn as well. Their court date was March 25, and they returned to the United States the beginning of May, after the adoption process was finalized.

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Sounds like an easy task doesn’t it? Although if you have a child with special needs it can feel like an impossibility. At the Connections Project we talk to so many caregivers who relay stories of frustration, stress, and even rejection within the community of faith. After all if there was one place a family should be able find unconditional love and acceptance it should be within a community of faith...right? I know that my family had only been to place of worship twice since our daughter was diagnosed almost six years ago. Now for the GOOD NEWS we are starting to see communities of faith who recognize the unique needs and challenges within the special care community. We have had more and more phone calls from communities of faith asking how they can help meet families needs and provide a safe, loving environment, as well as a place of worship. Then just before we published I took a phone call that made my year. On the phone was Mary Klentzman the new director of Prestonwood Baptist’s special needs ministry to tell me that they wanted to support free information for caregivers by becoming a resource partner with Connections. Now that is refreshing....may you all find a place of worship with the same passion and commitment!

Prestonwood Baptist Church: A Heart for Special Needs “The Special Needs Ministry is one that has always been near and dear to my heart. We not only want to make sure that these children and adults are not forgotten, but also we want them to know how much they are loved.� – Pastor Jack Graham

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The Miracle League of Frisco is a sports league for special-needs children, ages 5-18, from throughout North Texas. We offer baseball, soccer, bowling and other opportunities to children with all levels of disabilities.

“Because every child deserves the chance to play.”

Visit our website at www.FriscoMiracleLeague.org or call 214-296-2017/toll-free 877-683-6085

Nobody’s good in everything. Advantages and disadvantages come in many forms. The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is largely perseverance. Never quit.

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or many children with disabilities learning to ride a bicycle is a real struggle. Trying to learn to pedal, balance, steer, pay attention to where you are going, focus, stop, and put all of those skills together is overwhelming. It’s a lot to process. Some try unsuccessfully for years to learn to ride a bike, a skill that’s considered a rite of passage for most children in this country. There’s a national non-profit organization, Lose The Training Wheels (LLTW), that is changing that, helping individuals with disabilities accomplish their biking goals. LTTW uses adapted equipment, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to teach participants to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and hopefully become lifelong independent riders. Parents, teachers and therapists describe the results as incredible. In one week approximately 80% of LTTW participants will learn to ride. Program participants are individuals ages 8 and up who have a diagnosed disability but are able to walk without assistive devices. Participants attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by volunteer “spotters”. Over the course of the week the adapted bikes are continually adjusted to the individual needs of each rider as he/she gradually discovers the skill and joy of riding.

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ith disabilities as they support and encourage the riders. The impact on the spotters is often as profound as the impact on the participants. LTTW also offers an in school program in which the bike program is added to the PE curriculum during the school day. Measureable goals and objectives are added to the student’s IEP with practice and skill development continuing in the PE class after the week-long LTTW program ends.

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Are Charter Schools A New Model For Special Education? Is Special Education Broken? Several months ago this question was directed to me while standing in a room full of caregivers who were starving for resources for their kids most of whom were in the transition vacuum which can often feel like a black hole of despair and frustration. Now that I think about it, I am not sure that the caregiver was really even asking a question as much as making a statement that in her view Special Education was failing her child and perhaps every child who was represented in the room. I was immediately taken back to a brainstorming session I had been invited to relating to the subject of Charter Schools. In this session there was a strong case being made for the ability of a Charter school to focus on a given population and micro-focus on that particular type of learner. While listening to the different presenters my mind could not help but think about our experience within a public school setting and how miserable and adverse it had been for my daughter, how much time and energy it had taken to get even the most basic accommodations changed to meet the her most essential learning differences. At times it seems that the system has forgotten that IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan. Is there anything individualized about it? The answer to this questions is often no. Even if you are lucky enough to get an amazing teacher and a principal who can still see past the next promotion to actually care what is happening at the local school let alone your child, you are still fighting the never ending dysfunction of the ISD administration. So the question is no longer, “Is the special education system broken, but how severally is it broken? When you look at the diagnosis rate combined with the overall delays that educators are dealing with “neuro-typical child” who is starting kindergarten the picture begins to look very grim. (Continued on pg 113) 68 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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A Caregivers Guide to Encourage Speech and Language Development by Julie R. Liberman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Owner of Speech TX

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*Continued from PG 46 have helped Shelly compile a list of doctors, including cardiologists, ENTs, and geneticists, whom they will need to begin consulting very soon after their new children reach America. One DSPTC family attended the Burmans’ roller skating fundraiser, one of several ways the Burmans have raised the funds needed to make Owen, Evelyn, and Hudson part of their family. Shelly, armed with zoo passes, museum passes, etc., homeschools Madelaine and Ethan, as well as several others, and is ready to begin educating Owen, Hudson, and Evelyn, too. Their family room has been converted to a playroom and their garage to a classroom. The journey to finding Owen, Evelyn and Hudson was a long one. The Burmans tried for two years to adopt domestically. Even though they requested children who are usually difficult to place, such as sibling groups and children with special needs; even though they were open to adopting any race; and even though social workers loved the Burmans (she’s a homeschooling mom with a background in special education and he’s a sheriff’s deputy), they were turned down as adoptive parents for more than 125 children. They were able to adopt one baby boy, Mason, but he died at five weeks old after two serious illnesses. Shelly and Brian have had mixed reactions from family and friends. Some are wonderfully supportive, while others have expressed concern at the burden of three children with Down syndrome. Owen needs open-heart surgery, Hudson will have to be treated for duplication of his left kidney, and both boys, at five years old, have just begun walking. Evelyn stays in a crib all day, with no stimulation. All three will need to be evaluated by a geneticist, and none are speaking yet. Sadly, this level of non-development is not unusual for children with Down syndrome in other countries; the knowledge and/or facilities that these children need are lacking. Shelly refuses to be daunted by these or financial concerns; she’s excited that the children are finally going to have a mom and a dad, and that’s not to mention each other and their new American siblings. “God has called us; He will equip us,” she says. The Burmans are members of the Church on Rush Creek, which has been very supportive of them and has a ministry for special needs called Special by Design. Shelly is passionate about giving children with special needs a chance:“…I really believe we are the ones who have special needs as we need to be taught to love unconditionally, see someone for who they are, not what they are, and to love others who may be different, just as God does.”

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Consulting, Evaluation, & Educational Services ACES (Autism Consulting and Educational Services P.O. Box 720054 Dallas Tx 75372 www.aces4you.com a-ce-s@sbcglobal.net Consulting, assessments, parent and staff training, and program development for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other. All About Achievement Consulting 110 W. Sandy Lake Dr, Suite 102 PMB195 Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 979-9720 asosa@allaboutachievement.com Allen Counseling Associates 1506 N. Greenville Ave, Suite 250 Allen Tx 75002 (972) 979-9720 www.allencounselingassociates.com nietert2003@hotmail.com Certified School Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselor providing advocacy/education for parents working with school districts whose children have mental health issues. ASK-Advocating Solutions for Kids 1419 Kings Hwy Dallas Tx 75208 (214) 793-6352 www.askadvocate.org Kathy@ASKadvocate.org ASK is a private advocacy service for children who are experiencing difficulty in school or need community resources. Our mission is to find solutions. Cornerstone Assessment and Guidanc Center, LP 1213 Hall Johnson Rd, Suite 200 Colleyville Tx 76034 (817) 428-9810 www.cagelp.com drbeth@cagclp.com Dr. Lusby is a psychologist, licensed in Texas since 1998. She provides assessment and treatment for children and adolescents. Services provided are evidence based and adapted to individual needs. Diagnostic Learning Services 1400 Preston Rd, Suite 400 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 491-5408 www.diagnosticlearningservices.com lauriegaines@diagnosticlerningservices.com Our services focus on the diagnosis of specific learning disabilities (including Dysexia and ADHD) as well as college planning for high school students with disabilities. 76 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Educational Diagnostician and Counsultant 600 S. Denton Tap Rd, Suite 122 Coppell Tx 75019 (214) 674-0881 GoToFocus Centers 7405 Lola Dr N. Richland Hlls Tx 76180 (817) 706-2562 www.gotofocuscom rodger.bailey@gotofocus.com Consulting is Developmental Disability and Developmental Delay. we help you find what is blocking your child’s development and you put the developmental process back on track. Johnson Neuropsychology 1422 W. Main Street Suite 205 Lewisville Tx 75067 info@johsonneuro.com Learning Legacy, Inc 8816 Ashcraft Dr. N. Richland Hlls Tx 76180 (817) 498-6133 www.learninglegacyline.com info@learninglegacyinc.com Professional development for educations, agencies and families on a specialized topics re: special education issues. Little Giant Steps 3364 Lanarc Dr. Plano Tx 75023 (972) 78-1260 www.littlegiantsteps.com cj@littlegiantsteps.com An educational consulting group who eliminates learning issues utilizing the Neurodevelopmental Approach. Little Giant Steps has provided effective non-drug programs since 1992.

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Dr. Ifenyi A. Ufondu, PhD - Educ. Psychologist 1914 Santa Anna dr Arlington Tx 76001 (817) 866-044 (310) 5905898 drufondu@gmail.com ARD representation, independent educational/vocational assessments, transition planning. One on One Instruction, counseling.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Rich Educational Consulting, LLC (972) 447-8390 www.richeducationalconsulting.com Perform psycho-educational and autism evaluations, behavior screenings and social thinking groups. Special Education Solutions 8816 Ashcraft dr Ft. Worth Tx 76180 (817) 498-6133 mbond@SmithwareNetworks.net Fee based consulting with specialty in Assistive Technology evaluations, training, and ongoing support as well as all Autism Spectrum Disorders. RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner. The Learning Center of North Texas 1701 River Run Road, Suite 710 Ft. Worth Tx 76107 (817) 336-0808 www.thelearningcenterofnt.org The Learning Center is a Regional Resource Center for children and adults with learning differences. Johnson Neuropsychology 1422 W. Main Street Suite 205 Lewisville Tx 75067 info@johsonneuro.com

Home School Resources Texas Special Kids P.O Box 151335 Arlington Tx 76015 www.txspecialkids.org doug@txspecialkids.org Serving families who home school children with learning differences and disabilities with curriculum advice, service provider resources, emotional support, and seminars.

Specialized Schools / Private Schools / Preschools A Child Can Do All Things - Conductive Educational Center 12870 Hillcrest Rd, Suite H-101 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 788-2856 www. accdat.org Achievement Center of Texas 2950 N. Shiloh Road Garland Tx 75044 (972) 414-7700 Daycare and a learning center for children and adults with disabilities18 months to adult.

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Bridge Builder Academy 520 E. Central Pkwy E, Suite 101 Plano Tx 75075 (972) 516-8844 (214) 529-4596 www.bridgebuilderacademy.com info@bridgebuilderacademy.com BBA is a new kind of school…a PRIVATE SCHOOL, that specializes in individualized “Full Time” Programs, “Home School Assistance” (See Our Ad on PG 18) programs, “Supplemental Education” programs for those who need to catch up or get ahead, and “Homework Assistance” for those working in other schools already and needing a little reinforcement after hours. We are the “third option’ beyond public and private schools for your child’s education, and our primary goal is to blend the authenticity of individualized education with the validity of accredited curriculum and certified instruction. Chases’s Place 14210 Marsh Lane Addison Tx 75001 (972) 243-2676 www.chasesplace.org chasesplace@sbcglobal.net Chase’s Place is a private school serving kids with a variety of special needs including autism, mental retardation and traumatic brain injury. Covenant Presbyterian Weekday School 1700 S. Josey Lane Carollton Tx 75006 (972) 242-2259 Serves 6 months - 4 years. Program is for typical children, but has a very small ration. The director and teachers have accommodated children with special needs and behavioral issues with warmth and enthusiasm. Dallas Day School (214) 828-9900 www,myschoolonline.com dallasservices@earthlink.org A program offered by Dallas Services serving those with developmental disabilities of all ages. fees are based on a sliding scale. Also see Dallas Services. E’s Haven Academy 813 Ryan Rd Dallas Tx 75224 (214) 374-7443 Inclusive day care for 0-6 years. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Easter Seals Texas Star Academy 303 W. Nash Street Grapevine, TX 76051 817-424-9797 www.ntx.easterseals.com info@ntx.easterseals.com The Texas Star Academy is a fully inclusive, Walden replicated preschool program open to both children with autism and typically developing children ages 18 months to 5 years. The Texas Star Academy is the only program in Texas to provide an inclusive, licensed toddler and preschool program in which ABA treatment is fully embedded and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. (See our Main Ad on Page 63 ) E’s Haven Academy 813 Ryan Rd Dallas Tx 75224 (214) 374-7443 Inclusive day care for 0-6 years. Family Play School 10453 N. Central Expressway Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 265-8585 Inclusive day care for 0-12 years. Medications, breathing treatments given. Grayson County Rehabilitation Center 1216 Hillcrest Box 453 Sherman Tx 75090 (903) 893-7457 Serves 2 to 5 years. Great Lakes Academy 6000 Custer Rd. Building 7 Plano Tx 75023 (972) 517-7498 ext. 103 www.greatlakesacademy.com grtlakesacademy@aol.com For children with various Learning Differences, Asperger’s Syndrome and or AD/HD, Great Lakes Academy, an accredited, non-profit, K-12 (See Our Ad on PG 17) private school, offers its’ students a positive school experience. GLA also provides its’ students the opportunity to develop: • An appreciation for their own uniqueness • Self-confidence and self-worth via successful learning experiences, social skills lessons and positive reinforcement. • Coping skills to assist them in becoming effective students. • A sense of accountability and responsibility for their own academic experience. Utilizing small class sizes, multi-sensory teaching methods and a well trained and caring faulty, Great Lakes Academy is an excellent alternative school choice!

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Green Oaks School 5508 Chaperito Trail Arlington Tx 76016 (817) 496-5100 www.greenoaksschool.org Head Start of Greater Dallas 3954 Gannon Lane Dallas Tx (972) 283-6400 www.hsgd.org HEAD START of Greater Dallas, Inc (HSGD) is the seventh largest nonprofit program in Dallas. The agency currently serves more than 4,000 children and families at 37 centers located throughout Dallas County. Hill School 4817 Odessa Ave Fort Worth TX 76133 Phone: 817-923-9482 Ext. 110 Email: lhutyra@hillschool.org Web: www.hillschool.org Hill School is a college preparatory, full-service school for bright students who learn differently, with two campuses, Southwest Fort Worth and Grapevine. Our exceptional faculty emphasize intensive small group instruction in core subject areas to ensure that all students have an opportunity to reach their full academic potential. Our students explore interests and affinities through athletics, fine arts (drama, visual arts, music, band), and a wide variety of community inbolvement activities (See our Main Ad on Page 20 ) Jewish Community Center Preschool 7900 Northhaven Dallas Tx 12 months-5 years (Some Special Needs) L’abri Learning Center 13408 Kit Lane Dallas Tx 75240 (972) 235-4791 Inclusive daycare and after-school care for 12 mo to 12 years. (Speech) Meadowview School 2419 Franklin Dr Mesquite Tx 75150 (972) 289-1831 www.meadowviewschool.com myschool@tx.twcbc.com Newfound School 2206 Heads Lane, Suite 11 Carrollton Tx 75006 (214) 390-749 www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Notre Dame School of Dallas 2018 Allen Dallas Tx 75204 (214) 720-3911 www.notredameschool.org tfrancis@notredameschool.org Our Children’s Center at Irving 3337 Stovall St Irving Tx 75061 (972) 790-8505 Day care and academy for pediatric therapy. Birth to 18 years Learning centers for children. 0-4 yrs. Shunn’s Place Preschool Academy 2200 E. Ledbetter Dallas Tx 75216 (214) 376-7050 Inclusive day care. G-tube feeding available. Accepts medically-fragile children. No age limit T.L. Walker Child Care 1121 Reynolds Lane Dallas Tx (214) 371-1717 Inclusive day care for birth-12 years of age. Teach MeLLC (Combining ABA & Speech) Teach Me Academy 2459 East Hebron Parkway, Ste 160 Carrollton, TX 75010 Phone - (972) 282-1872 (See Our Ad on PG 71) Fax - (888) 237-2214 www.teachmebec.com As your “partner”we design highly individualized programing to meet the needs of your child. Whether through our Academy, In-home program or a combination, we are interested in your child’s whole development with the goal to make learning meaning! We take great pride in our services and our commitment is to provide you with the best of ABA and Speech services. At Teach Me LLC, you will work directly with BCBAs and SLPs on an ongoing basis to maximize progress! Texas School of the Deaf 1102 South Congress Ave Austin Tx 78764 (512) 462-5300 www.tsd.state.tx.us The ARC of Dallas (214) 634-9810, ext 106 aallen@arcdallas.org The Flint Academy 2111 Roosevelt Dr Arlington Tx (817) 277-0620 www.Flintacademy.com paulaflint@sbcglobal.net 82 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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The Jane Justin School at The Child Study Center 1300 W. Lancaster Fort Worth Tx 76102 (817) 390-2831 www. cscfw.org kedwards@cscfw.org The Little Lighthouse - Denton 37 Oak Forrest Circle Denton TX (940) 591-7092 The Rise School of Dallas 5923 Royal Lane Dallas Tx 75230 (214) 373-4666 www.riseschool.org/dallas risedal@swbell.net The Shelton School 15720 Hilldrest Rd Dallas Tx 75248 (972) 774-1772 UCP Dallas/preschool program 8802 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 247-4538 shaunaclaggion@ucpdallas.org UTD/Callier Center - Dallas 1966 Inwood Rd Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 905-3000 (214) 905-3030 - appointments www.callier.utdalls.edu For hearing impaired and regular students. UTD/Callier Center - Richardson 811 Synergy Park Blvd Richadson Tx 75080 (972) 883-3630 Appointments TDD: (972) 883-3605 www.callier.utdallas.edu For hearing impaired and regular students Wayman Learning Center 4225 Park Rd Plano Tx 75093 (972) 735-9050 Wayman Learning Center offers comprehensive ABA services, to address the behavioral needs of children with autism and other disabilities in order to decrease problem behaviors, and increase skills in areas of deficit, especially language, communication, and social skills. Our large modern facility includes an indoor activity area and a large outdoor playground. Our center-based services are all one to one and highly individualized, with measurable goals, to meet the unique needs of each child. Assessment is conducted every 6 months, and parents receive a written progress report every 6 weeks. (See Our Ad on PG 13) www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Vanguard Preparatory School 4240 Sigma Road Dallas Tx 75244 www.vanguardprepschool.com rosalind@vanguardprepschool.com

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Since 1993, Vanguard Preparatory School has been serving children with social, emotional and learning differences in the greater Dallas community. We provide a therapeutic program with individualized instruction for each child from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. At Vanguard, we believe that all students have unique potential and will achieve when appropriate behavior is practiced daily in a caring and therapeutic environment. For our students, success is measured by growth, attitude and effort.

Special Education Lawyers & Advocates

Advocacy, Inc 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 171-E Austin Tx 78757 (512) 454-4816 (800) 252-9108 www.advocacyinc.org The mission of Advocacy, Inc is to advocate for, protect, and shared the legal, human and service rights of people with disabilities. Advocate - Lone Star Mom 501 Trophy lake Dr, Suite 314-114 Trophy Club Tx 76262 (817) 707-9093 www.lonestarmom.com lonestarmom@mac.com As an Education Advocate, i work with parents to find answers. I believe in advocating for the child to first.

AFNIC (Association for Neorologically Impaired Children) 301 Park Lane Austin Tx 78704-2412 (512) 444-1641 www.afniconline.org AFNIC’s advocates for children with neurological disabilities and provides five main services for these children: parent training, teacher training, peer training, attendance at ARD meetings. Beautiful Minds, Inc P.O. Box 173261 Arlington Tx 76001-3261 (817) 886-0044 www.beautifulmndsinc.com info@beautifulmindsinc.com Special needs Advocacy emphasizing Educating, Empowering and Exposing the invisibility children with Learning Disabilities encounter in throughout the DFW Metroplex.

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Lolalee E. Livingston 2809 Regal Rd, Suite 103 Plano Tx 75075 (972) 758-9123 www.letseducate.org lolalee.livingston@letseducate.org Education/Child Consultant/advocate bringing 28 years experience to providing Advocacy Consultation/Representation in ARD’s. Our goal is to educate parents while assisting them in advocating for their child’s educational needs. Myrna B. Silver, Esq 10501 N. Central Expressway, Suite 301 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 365-0050 silvralaw@airmail.net Our firm provides legal services to parents of children with special educational needs. Partners Resource Network, Inc 1090 Longfellow Dr, Suite B Beaumont Tx 77706 (800) 866-4726 www.partnerstx.org partnersresouce@sbcglobal.net Our mission at Partners Resources Network, Inc is to empower parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children and to promote parent/professional partnerships. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Educational Rescue Online 3068 Misty Ridge Lane Rockwall Tx 75032 (469) 879-0014 (469) 293-4697 www.educationalrescueonline.com johnny@educationalrescueonline.com LeBeau Consulting and Mediation 5312 Benbridge Dr Fort Worth Tx 76107 (817) 377-8172 (817) 602-5446 lindalabeau@sbcglobal.net Special education mediation, IEP/ARD facilitation and consulting for school record review to prepare for ARD meetings for parents with children with special education needs. Leslie R. Roberts, Esq 8000 Coit Rd, #300-224 Plano Tx 75025 (469) 682-7305 www.leslierroberts.com leslie179@msn.com Parent of special needs child and attorney/mediator provides special education legal services, including representation during mediation, to parents of special needs children.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Students 1st 5310 Lafayette Dr Frisco Tx 75035 (469) 363-2247 www.students1st.org stevesteen@students1st.org We are parent advocates. We attend ARD/IEP/504 meetings with the parent and speak on their behalf to the public school.

ISD Support Groups / Special Education PTA’s Arlington Special Education PTSA www.aseptsa.org Frisco SAGE www.friscosage.com friscosage@gmail.com Plano Sage www.pptasage.com sage@planopta.com Collin County Special Education Cooperative 1404 N. McDonald St McKinney Tx 75071 (972) 548-3200 www.ccsec.org bethvincent@ccsec.org Provides all special education services including evaluation, therapies and instruction for Anna, Blue Ridge, Community, Farmersville, Lovejoy, Melissa, Prosper and Wylies ISD’s Education Service Center, Region X (10) 400 E. Spring Valley Rd Richadson Tx 75081 (972) 348-1536 www.ednet10.net veronica.harris@region10.org Nonprofit agency that assists school districts and families by providing workshops, information gathering meetings and other resources. Counties that Region 10 cover are Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Collin, Fannin and Grayson. Greater Lewisville Special Education PTSA 4608 Oak Springs Dr Flower Mound Tx 75028 (469) 293-6343 www.lisd-septsa.org Serving parents, teachers and others who have an interest in Special Education in the Lewisville ISD area. We offer educational programs, parent mentoring, group meetings a local Service Provider Directory and also an online email list. 86 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Berry Family Services 4702 Rowlett Road Rowlett Tx 75088 (972) 412-4707 www.berryfamilyservices.com jessica@berryfamilyservices.com

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Berry Family Services is an HCS (Home and Community based service), TXML (Texas Home Living), and GR (General Revenue) Provider that Serves individuals with Mental Retardation. Berry Family Services is owned and operated by the Berry Family whose objective is to provide quality services to the “whole” person with disabilities and their family. Our consumers deserve exceptional service and value when it comes to meeting their personal needs. Berry Family Services will take the time to gain a full appreciation of the unique challenges presented by your personal situations. Most importantly, we possess the knowledge and expertise to provide solutions that meet your needs. We are dedicated to helping our consumers help themselves through services and supports designed to meet their individual needs and choices. Programs Serving: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Rockwall County, Collin County, Denton County, Cooke County, Fannin County, Grayson County, Henderson County, Rains County, Smith County, Van Zandt County, Wood County, Camp County, Delta County, Franklin County, Hopkins County, Kaufman County, Lamar County, Morris County, Titus County, Johnson-Ellis-Navarro Counties, and Hunt County.

College Living Experience (CLE) 1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 702 Nashville TN 37217 (800) 486-5058 Austin Campus: (512) 850-7445, Shelly Underwood www.experienceCLE.com sunderwood@esa-education.com College Living Experience (CLE) is the premier college program for special needs students, facilitating independent living for students with learning disabilities. Crystal Dyess-Carroll 1221 Goldeneye Dr Aubry Tx 76227 (940) 768-8001 www.cognitivedevelopment.pbworks.com bdyess99@hotmail.com My name is Crystal Dyess-Carroll. Being a resource partner is a great opportunity for me because it will give me the chance to (See Our Ad on PG 42) better help our community of people with disabilities It is important to me that the passion of advocating is passed on to families and guardians who provide care for individuals with disabilities. Through free consultation over the phone and email, I hope to provide not only advice but ways to better integrate strategies and tools that will help the healthy transition of individuals with disabilities from school into the community. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Daybreak, Inc 3901 N. Dallas Ave Lancaster Tx 75134 (972) 22403554 Operates residential programs serving adults with mental retardation and offers vocational, personal/ social and recreational services. Located in the Lancaster, DeSoto, Duncanville area. Educare - North Texas Office 8925 Sterling Dr, Suite 250 Irving Tx 75063 (972) 929-5000 www.rescare.com Private corporation that provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Specializes in community based residential programs, In-Home and Family support services, foster care and supervised semi-independent living arrangements. Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc 3020 N. Westmoreland Dallas Tx 75212 (214) 638-2800 www.goodwilldallas.org give@goodwilldallas.org Offers rehabilitation services in a vocational workshop for adults (ages 16 and older) with disabilities. Services include vocational evaluation, counseling, training, sheltered and competitive employment and fulfillment/outsourcing opportunities. Goodwill Industries of North Texas 2010 N. Graves McKinney Tx 75069 (972) 542-3721 Marbridge P.O. Box 2250 Manchaca Tx 78652 (512) 282-1144 www.marbridge.org Offers individualized residential care, education, and training to adults with various cognitive challenges. At lease 18 years of age for training. Summer Camp 16-30 years. Mosaic 2245 Midway Rd, Suite 300 Carrollton Tx 75006 (972) 866-9989 (877) 366-7242 www.mosaicinfo.org A nonprofit, nation-wide organization dedicated to providing supports and advocacy to people with disabilities. Offers supported employment, in home supports, HCS, Texas Home Living Waiver and ICFMR programs, advocacy, day services and Children’s services Funded through Medicaid, corporate/ foundtion grants, fundraising and donations. mosaic is affiliated with evangical Lutheran Church of America. 88 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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nonPareil Insitute P.O Box 260652 Plano Tx 75026 (972) 467-0713 www.npitx.org jlynn@npitx.org We provide training to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have completed High School. Plans are to provide housing as well. North Texas Rehabilitation Services, Inc 3902 Cavalier Dr Garland Tx 75042 (972) 272-6526 www.ntrsinc.com better.choice@verizon.net Nonprofit agency providing work adjustment training for adults with physical and mental disabilities through vocational training opportunities, personal-social adjustment classes, on-the-job training, supportive employment and day habilitation services.

Tutoring / Brain Training Brain Balance 1501 Preston Rd STE 550 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 248-9482 www.brainbalancecenters.com jcormie@brainbalancecenters.com (See Our Ad on PG 12) Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer the Brain Balance Program™ across the continental United States. We work with children who suffer from Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance Program™ is a unique program which utilizes a comprehensive multi-faceted approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited or experienced by each child. We consistently incorporate the latest information available from current brain research as a means to continuously improve our abilities to address these complex conditions. It has been our experience that most of these children suffer in a variety of the aforementioned categories (i.e. motor issues, visual-spatialorganizational issues, social abilities, sensory issues, immunity dysfunction, cognitive dysfunction, and/or academic difficulties).

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My Possibilites 1301 Cluster Road Plano Tx 75075 (469) 241-9100 www.mypossibilities.org director@mypossibilities.org Non-Profit, Charity for Adults with developmental disabilities. Full Day,full year programs builds independence and pre-vocation skills. Ages 18+. Summer Programs available.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Creative Tutors 4 Kids Plano 5820 Lennox Hill dr Plano Tx 75093 (972) 378-5700 www.creativetutors4kids.com janc@creativetutors-4kids.com Creative Tutors specializes in the provision of in-home, one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching to children with learning differences and special needs, Pre K, 12th. Lindamood-Bell 451 Travis Street Suite 302 Dallas Tx 75205 (214) 358-0688 www.lindamoodbell.com Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is an organization dedicated to enhancing human learning. We were founded by the authors of critically acclaimed programs that teach children and adults to read, spell, comprehend, and express language. Fort Worth Scottish Rite Learning center Henderson and Lancaster Fort Worth Tx 76012 (817) 335-6004 (See Our Ad on PG 22)

Learning RX Frisco 3550 Parkwood Blvd. Frisco Tx 75034 (972) 432-6544 www.learningrx.com/frisco karen.anderson@learningrx.net

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Learning RX Keller 423 Keller Parkway Suite A Keller Tx 76248 (817) 562-5558 www.learningrx.com/keller jreiser@learningrx.net Learning Rx transforms a student’s ability to learn at a core, cognitive level. The fundamental buildingblocks of IQ are the skills for audilitory processing, visual processing, logic and reasoning, attention, memory and word attack. Each of these skills can be individually tested and trained to expand a person’s actual learning capacity.

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Learning RX Plano 5136 Village Creek Dr, Suite 501 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 267-8900 www.leaningrx.com The Reading Journey 215 Winchester Suite 107 Tyler Tx 75701 (903) 581-4007 www.readingjourneytyler.com readingjourneytyler.com Reading and math tutoring for elementary students, including students with learning disabilities. Study and organizational skills included. Available for parent questions. The Brain Institute 5207 Heritage Ave. Colleyville Tx 76034 (817) 355-8000 www.thebraininstitute.net Biofeedback Research and Integrated Neurotherapy

Medical Supplies / Adaptive Equipment Angels of Care North Texas Office (903) 532-5656 www.angelsofcare.com Angels of Care Medical Equipment and Supplies is a pediatric medical supply company that provides a (See Our Ad on PG 24) variety of services to include durable medical equipment, supplies, track lifts, home modifications, counseling, rehab and more. All supplies and equipment are delivered to your door with a personal touch by professionally trained staff. We service over 100 counties in Texas and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We accept most commercial insurances, Medicaid and private pay clients. Please call us for a free consultation or visit our website at www.angelsofcare.com. C&R Medical 1225 Precinct Line Rd, Suite M Hurst Tx 76053 (817) 590-8166 www.candrmedical.com C & R Medical is committed to donating a percentage of our proceeds to find non-profit organizations which provide free outdoor advantages for the disabled.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Medco Medical Supply 4360 Western Supply, Inc. Fort Worth Tx 76137 (866) 956-1435 www.e-medco.com dallas@medco.com Medco Medical Supply has been providing quality medical equipment services and supplies to Texans since 1971. We are proud of our growth from humble beginnings to a leading home health company while maintaining friendly, one-on-one relationship with our customers. Medical Plus Supplies 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway Dallas TX 75207 817-455-1152 Medical Plus Supplies is an independently owned and operated home medical equipment service company specializing in respiratory services and rehabilitation technology. Our services extend to about 31 counties within the Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan areas and now recently expanding to San Antonio and surrounding counties. Our range of services that we provide is all encompassing from respiratory services to feeding and nutritional care, standard to custom rehabilitation technology, urological items, and incontinence products. This is just to provide an overview of the depth of our services; Medical Plus Supplies is a comprehensive homecare provider that not also offers specialized services, but all the traditional lines of medical supplies and durable medical equipment. (See our Main Ad on Page 31 ) Star Medical Specialties 421 W. Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth Tx 76104 (817) 920-0509 4386 Sunbelt Dr. Addison, TX 75001 (972) 380-2065 www.star-medical.net Providing over 120 specialty formulas for infants, children and adults. Exclusively specializing in Enteral Nutrition products and equipment. (See our Main Listing on Page 106)

Assitive Technology Region 10 Gayle.McNurlen@region10.org Techno -Tote (800) 375-4520 info@arcofdentoncounty.org The ARC of Denton County offers to lend items to see a child could use a certain item for independence or pleasure. UCP Assistive Technology Center (Formerly C-CAD) 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 2019 Dallas Tx 75207 (214) 800-2223 www.c-cadorg info@c-cad.org 92 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Angels of Care North Texas Office (903) 532-5656 (903) 532-1400 West Texas Office: 806-353-2700 www.angelsofcare.com Angels of Care Pediatric Home Health is a Licensed & (See Our Ad on PG 24) Certified Home Health Agency that specializes in giving loving medical care to Special Needs Children. We are in constant search of the latest programs and resources available to approve the quality of life for our patients. As a Medicaid Provider, we are part of the following programs: CCP, CHSCN, MDCP, CBA, PCS, CDS, & CPW. The services we provide for these programs are Private Duty Nursing, Skilled Nursing, Attendant Care, Therapy (PT, OT, ST, and RT), and Case Management. Please call for a free consultation. ANGELS OF CARE IIS A PROVIIDER FOR: • CSHCN • SUPERIIOR • MEDIICAIID • MEDIICARE • INSURANCE • PRIIVATE PAY • CCP • MDCP • CBA • EVERCARE (ICM) • CDS • PCS • IHFSS At Home Healthcare 9846 Hwy 31 East Tyler TX 75705 1-877 MY NURSE www.athomehealthcare.org At Home Healthcare is committed to assisting children and their families to receive necessary care in the familiar setting of the child’s home. Care is tailored for each patient by professionals who have chosen pediatrics as their specialty. Skilled Nursing Services includes a team of healthcare professionals who work with your child to provide nursing care and caregiver education. Private Duty Services allow for more comprehensive care of children with chronic illnesses. Our team assists you in maintaining your medically fragile child at home and will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. (See Our Ad on PG 29)

Epic MedStaff 1341 W. Mockingbird #216 Dallas Tx 75247 Dallas: (214) 637-1300 | Addison: (214) 623-5900 | Fort Worth: (817) 698-9500 www.epicmedstaff.com (See Our Ad on PG 26) Epic is a family conscious company that understands the struggles and daily challenges of caring for a medically fragile child in the home. Epic specializes in caring for these children by providing a safe environment that nourishes the physical and mental development of each child with special needs. There is no greater joy than hearing your child laugh, or seeing a smile, and knowing that we were a part o that by providing specialized care that your child needs and deserves.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! First Choice Childrens Homecare 1255 W 15th Street Suite 815 Plano Tx 75075 Ph: (972) 673-0404 (See Our Ad on PG 27) Toll Free: 1-866-889-3500 | Fax: (972) 673-0420 www.ehhi.com “A Better Way to Care” Locations: Dallas, Temple, Midland, Austin, San Antonio, Houston Specializing in neonatal and pediatric homecare services, First Choice Children’s Homecare provides very special care for very special children. Special care begins with special caregivers, and that is exactly what you will find in our team of local medical professionals. With years of experience, First Choice is committed to helping our special children and their families reach their optimum level of health and well being. First Choice Children’s Homecare continually strives to always provide innovative, unmatched care. Maxim Healthcare Services 2501 Parkview Dr. Suite 404 Fort Worth Tx 76102 (817) 877-0904 www.maxhealth.com jojones@maxhealth.com Maxim Healthcare Services has two decades of experience providing long-term, continuous care to chronically ill patients. In keeping with the exemplary standards of the homecare industry, our offices are licensed, as required, and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). Our staff is trained to work with the patient’s Physician and family to implement a plan of treatment and ensure continuity of care. Maxim Healthcare Services employees RNs and LVNs specializing in Private Duty Nursing caring for high tech needs such as Ventilators, Tracheotomy, and Gastrostomy. (See Our Ad on PG 30) Vivicare Health Partners 255 N. Center St #102 Arlington TX 76011 817-265-0900 www.vivicarehealth.com Vivicare Health Partners specializes in private duty nursing for medically fragile children and provides highly skilled staff for children who require virtually any specialized need including ventilator, tracheostomy and gastrostomy care. We are here to be an extension of your “care family”and take great pride in partnering with you to find nurses that are a match for both you and your child. We offer an array of services with a focus on continuity of care and your child’s unique needs. At Vivicare we are “bringing care to life!” (See our Main Ad on Page 31 ) Viva Pediatrics 8150 N Central Expy Ste. 601 Dallas Tx 75206 (972) 861-1000 www.vivapeds.com info@vivapeds.com Viva Pediatrics is a nurse owned provider of Private Duty Nursing for children with special needs. We have created a company that will treat you like family. Our name, Viva, means “A Salute to Life” and has become our mission and goal for each child and family we touch. Viva La Familia! 94 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! In Home H-Bot Dallas Tx (817) 400-2762 www.inhomehbot.com (See Our Ad on PG 33) Info@inhomehbot.com We are dedicated to providing quality, low cost hyperbaric therapy in your home. Hyperbaric chambers do require a doctors prescription. Please visit our website to learn more www.inhomehbot.com or call us today at 817-400-2762

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Family Allergy & Asthma Clinic 3051 Churchill Dr, Suite 130 Flower Mound Tx 75022 (972) 539-0086 www.breatheseasy.com Kotasanis Institute 2020 W. State Hwy 114 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 405-0292 (877) 606-7601 www.KotsanisInstitute.com Info@kotsanisinstitute.com See our description on page 96

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NeuroSensory Centers of America- Trophy 2800 E. Hwy 114 Suite 300 Trophy Club Tx 76262 (817) 430-3330 www.neurosensorycenters.com

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Texas Pediatric Cardiology Associates 8210 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 915 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 363-0000 (214) 3663-5240

Defeat Autism Now! Allergy and Asthma Treatment Center, Dr. Rao 3016 Communications Parkway Suite 100 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 964-7373 www.allergyandasthmatreatmentcenter.com Johnson Medical Associates 997 Hampshire Lane Richardson Tx 75081 (972) 479-0400 www.johnsonmedicalassociates.com www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Kotasanis Institute 2020 W. State Hwy 114 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 405-0292 (877) 606-7601 www.KotsanisInstitute.com Info@kotsanisinstitute.com Nutritional and metabolic treatment for (See Our Ad on PG 32) symptoms and behaviors. For 25 years we have been treating all forms of the spectrum disorders and have done so since 1983, twelve years before i became a founding member of DAN. My first study in 1992 which connected allergies and digestive disorders to autism came about because I was practicing otolaryngology and allergy. Over the years we have been able to help children and families with spectrum disorders achieve the best possible outcome for their particular diagnosis. Call us today, we will send you our free infomation packet. Thoughtful House 3001 Bee Cave Rd Austin Tx 78746 (512) 732-8400 www.thoughfulhouse.org Thoughtful House is fighting to recover children with developmental disorders (autism, PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, and NLD) through the unique combination of medical care, education and research. Whole Child Wellness, Dr. Amber Brooks 14330 Midway Road Suite 116 Dallas TX 75244 Phone: 469-547-1173 www.mychildwellness.com Dr. Amber Brooks, Certified Pediatric Chiropractor, Craniosacral Therapist and Defeat Autism Now! (DAN) Doctor, bridges alternative and traditional medicine by providing individualized (See Our Ad on PG 25) and comprehensive approaches to pediatric wellness, while utilizing homeopathic detoxification, necessary nutritional supplements, dietary changes & counseling, Craniosacral therapy, chiropractic adjustments, laboratory testing/evaluation to discover the origination of complications in children, treatment for bacterial/fungus overgrowth, and chelation. Dr. Brooks collaborates with other specialists to help facilitate faster healing. Diagnosing the problem not just treating the symptoms is the focus of Whole Child Wellness!

Dentist Children’s Medical Center for Pediatric Dentistry 6300 Harry Hines Boulevard Suite 105 Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 456-8800

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Dental Care 4 Kids 2900 Long Prairie Rd. Suite C Flower Mound, Tx 75022 ( 972) 874-2800 www.dentalcareforkidstexas.com Dr. Debra Duffy D.D.S. 2849 Morriss Rd. Flower Mound, Tx 75028 (972) 724-1617 www.debraduffydds.com info@debraduffydds.com Dr. Matthew Coats, Orthodontist 3041 Churchill Drive Ste 100 Flower Mound Tx 75022 (972) 691-8118 www.coatsorthodontics.com Tracey.coats@coatsorthodontics.com Dr. Yvette V. Dye 2548 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Suite 120 Denton Tx 76205 (940) 380-9050 www.dentonpediatricdentist.com Just For Kids Dentistry for Children 601 Main St Suite 220 Keller Tx 76248 (817) 741-8390 www.justforkidsdentistry.com Fun, Comfortable Experiances: Over 30 years’ experience caring for patients with special needs

Developmental Pediatricians Charles Mike Rios M.D. 1422 West Main Street Suite 206 Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) 786-6665 www.developmentalpediatricstexas.com thinnerdirac@yahoo.com (See Our Ad on PG 27) Dr. Mike has practiced developmental pediatrics since 1990. He serves children with ADHD, anxiety, auditory processing disorders, Autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, depression, language disorders, learning disabilities, mood disorders. Dr. Mike works with a team of professionals including Dr. Denise Wooten Child Psychologist and Dr. Maxine Maxfield Speech/Language therapist. We provide diagnostic services, counseling (family and group), and intervention for language and learning disorders.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Child Study Center 1300 W Lancaster Ave # 100 Fort Worth Tx 76102 (817) 336-8611 www.cscfw.org/about Interdisciplinary Dev. Clinic. Daniel Ramirez, M.D. 6200 West Parker Rd. #400 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 608-0200 Developmental Behavioral & Dyslexia Child Development Center (214) 559-7816 Kathryn Akins M.D. Tyler Tx (903) 877-5270 Lisa Genecove, MD 7777 Forest Lane, B-312 Dallas Tx (972) 566-8466 Low Birth Weight Dev. Center 321-A Calumet Ave. Dallas Tx 75211 (972) 740-7445 Peter Ray, MD 8300 Douglas Ave #731 Dallas Tx 75225 (214) 739-8600 LD/ADHD Evaluations Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Neuro-developmental Pediatrics (214) 559-7855 Requires referral from physician due to orthopedic condition, related neurological disorder or learning disability.

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The Center for Learning & Development 190 Civic Circle, Suite 120 Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) 353-0733 (972) 434-4445 www.cldkids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Aetna Better Health 2777 Stemmons #300 Dallas Tx 75207 (817) 488-8718 1-877-751-9951 www.aetnamedicaid.com jonesc10@aetna.com (See Our Ad on PG 32) If you live in the Tarrant service area,* you may be eligible for Medicaid & CHIP Services from Aetna Better Health. The benefits include: • Regular checkups/office visits • Emergency care • Shots/well-child care • Hospital coverage • X-rays/lab tests • Dentist visits, cleanings and fillings • Prescription drug coverage and medical supplies • Mental health and substance abuse services • Eye exams, glasses and much more To apply for Medicaid or CHIP, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW. For more information, please call Aetna Better Health at 1-877-751-9951 or www.aetnabetterhealth.com *Tarrant, Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker and Wise.

Gastrointestinal Annette Whitney M.D. 7777 forest Lane #B-304 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 566-8844 John Anderson, M.D. Dept. of Pediatric Gastro Dallas Tx 75235 (972) 456-8000 John Baker M.D. 4333 N. Josey Lane PLZ 11, #204 Carrollton Tx 75010 (972) 394-5757 Kendall Brown 7777 forest Lane #B-304 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 566-8844 Michael Russo Children’s Medical Center - Dallas 1935 Motor St. Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 456-4463

Genetics Golder Wilson MD, PhD 3608 Preston Road, Suite 125 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 312-0440 www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Neurology & Psychology Charles Pryzant, MD Psychiatrist 3928 Forest Ln., Suite 417 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 661-8739 Children’s Medical Center Psychology Department (214) 456-5900 Cornerstone Assessment & Guidance Center, LP 1215 Hall Johnson Rd., Ste. 100 Colleyville Tx 76034 (817) 428-9810 www.cagclp.com DrBeth@cagclp.com Dallas Pediatric Neurology Associates: Dr. Owen & Dr. Sperry 7777 Forest Ln., Suite A-307 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 566-8600 Dr. Lisa Pierce 105 Kathryn Dr. Suite 300 Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) 221-7722 Dr. Stephen Allen sallen@cldkids.com Family & individual therapy, Attention Deficit Disorder, anxiety & mood disorders, substance abuse, school difficulties H. Denise Wooten, Psy.D. Psychologist 1422 W. Main St., Suite 206 Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) -436-6158 Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders, Depression/dysthymia, Psychological testing, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders James Terfruchte, MD Psychiatrist 9400 N. Central Expressway. Suite 1675 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 696-3161 Johnson Neuropsychology 1422 W. Main Street Suite 205 Lewisville Tx 75067 (469) 549-4200 www.johnsonneuro.com info@johsonneuro.com Specializing in the diagnosis of children and adults for developmental, mood, learning, memory, and attention disorders. Our assessment approach is comprehensive and individualized- no “one assessment fits all” approach. 100 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Neuropsychology Center 9400 N. Central Expy. Suite 904 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 373-3607 Michael S. McLane Psy. D. 12830 Hillcrest Road Suite 233 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 620-1225 www.dfwpedneuropsych.com michaelsmclane@sbcglobal.net In-depth evaluations of students’ learning, attention, behavior, and social-emotional development. Psychotherapy to improve mood, self-esteem, executive functioning, family relationships, and academic motivation. Parent and school consultation. Toddlers to young adults. ADHD, Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Asperger’s, and Autism. Formerly at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.. Pate Rehab Offers Neuropsychological Assessments- see listing in OT/PT category Texas Child Neurology 1708 Coit Rd., Suite 150 Plano Tx 75075 (972) 769-9000 www.texaschildneurology.com Texas Child Neurology 1643 Lancaster, Suite 304 Grapevine Tx 76051

Optometry Dr. George Beauchamp Pediatric Ophthalmologist Grapevine Tx (817) -329-5433 Neurodevelopmental Sensory Enhancement Center 5934 W. Parker Rd., Suite 500 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 312-0177 www.dr-s.net Our office is a highly specialized vision care practice. The bulk of the practice is devoted to treating those with visual processing problems. Included in this group are children and adults with add/adhd, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, genetic defects, developmental delays, low vision, lazy eye (amblyopia), strabismus, traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke (CVA), cancer and vestibular issues. We also do the full range of family eye care including routine examination, disease management, Lasik and refractive surgery consultation, contact lenses and sports vision. Additionally, we have a full service optical to serve your eyeglasses and contact lens needs. (See our Main Ad on Page 25 )

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Pediatricians Healthy Kids Pediatrics 4851 Legacy Dr. Ste. 301 Frisco Tx 75034 (972) 294-0808 www.healthykidspediatrics.com Healthy Kids Pediatrics is an integrative, holistic pediatric practice, utilizing alternative and traditional approaches to medical care. Your Child’s Health is Our Passion! Board (See Our Ad on PG 28) Certified in Pediatrics | Health Care for Infants, Children and AdolescentsHolistic Approach to Health | Special Interest in Autism and Asthma Extensive Counseling and Evaluation for ADHD and Nutrition. Kids First Pediatrics 2280 Highland Village Rd. #130 Highland Village Tx 75077 (972) 317-6000 www.kidsfirstpediatrics.com

Pulmonologists Copenhaver Pediatric Pulmonary Specialists 8210 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 718 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 691-6996

Brain Injury Day Rehab Healthsouth Medical Center Brain Injury Day Treatment Program 2124 Research Row Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 904-6100 www.healthsouth.com Day treatment program committed to the rehabilitation of individuals with various neurological disorders, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, etc.

Children’s Hospitals Children’s Medical Center of Dallas 1935 Motor Street Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 456-7000 www.childrens.com Offers a full spectrum of pediatric health care for children up to 18 years of age in a hospital and clinic setting. Services includes birth defects cente, genetic counseling, neurology center, physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation and speech pathology 102 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Medical City Children’s Hospital 7777 Forest Lane Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 566-8889 www.mcchildrenshospital.com A specialized children’s hospital with an unwavering focus on patient care, Medical City Children’s Hospital offers world-renowned excellence in comprehensive pediatric services. Our Children’s House Baylor 1-800-4BAYLOR (422-9567) www.BaylorHealth.com Our Children’s House at Baylor is a licensed pediatric hospital that provides comprehensive care in a familycentered environment for children from infancy to age 18 who need treatment for developmental or birth disorders, traumatic injury, chromosomal abnormalities, (See Our Ad on PG 23) or severe illness. Our innovative hospital provides the comfort and support to children and their families during transition from an acute care hospital to home.  We have a ventilator program, rehabilitation program and feeding program.  In addition, we have sleep study program and a pediatric surgery center.   For more information, please call 214.820.9850. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: 2222 Welborn Street Dallas Tx 75219 (214) 559-7477 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the (See Our Ad on PG 22) treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and leaning disorders, such as dyslexia. There is no charge to patient families for treatment at the hospital, and admission is open to Texas children from birth to 18 years of age.

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Cooks Children’s Hospital 801 Seventh Ave. Fort Worth Tx 76104 (682) 885-4000 www.cookchilrens.org For more than 90 years, Cook Children’s has provided high-level care to patients from 35 states and 120 counties. The 285-bed Medical Center is the cornerstone for Cook Children’s Health Care System, and offers high-tech equipment, surgery, rehabilitation facilities and ancillary services all designed to meet the special needs of children.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Tell Tell Them Them That That Connections Connections Sent Sent You! You! Medication Delivery / Pharmacies Carie Boyd’s Prescription Shop 122 Grapevine Hwy Hurst Tx 76054 (817) 282-9376 www.carieboyd.com We compound medicine to be: Oral, Topical, or Injectible. Preservative-Free / Sugar-Free / Dye-Free Angels of Care North Texas Office: 903-532-Angel West Texas Office: 806-353-2701 www.angelsofcare.com Angels of Care Medication Delivery Service is a free prescription delivery service that will deliver your medications to your home or office with a personal touch by one of our professionally trained staff. (See Our Ad on PG 24)

Farmers Markets / Health Food Stores Central Market www.centralmarket.com Central Market Locations: (See Our Ad on PG 35) Plano: 320 Coit Rd. Plano, TX 75075 (469) 241-8300 Dallas: 5750 East Lovers Ln.Dallas, TX 75206 (214) 234-7000 Fort Worth: 4651 West Fwy. Fort Worth, TX 76107 (817) 989-4700 Southlake: 1425 E. Southlake Blvd. Southlake, TX 76092 (817) 310-5600 Central Market, a destination fresh market, is the place for people who are passionate about food. Our goal is to exceed customer expectations with the most creative ideas, the finest imported and domestic products and superior customer service. Our employees, known as Partners, are trained in food safety and cross-trained in departments including produce, seafood, meat, beer/wine, bulk foods, healthy living, specialty grocery, dairy, bakery, deli, cheese, floral and prepared foods. Our Partners in greenstriped aprons are called “Foodies” and they’re trained to know every product in the store and to be on hand just to help.

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Sunflower Shoppe Sunflower Shoppe Locations: www.sunflowershoppe.com Colleyville: 5100 Hwy. 121 Colleyville (817) 399-9100 Fort Worth: 5817 Curzon Ave Fort Worth (817) 738-9051 Sunflower Shoppe (formerly Healthy Approach Market) is Northeast Tarrant County’s Leading source for wheat, gluten and casein free (See Our Ad on PG 37) foods and other specialized products for kids and adults with Autism, Celiac Disease, Asthma and Allergies. From cake mixes to breakfast bars, we offer delicious, natural options for anyone with diet restrictions. Known for our friendly and knowledgeable staff, we are family owned and operated with a combination 54 year history with our sister store on Fort Worth’s west side. As the area’s premier natural food store, we also offer vitamins, natural foods, all organic produce and many more healthy products for the entire family.

Sprouts Farmers Market www.sprouts.com Murphy: 207 E. FM 544 Murphy, TX 75094 Frisco: 5190 Preston Rd. Frisco, TX 75034 Dallas: 11722 Marsh Lane #317 Dallas, TX 75229 Cedar Hill: 362 E. FM 1382 Cedar Hill, TX 75104 Plano: 4100 East Legacy Drive #401 Plano, TX 75024 Southlake: 220 Randol Mill Ave. Southlake, TX 76092 Richardson: 1343 West Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080 (See Our Ad on PG 38) Coppell: Sandy Lake Rd and Denton Tap Rd. Coppell, TX 75019 Flower Mound: 2301 Cross Timbers Rd #200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 At Sprouts you’ll find mountains of farm-fresh produce. USDA Choice natural meats. Thousands of natural, organic AND great-tasting mainstream groceries (including more than 1,500 gluten-free options). Even a scoop-your-own wonderland of bulk rices, spices, nuts and sweet treats. What you won’t find at Sprouts are those crazy-high prices from conventional supermarkets and natural foods megastores. It’s all part of our belief that shopping for food should be one of life’s pleasures… and that healthier eating shouldn’t have to cost more. That may be an “unconventional” way to run a business, but then Sprouts is no conventional supermarket.

Food Delivery / Allergy Free Foods / Specialty Foods / Formulas Greater Tots 817-726-7850 www.greatertots.org Greater Tots is ready to redefine the “happy meal”. We’re a one-of-a-kind service, catering to everything that’s special about special-diets, from home delivered meal plans to cooking classes. We are exuberantly committed to the quality of life that can be achieved through a gluten-free, casein-free lifestyle, but it is no easy feat. Greater Tots was created to take all the stress away, making special-diets easy and attainable for anyone and everyone! We are on a GREAT mission: to grow a happy, healthy generation of kids, one specialdiet at a time. (See our ad on Page 37 ) www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Tell Tell Them Them That That Connections Connections Sent Sent You! You! Star Medical Specialties 421 W. Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 (817) 920-0509 4836 Sunbelt Dr Addison TX 75001 972-380-2065 www.star-medical.net Established in 1995, Star Medical Specialties has grown by focusing exclusively on specialized nutritional products, and equipment. We provide a wide variety of hard-to-find pediatric and adult formulas for tube feeding and oral consumption, as well as modular components for increasing calorie and protein content and therapeutic nutrition. Star Medical Specialties stocks over 150 formulas, ready for pick-up or delivery across the U.S. and internationally. (See our Main Listing on Page 39 ) Nutritionist Kotasanis Institute 2020 W. State Hwy 114 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 405-0292 (877) 606-7601 www.KotsanisInstitute.com Info@kotsanisinstitute.com (See Our Ad on PG 38) Whole Child Wellness, Dr. Amber Brooks 14330 Midway Road Suite 116 Dallas TX 75244 Phone: 469-547-1173 www.mychildwellness.com (See Our Ad on PG 25)

Financial Planning Aaron Dunn of New York Life 12201 Merit Dr. Suite 1000 Dallas Tx 75251 (214) 228-8308 www.newyorklife.com akdunn@ft.newyorklife.com Providing a caring approach, valuable information, strategies, and solutions for the unique financial circumstances that special needs families face.

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Life Planning for Families of Special Needs 3939 Beltline Rd #310 Addison Tx 75001 (972) 964-3444 www.txlifeplanning.com david@txlifeplanning.com A non-profit organization dedicated towards the advancement of programs to assist families develop care plans that maximize disabled individuals opportunities, goals and objectives, while protecting their government benefits and ensuring future care.

Guardianship & Estate Planning Blankenship, Wiland & O’Connor Dallas Tx (214) 691-3400 Estate Planning - Special Needs Trusts

Chris W. Mimms, Mimms & Rochelle, LLP 3102 Maple Avenue Suite 625, LB 8 Dallas Tx 75201 (214) 855-5160 Denton County Guardianship Services, Inc 220 E. McKinney St, Suite 220 Denton Tx 76201 (940) 387-5788 www.dentonguardianship.org Robert C. Ramirz, Esq. Coorpender & Ramirez, PLLC Guardianship Issues (214) 850-8156 www.denton-law.com guardianshiplaw@mac.com Our lawyers provide focused knowledge and compassionate counsel in all facets of legal guardianship. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Nexus Advisors, LLC 10000 N. Central Expressway, Suite 12000 Dallas Tx 75321 (972) 348-6368 www.nexusadvisorsllc.com ncarroccio@finsvcs.com If you are caring for a person with a disability or other special need, you should consider SpecialCare Life Planning with Nexus Advisors. (See Our Ad on PG 43) Our SpecialCare Planning Team can provide access to information, specialists, and financial solutions that can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and special needs. SpecialCare Planning assists caregivers now, and in the future, when you are no longer able to provide care. We can show you ways to help improve your quality of life and that of other family members, now and in the future.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Stephen E. Dubner 3000 S. Stemmons Fwy, Suite 200 Lake Dallas Tx 75065 (940) 239-7568 www.dubnerlaw.com steve@dubnerlaw.com We recognize that families who have children with special needs face unique challenges, which requires an experienced attorney. The Law Office of Stephen E. Dubner represents clients in the areas of guardianship, probate, family law, and collaborative law. We pride ourselves on professional representation in focused areas of the law and maintain the highest level of personalized service to our clients. For uncontested guardianships, we provide services on a low flat rate so our clients do not need (See Our Ad on PG 45) to worry about uncertain legal expenses. The Law Office of Jeffrey P. Bates 101 South First Street Lufkin Tx 75901 (936) 639-2900 Areas of Concentration: Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning (including Special Needs Trusts), Small Business and Corporate Law. The Duran Firm 3102 Maple Ave., Suite 625 Dallas Tx 75201 (214) 227-6400 www.duranfirm.com michael@duranfirm.com Guardianship is a legal process designed to allow parents of children with special needs to continue to make decisions for their son or daughter after their son or daughter reaches adulthood. The Duran Firm can help you obtain legal guardianship over your incapacitated son or daughter so that you can ensure that his or her health, finances, and well-being are protected. The firm is often able to assist parents for a low fixed fee. (See Our Ad on PG 43) Please contact The Duran Firm today to see if you qualify. Livens Law Firm 2516 Harwood Rd. Bedford TX 76021 817-545-3425 www.stephenlivens.com Stephen J. Livens, CPA & Attorney specializes in Estate, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Mr. Livens graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law and is an active member in several national, state and local professional organizations including the Academy of Special Needs Planners, Special Needs Alliance, and NAELA. Mr. Livens is a co-author of the best sellers; Generations – Planning Your Legacy; Ways and Means – Understanding Retirement Plans; and Love, Control and Money. Mr. Livens was named as one of the top estate planning attorneys in Texas by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. The Firm has offices in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Livens is available for speaking engagements throughout the state of Texas. (See our ad on Page 45 ) 108 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Home Services Queen of Declutter DFW Metro Area Tx (817)349-3799 (817) 999-0481 www.thequeenofdeclutter.com thequeenofdeclutter@yahoo.com Is important paperwork escaping you? Do you spend too much time looking for things? Is the clutter overwhelming? Who is in control - you or your space? The Queen of Declutter focuses on creating organizational systems that save YOU (See Our Ad on PG 45) time, money and sanity. As both a mother of a special needs child and a Six Sigma Expert, I specialize in the organizational needs of home office owners and families with non-typical children. So let’s declutter and get your space working for you!

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Childcare & Nanny Placement Beyond Sitters 5209 Threshing Fort Worth Tx 76179 (817) 944-3153 www.beyondsitters.com jennifer@beyondsitters.com A babysitting database that connects families with college students Child CareGroup 8484 N. Stemmons Freeway #500 Dallas Tx 75247 (888) 8childs or (214) 630-7911 www.childcaregroup.org info@ccgroup.org Child CareGroup is dedicated to promoting, delivering and expanding the best childcare services available outside the home. Child CareGroup helps families find appropriate child care. Sitters Are Us, Inc 1900 S. Main, Suite 103 Grapevine Tx Allen: 214-495-8809 Grapevine: 817-410-2866 Inclusive drop-in day care. Children with special needs accepted on an individual basis. Friday & Saturday until Midnight 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Sitter City Nationwide Website www.sittercity.com

Respite Care Providers “Harvey Kid” Holy Covenant United Methodist Church 1901 Peter’s Colony Rd Carrollton Tx 75007 (972) 492-1371 me@jerrybaxter.com Saturday once a month, 6 - 9 pm Adventure Kids Playcare 690 Parker Square Flower Mound Tx 75028 (972) 899-2060 www.adventurekidsplaycare.com Open evenings and Saturdays. Reservations only necessary Friday and Saturday night: $10 per child per hour and $3 each additional sibling

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Our Children’s House Baylor www.BaylorHealth.com (972) 790-8505, ext 258 www.OurChilrensHouseIrving.org cathross@baylorHealth.edu Age 6 weeks to 12 years of age plus siblings - $5 per child and include a light dinner

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Christian Adult 1655 N.Jim Miller Rd Dallas Tx 75217 (214) 391-2178 Provides assisted living, adult daycare and respite services for elderly persons with disabilities. No transportation provided. Private pay. Christian Heights 4708 Wdsworth Dr Dallas Tx 75217 (214) 371-4285 Provides day care services for adults with physical and cognitive disabilities (ages 18 and up). Denton State School - Emergency Respite P.O. Box 368 Denton Tx 76202 (940) 891-0342 Specialized respite services for children, teens or adults who are medically fragile or have behavioral problems. Respite not to exceed 10 days. Easter Seals North Texas 1424 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, TX 76104 888-617-7171 www.ntx.easterseals.com info@ntx.easterseals.com Offering respite care services for families and caregivers of children and adults with all types of disabilities. Services are available throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and offered in the home to provide the caregiver with a break to take care of personal, family, household or other needs. (See our Main Ad on Page 63)

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AptG: A Place to Go First United Methodist Church of Allen 601 . Greenville Ave Allen Tx 75002 (972) 727-8261 alisong@fumcallen.org Respite for children grades 6 - 12 on the 3rd Saturday of the month from August to May


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Fellowship Church Friday Night Respite 2450 Hwy 121 North Grapevine Tx 76051 (972) 471-6828 (214) 636-289 First United Methodist Church of Arlington 313 N. Center St, corner of Center and Division Arlington Tx 76011 (817) 274-2571 www.ArlingtonMethodist.org klancaster@arlingtonmethodist.org First Fridays of the month Friday’ Kids First United Methodist Church 201 s. Locust Denton Tx 76201 (940) 382-5478 Provides Friday evening repite care from 6pm - 10 m for children with special needs and their siblings. Friday NITE Friends, Custer Road United Methodist Church 6601 Custer Rd Plano Tx 75023 (972) 618-3450, ext 247 www.fridaynitefriends.org fridaynitefriends@crumc.org The program’s mission is to provide medically supervised childcare to the parent of these special children. Parents entrust their children to our care on Friday evenings from 6 - 10pm so they may have a ‘respite’ from the almost continuous job of taking care of their child. Irving Bible Church 2435 Kinwest Pkwy Irving Tx 75063 (972) 831-8777 Provides respite services the fourth Saturday of each month from 6pm - 9pm for children of all ages. Kids’ Night Out Resurrection Lutheran Church Resurrection Lutheran Church Plano Tx 75075 (972) 867-0460 Provides respite care on the second Friday of each month from 6:30 - 9:30 pm L.A.M.B.S. Valley View Christian Church 17601 Marsh Lane Dallas Tx 75287 (214) 731-1748, ext 410 (voicemail) Provides respite service on the fourth Friday of each month from 6:30 - 10 pm. Mesquite Adult Day Care 229 Barnes Bridge Mesquite Tx 75150 (972) 266-2131 Day program for adults (18 and up) with disabilities or debilitating conditions. Requires medical diagnosis. Provide transportation in the Dallas area. 112 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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(continued from pg 68) Once you begin to take into consideration what a disaster transition services are and just how few there are you begin to realize that the only hope to change the outcomes is to try something completely new and experimental which is exactly what happened in the State of Texas a few years ago when a group of legislators agreed that they would try something different, something controversial, and yes even experimental. What was it? Charter Schools or as the people in my brainstorming group called it Educational Entrepreneurship. As it turns out this experiment was a huge success. In fact these days politicians are falling all over themselves to make sure people remember that they voted yes on the original charter school bill. The general success story is that Charter Schools spend less money, with a more focused learning environment, and get better outcomes for the individual learner. I think that it is no doubt that there needs to be a swift and drastic change in special education and if you know anything about the current ISD environment you know that change is slow and painful and that the battles that we fight everyday in ARDs usually benefit those students that will come after our kids. The charter school model could bring about swift change, new schools with focus and purpose that have the ability to hyper-focus on learners needs. Our kids have special needs, yes, but more important are their unique abilities and potential that may never be reached because of a system that is broken. Imagine a classroom that has been designed and built with the latest assistive technology as the norm, opportunities to interact not only with peers but to actually achieve life skills and accomplish academic skill with function as the standard. Although I am sure that each of us will have differing opinions on this subject, I believe the discussion is worth having. This next legislative session the Texas Charter School Association will be presenting a bill requesting special permission to have schools whose focus will be on creating a new and better learning environment for kids who have special needs under the charter school model that has been wildly successful in changing the outcomes for many types of students, which leave me wondering, is it our turn yet? Written By: Lamarque Polvado

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National Respite Locator Service (800) 677-1116 www.respite locator.org Operate 8:30 am - 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday Service for parents and professionals caring for children with disabilities, terminal illness, or at-risk child of child abuse or neglect


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! NIGHT Owls Highland Park United Methodist Church 3300 Mockingbird Lane Dallas Tx 75205 (214) 523-2284 Provides free respite services on the first and third Friday of each month for children with disabilities and their siblings. Sunshine Saturday 3030 Saturn Rd Garland Tx 75041 (972) 271-2444, ext 283 www.saturnroad.org/html/ministrie/specialneedministry/index.html jreinsch@saturnroad.org Respite services provided on the third Saturday of each month from 5 - 9 pm/ Additional information and application available on the web site.

Family Counseling Johnson Neuropsychology 1422 W. Main Street Suite 205 Lewisville Tx 75067 (469) 549-4200 www.johnsonneuro.com info@johsonneuro.com Individual & Family Counseling

Divorce Attorney / Mediation / Collaborative Law Stephen E. Dubner 3000 S. Stemmons Fwy, Suite 200 Lake Dallas Tx 75065 (940) 239-7568 www.dubnerlaw.com steve@dubnerlaw.com Collaborative Law: A Commitment to Work it Out

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Adaptive Birthday Parties Noah’s Ark Animal Creations DFW Metro Area (972) 286-8808 www.kidstufftexas.com Party With Us! We Come to You! Call us today to book your child’s special day! Our parties are completely adaptive to the abilities of those in attendance. We have over 30 years experience with children who have learning differences and special needs.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Bella Mia Portraits (214) 407-2359 www.bellamiaportraits.com As a mother of a son with autism, I understand the joys and frustrations of capturing the perfect picture, or just capturing who your child is in general. There is nothing more stressful and frustrating than getting your entire family dressed for family pictures only to walk away empty handed. We get that it’s not easy; our passion is to work hard with patience and understanding so that doesn’t happen. We guarantee all our sessions. If we don’t deliver the results you were looking for, we will re-shoot your portrait session so that you are 100% happy. We love and have such a heart for special needs children. We will capture what makes your family unique and special. Desiree’ Chapman, Professional (See Our Ad on PG 41) photographer & mom to Joshua who has Aspergers Syndrome.

Continued from pg 70 2 to 4 Years • Use clear, simple speech that is easy for your child to model. • Repeat what your child says to indicate that you understand, and then expand on what was said. (i.e., “Want juice? I have juice. I have apple juice. Do you want apple juice?”) • Make a book of favorite or familiar people/places by using photos (or cut out pictures from magazines). • Help your child understand and ask questions by asking simple questions that require more than just a yes/no answer (i.e., Where are you going? What are you doing?) • Ask questions that require a choice, i.e., “Do you want an apple or an orange?” • Expand vocabulary by naming objects/items/activities and explaining their functions. For example, “There are my eyes. I use my eyes to see.” • Target describing skills by placing familiar objects in a container. Have your child remove the object and tell you what it is called and how to use it. 4 to 6 Years • When your child starts a conversation, give your full attention whenever possible, and make sure that you have your child’s attention before you speak. • Acknowledge, encourage, and praise all attempts to speak. • Pause briefly after speaking. This gives your child a chance to continue the conversation. • Continue to build vocabulary by introducing a new word with its definition, or use it in a context that is easily understood. • Use specific vocabulary, such as sequencing words (first, middle, and last), positionals (right, left, behind, under, etc.) and opposites (up/down, on/off, in/out). • Offer clues to allow your child identify what you are describing: “We use it to brush our teeth (toothpaste and/or toothbrush). “It is a yellow fruit with a peel” (banana). • Teach your child to follow multi-step directions, i.e., “Go to your room, and bring me your shoes.”

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! City Programs Dallas Ramp Project, The P.O. Box 832006 Richadson Tx 75083 www.dallasrampsorg info@dallasramps.org Started in 1985, The Dallas Ramp Project builds access ramps for Dallas resident and its surrounding areas. The Dallas Ramp project i 100 percent volunteer staffed and works with the City of Dalla, socialservices organizations and hospitals to identify clients who need a ramp. Access their Web site for more information. Dallas Service 4242 Office Parkway Dallas Tx 75204 (214) 828-9900 www.dallasservices.org dallasservices@earthlink.net Dallas Services offers the Dallas Day School, the Dallas Services Therapies Clinic and the Low Vision Clinic serving those with developmental disabilities of all age. All fees are based on a sliding scale. Dallas, City of Department of Environmental and Health Services 1500 Marilla St, Rm 7A North Dallas Tx 75201 (214) 670-3696 (214) 670-3848 Provides health care for Dallas residents. Clinics, home visits, health assessments, immunizations, and education programs are available. A comprehensive screening program for children, the elderly and those suspected to have, or be at risk for, developmental delays is also available, as well as wellness programs for adult.

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Department of State Health Services 1100 W. 49th st Austin Tx 78756 (512) 458-7111 (888) 963-7111 or TDD: (800) 735-2989 wwwdshs.state.tx.us web.master@dshs.state.tx.us The mental health program formerly provided by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation are now offered through this agency. Texas Advocates Supporting Kids with Disabilities (TASK) P.O. Box 162685 Austin Tx 78716 (512) 336-0897 (V or FAX) ASKTASK@aol.com Texas Center for Disability Studies 4030 W. Braker Lane, Building 2, Suite 220, Mail code L4000 Austin Tx 78759 (512) 232-0740 (512) 232-0762 (TTY) tcds.edb.utexas.edu txcds@uttcds.org Texas Commission for the Blind P.O. Box 12866 Austin Tx 78711 (512) 377-0500 www.dars.state.tx.us/dbs/index.html DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing P.O Box 12904 Austin Tx 78711 (512) 407-3250 (512) 407-3251 (TTY) www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/index.shtml

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Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) 5501 Abrams #115 Dallas Tx 75214 (214) 378-2600 (800) 687-7019 www.dars.state.tx.us david.jeppson@dars.state.tx.us Services for people who are blind: (800) 252-2246. Services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: (512) 07-3250 or TTY: (512) 407-3251. Earl childhood intervention services (800) 250-2246. Created during the reorganization of state health and human service agencies. It is now a centralized agency for programs formerly provided by Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention. For specific requirements and program information, please either call or visit the Web site.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Texas Council for DD 6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600 Austin Tx 78741-7509 (512) 437-5432 (800) 262-0334, (512) 437-5431 (TTY) www.txddc.state.tx.us tcdd@tcdd.state.tx.us Texas Department of Health 1100 w 49th St Austin Tx 78756 (512) 458-7111, ext 3110 www.dshs.state.tx.us/chen/default.shtm Texas Education Agency: Deaf Services 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin Tx 78701 (512) 463-9424 (512) 475-3540 (TTY) www.tea.state.tx.us/deaf/ Texas Education Agency: Division of IDEA Coordination 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin Tx 78701 (512) 463-9362 (512) 475-3540 (TTY), (800) 252-9668 (Parent information line www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed sped@tea.state.tx.us Texas Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 2438 Austin Tx 78757 (512) 407-8844 (512) 944-9972 www.txffcmh.org TXFFCMH is the state-wide family network They help parents learn how to advocate for their child with education, legislative updates, help with the IEP process, and linking them up with local resources. Texas Organization of Parent Attorneys and Advocates www.topaaorg info@topaa.org An independent, non profit, 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization of advocates, attorneys, and parents. Texas Parent to Parent 3710 cedar St, Box 12 Austin Tx 78705-1449 (866) 896-6001 (512) 458-8600 www.txp2p.org/index.htm Created by parents for parents of children with disabilities, chronic illness and other special health care needs. Offering information and support to families throughout Texas

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! NICHY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities) P.O. Box 1492 Washington, DC 20013 (800) 695-0285 www.nichcy.org nichcy@aed.org Serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in youth and Toddlers, IDEA, the No Child Left Behind Act and provides research-based iinformation on effective practices for children with disabilities. Programs for Children With Disabilities: Age 3 to 5 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin Tx 78701-1494 (512) 463-9414 Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs 1100 W. 49th st Austin Tx 78756-3179 (512) 458-7355 State Department of Education Career and Technology Education www.tea.state.tx.us/cte/index.html State Department of Education: Special Education 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin Tx 78701-1494 (512) 463-941 TEA Special Education www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed Links to: *A Guide to the ARD process *Preschool programs for Children with Disabilities, *Annual federal Data Reports, *Community Parent resource Centers, *Parent Resource Guide, *Parents’ Right & Procedural Safeguards, Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRGGs) www.tea.state.tx.us/interagency/creg.html Wrightslaw - www.wrightslaw.com Information on laws, strategies/tactics, IEP development, etc

MHMR Authorites Dallas Area Northstar Authority 10056 Marsh Lane, Suite 210 Dallas Tx 75229 (214) 366-9407 wwwdansatx.org DANSA is the Local Behavioral Mental Health Authority for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services 2519 Scripture Denton Tx 76202 (940) 387-5555 (800) 762-0457 www.dentonmhmr.org Crisis Hotline: (800) 762-0157 or TTY: (800) 269-6233. Denton county local authority for mental retardation and mental health services. Johnson Ellis navarro County MHMR Services 116 N. Rogers St Waxahachie Tx 75165-3642 (972) 937-7660 Lakes Regional MHMR Center: Kaufman/Rockwall Counties P.O. Box 747 Terrell Tx 75160 (972) 524-4159 TTY: (800) 735-2989 Mental Health and Mental retardation authority for Kauffman and Rockwall counties. Offers programs in early childhood intervention, counseling, in-home and family supports, HCS and CSHCSIFMR residential services, respite, service coordination STAR services, life skills training and vocational services. Life Path Systems of Collin County: MHMR Collin County P.O. Box 828 McKinney Tx 76070 (972) 727-9133 (972) 562-3647 www.lifepathsystems.org Mental Retardation and Mental Health authority for Collin County. Offers Early Childhood Intervention, HCS, Texas Home Living Waiver and ICFMR programs, in home and family support, respite, supported employment and supported living programs. Metrocare Services (Formerly MHMR Dallas County) 1380 River Bend Drive Dallas Tx 75247 (214)-743-1200 1-877-283-2121 www.metrocareservices.org

Formerly Dallas County MHMR, Metrocare (a nonprofit organization) is the Mental Retardation Authority (MRA) for Dallas County. An official diagnosis from the MRA is required for state-funded services. For diagnosis appointment call Eligibility & Determination (214-333-7000, 1353 N. Westmoreland, 75211).

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Child Find / ECI Programs The Warren Center 320 Custer Rd Richardson Tx 75080 (972) 490-9055 www.thewarrencenter.org The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences provides assistance to families in helping their children meet developmental challenges in motor skills, communication, behavior, feeding and cognition. ECI of Richardson/North Dallas is a home-based program for infants and toddlers. The program options include speech, occupational and physical therapy, nutrition, developmental instruction, social work, and play skills.

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Early Childhood Intervention (ECI age 0 - 3 screenings) 4900 N. Lamar Blvd Austin Tx 78751 (800) 250-2246 TTY/TDD (512) 424-6770 www.dars.state.tx.us/ecls cheryl.finey@dars.state.tx.us State organization providing programs for children ages birth to three years with disabilities or delays. Home and community services are designed to help children reach their full potential. All services are based on a sliding fee scale. Please call for local offices. ECI programs and services are funded by the state and offered through local agencies.

Non-Profits Achievement Center of Texas (ACT) 2950 N. Shiloh Garland Tx 75044 (972) 414-7700 www.achievementscenteroftexas.com mserie@comcast.net Offers year-round day care and learning center for children and young adult (18month to 30 years old) including individualized programming and recreational activities. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programming and transition services are offered as needed. Parents are asked to send a sack lunch. Hours are 7:00 am to 6 pm Monday - Friday. Funded by corporate/foundation grants and donations ADA Hotline 2323 S. Shepherd #1000 Houston Tx 77019 dlrp@ilru.org Hotline for questions regarding the American with Disability Act. Program include the Disability Law Resource Project, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! ADAPT of Texas 1640 E. 2nd St, Suite 100 Austin Tx 78702 (512) 442-0252 www.adapt.org adapt@adapt.org Disability rights advovacy group comprised mainly of individuals with disabilities, focuses on promoting services in the community (attendant-care services, accessibility, etc) Advocacy, Inc. North Texas Regional Office 1420 W. Mockingbird, Suite 450 Dallas Tx 75247 (214) 60-0916 (800) 880-2884 www.advocacyinc.org Nonprofit corporation funded by the U.S. Congress to protect and advocate for legal rights of people with disabilities in Texas. Intake counselor are available Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at (800) 880-2884. Provides legal service to people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those receiving or wanting to receive services from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. (TRC) American Habilitation Service, Inc (Dallas Branch) 1721 W. Plano Pkwy, Suite 209 Plano Tx 75075 (972) 761-9161 www.ahsonline.com lpeterson@ahsonline.com Nonprofit provider of person-centered support to people with developmental disabilities in Texas since 1976. Arc of Denton County P.O. Box 1279 Denton Tx 76202 (972) 436-8471 (800) 375-4520 www.arcofdentoncounty.org info@arcofdentoncounty.org Nonprofit, volunteer-based organization offering Parent-to-Parent, a support group for parents of children with disabilities, social and educational activities for adults with disabilities and the Sib-Shop, a support group for siblings of children with disabilities. ARC of Greater Tarrant County, ARC GTC 1300 Lancaster Ave, Suite 104 Fort Worth Tx 76101 (817) 877-1474 www.arcgtcorg kathleen.cantrell@arctc.org The ARC GTC i a private, nonprofit organization established in December 1949 that assists in promoting the general welfare of people with mental retardation and their families. 122 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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ARC of the United States, The 1010 Wayne Ave, Suite 50 Silver Spring MD 20910 (301) 565-3842 www.thearc.org info@thearc.org Serves a national headquarters for The Arc and is a national organization on mental retardation. Serve member and non-member and handles public inquires regarding mental retardation. Publication list contains over 100 books, flyers, videos and other resources. Assistant Center of Collin County 900 E. 18th St Plano Tx 75074 (972) 422-1850 (800) 725-4936 www.assistancecenter.org info@assistancecenter.org Provides information about and referrals to social services for residents of Collin County. Also coordinate financial and material assistance to those in need and adminiters emergency relief funds from local utility companies. Services are free. Association for Independent Living (AFIL) 2826 Storey Lane #100 Dallas Tx 75220 (214) 351-0798 Private agency providing extensive training for young adults (ages 18 to 30) with developmental disabilities within a residential setting to develop skills for independent living. Residents must be competitively employed and are expected to pay for their expenses. Autism Treatment Center, Inc Dallas Office 10503 Metric Dr Dallas Tx 75243 (972) 644-2076 www,atciftexas.org abrown@atcoftexas.org Private, nonprofit corporation offering supported employment opportunities, educational programming and community based group homes for individuals who are autistic and deaf/blind or multihandicapped (diagnostics and assessments available). ATC serves all age with residential placements beginning at age three. Fees are based on a scale of individual need. Licensed HCS and ICFMR provider. Funding include state agencies, Medicaid, school district and business contract and TRC. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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ARC of Texas 8001 Centre Park Dr, Suite 100 Austin Tx 78754 (800) 252-9729 (512) 454-6694 www.thearcoftexas.org secretary@thearcoftexas.org The ARC of Texas is affiliated with The Arc of The United States and has 49 chapters in Texas working to provide additional supports and services to families throughout the state.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Center for Accord, The 415 Brooks Ct Roanoke Tx 76262 (682) 831-0664 (800) 294-0422 www.4accord.com accord@mindspring.com Center for Accord is a nonprofit organization whose mission i to promote collaboration in special education among those working on behalf of children with special needs. Citizens Development Center (CDC) 8800 Ambassador Row Dallas Tx 75247 (214) 637-2911 www.edcdallas.org info@cdcdallas.org Nonprofit agency that offers vocational rehabilitation services including facility based training, job placement, job coaching, supported employment service, daily living skills training and sheltered work opportunities. Individuals must be 16 yeas of age or older. Collin County Committee on Aging - CCART Division 600 N Tennessee St McKinney Tx 75069 (972) 562-4275 www.cccoaweb.org/ccart.asp greeverp@ccartcc.com A nonprofit division of Collin County Committee on Aging, CCART provides transportation to all citizens of Collin County. Fees are based on distance traveled, but may not exceed $5.00. (Plano riders must be 60 years of age or older. This applies to Plano only.) Community Council of Greater Dallas, Inc - Community Helpline 211 2-1-1 Relay Texas: 711 (214) 379-4636 Aging Information Provides 24-hour information and referrals to social services in the Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties. Special services include Aging Information and Relay Texas (711). Community Options 4004 Beltline Rd, Suite 155 Addison Tx 75001 (972) 503-3901 www.comop.org moreinfo@comop.org Nonprofit providing services to individuals with disabilities, including foster care and companion services, supported home living, and 24-hour residential options. Licensed HCS and Texas Home Waiver provider. Funded through Medicaid, HUD monies and donations.

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Connect to Care 1380 River Bend Drive Dallas Tx 75247 (214) 743-1273 (See Our Ad on PG 42) We make finding local resources easier than ever before. Serves as the Dallas County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Provides information, referral and assistance to caregivers, professionals, older adults and individuals of all ages with disabilities who need assistance navigating the system. Connect to Care is completely VIRTUAL. Individuals seeking assistance can access services by telephone or through the Internet. Self-referrals can be completed online through the website. Phones are answered Monday through Friday from 8am-9pm. www.connecttocaredallas.org Dallas Association for Parent Education (DAPE) 777 S. Central, Building 2, Suite 1-T Richardson Tx 75080 (972) 699-0420 www.dallasparents.org DAPE offers parent education workshops, CPR training and childbirth classes. Some education workshops include parenting special needs children. Access their Web site for more information on times and dates of workshops. Easter Seals North Texas 1424 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, TX 76104 888-617-7171 www.ntx.easterseals.com info@ntx.easterseals.com Offering more than a dozen services for children and adults with all types of disabilities. Service locations in Fort Worth, Grapevine, Carrollton, and Oak Cliff. Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries of Texas, Inc North Central Texas Division 10810 Sanden Rd Dallas Tx 75238 (972) 386-4834 www,epmi.org ajohnson@epmi.org Nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Programs Evergreen is affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA www.ConnectionsKids.com

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CONTACT Crisis Line P.O. Box 800742 Dallas Tx 75380 (972) 233-086 www.contactdallas.org and wwwteencontact.org admin@contactdallas.org Adult Help Line: (972) 233-2233, Teen Help Line: (972) 233-TEEN (8336) Free 24 hour immediate, confidential, one-on-one telephone crisis prevention and intervention, information and referral, emergency aid and community education. Limited emergency transportation and shelter are available.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Joni and Friends 6510 Abrams Rd, Suite 125 Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 739-2523 www.dallasjoinandfriends.org dallas@joniandfriends.org Nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community. Service offered include family ummer retreats, newsletters, workshops, resource center and the Christian Fund for the Disabled. Funded solely through donations. Prosperity Place 6136 Frisco Blvd STE 491F Frisco TX 75034 469-287-5469 www.prosperityplacetx.org Prosperity Place affords children with special needs the opportunity to reach their full, unique potential. This is accomplished by educating parents to be advocates for their child, acting as a resource center for such families and providing financial assistance to children with special needs, specifically for a child’s therapy. The ARC of Dallas 12700 Hillcrest, suite 200 Dallas Tx 75230 (214) 634-9810 www.arcdallas.org info@arcdallas.org Formed in 1951 to improve the quality of ife of people developmental disabilities. A private, nonprofit agency affiliated with United Way serving Collin, Rockwall and Dallas counties. The ARC is also funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions. Volunteers of America Texas, Inc (VOA) 1424 Hemphill St Fort Worth Tx 76104 (817) 529-7300 www.voatx.org swall@voatx.org National Christian human service organization providing services to all people across the US to improve the quality of life. Programs for individuals and families with developmental disabilities include HC and ICF-MR residential programs, supported employment and day habilitation.

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ADD Association: North Dallas, Richardson Chapter 4502 River Oaks Parkway Garland Tx (972) 467-9299 The North Dallas support group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm (except December, January and July) at the Richardson Baptist Church, 160 Buckingham Road in Richardson. ADD/LD Parent Support Group of Collin County 601 Greenville Ave (First United Methodist Church of Allen) Allen Tx 75002 (972) 396-1216 sscaroline@aol.com Our purpose is to support and nurture parents of children who learn differently by empowering parents through information to be proactive in advocating for their children. Community speakers, videos, and sharing information help our parents stay informed. CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 115 Executive Way, Suite 209 Desoto Tx 75115 (972) 283-7900. southdallaschadd@sbcglobal.net Meetings held the third Monday of each month from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

Asthma / Allergies Allergic Child www.allergicchild.com Nicole@allergicchild.com Family support, resources, newsletter Allergy Moms www.allergymoms.com gclowe@allergymom.com Support for caregiver, e-newsletter FAAN Teen www.faanteenorg Support, educations, tips Fan Kids www.fankids.org Games, activities, contests Food Allergy Project www.FoodAllergyProject.org foodallergyInfo@FoodAllergyProject.org www.ConnectionsKids.com

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ADD Association 8200 Walnut Hills Dallas Tx 75253 (972) 458-9226 www.adda-sr.org oflanigan@adda-sr.org The Dallas support group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Presbyterian Medical Center in the Southeast Conference room.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Lone Star Celiac Sprue Support Group #51 (214) 274-6094 www.dfwceliac.org president@dfwceliacorg Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.) Dallas Area Chapter 1821 Spinnaker Way Dr Wylie Tx 75098-7855 (972) 489-9915 www.dallasrock.org leader@dallasrock.org Safe4Kids Asthma/Allergies www.safe4kids.com

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Allen-Frisco-Plano Autism Spectrum Parent Group 1517 W. McDermott Dr. Allen Tx 75013 www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/autismsupport The Autism Spectrum Parent Group provides support, resources and presentation for parents of children with Autism and related developmental disabilities. They also provide autism awareness, advocacy and education for their communities. Parents and professionals both are welcome to the meetings Access their Web site for more information. Autism Societies of America Autism Society of America promotes the development of services and resources for individuals with PDD or autism. Call your local chapter for meeting times, locations and additional information. Autism Societies of America P.O. Box 26129 Plano Tx 75026 (214) 925-2722 (voicemail) www.autim-ascc.org ascc@autim-acc.org Autism Societies of America 10503 Metric Dr Dallas Tx 75243 www.autim-ascc.org Autism Societies of America 1300 W. Lancaster Ft. Worth Tx (817) 390-2829 (800) 3AUTISM or (301) 657-0881 www.asgtc.org

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AutismSpot 2300 McDermott Dr, Suite 200-113 Plano Tx 75025 (888) 317-8074, ext 703 www.autismspot.com • jay@autismspot.com AutismSpot provides unbiased information and expert advice to the Autism Community via streaming media, videos, blogs, forums, and news. Behavior Exchange Family Support Group 6105 Windcom Ct Ste. 400 Plano TX 75093 972-312-8733 (See Our Ad on PG 69) Dallas Aspergers Network Information Support Help (DANISH) www.aspergerinfo.org • Merinance4@aol.com DANISH is a support group for families affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS). Meeting are held at AAA Mental Health 13339 N. Central Expwy, Suite 100, Dallas, Tx 75243.

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) 7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills Tx 76180 (817) 919-2228 www.featnt.org Provides information and support for families with children with autism, professional education, referrals, and publishes a bi-monthly newletter. (See Our Ad on PG 18)

Generation Recue www.generationrescue.org info@generationrescue.org Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientist, physicians and parent volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and mentoring thousands of families in recovering their children from autism. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Autism Speaks 6380 LBJ Freeway, Suite 285 Dallas Tx 75240 (972) 960-6227 www.autismspeaks.org Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! North Texas Autism Education Center (NTAEC) 2300 McDermott, Suite 200-178 Plano Tx 75025 (469) 682-0350 (voicemail only) www.ntaec.org infor@ntaec.org NTAEC is a nonprofit organization founded by parents and professionals. NTAEC hosts parent and professional workshops on applying the science of ABA to teach children with autism and similar development disabilities. Our Children’s Circle (972) 529-3843 (972) 547-9692 www.occ.deltos.com ann@deltos.com or kadennett@comcast.net A support group of parents, educators and community leaders that provide resources for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Meets during the months of August through May. general meetings held a Earl H. Slaughter Elementary, 2706 Wolford Ave, McKinney. Texas Autism Advocacy (281) 686-0103 www.Texas-Autism-Advocacy.org MichelleMGuppy@yahoo.com or Texas-Autism-Advovacy@yahoogroups.com

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Texas Parents of Bi-Polar Children 7622 Creek Trail San Antonio Tx 78254 (469) 417-0017 www.groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas_Parents_of_Bi_Polar_Children/ Texas_Parents_of_Bi_Polar_Children@yahoogroups.com Online parents Bi-Polar support group.

Brain Injury - Cognitive Disability Brain Injury Association of Texas 1339 Lamar Square Suite 103 Austin Tx 78704 (512) 326-1212 (800) 392-0040 www.biatx.org info@biatx.org A nonprofit public service organization providing public awareness, education, support groups, family guidance and resources in an effort to meet the needs of the survivors of brain injury. Family Help Line: (800) 392-0040. Martha Kate Downey Steps to Support for All 505 Anthony Dr Euless Tx 76039 (817) 283-4114 www.mkdowney.com mk.downey@sbcglobal.net Association of individuals working together in a positive and inclusive way to improve services and funding of program which serve those with disabilities in Texas. 130 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! American Foundation for the Blind-Soutwest 260 Treadway Plaza, Exchange Park Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 352-7222 www.afb.org dallas@afb.org Reading & Radio Resouce (formerly North Texas Taping and Radio for the Blind) 2007 Randall Dallas Tx 75201 (214) 871-7668 www.readingresource.org betty@readingresource.org Talking Book Program P.O. Box 12927, 1201 Brazos St Austin Tx 78711-2927 (800) 252-9605 (512) 463-5458 www.TexasTalkingBooks.org tbp.services@tsl.state.tx.us Free library service that provides reading material in large print, braille, and on cassette for loan to individuals with qualifying physical, visual, and learning disabilities. Texas Commission for the Blind P.O. Box 12866 Austin Tx 78711 (512) 377-0500 www.dars.state.tx.us/dbs DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us Texas parents of Blind Children (TPOBC) P.O. Box 125 Friendswood Tx 77459-0125 (866) 636-3289 www.tpobc.org laura@tpobc.org A membership organization of parents working toward a better future for blind children by promoting blindness skills, fostering self-esteem, and utilizing blind adult role models.

Cancer Candlelighters: Childhood Cancer Foundation www.candlelighters.org

Cerebral Palsy 4 My Child: Help and Hope for Life (800) 4MyChild (800-469-2445 www.cerebralpalsy.org United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) (214) 247-4505 Dallas (817) 692-4430 Fort Worth www.ucpdallas.org www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Developmental Delay Our Special Children at Cook’s Children’s Medical Center 801 7th Ave Fort Worth Tx 76104 (682) 885-4322 Offers supports and friendships of children with developmental disabilities in Tarrant County and its surrounding areas through group meetings. Support meetings offer informative speakers, discussions and networking with other parents. Monthly meetings are held at the Child Study Center (1300 W. Lancaster, Ft Worth) from 9:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Sitters are provided form the Child Study Center.

Down Syndrome Down Syndrome Guild 701 N. Central Expressway, Building 5-1 Richardson Tx 75080 (214) 267-1374 www.downsyndromedallas.org dsged@sbcglobal.net A nonprofit volunteer organization comprised of parents of people with Down Syndrome. The Guild offers volunteer support for the Down syndrome clinic at Children’s Medical Center, hospital, home and phone visits with parents of newborns, resources, social gatherings, speakers, conferences and an informative newsletter. Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County (DSPTC) 5508 Chaperito Trail Arlington Tx 76016 (817) 421-1812 www.dsptc.org treace@aol.com Down Syndrome family support group

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Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Asociation 140070 Proton, Suite 100 Dallas Tx (972) 233-9107, ext 222 (calls are returned twice a week by volunteer) sally@madcrouch.com The Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is committed to leadership and advovacy for people with dyslexia by providing support for individuals and group interactions, programs to inform and educate and information for professionals and the general public. Dallas Dyslexia Information Group (DDIG) (214) 351-1985 boblb97@sbcgloval.net International Dyslexia Association www.interdys.org 132 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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1926 Sheffield Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 481-8978 www.allcanread.net Janethass@verizon.net Specializing in promoting awareness and acceptance of students with dyslexia through community events and parent support group meeting. No cost. Open to parent, educations and professionals who are interested in helping students with dyslexia.

Hearing Impaired/Deaf Deaf Action Center Region 3 3515 Crestview Dr Dallas Tx 72335 (214) 521-0407 V/TTY www.deafactioncentertexas.org communication@deafactioncentertexas.org Deaf-Blind Multi Handicapped Association of Texas 815 High School Dr Seagoville Tx 75159 (972) 287-1904 www.dbmat.org dbmaTorg@aol.com State-wide advocacy organization that serve as an information resource for individuals who are deaf, blind and/or multi-handicapped and their families Referrals and peer counseling provided upon request. The Parent Connection links up parents in different geographical area throughout the state to form support groups. National Association of the Deaf 8630 Fenton St, Suite 820 SilverSpring MD 20910 (3010 587-788 Voice (301) 587-1789 TTY

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Independent School Districts Arlington Special Education PTSA www.aseptsa.org Collin County Special Education Cooperative 1404 N. McDonald St McKinney Tx 75071 (972) 548-3200 www.ccsec.org bethvincent@ccsec.org Provides all special education services including evaluation, therapies and instruction for Anna, Blue Ridge, Community, Farmersville, Lovejoy, Melissa, Prosper and Wylies ISD’s Coppell Special Ed Parents Support Group (469) 358-7347 CoppellSpEdParentsSupportGroup-owner@yahoogroups.com amy.osa@verizon.net Riverside Church of Christ, 150 E Beltline Rd, NE Corner Denton Tap and Beltline, Coppell Tx 75109. 10:00 am - 12 pm. Education Service Center, Region X (10) 400 E. Spring Valley Rd Richadson Tx 75081 (972) 348-1536 www.ednet10.net veronica.harris@region10.org Nonprofit agency that assists school districts and families by providing workshops, information gathering meetings and other resources. Counties that Region 10 cover are Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Collin, Fannin and Grayson. Frisco SAGE www.friscosage.com friscosage@gmail.com Greater Lewisville (LISD) Special Education PTA www.lisdsepsa.txpta.org Email listserve community at: www.group.yahoo.com/group/lisd-septsa Open to parent, professional and loved ones of children with special need. Gifted and talented listserve: www.groups.yahoo.co/group/lisd-gt. Young adults listserve: www.group.yahoo.com/group/ septsa-young-adult Plano Sage www.pptasage.com sage@planopta.com Texas Education Agency: Deaf Services 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin Tx 78701 (512) 463-9424 (512) 475-3540 (TTY) www.tea.state.tx.us/deaf/ 134 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! NAMI Dallas 6510 Abrams Rd #568 Dallas Tx 75231-7275 (214) 341-7133 www.namidallas.org namidallas3@aol.com Provides support and education to families and friends of people with a serious mental illness. The organization is affiliated with The National Alliance for the Mentall Ill (NAMI) and the Texas Alliance for the Mentall Ill (NAMI Texas). NAMI of Collin County P.O. Box 867264 Plano Tx 75086 (972) 922-5095 www.namicco.org info@namicco.org Provides support and education to families and friends of people with a serious mental illness. The organization is affiliated with The National Alliance for the Mentall Ill (NAMI) and the Texas Alliance for the Mentall Ill (NAMI Texas). NAMI Texas 2800 South IH35, Suite 140 Austin Tx 78704 (800) 633-3760 www.manitexas.org

Muscular Dystrophy International Myotonic Dystrophy Organization, Inc P.O. Box 1121 Sunland Ca 91041-1121 (760) 918-0377 www.myotonicadytrophy.org info@myotonicdysstrophy.org

Spina Bifida Spina Bifida Association of Dallas 705 W. Avenue B, Suite 409 Garland Tx 75040 (972) 238-8755 www.sbdal@aol.com sbdal@aol.com Providing support, information and encouragement to North Texas individuals and families affected by spina bifida.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Siblings HALO Program Christ United Methodist Church 3101 Coit Rd Plano Tx 75075 (972) 596-4303 A therapist-supported, sibling support group - meets once a week for 6 week sessions after school on Monday and Tuesday afternoons - $120 for 6 weeks.

Tourette Syndrome North Texas tourette Syndrome Support Group 2315 Daybreak Dr Dallas Tx 75287 (214) 808-6626 www.tourettetexas.org edss60@msn.com Local Support Group provide education services, support services, ARD and IEP Assistance for members, their families, schools, etc and fun for the entire family. Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Support Group (972) 307-1903 edss60@mn.com or Michelle at michells@cubesolutionscom 214(459-0715) Meetings: Second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am - 12 pm. Location Brookhaven College, just north of LBJ Freeway, Interstate Highway 635 at 3939 Valley View Lane between Midway Road and Marsh Lane in Farmers Branch, Dallas Tx. Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Support Group (817) 925-7004 joyinfortworth@yahoo.com Location: Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, 1400 Eighth Ave, Fort Worth, Tx

Unknown Syndromes Global Health Network, The 3604 Hendrick Dr Plano Tx 75074 (972) 943-0588 www.GlobalHealthNetwork.org dhhughes@globalhealthnetwork.org The Global Health Network is a world wide web community dedicated to providing disease-specific support groups. The GHN currently offers more than 1000 disease-specific support groups and other groups for people who share a common language or culture.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Crystal Dyess-Carroll 1221 Goldeneye Dr Aubry Tx 76227 (940) 768-8001 www.cognitivedevelopment.pbworks.com bdyess99@hotmail.com My name is Crystal Dyess-Carroll. Being a resource partner is a great opportunity for me because it will give me the chance to better help our community of people with disabilities It is important to (See Our Ad on PG 42) me that the passion of advocating is passed on to families and guardians who provide care for individuals with disabilities. Through free consultation over the phone and email, I hope to provide not only advice but ways to better integrate strategies and tools that will help the healthy transition of individuals with disabilities from school into the community. Berry Family Services 4702 Rowlett Road Rowlett Tx 75088 (972) 412-4707 www.berryfamilyservices.com jessica@berryfamilyservices.com (See Our Ad on PG 44) Berry Family Services is an HCS (Home and Community based service), TXML (Texas Home Living), and GR (General Revenue) Provider that Serves individuals with Mental Retardation. Berry Family Services is owned and operated by the Berry Family whose objective is to provide quality services to the “whole” person with disabilities and their family. Our consumers deserve exceptional service and value when it comes to meeting their personal needs. Berry Family Services will take the time to gain a full appreciation of the unique challenges presented by your personal situations. Most importantly, we possess the knowledge and expertise to provide solutions that meet your needs. We are dedicated to helping our consumers help themselves through services and supports designed to meet their individual needs and choices Programs Serving: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Rockwall County, Collin County, Denton County, Cooke County, Fannin County, Grayson County, Henderson County, Rains County, Smith County, Van Zandt County, Wood County, Camp County, Delta County, Franklin County, Hopkins County, Kaufman County, Lamar County, Morris County, Titus County, Johnson-Ellis-Navarro Counties, and Hunt County.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Adaptive Adventure Sports Challenge Air www.challengeair.com Byron@challengeair.com Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a not-for-profit organization, offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation.

(See Our Ad on PG 49) It’s A Sensory World 13617 Neutron Rd Farmers Branch Tx 75244 (972) 239-8100 www.itsasensoryworld.com rekha@itsasesoryworld.com (See Our Ad on PG 51) “It’s a Sensory World!” caters to the recreational and social needs of children with special needs. Our facility is intended to fill the gap between therapy and main stream recreation, where children regardless of their developmental level can participate in fun-filled activities. Our MISSION is to provide a high-quality, affordable, venue for children who present sensory dysfunction and thus better assist them in meeting their sensory needs. To provide an appropriate, parent guided sensory-motor and social-skills program for children of all abilities. Adaptive Sports Foundation Windham Mountain, upstate New York (518) 734-5070 www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org 1:1 winter program for skiing and snow boarding - summer program for horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, golf, tennis, cycling, camping, sled hockey & special hockey Frisco Miracle League (214) 296-2017 (877) 683-6085 www.FriscoMiracleLeague.org The Miracle League of Frisco is a sports league for special-needs children, ages 5-18, from throughout North Texas. We offer spring/ fall baseball and soccer, winter/summer bowling and other sporting opportunities to children with all levels of disabilities. We are a “no practice” league – we just focus on having fun at game time! Registration fees (per six-week season) run about $35 and include uniform and a trophy. However, scholarships are available to all who need them – simply ask! The Miracle League of Frisco: “Because every child deserves the chance to play.” 138 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Cheerleading Special Needs Cheerleading “Texas Cutez” (469) 233-2882 www.here4kids.com dr.patton@tx.rr.com Classes are held at Rosemeade Recreation Center in North Carrollton on Sundays from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. Fee is $50 for a 9-week session, scholarships are available. Dr. Angela Patton For all ages and abilities Teams for typically developing children/siblings also available.

Cooking Classes Cooking Capers 801 S. Greenville, Suite 103 Allen Tx 75002 (972) 822-1659 www.cookingcapers.com tracy@wideright.net Cooking Capers offers cooking parties specifically tailored to special needs children.

Dance Footlights Dance Studio 1165 S. Stemmons Frwy. #154 Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) 436-7455 www.footlightsancestudio.com Frisco Dance Force: Creative Movement Class 3221 Preston Rd, 33 Frisco Tx 74034 (972) 712-6829 The Dance Space 1681 Justin Road Suite 102 Flower Mound Tx 75028 )972) 899-3032 www.thedancespace.org (Not just for special needs but able to accommodate some children in typical classes)

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University of North Texas Physical Activity Program (940) 565-3403 The program provides physical activity services to reinforce what your child is learning in PE or at home. Children are partnered up with 2+ undergraduate students who are enrolled in Movement for Special Populations. The students will then write lesson plans and teach your children skills/games etc across the course of the semester.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! The Dancer’s Workshop 750 S. Mill St. Lewisville Tx 75057 (972) 420-1314 www.dancers-workshop.com New creative movement class for mid-to high-functioning children called “Move With the Flow” Wednesdays from 4:14 to 5:15 3:1 ratio

Fitness Center Angel League Athletics Association of Texas 1404 Pearson Avenue McKinney Tx 75069 (972) 548-7898 www.angelleague.com lthetford@ccccd.edu Committed to providing athletic programs and recreational services that meet the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities nation wide. Cost is $40 per child per season, scholarships available Bachman Recreation Center 2750 Bachman Drive Dallas Tx 75220 (214) 670-6266 esupina@mail.ci.dallas.tx.us Offers recreation programs specifically for individuals (ages 6 and up) with disabilities. Program offers arts and crafts, sports, fitness, aquatics, socialization, music, drama and outdoor activities. Call for specific information regarding programs. Program fees are based on a sliding scale. Part of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. Coppell YMCA Lewisville YMCA “Buddy Sports” 2021 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound Tx 75028 (972)539-9622 (972) 393-5121 www.lewisvilleymca.org Contact: Bryce Merrill brycem.lewisville@ymcadallas.org , Parent coordinator: Keny McClurg kwmc41@msn.com Offers soccer, basketball and baseball. Special Needs Programs Available Dore Achievement Centers 4851 Merlot Ave., Suite 530 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 526-1337 (866) 784-4377 www.doreusa.com Ronda.Isaacs@doreusa.com A clinically proven, drug-free treatment for children and adults focused on the root cause. Specialized, tailored exercises can enable you to maximize your potential. EveryBody Fits 200 Fitness Court Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 471-2345 140 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Therapeutic Recreation Programs offered by Plano Park and Rec. (972) 941-7327 addyh@plano.gov Therapeutic Recreation Programs offered by Plano Park and Rec. Class on Sunday Afternoons Carrollton, TX 75005 P: 214-731-1108 (972) 941-7272 joans@plano.gov WinKids 3000 Waketon Road Flower Mound Tx 75028 (972) 355-9988 (972) -899-9991 www.winkids.net info@winkids.net

Gymnastics North American Gymnastics Special Needs 1023 E. Seminole Trail Carrollton Tx 75005 (214) 731-1108 Play Options – in partnership with ASI Gymnastics P.O. Box 1777 Wylie Tx 75098 (214) 207-6161 Wendy Williams - wendywilliams@playoptions.com Cari Harvey - cariharvey@playoptions.com www. playoptions.com Locations in Allen, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Lake Highlands, Mesquite, Plano West, Rockwall, and Wylie Special Needs Gymnastics Denise Anderson (806)438-3227 (214) 813-7047 www.specialneedsgymnastics.com Currently meeting at North American Gymnastics. New location to open in old Hobby Lobby on Main St. in Lewisville The Little Gym of Carrollton 1025 W. Hebron #148 Carrollton Tx 74010 (972) 446-1122 Kay LeBlanc-Owner (Masters In Special Education with 16 years experience working with special needs students in the public school setting) www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Excite Gym “Superkids” 32510 Parker Square (972) 874-9663 Offering classes for children with special needs with an OT, with or without parent participation. Wednesdays and Fridays $75/month


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Karate / Martial Arts Red Tiger Karate director@redtigerkarate.com $35 for an 8-10 week session Taught at different schools and community centers throughout Denton County and now into Tarrant County. www.redtigerkarate.com

Movies & Special Screenings Movies for families with Autism & other Special Needs Plano Studio Movie Grill Reagan Roth www.studiomoviegrill.com Saturdays at 11 am. Call for scheduling: Brandon Jones, 972-964-3789

Horse Riding Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship P.O. Box 192747 Dallas Tx 75219 (972) 412-1099 (800) 208-2136 www.equest.org equest@equest.org A therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with sessions in fall, spring, and summer. Funded through donations Rocky Top Therapy Center 660 Keller Smithfield Rd. Keller Tx 76249 (817) 379-5717 www.rockytoptherapy.org Taught by NARHA-certified instructors, Trail Blazers is a developmental riding therapy program. The Trail Blazers program utilizes horseback riding for clients with physical, mental, cognitive, social or behavioral problems, and often serves as a continuation of the (See Our Ad on PG 53) treatment an individual received previously in hippotherapy. Beyond just improvement in the individual’s confidence and discipline while improving gross and fine motor skills, posture, balance, and coordination, Trail Blazers participants develop more refined horsemanship skills and many go on to compete in are and state Special Olympics, Top Hands in Houston or Chisholm Challenge in Fort Worth.

Roller Skating Roller Skating Lessons for Special Needs 1408 S State Highway 121 (just west of I-35) Lewisville Tx 75067 (972) -221-4666 Shona $5 for a 15 minute lesson, $10 for a 30 minute lesson once a week 142 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Swimming AquaKids Swim School 3409 Cross Timbers Rd Flower Mound Tx 75028 (972) 724-1528 www.aquakids.com flowermound@aquakids.com AquaKids Swim School 4313 Heritage Trace Parkway Keller Tx 76248 (817)745-1000 www.aquakids.com keller@aquakids.com Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center (972) 304-7032 bnickolaus@ci.coppell.tx.us Coppell Family YMCA 146 Town center Blvd Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 393-5121, ext 220 www.coppellymca.org mblankenship@ymcadallas.org This program provides swim instruction and water exercise for individuals with physical or mental disabilities. It is a one on one instructional program. Contact Mary Blankenship. Paige’s Swim School 2301 N_ Central Expwy_ # 140 Plano Tx 7575 (214) 558-7946 www.paigesswimschool.com paige@paigesswimschool.com

Water Skiing You Can Ski- Adaptive Water Sports (214) 634-9810 ext. 106 blaine@youcanski.org Wayne Holt, Speaker E: wayne@oneleggedwonder.com

Camps / Summer Camps ARC Day Camp Plano and McKinney www.arc.dallas.org aallen@arcdallas.org Runs during summer and spring break

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! ARC of Dallas Summer Adventure Camp www.arc.dallas.org aallen@arcdallas.org ARC of Denton County Sibling Camp www.arcofdentoncouty.org One weekend each May Bachman Therapeutic Rec Center 2750 Bachman Drive Dalllas Tx 75220 (214) 670-6266 Camp Broncho - Asthma 3818 Cedar Springs Rd. Suite 101-343 Dalllas Tx 75219-4169 (469) 766-1509 anne.crowther@childrens.com Camp Friendship (972) 633-8244 googaly@aol.com Week-long day camp for kids with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism Camp Peace dbarb@mckinneyisd.net Summer day camp for kids 6 years or older with AS, HFA, PDD, autism Camp Summit 2915 LBJ Freeway, Ste 185 Dalllas Tx 75234 (972) 484-8900 camp@campsummittx.org Camp designed for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities. Separate sessions are scheduled for specific ages and level of functioning. One week and weekend sessions provide typical camp activities. Sliding scale fees are available. Camp Summit is a United Way agency and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Down Home Ranch www.downhomeranch.org/camps Ranch Camp offered Near Austin, Tx Focus on the Future Adventure Special Ed Summer Camp 3405 Custer Road, Suite 100 Plano Tx 75023 Primary and Secondary Grade Levels Friend to Friend Social Camp (214) 684-8940 Home_Therapist@comcast.net 18 144 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Charis Hills is a special needs, recreational summer camp which helps children with learning differences build confidence and find success. We serve campers ages 7-21. We welcome campers with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, speech/language and hearing (See Our Ad on PG 51) impairment, emotional/behavioral challenges including high functioning Autism and Asperger’s. Camp is a great place to teach social skills. Campers also receive academic instruction for one activity period each day. Located one hour from Dallas & Fort Worth in the beautiful Cross Timbers or Northern Texas Hill Country! We also have spring and fall Family Camp programs that are both educational and recreational for the whole family. FUMCR Richardson GEMS Special Needs 503 N. Central Expy. Richadson Tx 75080 (972) 996-0120 www.fumcr.com/ pages/childrenspecialneeds FUNTASTICS Camp (972) 466-9151 For individuals with disabilities ages 8 – 21 years. $50 per week North Texas Conductive Education Camp (469)964-1216 www.ntxce.org orsi@ntxce.org Conductive Education for children with motor disabilities Plano Parks and Recreation Department - Therapeutic Program (972) 941-1216 joan@plano.gov Riverside Church of Christ Texoma Youth Camp bharriscar@prodigy.net SEEK Camp – Coppell 420 S. Heartz Rd Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 462-0471 info@fumccoppell.org SEEK Camp - Dallas “Summer Experience for Exceptional Kampers” www.fumcdal.org Special Summer Friends www.pptasage.com/ SummerFriends.htm (case sensitive) www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Charis Hills Camp 498 Faulkner Rd. Sunset, TX 76270 www.charishills.org info@charishills.org


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Texas Lions Camp For children with physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer P.O. Box 290247 Kerrville Tx 78029 (830) 896-8500 www.lionscamp.com crenshawa@comcast.net Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation 6555 Sierra Dr Irving Tx 75039 (800) 942-8476 www.texasnf.org carolyn@texasnf.org *Parents’ Night Out / Respite Care see Parental Resource

Yoga Special World Yoga Dallas Tx (804) 714-7167 waring1@me.com

Therapy Resources: Applied Behavioral Analysis Autism Concepts Fort Worth Tx (817)-845-1629 866-540-3687 www.autism-concepts.com Autism Concepts Incorporated specializes in language and communication, play skills and social skills using research based interventions. We utilize the principals and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on verbal behavior. We set up in-home ABA programs. (See Our Ad on PG 58) Autism Solutions of Granbury 1540 Southtown Dr. Suite 113 Granbury Tx 76048 (817) 894-7469 www.autismsolutionsofgranbury.com services@autismsolutionsofgranbury.com ABA therapy to reach your child! Progress which can be seen and measured: As said by one of our parents, “My child is more vocal, makes better eye contact, is calmer and sociable and (See Our Ad on PG 57) hardly ever stares at ceiling fans or lights anymore. His progress has been remarkable.” * Board Certified Behavior Analyst collaboration * Registered Nurse on premises * Comprehensive program: behavioral, social, academic, communication * Embedded Speech in program design * Parent training and workshops * Complimentary initial consultation and assessment * Insurance accepted as applicable * After-school, weekday and weekend programs. 146 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010 Therapeutic Resources www.ConnectionsKids.com


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Behavior Exchange 6105 Windcom Ct Ste. 400 Plano TX 75093 972-312-8733 tammylynnecline@aol.com The Behavior Exchange uses Applied Behavior Analysis in a naturalistic environment to teach skills from behavior to language to academics. We offer the following services: One-on-one behavior therapy, B.E.E.S. (Behavior Exchange Early Start), social skills groups, academic training, and Precision Teaching. For families: We provide parent training, sibling sessions, school consultations, and ARD advocacy. ABA and B.E.E.S. — a honey of an idea at The Behavior Exchange! (See our Main Ad on Page 69 )

Behavioral Innovations, Inc 6301 Campus Circle Drive East Suite 100A Irving Tx 75063 New Fort Worth Location: 1015 McKinley Street Benbrook TX 76126 469.374.0700/877.750.0ABA (0222) www.behavioral-innovation.com info@behavioral-innovations.com Maximizing your child’s potential through compassionate, evidence-based ABA Therapy. BI offers hope and help for your child! Our parents say it all, “Her resulting progress has been no less than astonishing!” If your child suffers with Autism or another behavioral disorder, time is your most valuable asset. Don’t wait, call today! • Flexible, center-based therapy programs incorporating Speech & Occupational Therapy • Empowering parent education • Comprehensive data tracks child’s progress (See Our Ad on PG 61) • SAIL – Social Skills aftercare program Center For Children with Autism at Metro Care 1353 N Westmoreland Bldg A Dallas TX 75211 214-333-7076 CCAM is reaching out to the Metroplex to offer, quality, affordable ABA services. Our goal is to lead each child to his or her potential through evidence based therapy founded on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Behavior & Education Specialist of Texas, LLC (B.E.S.T) 505 Lexington Lane Richardson Tx 75080 (972) 742-0807 www.bestaba.com info@bestaba.com BEST Provides in home ABA program consultation, assessment, training & therapy for children with special needs by a board certified Behavior Analyst. We passionately approach education and intervention with the focus on communication, behavior and social skills. We also provide school consultations, training workshops, parent training and behavior intervention plan.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Consulting 4 Children on the Spectrum P.O. Box 250543 Plano Tx 75025 (214) 498-3778 www.consulting4childrenonthespectrum.com nmoses@consulting4childrenonthespectrum.com We provide ABA in-home consultation, treatment, assessments, training and ARD/IEP support for children diagnosed with Autism/PPD. Easter Seals North Texas 1424 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, TX 76104 888-617-7171 www.ntx.easterseals.com info@ntx.easterseals.com Offering a variety of center, community and home-based ABA treatment services throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area for children who have autism. Center-based services are provided at Easter Seals locations in Fort Worth, Grapevine, Carrollton, and Oak Cliff. Community and home-based services are provided for children and their families throughout North Texas. (See our Main Ad on Page 63) Hope Center 4 Autism Fort Worth 3704 Hwy 377 South AB Fort Worth Tx 76116 (817) 560-1139 www.hopcenter4autism.org susan4autism@aol.com The Hope Center 4 Autism offers behavioral intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as other behavioral issues. Our services include, Initial treatment Consultation, 1:1 behavioral therapy, Social Skills, Transition therapy, Parent training, Support Groups, Speech, Language, Music and Occupational Therapy Pumpkin Littles 5439 Glen Lakes Dr Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 346-0477 www.PumpkinLittles.com pumpkinlittles@pumpkinlittles.com Pumpkin Littles is an educational center where children have a chance to have fun and learn valuable skills. Our knowledgeable staff uses a combination of the most renowned educational principles specifically molded to suit each particular child’s needs and the goals set for that child. We develop programs to fit YOUR child’s needs. Services include: ABA Therapy, iPad Communication, Music Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Nutritionist, Sensory Gym, Speech Therapy, Tutoring, Shadows, IEP/ ARD Consultation, Social Skills Classes and much more. (See Our Ad on PG 65)

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Teach Me Academy 2459 East Hebron Parkway, Ste 160 Carrollton, TX 75010 Phone - (972) 282-1872 Fax - (888) 237-2214 www.teachmebec.com As your “partner” we design highly individualized programing to meet the needs of your child. Whether through our Academy, In-home program or a combination, we are interested in your child’s whole development with the goal to make learning meaning! We take great pride in our services and our commitment is to provide you with the best of ABA and Speech services. At Teach Me LLC, you will work directly with BCBAs and SLPs on an ongoing basis to maximize progress! Mustard Seeds New Location Coming Soon Tx (469) 995-4051 www.mustard-seeds.org Stacey@mustard-seeds.org Mustard Seeds provides a 5 star therapy center for pre-school children who have Autism spectrum disorders. LoneStar Solutions 1981 Stadium Oaks Ct. Arlington TX 76011 (817) 522-5061 www.lonestarsolutions.org AshleyFogle@rvbh.com LoneStar Solutions offers a variety of individualized services based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Our goal is to teach functional skills in the areas of language/communication, behavior, academics, self-help skills and social skills to people diagnosed with autism or other related developmental disabilities. All of our services are provided by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst and include: - LoneStar ABA Academy: An early intervention preschool with 1:1 student/teacher ratios - ABA Home Programming Services - Home/community consultations for any behavioral concerns (i.e., aggression, potty training, bedtime struggles, etc.) (see our ad on page 64)

Art Therapy The Art Station 1616 Park Place Ave Fort Worth Tx 76110 (817) 921-2401 www.theartstation.org The art station provides outpatient mental health services through art therapy to clients aged 6 and up. Medicaid, CHIPS, Private Insurance & Sliding Scale accepted www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Teach MeLLC (Combining ABA & Speech) Lewisville Location 575 N. Valley Parkway, Ste 220 Lewisville, TX 75067


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Aquatic Therapy AquaKids Swim School 3409 Cross Timbers Rd Flower Mound Tx 75028 (972) 724-1528 www.aquakids.com flowermound@aquakids.com AquaKids Swim School 4313 Heritage Trace Parkway Keller Tx 76248 (817)745-1000 www.aquakids.com keller@aquakids.com Coppell Family YMCA 146 Town center Blvd Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 393-5121, ext 220 www.coppellymca.org mblankenship@ymcadallas.org This program provides swim instruction and water exercise for individuals with physical or mental disabilities. It is a one on one instructional program. Contact Mary Blankenship.

Auditory Integrative Therapy Kotsanis Insitute 2020 W. State Hwy 114 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 481-6342 www.kotsanisinsitute.com

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The Listening Centre-Tomatis Dallas 12810 Hillcrest Rd B-101 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 404-8152 (281) 788-8386 www.tomatis.com tomatisdallas@sbcglobal.net Providing Tomatis Listening training for all ages. Kids diagnosed with PDD, Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, enrichment programs for sports, self esteem, singing and language learning.

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Brain Training Associates, Inc 2301 Ohio Dr, Suite 130 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 964-8510 www.braintraining.com braintrain@aol.com Assessment, consultation and cognitive rehabilitation therapy for children with autism or PDD, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, brain injury, CP, genetic errors or metabolic disorders. 150 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Clinic 3530 Forest Lane, Suite 104 Dallas Tx 75234 (972) 332-2280 (214) 350-9777 www.DavidRosenthal.com Dr. Rosenthal focuses on improving the overall brain and neurological function of your child. Should your child suffer from ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, birth trauma, movement disorders or other behavioural disorders, Dr. Rosenthal may be able to help. He integrates chiropractic, neurology, nutrition and other natural therapies in your child’s treatment program. He works closely with other professionals including MD’s, OT’s, PT’s, speech pathologists and therapeutic optometrists. Dr. Rosenthal is triple board certified in Functional Neurology, Childhood Developmental Disorders and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Please call us at 214-350-9777 or see us at www.DavidRosenthalDC.com. (See our ad on pg 62) Whole Child Wellness, Dr. Amber Brooks 14330 Midway Road Suite 116 Dallas TX 75244 Phone: 469-547-1173 www.mychildwellness.com

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Hippotherapy (horse therapy) Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship 3800 Troy Road Wylie Tx 75098 (972) 412-1099 www.equest.org equest@equest.org A therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area. Equine Angels Special Therapy Center 329 County Ct. Bartonville Tx 76226 (214) 212-4107 www.equineangels.org Frisco Horse Park 13100 S.H. 121 Frisco Tx 75035 (972) 335-8000 www.friscohorsepark.org info@friscohorsepark.org www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Reata Rehabilitation 9203 T.N. Skiles Rd Ponder Tx 76259 (940) 479-2612 www.reatarehabilitation.org ReataRehab@yahoo.com Riding Unlimited 9168 T.N. Skiles Rd Ponder Tx 76259 (940) 479-2016 www.ridingunlimited.org ridingunlimited@aol.com Rocky Top Therapy Center 660 Keller Smithfield Rd Keller Tx 76248 (817) 379-5717 www.rockytoptherapy.org information@rockytoptherapy.org Hippotherapy is a term that refers to the use of the (See Our Ad on PG 53) movement of the horse as a medical tool. The horse’s walk provides sensory input through movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the patient are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. Licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants use the horse and the ranch setting to accomplish treatment goals are specified by a physician’ prescription. Spirithorse 1960 Post Oak Rd Corinth Tx 75210 (940) 497-2946 www.spirithorsetherapy.com info@spirithorsetherapy.com Stajduhar Stables 816 West L.D. Lockett Rd Colleyville Tx 76034 (817) 849-1999 www.stajduharstables.org Therapeutic Riding of Texas (TROT) Gemini Farms 1701 S. Duncanville Rd Cedar Hill Tx 75104 (972) 293-3388 www.trottx.org info@trottx.org Walk On! Therapeutic Riding Center Willow Wood Ranch 5513 Smiley Rd Celina Tx 75009 (972) 347-9616 www.therapyriding.com info@therapyriding.com 152 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! In Home H-Bot Dallas Tx (817) 400-2762 www.inhomehbot.com (See Our Ad on PG 33) Info@inhomehbot.com We are dedicated to providing quality, low cost hyperbaric therapy in your home. Hyperbaric chambers do require a doctors prescription. Please visit our website to learn more www.inhomehbot.com or call us today at 817-400-2762

Music Therapy Kathleen Coleman Prelude Music Therapy www.preludemusictherapy.com preludemusictherapy@gmail.com S.T.A.R. Music 2035 McDermott, Suite 450 Allen Tx 75013 (972) 839-0312 www.startherapyprograms.com director@startherapy.com Sisson Piano Studio 1401 Sweet Gum Dr. Lewisville Tx 75067 (469) 948-0428 www.sissonpiano.com janice@sissonpiano.com Creative, individualized piano lessons offered for students of all needs and abilities. Southwestern Music Therapy DFW Metro Area (214) 227-1006 www.southwesternmusictherapy.com Southwestern Music Therapy, L.L.C. is a private practice, established to provide consultative and collaborative music therapy services for clients throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan (See Our Ad on PG 66) area. Our highly trained Board Certified Music Therapists develop and implement goal driven individualized programs that benefit those that are non-musical as well as musical, and are determined upon the therapists’ assessment of the client’s overall cognitive, language and motor abilities. Musical interventions involving neurological therapy techniques, including rhythmic auditory stimulation and instrumental improvisation can be adapted to elicit positive results in overall www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Therapeutic Associates of Plano 2300 Coit Rd, Suite E Plano Tx 75075 (972) 569-7244 anita.gadberry@comcast.net

Neurofeedback Training Richard E. Davis M.S. Hurst Tx (817) 589-1300 Dr. Jackie Keish LMFT, LPC, BCIA-EEG 420 N. Carroll Ave. Suite 140 Southlake Tx 76092 (817) 421-5555 www.neurofeedbackoftexas.com Providing Neurofeedback therapy may be the answer for ADHD, Impulse control, anxiety, and other Issues. The Brain Institute 5207 Heritage Ave. Colleyville TX 76034 TheBrainInstitute is a medical facility that is focused on the evaluation and treatment of patients who desire improvement in the function of their brain. The staff at theBrainInstitute is comfortable in dealing with a wide range of conditions, traumatic brain injury, Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, and other neurological disorders. Patient treatment programs may include any combination of Neurotherapy, biofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation, counseling, behavior modification, visual processing, speech and language development, memory work, and cognitive flexibility training. (See Our Ad on PG 68)

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Interactive Metronome Excel Pediatric Therapy 789 Justin Rd Rockwall Tx 75087 (972) 771-5731 www.excelpediatric.com Integrative Pediatric Therapy 12840 Hillcrest Road Suite E104 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 404-3077 www.integrativepediatric.com Johnson Neuropsychology 1422 W. Main Street Suite 205 Lewisville Tx 75067 (469) 549-4200 www.johnsonneuro.com info@johsonneuro.com

Physical, Occupational, & Rehab Services A to Z Pediatric Therapy 5612 Davis Blvd. North Richland Hills Tx 76180 (817) 581-0111 www.a-ztherapy.com information@a-ztherapy.com (See Our Ad on PG 55) A Child Can Do All Things - Conductive Education Center 12870 Hillcrest Road Suite H-101 Dallas Tx 75230 972-788-2856 www.accdat.org Caleb, Inc 2400 E. Arkansas Lane Arlington Tx 76014 (817) 633-8511 www.calabinc.com calabsa@calabinc.com At Home Healthcare 9846 Hwy 31 East Tyler TX 75705 1-877 MY NURSE www.athomehealthcare.org www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Comprehensive Therapy Services 2201 N. Central Expwy. #110 Richardson Tx 75080 (214) 265-1819 www.comptherapy.com info@compatherapy.com Provide Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy for the pediatric population. Medicaid and some other insurance accepted. Second location in McKinney. Dallas Occupational Therapy Services for Kids - PLLC 4530 Beltway Dr Addison Tx 75001-3707 (214) 505-2963 www.dotsforkids.com info@dotsforkids.com Clinic based Pediatric Occupational Therapy provider. Please visit our website for detailed information. Dynamic Therapy PO Box 251236 Plano TX 75025 972-584-0284 (See Our Ad on PG 57) www.dynamictherapy.net contact@dynamictherapy.net In-home occupational, physical, and speech therapy for children throughout north Dallas. Medicaid and Insurance accepted. The most up-to-date treatment strategies are integrated with a family-centered approach. You can expect open communication with everyone on the treatment team and most importantly, Results that Last a Lifetime. Easter Seals North Texas 4443 N. Josey Lane, Suite 100 Carrollton, TX 75010 972-394-8900 www.ntx.easterseals.com info@ntx.easterseals.com Offering high quality occupational, physical and speech-language therapy services to children with all types of disabilities. Services provided at our Oak Cliff and Carrollton clinic locations. Excel Pediatric Therapy 789 Justin Rd Rockwall Tx 75087 (972) 771-5731 www.excelpediatric.com Growing in Confidence and self assurance with smiles of happiness is the treatment result at Excel Pediatric Therapy. Traditional and Innovative therapy techniques will allow a child to realize their full potential.

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Integrative Pediatric Therapy 12840 Hillcrest Road Suite E104 Dallas Tx 75230 (972)404-3077 www.integrativepediatric.com Integrative Pediatric was founded with a mission to help children express their fullest potential by identifying and filling gaps in the developmental process. Journey Pediatric Rehabilitation 2100 W. Northwest Highway, Suite 202 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 416-9797 www.journeylearning.org info@journeylearning.com Occupational Therapy services for children birth - 18. Specializations in sensory integration, NDT, vision therapy, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Interactive Meteronome, Play Attention and handwriting. Joy Therapy Services (214) 563-4040 joytherapyservices@gmail.com Kids Care Therapy 9330 LBJ Freeway Suite 790 Dallas Tx 75243 (214) 575-2999 www.kidscaretherapy.com

(See Our Ad on PG 59) Kids Care Therapy is a pediatric home health care agency. We are dedicated to providing the best quality therapy to the kids we service in the Dallas/Fort Worth, and surrounding areas. Focusing on Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy and case management we will work with the patients and their doctor to provide the best course of therapy for a child with disabilities or delayed development. LifeSteps www.lifestepstx.com At LifeSteps, we have gone above and beyond to give your child the best care necessary to make life more enjoyable and functional. We (See Our Ad on PG 72) not only have a heart for your child, we also have state-of-the-art processes and equipment to provide complete assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for children from birth to 21 years of age. Our highly trained therapists work with a full range of disabilities from ADHD and autism, to cerebral palsy and other severe physical disorders. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Healing hands OT Pediatric Therapy Center 1104 N. Elm St Denton Tx 76201 (940) 206-9009 www.thepediatrictherapycenter.com amanda@thepediatrictherapycenter.com


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Little Light House - Denton 37 Oak Forest Circle Denton Tx 76210 (940) 591-7092 www.llhdenton.org info@llhdenton.org Educational preschool and Therapeutic Services for special needs children up to age 6. Metrocare Services tickler ad (214) 333-7000 www.metrocareservices.org OT & PT services (See Our Ad on PG 60) North Texas Therapy Innovations, P.C. 11880 Greenville Ave, Suite 100 Dallas Tx 75243 (214) 349-6178 www.ntxtherapyinnovations.com ABradley@nttiinfo.com Pediatric Occupational Therapy practice with 3 locations: Dallas, Plano and McKinney. Specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy and Occupational therapy services for Autism, SI Disorder, Aspergars Syndrome, Fine Motor, Gross Motor delays. OT at Home, Inc 2400 Hwy 287 North Suite 116 Mansfield Tx 76063 (817) 689-2295 (888) 864-3572 www.otathome.com casieh@otathome.com Private in-home and in-school OT Our Children’s House Baylor (800) 4BAYLOR (429-9567 www.BaylorHealth.com OUTPATIENT CARE AT OUT CHILDREN’S HOUSE   Our Children’s House at Baylor offers outpatient services including pediatric specialized physical, occupational and speech-language therapies for children from birth to age 18 with a variety of diagnoses including neurological, orthopedic, and developmental disorders such as motor/speech delays, chromosomal abnormalities, feeding disorders, congenital disorders, disorders resulting from a traumatic injury, and disorders reflecting disturbance of the nervous system.  Our clinics are conveniently located throughout the DFW Metroplex and include facilities in Allen, Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine, Irving, Las Colinas, Plano, Rockwall and Waxahachie.  For more information, please call 1-877-820-9061. (See Our Ad on PG 64) 158 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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Pediatric Therapy & Activity Center 1406 N. Corinth St, Suite 405 Corinth Tx 76208 (940) 497-3003 www.mypediatricttherapy.com Free evalutions, SL oral motor and feeding, hand function, vision therapy, contracture managment, myofascial release, dysraxia, infant massage, speech and social groups. Personal Touch Home Health Services 8200 Brookriver Drive Suite N503 Dallas Tx 75247 800-237-9820 214-678-0507 www.pthomecare.com (See Our Ad on PG 62) The Pediatric division of Personal Touch Home Care acknowledges the uniqueness of pediatric home care. We offer compassionate community based pediatric care that is family focused.We understand that children with complex, long term as well as short term medical needs have a right to be surrounded by the family love and support that is inherent in the healing process. Personal-Touch Home Care is committed to work in tandem with family members as partners to care for these children with special health care needs. Rehab Services Unlimited, Inc 1301 W. hwy 407, #206 Lewisville Tx 75077 (972) 317-7775 www.rehabservicesunlimited.com rsu@verison.net

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S.P.O.T.S> (Solari Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Services 12850 Hillcrest Rd, Suite 108 Dallas Tx 75230 (972) 404-1718 Occupational and Physical Therapy for children infancy through adolescence. Fine and Gross Motor Development, Coordination, Visual-Motor Integration, Visual-Perception and Sensory Integration Therapy.

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Pate Rehabilitation 2655 Villa Creek, Suite 140 Dallas Tx 75234 (972) 241-9334 (800) 992-1149 www.paterehab.com admissions@paterehab.com For age 12 - 22. Offering Day Treatment Programs, Transitional Impatient Programs, Neuropsychological Assessments. Admission criteria: brain injury


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! SANTE Pediatric Services (800) 340-4098 www.santepediatrics.com Santé Pediatric Services is the one name to call for pediatric (See Our Ad on PG 56) physical, occupational and speech therapies. Our goal is to help your child reach their highest potential. Since 1988, Santé has provided quality, pediatric focused services to children from birth to 20 years of age throughout North Texas. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of children by helping them reach their highest functional potential. Using a team approach, our therapists develop custom treatment plans for each child and provide compassionate support for the child’s family. Speech & Language Services of North Texas LCC 3880 Parkwood Blvd,Building 5, Suite 502 Frisco Tx 75034 (972) 424-0148 www.eastsidespeech.com Speech and Language Services of North Texas, LCC provides speech/ language therapy and occupational therapy for all children including those with ASD, cognitive challenges, sensory challenges, oral motor difficulties and feeding. The Handwriting Clinic, Inc 1506 Capital Ave, Suite 150 Plano Tx 75074 (972) 633-1974 www.thehandwritingclinic.com Therapedia 1101 Keller Parkway Keller Tx 76248 (817)-310-3457 www.therapediacenter.com info@therapediacenter.com Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy uniquely planned and developed to address the special needs of children ages birth to 18 years. Theraplay Associates Preston Doctors Center 8215 Westchester Dr, Suite 131 Dallas Tx (214) 360-7500 www.theraplayassociates.com info@theraplayassociates.com Also offering handwriting and social skill groups. Second located inside Behavioral Innovations, see ad.

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Tritrax Rehabilitation 1140 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Suite E Arlington Tx 76013 (817) 275-4744 l.cobler@tritraxrehab.com (See Our Ad on PG 73) Tritrax Rehabilitation is a pediatric provider of physical, occupational, and speech therapies servicing the Dallas / Fort Worth and surrounding areas with our focus being children from birth to 20 years of age.  We understand the importance of flexibility in today’s world and offer therapy services in the patient’s home, school, daycare, or at one of our two locations.  We understand the urgency in having your child assessed to assure developmental milestones are being met; therefore, we do not believe in “waiting lists”, as the earlier our children with developmental delays or special needs receive therapy the better. UCP of North Texas 8802 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 351-2500 (214) 247-4501 www.ucpnorthtexas.org info@ucpnorthtexas.org Provides services for children, adults and the families of people with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities. Services include CLASS, HCS and Texas Home Living Waiver Program. Programs include Children’s & Therapy Services, IMPACT Adult Day Program, C-CCAD, case management, transportation, public education and related services. UCP is a United Way agency.

Play Therapy Sandra J. Shields RN, MW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker P.O. Box 126 Rockwall Tx 75087 (972) 772-4006 sandrajshields@charter.net Provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families since1992. Fifteen years of experience and training in play therapy. Background prior to mental health includes pediatric nursing and parent education. Strong advocates for special needs kids. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Therapy 2000 2535 Lone Star Dr Dallas Tx 75212 (877) 626-7003 (214) 467-9787 www.T2000.com THERAPY 2000 is a pediatric home care agency providing PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL and SPEECH THERAPY to children from birth to 21 years! Our 160 therapies, who collectively speak 18 languages, provide services to well over 1000 children across (See Our Ad on PG 67) North Texas in homes, schools and childcare centers. For career information or to refer a child for therapy services, please call (214) 467-9787, toll free (877) 626-7003, fax (214) 741-3655 or visit us on the web at www.T2000.com. In-home or in-daycare, ST, OT & PT


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Relationship Development/Social Skills Best Buddies of Texas 5646 Milton Street LL 100 Dallas Tx 75206 (214) 979-1113 www.bestbuddiestexas.org • jenniferbosey@bestbuddies.org Offers recreational opportunities through matching young adults with developmental disabilities and college students. The buddies engage in social activities such as bowling, eating out, shopping, movies, etc. throughout the year. Callier Center for Communication Disorders 166 Inwood Rd Dallas Tx 75214 (214) 905-3140 Berkeley Williams Phone: (972) 883-3582 Echidnas - Social skill group for kids age 10 years through high school seniors 904 Abrams Richardson Tx 75081 (972) 348-1620 beth@dbrw.com Social Skills groups for kids age 10 through High School Seniors with Aspergers Syndrome. IASIS Learning Center 1301 FM 407 Suite 104 Denton Tx 75077 (214) 395-3045 www.iasislearningcenter.com michelle@iasislearningcenter.com IASIS offers a creative social skill instructional program through acting and drama techniques. Adaptive dance, creative play, artistic activities and video-modeling workshops are offered. The Academy of Social and Sensory Development 2035 Central Circle, Suite 205 McKinney Tx 75069 (214) 733-8870 www.socialskillsacademy.com shelia@socialskillsacademy.com Social Skills building for ages PK- 9 Years of age. The Warren Center 320 Custer Rd Richardson Tx 75080 (972) 490-9055 www.thewarrencenter.org The Warren center, for children with developmental differences provides assistance to families in helping their children meet developmental challenges in motor skills, communication, behavior, feeding and cognition. Rollercoaster kids serves children (See Our Ad on PG 66) 3 - 16 who have trouble relating and communicating with others and who may have autism or sensoryregulatory disorders. Services at the center include speech and occupational therapy, and social skills groups. 162 Connections • Fall/Winter 2010

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University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy 1400 Highland Street Room 114 Denton Tx 76203-0829 (940) 565-3863 cpt@unt.edu UTD/Social Communication Group SLP UTD Clinical Faculty (972) 883- 3654 lucinda.dean@utdallas.edu For high school seniors and young adults Young Actor Studio in Dallas 11496 Luna Rd, Suite G Farmers Branch Tx 75234 (972)401-2090 www.youngactors.org Providing Children with Autism and ADD social skills education through Dramatic arts.

Sensory Integration Calming Hugs 2201 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound Tx 75022 (214) 405-1029 www.calminghugs.com • barbara@calminghugs.com Stylish Sensory Integration Solutions. Durable denim weighted vest, shoulder wraps, lap pads and blankets. Unique and custom designs featuring optional embroidery, chenille patches and rhinestones. Focus On Sensory Center 2002 S. Stemmons Fwy Suite 600 Lake Dallas Tx 75065 (877) 498-7767 www.focusonsensory.com • info@focusonsensory.com Provides Drug Free solutions for pediatric learning disorders with a unique and intensive focus on Sensory Integration. We also offer the ONLY complete Sensory Learning Program in North Texas. It’s A Sensory World 13617 Neutron Rd Farmers Branch Tx 75244 (972) 239-8100 (See Our Ad on PG 51) www.itsasensoryworld.com • rekha@itsasesoryworld.com “It’s a Sensory World!” caters to the recreational and social needs of children with special needs. Our facility is intended to fill the gap between therapy and main stream recreation, where children regardless of their developmental level can participate in fun-filled activities. Our MISSION is to provide a high-quality, affordable, venue for children who present sensory dysfunction and thus better assist them in meeting their sensory needs. To provide an appropriate, parent guided sensory-motor and social-skills program for children of all abilities.

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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Pediatric Therapy & Activity Center 1406 N. Corinth St., Suite 405 Corinth Tx 76208 (940) 497-3003 www.mypediatrictherapy.com Free evaluations, SI, oral motor & feeding, hand function, vision therapy, contracture management, myofascial release, dyspraxia, infant massage, speech and social groups. Sensory Integration Center of Coppell 1203 Crestside Dr Coppell Tx 75019 (972) 745-8087 Specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy The Frisco Listening and Learning Center Frisco Tx www.thefriscolisteningcenter.com Sensory Integration, Social Skills groups, 1:1 School Readiness, ABA therapy for children with ADD/ ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Speech and Developmental Delays.

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A to Z Pediatric Therapy 5612 Davis Blvd. North Richland Hills Tx 76180 (817) 581-0111 www.a-ztherapy.com information@a-ztherapy.com A to Z provides exceptional services to children with special needs. We are therapist owned and operated to provide occupational, physical, (See Our Ad on PG 55) speech and language therapy for children from birth through 20 years of age. Experienced pediatric therapists strive to improve the life of your child and family, challenge your child’s abilities, encourage your child’s progress, and celebrate your child’s achievements. Services are provided in your home at your convenience. Call today to refer your child. Beyond Speech Therapy Learning, LLC (866) 395-1911 www.bstlearning.com and www.beyondspeechtherapygroup.com A web based program helps children with language, pre-reading and articulation. Demo: www. bslearning.com, user name is demochild2, password i democild2. Child Centered Therapy Associates 9330 Amberton parkway, Suite 2330 Dallas Tx 75240 (469) 330-9930 Offers occupational and speech therapy in a child-centered environment. Individual and collaborative therapy, communication, use of visual strategies and fine motor development.

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Dynamic Therapy 7704 Mapleridge Plano Tx 75024 (214) 566-2687 www.dynamictherapy.net contact@dynamictherapy.net

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(See Our Ad on PG 60) Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy 481 Harwood Rd Bedford Tx 76054 (817) 282-7251 www.monkeymouths.com Info@monkeymouths.com Experienced SLP’s, provide pediatric speech therapy in a family-centered clinical setting. Expertise in children with Down Syndrome, autism, apraxia and related disorders. www.ConnectionsKids.com

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Dallas Therapy 4629 Oak Shores Dr Plano Tx 75024 (469) 569-9120 halpermelissa@aol.com Pediatric in home speech therapy services. Specializing in language and learning delays/disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Processing difficulty.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Pathway Speech and Language 206 E. College St, Suite 200 Grapevine Tx 76051 (817) 913-4999 www.pathwayspeech.com pathwayspeech@verizon.net Also offers Reading Readiness classes and Social Skills groups Personal Touch Home Health Services 8200 Brookriver Drive Suite N503 Dallas Tx 75247 800-237-9820 214-678-0507 www.pthomecare.com (See Our Ad on PG 62) Pine Cone Therapies 594 Garden Ct. Southlake Tx 76092 (817) 488-1267 www.pineconetherapies.com sunny@pineconestherapies.com Speech Therapy using ABA/Verbal Behavior to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disability and communication disorders. Sally Walden, MS CCC/SP 8680 Main St, Suite 4-W Frisco Tx 75034 (972) 562-2130 (972) 335-2175 SallyLwalden@aol.com Provide Speech-Language Therapy, educational assistance and advocacy for children with special needs. Thirty years experience in both private and public Sectors. SANTE Rehabilitation Pediatric Services In-home or indaycare ST, OT & PT Offices in Richardson and Ft Worth (800) 340-4098 www.santepediatrics.com

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Speech & Language Services of North Texas LCC 3880 Parkwood Blvd,Building 5, Suite 502 Frisco Tx 75034 (972) 424-0148 www.eastsidespeech.com Speech and Language Services of North Texas LCC Locations in East Plano and Frisco.

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Teach MeLLC (Combining ABA & Speech) Lewisville Location 575 N. Valley Parkway, Ste 220 Lewisville, TX 75067 Phone - (972) 282-1872 Fax - (888) 237-2214 www.teachmebec.com

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Therapy 2000 2535 Lone Star Dr Dallas Tx 75212 (877) 626-7003 (214) 467-9787 www.therapy-2000.com In-home or in day-care ST, OT & PT See our full description on page (See Our Ad on PG 67) Tritrax Rehabilitation 1140 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Suite E Arlington Tx 76013 (817) 275-4744 l.cobler@tritraxrehab.com (See Our Ad on PG 73) UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders 1966 Inwood Rd Dallas Tx 75235 (214) 905-3000 (214) 905-3129 www.callier.utdallas.edu suzanne.bonifert@utdallas.edu The UT Dallas Callier Center provides audiology and speech-language pathology asessment and treatment services for children and adults.

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Speech TX 1517 Winding Hollow Lane Plano Tx 75093 (214) 336-9342 www.julieslp.com • julie_slp@yahoo.com Speech TX is a private practice specializing in providing speech and language assessment and intervention. Areas of expertise include Autism and articulation. Located in West Plano and traveling to daycares/ private schools depending on availability. Sessions are tailored to meet students unique needs and are dependent on parental involvement.


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Tell Them That Connections Sent You! Vision Therapy Neurodevelopmental Sensory Enhancement Center 5934 W. Parker Rd., Suite 500 Plano Tx 75093 (972) 312-0177 www.dr-s.net Our office is a highly specialized vision care practice. The bulk of the practice is devoted to treating those with visual processing problems. Included in this group are children and adults with add/adhd, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, genetic defects, developmental delays, low vision, lazy eye (amblyopia), strabismus, traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke (CVA), cancer and vestibular issues. We also do the full range of family eye care including routine examination, disease management, Lasik and refractive surgery consultation, contact lenses and sports vision. Additionally, we have a full service optical to serve your eyeglasses and contact lens needs. (See our Main Ad on Page 25)

Yoga Therapy STRIPES, Systematic Training in Relaxation; Inner Peace for Every Student 908 Sandalwood Ave. Richardson TX 75080 (972) 437-3803 alice@stripesyoga.com www.stripesyoga.com Stripes provides brain/body fitness training to help children K-12th. During weekend workshops or professional development; adult caretakers receive a training kit with manual and learn systematic, 3 step process for helping children gain tools for reducing stress, hyperactivity, and anxiety while increasing attention and focus.

Pumpkin Littles 5439 Glen Lakes Dr Dallas Tx 75231 (214) 346-0477 www.PumpkinLittles.com pumpkinlittles@pumpkinlittles.com (See Our Ad on PG 65)

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