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8:30pm. A registered nurse will be on hand to offer support while the children engage in various activities. Night Lights Dallas, 214/706-9535; Children with special needs ages 6 months–21 years and their siblings ages 6 months–13 years enjoy arts and crafts, computer games, live entertainment and more at this free respite night from 6–10pm every first, second and third Friday of the month (except January and July) at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and every first Friday of the month at White Rock United Methodist Church. Free respite care for Spanish-speaking families on the third Friday of every month at the Christ Foundry United Methodist Mission. Registration required. Night OWLS Dallas, 214/523-2284; Respite program for children ages 3 months–13 years with identified special needs and their siblings from 6–10pm on the first and third Friday night of each month at Highland Park United Methodist Church and the second Friday night of each month at Munger Place Church. Parents’ Night Out Allen, 972/727-8241; Respite program with music, games, movies and snacks for children with special needs in kindergarten through sixth grade and their siblings one Saturday a month during the school year at First Baptist Church Allen. Respite Care at Irving Bible Church Irving, 972/560-4613; Respite night one Saturday a month for children, teens and adults with special needs from 5:30–8pm. Reservations required.


Cook Children’s Sib2Sib Program Fort Worth, 682/885-5872; Free program for siblings of patients with a chronic illness or a life-changing injury. Workshops use crafts and games to encourage open communication. A group for ages 5–7 and a group for ages 8–12 meet every other month; there are occasional field trips and camps for ages 13–20. FEAT-North Texas Sibshops Richland Hills, 817/919-2228; Sibshops held annually at the FEAT-NT Resource Center and Library. Library books on sibling issues, autism and a range of other disabilities and related topics available for parents and children to check out. HEROES Sibshops Richardson, 817/925-9434; Program for the siblings of children with disabilities to participate in fun and exciting activities in a safe environment. Workshops take place one Saturday a month (excluding June, July and August).


North Texas Tourette Syndrome Support Group Irving, 281/2388096; Serves North Texas families with Tourette’s syndrome and its associated disorders. Visit the website and contact the group leader for meeting times.


a resourceful guide for your special needs A One-Of-A-Kind Camp Camp Summit is for children and adults with disabilities where the emphasis is on the campers’ abilities rather than their disabilities. Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual and are provided in our barrier-free facilities and implemented by trained, caring staff. Campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while experiencing new adventures. Camp Summit 270 Private Rd. 3475, Paradise, TX 76073 972-484-8900 •

Language Works/Rainbow Kidz Language Works/Rainbow Kidz provides low-cost, high-therapeutic interventions and therapies both one-on-one and in small groups using the principles of ABA and the analysis of verbal behavior. We offer individual therapy, social skills classes, recreational classes, handwriting, sibling classes, Saturday classes and summer/holiday break classes at affordable prices. Andrea Gamble M.Ed., BCBA 2155 Marsh Ln. Ste. 132, Carrollton, TX 75006 940-595-4381 • Enrolling now… “SUMMER CAMP” Join us for a fun-filled adventure that begins with IMAGINATION and ends with FAMILY. Summer Day Camp is a fun opportunity for social skills and friendship development. ABA therapy for children ages 18 mos–10 yrs. • ABA Therapy • Indoor Motor Lab • Social Skills

Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Richmond, 281/238-8096; Raises funds to directly assist Texas families and children in crisis, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Marigold Learning Academy ABA Therapy Center 401 W. Washington St., Rockwall, TX 75087 972-722-3892 •


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American Foundation for the Blind Dallas, 214/352-7222; Provides information and referrals to blind and visually impaired persons and their families. Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Dallas, 214/821-2375; Nonprofit organization that focuses on improving and enhancing the lives and opportunities for individuals with visual impairments in North Texas. Texas Workforce Commission Dallas, 800/628-5115; Works with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to help them get high-quality jobs and live independently. Prevent Blindness Texas Dallas, 214/528-5521; preventblindnesstexas. org. Dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight for all Texans through vision screenings, education and free voucher programs. Know of a listing or special-needs resource that we missed? We’d love to hear from you by emailing us at

Notre Dame School educates students with intellectual disabilities and facilitates their integration into society. As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource with 150 students ages 6–22. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Cindy Reynolds at Notre Dame School of Dallas 2018 Allen St., Dallas, TX 75204 214-720-3911 To advertise in the Services section, call 972-447-9188 or email


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Thrive July/August 2018  
Thrive July/August 2018