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in this issue articles 5 Short & Sweet 8 Understanding the IEP Process

15 Fragile X

35 Dental Health

15 Guillain-Barre Syndrome

35 Developmental Delay


16 Music Therapy

15 Jacobsen Syndrome/11Q

18 Preparing Youth for the Workforce

15 Lupus

69 Toy Reviews 70 The Benefits of Yoga

specific disabilities and diagnoses

15 Muscular Dystrophy

40 Hair Salons

15 Miscellaneous

41 Home Improvement/ Healthy Environments

13 Blindness

20 Adaptive Equipment, Assistive Technology and Purposeful Play

13 Brain & Spinal Injuries

22 Advocacy

14 Cerebral Palsy

25 Assessment and Evaluation

14 DiGeorge Syndrome/ VCFS/22Q 11.2 Deletion 14 Down Syndrome 15 Dyslexia 15 Epilepsy

40 General Health

15 Tourette Syndrome

10 Autism

14 Diabetes

39 Foster Care

15 Spinal Cord Injuries

areas of need

14 Deaf/Hearing Impairment

39 Financial Planning/ Family Self-sufficiency

40 Genetics Counseling/ Prenatal Screening


14 Cystic Fibrosis

36 Education

49 Parent & Family Resources 51 Party Planning & Special Events 52 Photography & Artistic Services 52 Physical Therapy 52 Recreation 60 Research Study Participation 60 Respite/Childcare/ Skilled Nursing 61 Safety

41 Housing & In-Home Support Services

62 Social Skills Programs

42 Inclusion

63 Speech & Language

42 Independent Living 43 Infant/Toddler Specific

65 Therapeutic Riding Programs/ Hippotherapy

26 Audiology/Hearing

44 Integrative Approach to Therapies

66 Therapy Dogs/Canine Service Organizations

26 Behavioral & Mental Health

45 Learning Disabilities

66 Vision Health

45 Military Specific

67 Vocational Training & Employment Options

31 Camps and Enrichment Programs 33 Clothing 33 College and the Adult Transition 34 Conflict Resolution/ Mediation

46 Music Therapy 46 Neuro Products

67 Worship

46 Nutrition/Feeding/ Home Health Products

68 Yoga

48 Occupational Therapy

68 Miscellaneous Organizations

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San Diego’s Special Needs Resource Guide is Here!

2017 – Volume 1 Publisher/Editor in Chief Sharon Bay

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Now in its eighth year, Flourishing Families 2017 is bigger and better than ever. San Diego Family publishes this resource to help you—parents and professionals in the special needs community. We provide this resource guide to help make your lives easier by finding help for your loved one. This year there are 950+ resources listed. It has lists of Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses, starting on page 10 and then goes into Areas of Need on page 20. Check the Table of Contents on page 3 for categories. We also have a great article showing you the benefits of music therapy (page 16) from improving motor skills to improving vision. Understanding the IEP process is important—the earlier you learn the ropes, the more you can help your child. Read about it on page 8. Preparation for your child to someday be in the workplace is ongoing. Start young so your child can foster these skills. Check page 18 to learn more. We want to thank all the advertisers who support this publication. Find a list of them on page 6 to easily find their advertisement (also highlighted in pink throughout the listings). They offer great services—please check them out.

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Borrow toys from UCP’s Toy Lending Library UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of San Diego operates a mobile toy library that loans instructional toys to families who have children (ages 0–5) with disabilities. The librarian demonstrates toys and provides tips to parents on how to play with their children to develop cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills. There is a $20 annual fee to participate. Visit www.ucpsd.org/ programs/childrens_services.html or call 858278-5420.

Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Now Open in City Heights Support for Air Travel Long lines and security screenings at the airport can lead to anxiety in children with ADHD, Autism and mental health issues. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has passenger support specialists on site and services that can be arranged in advance, such as a disability notification card that informs TSA officers of medical conditions or disabilities. Learn more about TSA Cares at www.tsa.gov/travel/specialprocedures or call 855-787-2227.

Fun Outings for All Looking for fun activities and events? Look no further than The City of San Diego Park & Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Services. Certified specialists work with participants as they engage in sports, recreation and outreach services. The program is open to children (ages 3 & up) and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Find a quarterly calendar at www.sandiego.gov/parkand-recreation/activities/trs.

The Behavioral Health Urgent Care serves kids ages 5–17 struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns (such as suicidal thoughts, psychotic thinking, physical aggression) that pose a risk to their safety or the safety of others. Walk-in clinics open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Located at 4305 University Ave., Ste. 150. 858-9665484. Closed weekends and holidays. If your child is in crisis after hours, call 911 (ask for Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) or call the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240.

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Thank You to Our Advertisers! Your generous support makes Flourishing Families: The Resource Guide for Families with Special Needs possible for San Diego County residents. ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing................................ 28 Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association.................. 53 Alternative Teaching Strategy Center............................ 11 Autism Society/Aqua Pros Swim School........................ 53 California Mentor........................................................ 13 Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy............................... 63 Children’s Nature Retreat............................................. 55 Excelsior Academy...................................................... 37 Fleet Science Center................................................... 54 Floaties Swim School.................................................. 55 Institute for Effective Education.................................... 72 Jodie Schuller & Associates......................................... 65 Law Office Of Meagan Nunez...................................... 25 MobilityWorks............................................................. 23 Our Family Spa........................................................... 45 Partnerships with Industry........................................... 35 Perfect Progress......................................................... 39 PSYCHOLOGY 360...................................................... 31 Rady Children’s Hospital/Kohl’s Cares........................... 61 Renaissance Village Academy........................................ 7 San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum...................... 59 San Diego Civic Youth Ballet........................................ 57 San Diego Family................................................ 9,19,71 Special Olympics........................................................ 59 Specialized Therapy Services....................................... 33 Sri: Parent, Coach and Educational Advocate................ 47 TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids................... 21 The New Children’s Museum of San Diego................... 57 Therapeutic Approach to Growth.................................... 2 Therapeutic Recreation S.D Park & Rec........................ 59 UltraStar Theater......................................................... 42 We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym San Diego............... 51

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the IEP Process Emily Dolton’s son Aidan is having the best school year of his academic life. He’s thriving at San Diego Unified School District’s Innovation Middle School but school wasn’t always this good for Aidan, who has special needs. The 12-year-old was born with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q), a chromosomal disorder caused by a missing piece on chromosome 22. The condition, which occurs in one in every 2,000 infants, often results in health problems including cleft palate, heart problems and immune system issues. Diagnosed with 22q as a baby, Aidan had heart surgery. Nowadays his 22q is characterized by learning disability, anxiety and ADHD. He had developmental delays in early childhood and has benefited from occupational, physical and speech language therapy. Like many children with special needs, Aidan has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a document developed by the student’s teachers and family to address his educational needs. The focus is on finding meaningful ways to help the student learn. “What does my child need to level the playing field in the classroom?” asks Dolton, who explains no two IEPs are the same. For example, her son struggles with the dexterity of handwriting. But when working with technology, like he does at school, his writing skills improve. “They handed him a computer and he said, ‘Oh, I know this stuff,’” she says, noting Aidan’s writing improved

IEP Advice Use Resources. Free resources from Disability Rights California can help parents ensure they’re getting the best education for their child with special needs. www .disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/ PublicationsSpecialEducation .htm Start the IEP Conversation Early. Dolton and her husband typically approach the IEP team a month before the meeting, explaining their concerns so educators know what to focus on and have time to respond. Set Goals. Tracking a student’s progress is crucial. “The most important thing is to have measurable goals,” says Dolton. Such as, Use correct pronouns four out of five times.

because he was permitted to type, instead of use handwriting. “We’re getting twice as much language out of him.”

What is an IEP? “An IEP is a legally binding document that delineates the commitment of resources to meet the agreed upon goals,” says Mary Ellen Stives and her staff at the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). Students with learning disabilities benefit from IEPs, which help parents and educators outline a plan for a child’s specific needs, including providing a written record of skills that have been mastered and those that need to be worked on, as well as tracking evidence of progress.

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IEP Updates. IEPs update yearly, typically near a student’s birthday, to meet his changing needs. Old IEPs remain in effect until a new one is created and agreed upon by educators and parents, explains Dolton. Parents have time to think it over—the new document doesn’t have to be signed at the meeting. Monitor Progress. If parents aren’t satisfied with an IEP, they can request another meeting with the educator to discuss concerns. If the district doesn’t follow the IEP, the parent can file a compliance complaint with the state department of education.

IEPs protect parents’ rights to have a say in their child’s K-12 education, including the right to be present at decisionmaking meetings, the ability to examine records and progress and to request additional resources, if they’re not offered. Stives and her staff stress that IEPs, which are part of the public education system, are not limited to students with severe disabilities. The plans are available to any student, determined through evaluations and assessments, who needs additional services to be successful in school. If a student doesn’t qualify for an IEP, he may be eligible for a study group or a 504 plan, which can help students with learning and attention issues.

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Four Steps According to SCDD, there are four steps to the IEP process, with each step leading to the next: 1. Assessments 2. Present levels of performance 3. Goals/objectives 4. Accommodations, modifications, services and placement Assessments tell educators a student’s current level of performance, which is compared to where a student should be according to his grade level. This helps with goal development. The appropriate professional, such as a teacher or occupational therapist, analyzes those needs and develops a teaching plan for the student. Then the accommodations, modifications and services needed to implement those goals become part of the IEP. Services might include extra test taking time, preferential seating, reduced homework assignments, use of a calculator when not otherwise allowed and other accommodations.

Challenges Understanding the whole IEP process can be difficult. The biggest challenges for parents can be understanding a child’s needs and trusting educators to do what’s in the child’s best interest. SCDD staff urges parents not to get overwhelmed by information. Creating an IEP is a team effort. “Remind yourself that everyone is in service of this one person,” says Dolton. She knows a parent who brings a photo of the student to IEP meetings so everyone is reminded to focus on the child. Still, Dolton warns, “If you go in itching for a fight, you’ll get it.” Parents who need help advocating for a student with special needs can get assistance from a school district ombudsman. Parents can also hire an advocate to help develop an IEP. Even friends and family members can assist at meetings. “You can invite anyone who is in the best interest of the child,” says Dolton. v Kristen Castillo is an award-winning freelance writer and Chula Vista resident.

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Resources that Support Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego

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ADD/ADHD A.D.D. WareHouse A resource for the understanding and treatment of all developmental disorders, including ADHD and related problems. 800-233-9273 www.addwarehouse.com Attention Deficit Disorders Association (ADDA) 800-939-1019 www.add.org Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) 800-233-4050 www.chadd.org Club Xcite (See listing under Education) Hilber Psychological Services Dr. Hilber specializes in working with

children and teenagers with ADD/ ADHD, anxiety and behavioral issues. 3511 Camino del Rio S. #302 SD, 92108 619-630-7793 www.hilberpsychsandiego.com

2910 Baily Ave., SD, 92105 619-262-9951 www.journeytolovingyourself .com

LD OnLine Helps children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. Resource guide, active forums and products. www.ldonline.org

AblePathways (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

People Skills International, Ida Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene’s goal is to increase self-value, self-worth, positive relationships and a cooperative attitude; to elevate self-respect, respect for others and enhance self-esteem through books and workshops. Specializing in ADHD.

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AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together) Service provider for children with ASD supporting families in San Diego County. Services include in-home one-on-one ABA therapy, consultation, assessments, educational support, parent and professional training, social skills training and family support groups. 3954 Murphy Canyon Rd. #D105 SD, 92123

858-569-0056 www.aefct.com AIR (Autism Interventions and Resources) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center Direct, 1:1, evidence-based, success-focused teaching services for individuals with Autism based on presumed academic capability, individualized learning, independent communication, and indirect behavior modification using personalized curriculum and Visual Communication Analysis (VCA) for visual learners. 10640 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #200 SD, 92131 858-224-3629 www.altteaching.org


A Successful Evidence-Based Treatment for Autism Have you been told your child is not able? Have experts told you to focus on functional skills because your child is unable to do academics? Parents who come to Alternative Teaching Strategy Center discover it is the method (not the student) that does not work. Regardless of a student’s age, there is still hope! Visual Communication Analysis (VCA) has proven to be the most effective method to teach children with autism. After 10 years of research and development and five years of field-testing, VCA is so successful that it is being implemented in public schools around the country. These schools have invested in training special education teachers, speech therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts in the implementation of VCA. Many students have moved on to advanced academics and what’s even more amazing is that more than 65 percent of children with severe autism have become verbal. Although VCA was designed for individuals with nonverbal autism, it works for all kids with autism spectrum disorders because it is based on what is meaningful to the child.

At age 10, after 13,000 hours of ABA, speech and OT, experts told us that our nonverbal son had an IQ of a 6-month old and that there was no hope. Thanks to VCA, our son is on his way to finishing high school. He is still nonverbal but can type 65 words per minute independently and communicate his needs and wants. He loves learning algebra, geometry and statistics and even enjoys biology and history. – Directors, Gary and Dalia Shkedy So what is VCA? It’s an evidence-based method that focuses on building a child’s self-esteem and teaching communication. VCA develops a child’s self-esteem by encouraging cooperation (not compliance) and using intrinsic motivation (not a reward system). It focuses on a child’s strengths instead of weaknesses. Using communication, VCA eliminates most behaviors and gives many children a “voice” for the first time in their lives. The result is students who love learning because they feel empowered and successful. To learn more, and to see videos demonstrating the transformation of some of our students, visit www.altteaching.org.

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Autism Research Journal Provides articles and journals on Autism. www.autismresearchjournal .com

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Autism Society San Diego Provides information, community resources, support groups, recreational activities, and more for individuals with Autism and their families. 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. SD, 92123 858-715-0678 www.autismsocietysandiego .org Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine www.asquarterly.com info@asquarterly.com

Autism Asperger’s Digest www.autismdigest.com Autism College Founded by award-winning speaker and author Chantal Sicile Kira, this online source for practical information and training on Autism and ASD offers advice for raising children and teens with ASD and invaluable resources for the transition to adulthood. www.autismcollege.com Autism Discovery Institute – Rady Children’s Hospital Provides developmental evaluation, preschool inclusion, parent-child developmental behavioral therapy, behavioral consultation, speech therapy, social skills groups and medical services to children of all ages with ASD, developmental delays or behavior disorders. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5042 SD, 92123 858-966-7453 www.rchsd.org/autism Autism Intervention Research Program at UC San Diego Brings together the expertise of

over 40 scientists to discover a bio-behavioral “fingerprint” of what Autism looks like in babies at 12 months. ACE scientists hope that the information will result in dramatically earlier treatment and a significant reduction in symptoms for affected children. 9500 Gilman Dr. #MC0109 La Jolla, CA 92093 858-534-6144 www.autism-center.ucsd.edu/ Pages/default.aspx Autism Neighborhood Online resource that provides people affected by ASD with up-to-date information and educational materials to help handle the challenges of Autism. 831-917-7781 www.autismneighborhood.org Autism Research Institute Conducts research and disseminates the results of research on the triggers of Autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating Autism. 4182 Adams Ave., SD, 92116 866-366-3361 www.autism.com/treatable/ supplement/b6studies.htm

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Autism Tree Project Foundation Promotes Autism education, research, preschool screening programs, mentor programs and much more. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C SD, 92106 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org Autistically Inclined (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) AutiZm and More (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Be Involved, Act Now, Cure Autism Inc. (BIANCA) San Diego based nonprofit organization established to provide funds for physical, psychological and occupational therapy for children with Autism in need and to support Autism research and cures. 2226 River Run Dr. #163 SD, 92108 877-435-4483 www.biancanpo.org California Association for Behavior Analysis Promotes the science and theory of behavioral analysis through the support of research, education and practice. Supports an annual

conference for parents and educators and many parent resources. 630 Quintana Rd. #118 Morro Bay, CA 93442 805-275-2143 www.calaba.org Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) Effectively treats children with Autism. 7297 Ronson Rd. #H SD, 92111 858-278-6603 www.centerforautism.com Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. Helps fund organizations that provide services, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities that improve the quality of life for people with Autism. 508-270-8855 www.FlutieFoundation.org Include Autism (See listing under Social Skills) Kyle’s Treehouse Resources for Autism and a place to connect and share with other families. www.kylestreehouse.org National Autism Center 877-313-3833 www.nationalautismcenter.org National Foundation for Autism Research 858-679-8800 www.NFAR.org Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Funds pilot studies and targeted research for issues affecting the Autism community whose outcomes offer new insights into behavioral and social development, communications, education and vocational challenges. Resources for parents and providers. www.researchautism.org

Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

visually impaired adults and children. 1805 Upas St., SD, 92103 619-298-5021 www.bccsd.org

People’s Care Autism Services Strives to enhance the lives of children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families through assessment, ABA, school intervention, parent education, social skills groups and adult services. 1045 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 866-351-8887; 619-201-2010 www.peoplescare.com

Braille Institute (San Diego Braille Institute Regional Sight Center) 4555 Executive Dr. SD, 92121 858-452-1111 www.brailleinstitute.org/ sandiego

Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) (See listing under Recreation) Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Provides parent support groups, educational seminars and mentor opportunities for families affected by Autism. 855-726-7810 www.tacanow.org Teach Town, Inc. Computer service for children with Autism. 800-283-0165 www.teachtown.com Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. (See listing under Behavioral Health) Valerie’s List Valerie Dodd Saraf’s informational e-newsletter and resource guide for people with Autism. Sign up for weekly resource updates. www.valerieslist.com Xcite Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

BLINDNESS American Foundation for the Blind 800-232-5463 www.afb.org Blind Community Center of San Diego Enriching the lives of blind and

Learning Ally (See listing under Dyslexia) National Braille Challenge (Braille Institute) A “spelling bee” of sorts testing Braille spelling, comprehension, speed accuracy and chart and graph reading for blind students. Children can win cash prizes and adaptive equipment. Los Angeles, CA 323-663-1111; 800-BRAILLE www.brailleinstitute.org National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. 888-657-7323 www.loc.gov/nls San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired 5922 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92115 619-583-1542 1385 Bonair Rd. Vista, CA 92084 760-758-5956 www.sdcb.org

BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program of San Diego Community College District 619-388-1952 Brain Injury Association of America 800-444-6443 www.biausa.org Brain Injury Resource Center 206-621-8558 www.headinjury.com Multiple Sclerosis Association of America 800-532-7667 www.mymsaa.org National Brain Tumor Society www.braintumor.org National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society 12121 Scripps Summit Dr. #190 SD, 92131 800-344-4867 www.nationalmssociety.org The National Spinal Cord Injury Association 800-962-9629 www.spinalcord.org Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center Nonprofit pioneering an activitybased recovery system called the Dardzinsky Method for individuals with spinal cord injury. 2732 Loker Ave. W. Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-431-9789 www.projectwalk.com San Diego Brain Injury Foundation 619-294-6541 www.sdbif.org Spina Bifida Association of Greater San Diego www.spinabifidaassociation.org

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The Vision of Children Foundation Our mission is to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders, and to improve the lives of visually impaired individuals and their families. 12555 High Bluff Dr. #330 SD, 92130 858-314-7917 www.visionofchildren.org flourishing families 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •


Tri-City Medical Center Robotic, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Leading edge services with the region’s only Mazor Robotics guidance system for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Uses Hana surgical table for hip replacement and e+ Vitamin E total knee replacement procedure. 4002 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-940-3000 www.tricitymed.org/ortho

CEREBRAL PALSY National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness) Southern California Cerebral Palsy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital A multi-disciplinary team provides a complete evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with Cerebral Palsy, with the goal of improving patients’ function and quality of life within the community. 858-576-1700 x5362 3030 Children’s Way Fourth Floor SD, 92123 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/cerebral-palsy-center/ United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County Providing access to services, durable medical equipment, technology, and family support for people with Cerebral Palsy and other special needs. Toy lending library, technology assistance and adult day programs available. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #209 SD, 92123 858-571-7803 www.ucpsd.org United Cerebral Palsy Foundation Information on Cerebral Palsy and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. 800-872-5827 www.ucp.org



Cystic Fibrosis Foundation San Diego Chapter 10455 Sorrento Valley Rd. #103 SD, 92121 858-452-2873 www.cff.org

American Diabetes Association 619-234-9897 5060 Shoreham Pl. #100 SD, 92122 800-DIABETES (342-2383) www.diabetes.org

DEAF/HEARING IMPAIRMENT California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) Deaf and disabled telecommunications program. 877-546-7414 TTY: 800-867-4323 Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS) Support services for deaf/hard of hearing/hearing loss, resource list, sign language. 1545 Hotel Circle S. #300 SD, 92108 619-398-2441 VP: 619-550-3436 www.deafcommunityservices .org Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults 516-944-8900 TTY: 516-944-8637 www.hknc.org Network Interpreting Service Private sign language interpreting referral agencies. 4201 Mt. Voss Dr., SD, 92117 800-284-1043 TTY: 800-284-5176 www.networkinterpreting service.com Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive phone calls. 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322) TTY: 888-835-5322 YMCA Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Family Camp (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 800-533-CURE (2873) 858-597-0240 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106 SD, 92121 www.jdrf.org Rady Children’s Hospital Diabetes Center Comprehensive care for children with diabetes, including an American Diabetes Association recognized education program; education from CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) nurses and dietitians in all areas regarding diabetes care; support for managing diabetes at home, school and other activities. 858-966-4032 www.rchsd.org

DIGEORGE SYNDROME/ VCFS/22Q 11.2 DELETION The International 22q 11.2 Foundation, Inc. Information, family support and resources. 877-739-1849 www.22q.org 22Q and You Center Resource for families of children with 22Q; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 215-590-2920 www.chop.edu/service/22qand-you-center/home.html The 22Q Deletion Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Resources, conferences, clinical research and publications for children with 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome. www.nationwidechildrens .org/22q-deletion-syndromecenter

22Q Family Foundation National alliance of parents and professionals providing information, awareness, resources and educational consulting. 725 Clubhouse Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 831-200-4227 www.22qfamilyfoundation.org

DOWN SYNDROME Down Syndrome Association (DSA) of San Diego Family Support Network across the lifespan: information, resources and referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups and lending library. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 619-594-7389 www.dsasdonline.org DS Action San Diego based organization dedicated to helping children with Down Syndrome. 619-694-4615 www.dsaction.com National Down Syndrome Society Education, research and advocacy for those with Down Syndrome and their families. 800-221-4602 www.ndss.org Pediatric Down Syndrome Center Serves as a resource to medical professionals and strengthens the social network for families, improving the consistency of care for children under 5 with Down Syndrome. Offers coordinated assessments, connections to resources, education and advocacy. 7920 Frost St. #200 SD, 92123 858-966-5840 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/down-syndromecenter/

DYSLEXIA The International Dyslexia Association San Diego Branch 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 619-295-3722 www.dyslexiasd.org Learning Ally Serves students and lifelong learners who cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, Dyslexia, or other learning disabilities by providing more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles. 800-221-4792 www.learningally.org

EPILEPSY Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego Offers parent support group, children’s expressive art group and other resources. 2055 El Cajon Blvd., SD, 92104 619-296-0161; 800-332-1000 www.epilepsysandiego.org Talk About It! Website dedicated to understanding that Epilepsy is a naturally occurring disability. Resources for coping, medication information and support are discussed in a matter-of-fact manner. www.talkaboutit.org

FRAGILE X Fragile X Center of San Diego Provides information for families and professionals including family support, improving awareness of Fragile X, promoting research and increasing identification of the syndrome. 877-300-7143 Spanish: 760-434-6290

FRAXA Research Foundation Nonprofit organization run by parents whose mission is to find treatments and a cure for Fragile X by funding the most promising research. 978-462-1866 www.fraxa.org

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International (GBS/ CIDP) 866-224-3301 www.gbs-cidp.org

HIV/AIDS Christie’s Place HIV/AIDS support center provides comprehensive education, support and advocacy to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. 2440 Third Ave., SD, 92101 619-702-4186 www.christiesplace.org

JACOBSEN SYNDROME/11Q 11Q Research and Resource Group 678-267-3586 www.11qusa.org 11qusa@gmail.com

LUPUS Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 800-558-0121 www.lupus.org Lupus Foundation of Southern California 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. SD, 92123 858-278-2788 www.lupussocal.org

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY Muscular Dystrophy Association 858-492-9792; 800-572-1717 www.mda.org

SPINAL CORD INJURIES (See Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries)

TOURETTE SYNDROME Tourette Syndrome Association Southern California Chapter 855-487-2762 www.tsa-socal.org

MISCELLANEOUS 9pMinus/Alfi’s Syndrome: Chromosome 9pMinus Network Website with resources for individuals with Monosomy 9p. www.9pminus.org Angelman Syndrome Foundation 800-432-6435 www.angelman.org Burn Institute San Diego 8825 Aero Dr. #200 SD, 92123 858-541-2277 www.burninstitute.org Global Genes One of the leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy nonprofit organizations in the world. Promotes the needs of the rare and genetic disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the Blue Denim Genes Ribbon. Centered on increasing rare disease awareness, public and physician education, and supporting research initiatives to find treatments and cures. Aliso Viejo, CA 949-248-RARE (7273) www.globalgenes.org International Bipolar Foundation Advances research toward the elimination of Bipolar Disorder, provides and enhances care, resources and support services and works to erase the stigma associated with mental illness through education. 8895 Town Centre Dr. #105360 SD, 92122 858-764-2496 http://ibpf.org

International Rett Syndrome Foundation Funds research for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with it by providing information, programs and services. 800-818-7388 www.rettsyndrome.org National Organization for Rare Disorders Federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. Committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service. Washington, DC 800-999-6673 www.rarediseases.org Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) USA 800-926-4797 www.pwsausa.org Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) 877-662-7737 www.rsds.org Stickler Involved People (Stickler’s Syndrome) 316-259-5194 www.sticklers.org Turner Syndrome Society of the United States 800-365-9944 www.turnersyndrome.org Unique The rare chromosome disorder support group. www.rarechromo.org

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San Diego Down Syndrome Blog, resource guide and social calendar for families with children with Down Syndrome. 12038 Woodside Ave. #A Lakeside, CA 92040 619-708-5636 www.sandiegodownsyndrome .org

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“Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music,” says Dr. Oliver Sacks is his book Musicophilia.

Emily Dolton

Music Therapy Benefits of Music Therapy at a Glance

A pathway to language, communication and motor coordination Performing and listening to music is often lauded as a great way to enhance math skills. Therapists now realize the full significance of tapping into the music memory centers of the brain to enhance language, emotional cognition, social understanding and sensorimotor perception. Photo courtesy of

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Seven-year-old Brady loves music

and he comes by it honestly—Mom Melonie is a jazz pianist and Dad Justin is a bassist who has played with local jazz greats Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen. Brady has an ASD diagnosis and although he was nonverbal as a toddler, he has always loved to sing and he learned to read at age 3. But Brady struggled with expressing himself, which sometimes caused frustration and undesired behaviors. Because Brady’s family was so immersed in music, they discovered that using music therapy provided meaningful engagement. “In the beginning, Brady went to speech therapy,” says Melonie. “It was a lot of repeat, repeat, repeat.” He received other early intervention, but it was the switch to music therapy that finally broke through. To increase

• Strengthens mouth muscles for eating and speaking. • Helps children with social and communication delays relay their needs. • Lessens the effects of dementia. • Helps minimize pain for hospitalized patients. • Helps reconnect eye/brain connections with certain vision problems. • Helps infants with sleep and weight gain. • Helps improve motor function in people with neurological disorders.

oral motor strength, Angela Neve, a founder of Music Therapy Center of California and the nonprofit Banding Together, helped Brady use a flute to strengthen muscles around his mouth. He graduated to interjecting words into songs and nursery rhymes played on the piano. “A metronome was in the background keeping time,” explains Melonie. The rhythmic beat

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encouraged Brady to insert the rhyming word quickly to keep in time. Most people have an internal “metronome” that provides speech cadence and cues as to when to respond to questions. The use of a real metronome encourages answering within a socially appropriate response time. Today, Brady’s goals focus more on comprehending his emotions and social understanding. Therapy sessions include time for a piano lesson and Neve incorporates Social Stories into songs to teach pertinent actions to social situations. “He’s finding more ways to socialize and more ways to gain confidence,” says Melonie. She’s glad Neve is on Brady’s team. “I feel that for every new transition in his life, she will be there.”

Six-year-old Trevor has hemimegalencephaly, a rare

congenital brain anomaly in which one half of the brain is significantly larger than the other and the swelling can cause seizures. As an infant, it caused epilepsy and infantile spasms. Trevor had a hemispherectomy in which a large portion of the right side of his brain was removed. When Photo courtesy of Andy McRory Photography one side of the brain is surgically removed, the remaining healthy side may gradually take over the functions previously supported by the affected side. This brain plasticity can be enhanced using occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy by exercising the body to help recreate neural pathways in the brain. Trevor also experiences vision problems and speech/language delay. He was Local Spotlight: Banding receiving speech therapy at school, but it was his parents’ decision to try music Together with Steph therapy that really made a difference. Johnson “I went to a hemispherectomy conference and several parents were talking about Local jazz musician Steph Johnson music therapy,” says Mom Kelly. Trevor began taking classes at age 3½ at Michelle has been in the national spotlight Lazar’s Coast Music Therapy. for creating Voices of Our City “When he was little, Trevor had oral motor needs. There was some drooling,” says Choir, a group of musicians and Kelly. This is common in children with infantile spasms and those who have been tube homeless choristers who perform fed for long periods of time. The mouth muscles are not only important for eating, at events to shed light on the but also for articulation and communication. At Coast, the use of harmonicas and a needs of San Diego’s homeless slide whistle helped build Trevor’s mouth muscles. It also increased lung capacity as he community. Johnson was had to maintain the expulsion of air to get a long, steady sound. Coast’s “Tuned in 2 nominated for Artist of the Year Learning” program helped tackle Trevor’s sight and verbal delays. The books provide and Best Jazz Album in the 2017 visual cues that relate to songs about desired skills, such as building social connections San Diego Music Awards (winners or tooth brushing. The simple, clear pictures and words tell a story enhanced by music will be announced at the event on to help build the eye-brain connection. March 21). Today Trevor attends sessions with Vanessa Contopulos at Amplify Music When Johnson is not performing Therapy, which has also been a fabulous experience. Therapy includes the use of a with her trio or the choir, she melodica, a flute-like instrument with piano keys, which has the added benefit of jams with Banding Together, a strengthening his fingers. local music program for children Neurologic Music Therapy strengthens the left side of Trevor’s brain to improve and young adults with special gait and balance. He practices crossing one leg over the other and holding the pose needs. Banding Together provides for a few seconds. The long musical notes denote the holding process while a short, instruments, music therapy single note denotes the end. Stimulating music perception while performing a scholarships and jam sessions physical task strengthens vestibular connections so Trevor can walk more easily and with artists like Johnson and her rebuild neural pathways lost in surgery. v partner Rob Thorsen, led by a certified music therapist. For more For more information, visit www.themusictherapycenter.com, information, visit www www.amplifymusictherapy.com and www.coastmusictherapy.com. .bandingtogethersd.org and www.stephjohnsonband.com. Emily Dolton is a contributing writer and special needs resource parent. flourishing families 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •


Krystle Taylor

Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for the Workforce A child’s response to “What do you want to be when

you grow up?” can elicit a variety of responses, anything from a fire truck (my all-time favorite response from a 3-yearold) to professional athlete, police officer and astronaut. As children grow older, career aspirations change based on current topics of interest. But how do we translate childhood career goals into realistic occupations? More importantly, how do we prepare teens and young adults with disabilities for any attainable job or career? Here are tips to help get individuals with special needs ready for the workforce: Foster Independence. It may be easier and faster to do things for people with disabilities, but the workforce doesn’t work that way. Employers hire individuals with some level of selfsufficiency, not individuals who have everything done for them. At a young age, teach children to fold their own clothes, pack lunches, schedule appointments, etc., so that doing things for themselves is second nature. Hold Them Accountable. When someone says they will do something, they need to do it. Teach kids, teens and young adults to follow through with their commitments and admit when they make mistakes. Remind them that everyone makes mistakes and life is a trial and error process.

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Encourage Self-Advocacy. Everyone—including individuals with special needs—should learn to ask for help. Employers don’t always have time to check in with employees to see how things are going, so they won’t know someone needs help unless the person asks for it. How can you encourage selfadvocacy? Don’t jump in to help your loved one, even when you know it is needed. Sit back and wait until he asks. Teach Time Management and Organization. Help your child or teen figure out when to wake up, how long it takes to get ready and how to plan travel time. Teach him to consistently arrive about 15 minutes early. People have their own preferences when it comes to how to schedule and manage time. Some prefer paper planners as opposed to phone/tablet calendars, and others prefer to write tasks and appointments on sheets of paper. Tracking sheets, to-do lists and charts can help keep track of assignments, tasks and applications submitted. Practice Communication Skills. Texting is a convenient and popular way to relay information, but rarely do employers text individuals about interviews. Phone skills are falling by the wayside because people prefer to text or email; this means trouble when a potential employer calls. Practice answering the phone appropriately, having a conversation, and leaving a

detailed voicemail message (name, reason for the call and call-back number). Written communication is crucial, too. Employers will not respond if people write or type like they are texting. Spell out words, use proper grammar and punctuation, and form sentences that are clear and concise. Schedule Informational Interviews. An informational interview is an opportunity to seek information from a potential employer. They are used to meet face-to-face to ask questions about the company, skills necessary for the position, education/training requirements and to get a sense of what the job is like. Think of it as a reverse interview. Gain Experience. Teens and young adults should begin building a resume early. Volunteer positions provide opportunities to test work environments and build skills. They also provide a learning environment to practice being punctual and responsible, to follow directions, manage time, interact with others and work independently. For help teaching or reinforcing valuable work skills, seek out vocational skills courses for adults with disabilities. San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) and Southwestern College offer free, non-credit vocational classes. For more information and to register, visit the websites below. “I like the Occupational Opportunities class because I learned what I am good at and how to look for jobs I like,” says Josh, an SDCE student and La Mesa resident. “There are other students just like me in the class, so I am comfortable asking questions when I need help. Learning what to do to prepare for a job has made me more confident and feel like I can be successful at what I want to do.” v San Diego Continuing Education www.SDCE.edu

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ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND PURPOSEFUL PLAY Abilitations Sensory products, adaptive recreational equipment, speech products and classroom tools. School Specialty Appleton, WI 888-388-3224 www.abilitations.com Ablenet, Inc. Provides educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. Offers communication aids for nonverbal individuals, access

aids for all ages and situations, and special education classroom curriculum and software that help ensure learning progress. Roseville, MN 800-322-0956 www.ablenetinc.com AblePlay Toys for kids with special needs. www.ableplay.org Ability Center Mobility solutions for cars, wheelchairs, etc. 4797 Ruffner St. SD, 92111 858-541-0552 www.abilitycenter.com

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Achievement Products for Special Needs Sensory products, exercise and gross motor equipment, seating and positioning products and mobility equipment, by mail, for therapy and play. 800-373-4699 www.achievement-products .com AdaptiveMall.com Offers the best selection of adaptive equipment for children with special needs. Products range from strollers to car seats and adaptive toys. 800-371-2778 www.adaptivemall.com Alternative Mobility Services Sales and rentals of lift-chairs, wheelchairs and vehicle lifts.

320 Trousdale Dr. #E Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-427-2525 www.alternativemobility.net American Girl Dolls Portrays girls with self-esteem no matter their differences. Purchase a one-of-a-kind doll with hearing aids, crutches, glasses, wheelchairs and even bald. Past “Dolls of the Year” and books have featured a gymnast with learning disabilities and a young lady who trains service dogs. www.americangirl.com Apps for Children with Special Needs Committed to helping families, caregivers, educators and therapists of children with special needs. Learn

how products designed to educate children and build life skills really work from a user perspective. www.a4cwsn.com Aquatic Access Water powered, green, ADA compliant pool and spa access. 800-325-5438 www.aquaticaccess.com Ashley Medical, Inc. Wheelchair rentals. 1515 Washington St. SD, 92103 619-297-1983 www.ashleymedical.com Better Life Mobility Center Sales and rental of accessible vehicles, needs assessment and sales of wheelchairs, scooters, disabled driver hand controls and lifts. 8130 Parkway Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-474-4072 www.betterlifemobility.com Box Wheelchairs Every wheelchair is custom designed and built by a single craftsman. They create cutting-edge action sports wheelchairs by partnering with some of the best parts manufacturers in the industry and using high-quality components. A Box is an extension of its owner and reflection of his style and personality. Norco, CA 888-851-3785 www.boxwheelchairs.com CoolHubCaps.com The hottest mobility accessories to trick out your wheels including wheelchair spoke guards and Underglowz light kits. Georgetown, TX 512-876-3512 www.coolhubcaps.com Digital Access Project (DAP) California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Working in partnership with other organizations, this foundation provides low-cost services to people with disabilities and low-income individuals. They provide free basic computer training class referrals, low-cost refurbished computers and

laptops, and Internet service with no contract or credit check. Cal Powers at the Digital Access Project CalPowers@cfilc.org 800-390-2699 TTY: 800-900-0706 www.digitalaccessproject.org Enabling Devices Assistive technology and toys for children with special needs. Hawthorne, NY 800-832-8697 www.enablingdevices.com Equipment Shop Adaptive equipment and oral motor tools. 800-525-7681 www.equipmentshop.com eSpecial Needs Adaptive equipment, sleep systems, furniture, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, therapy and rehab equipment. 877-664-4565 www.especialneeds.com Flaghouse Sensory and motor rehab products and developmental learning aids. 800-793-7900 www.flaghouse.com Fun and Function Special needs toys and therapy equipment. 800-231-6329 www.funandfunction.com

technologies and outstanding customer service to more than one million patients. Multiple San Diego locations offer easy access to care. 877-442-6437 www.hangerclinic.com Harmony Home Medical Wheelchairs, scooters and medical equipment. 7640 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, 92111 858-560-8177 www.harmonyhomemedical .com J & J Artificial Limb and Brace A wide variety of prosthetics, braces and walkers—some of the coolest looking orthotics on the market. 15644 Pomerado Rd. #103 Poway, CA 92064 858-613-0958 3720 Oceanic Way, #209 Oceanside, CA 92056 858-613-0958 Mission Viejo, CA 949-389-9952 www.jandj.org

Johnson’s Orthopedic Appliances Orthotic and prosthetic devices handmade by certified techs under the care of licensed orthotists and prosthetists. Works with all insurances including Medi-Cal and Medicare. Riverside, CA 951-785-4411 www.johnsonsorthopedic.com Lakeshore Learning Materials One-stop shopping for adaptableheight desks and chairs, toys for sensory play, social acceptance imaginary play toys, learning toys, classic read along book and cd combos, art supplies and interactive software. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. SD, 92108 619-297-8494 www.lakeshorelearning.com Living Spinal A source for wheelchair and mobility products and accessories. All profits help find a cure for paralysis. 7340 Trade St. #F, SD, 92121 619-810-0010 www.livingspinal.com


Go Baby Go! Pediatric Activity & Design Lab Dr. Cole Galloway and his team provide downloadable instructions on how to modify off-the-shelf toy race cars and other play vehicles to provide mobility to children with crawling and walking problems, empowering them to be part of the action at home, in the daycare center, or on the playground. Newark, DE 302-831-3214 www.udel.edu/gobabygo

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Mobility Solutions Wheelchairs, walkers and adaptive equipment. 7895 Convoy Ct. #11 SD, 92111 858-278-0591 www.mobility-solutions.com Mobility Works Knowledgeable team helps families of children with mobility challenges choose the best vehicle to rent or own by assessing travel needs, developing a financial strategy, and creating a maintenance schedule. Variety of vehicles on site allows the family to try the product before purchasing. 8130 Parkway Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-474-4072 www.mobilityworks.com Numotion Assistive technology professionals assess your child’s needs and provide wheelchairs and mobility solutions, beds and chairs, home lift systems, car seats, bathroom and transfer equipment, and therapy and play equipment. 8195 Mercury Ct. SD, 92111 858-571-6544 www.numotion.com PimpMyChair.com Wheelchair accessories to style your ride: fun, colorful, and highly-visible flashing light caster wheels, exciting and attention-getting electronic spoke lights, custom Spandex seat cushion covers, available in a variety of fun and flashy patterns and more. www.pimpmychair.com PlayopolisToys Toys and therapy products for kids with special needs. 877-579-9300 www.playopolistoys.com Plural Publishing, Inc. Instructional books for all disabilities and methods of intervention. 5521 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123 858-492-1555 www.pluralpublishing.com Preferred Therapy Toys Created by two local occupational therapists to help parents and

professionals find toys for children with various abilities to build strength and confidence, calm and soothe, and have fun. www.preferredtherapytoys.com PRO-ED, Inc. Instructional and therapy materials for children with all levels of disabilities. 800-897-3202 www.proedinc.com Sensory Goods Carries products designed to meet Autism and sensory integration needs, such as weighted and floor products, sensory swings, oral motors and more. 800-875-7367 www.sensorygoods.com Southpaw Enterprises Sensory and neuro-developmental products. Dayton, OH 800-228-1698 www.southpawenterprises.com SpecialCare Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use, travel and for visiting guests. Experienced staff provide set-up and training for use of medical, respiratory, sleep, mobility and transfer products. Rentals available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct. SD, 92123 858-694-5800 www.specialcaredme.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Special Needs Toys Sensory room equipment and special needs toys. 800-467-6222 www.specialneedstoys.com Super Duper Publications Variety of publications, products and toys/games for speech-language pathologists, special educators, general education teachers, occupational therapists, and parents to help children with special needs and language delays. Bilingual products available. Greenville, SC 800-277-8737 www.superduperinc.com

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Join our Facebook community of parents at Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego TalkSense A website for understanding augmentative communication. Also offers assessment and tuition for these services. http://talksense.weebly.com/ augmentative-communication .html Weighted Blankets Plus American-made weighted blankets, medical blankets and lap pads for people with sensory processing issues. Weighted Cuddle Buddies (stuffed animals) also available. Surprise, AZ 800-607-4543 www.weightedblanketsplus.com

ADVOCACY Access2Advocate LLC Tara Lindhardt, J.D. offers affordable sliding scale for comprehensive special education representation or general ombudsperson/navigator/ advocacy representation with community colleges and universities, Regional Center, IHSS, Social Security, and more reflecting their mission to ensure access to all with special needs. Initial consultation is free. 760-239-1277 tara.lindhardt@gmail.com www.access2advocate.com Advocacy Associates, Inc. Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support. 16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114 SD, 92127 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociates.net Alliance Resources and Associates, Inc. Allan Roth, M.S.Ed. educational consultation and advocacy assisting all ages with IEPs, 504s, SSTs, expulsions, adult services/agencies, training, Regional Center, In-Home Support Services (IHSS) and Dept.

of Social Services. 44364 Kingston Dr. Temecula, CA 92592 760-481-3126 Battaglia & Waltari Special Needs Trust Attorneys Provides special needs planning, including special needs trusts, estate planning and conservatorships for individuals and families. 9903 Businesspark Ave. #105 SD, 92131 858-689-0613 www.battagliawaltari.com CA Department of Education Family Involvement & Partnerships Resources and support for parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities. 800-926-0648 Videophone: 916-374-7182 www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/ CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman Meets the needs of the managed care beneficiaries. 800-896-4042 TTY: 800-896-2512 www.dhcs.ca.gov California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil, and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities. 619-688-3323 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250 SD, 92108 www.scdd.ca.gov Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL) Self-advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities. www.interwork.sdsu.edu/cel/

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Children’s Advocacy Institute at USD One of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care. USD Law students serve as advocates. Visit website to determine fees and eligibility. University of San Diego School of Law 5998 Alcalá Park, SD, 92110 619-260-4806 www.caichildlaw.org COMPASS Family Center (See listing under Parent and Family Resources) Devoted Advocates Certified Special Education Advocate with a multi-dimensional background offers support and empowerment to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22, with disabilities. Offers a free 30-minute consultation. 1262 Kettner Blvd. #1904 SD, 92101 619-889-1003 www.devotedadvocates.com

DMS Consulting DeeDee Spangler, MS Educational consultant and advocate. 619-822-6340 www.astressfreeiep.com Ed-vance Educational Services and Advocacy Resources for San Diego Andrea Katz, Ed.D. provides services that support parents of children with special needs by educating them about procedural safeguards, the federal and state education codes, the format for writing an effective Individual Education Program (IEP), and provide tools to work cooperatively with special education staff members. Assesses students and creates a one-of-a-kind curriculum for each child. 619-977-3148 www.ed-vance.com Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) Healthcare coverage and services. 866-262-9881 888-804-3536 www.healthconsumer.org

Disability Help Center Helps individuals with disabilities receive Social Security Disability/SSI and/or Veteran’s Disability benefits, but community resources are available to everyone. 1833 4th Ave., SD, 92101 888-418-8860 www.ssdhelpcenter.org

Jazmine Gelfand, Attorney at Law Special education attorney offers education and disability legal representation through a collaborative and results-oriented approach. 4275 Executive Sq. #200 La Jolla, 92037 619-220-7041 www.specialedlegalcare.com

Disability Rights California Works to bring about fairness and justice for Californians with disabilities. 1111 Sixth Ave. #200 SD, 92101 619-239-7861; 800-776-5746 TTY: 800-719-5798 www.disabilityrightsca.org

Joseph Todd Jones, Psy. D. Special Education Advocate Professional advocacy from a former teacher and school psychologist for children and adolescents with disabilities that require special education service intervention. 415-722-4271 www.toddjones.org

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Keeping the Lanterman Promise The goal of KTLP is to educate, inform, connect and inspire parents and people with special needs. Encourages efforts to restore, defend, and preserve the Lanterman Act and the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities. www.ktlp.org Kirsten Hall, B.C.B.A. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Kristi Kelly Advocacy Advocate with an extensive background in ABA who assists families in recognizing the needs of their child in the classroom setting, putting together a solid IEP, and working to build and maintain a positive relationship with the school and service providers. 858-243-7980 www.kkellyadvocate.com Law Office of Jennifer Day Helps students with disabilities obtain the appropriate educational services to which they are entitled, protecting students from inappropriate disciplinary actions, navigating parents through the often confusing world of special education. 1137 Camino del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 858-356-4043 The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, Esq. Helps parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education. Call for free consultation. Se habla español. 3505 Camino del Rio S. #340 SD, 92108 619-757-1290 www.sdspecialattorney.com Law Offices of Monica C. Marquez & Assoc. Specializes in special education legal and advocacy services: IEP, resolution, mediation, due process hearings, including children who suffer emotional and physical injuries as a result of negligence and thirdparty bullying at school. 914 N. Hwy. 101 #A Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-0505

Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Contact us for help with your IEP, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, due process hearings and compliance complaints. Free consultations. We offer bilingual, bicultural representation. 2247 San Diego Ave. #237 SD, 92110 858-430-8166 www.dorightlaw.com Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter Bilingual, affordable, special education advocacy, training on community activation and policy advocacy, educational trainings and presentations, IEP clinics and consultations, IEP, IPP, and IFSP representation, due process and mediation for disability-based administrative hearing levels from a parent of two with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Free County of San Diego-funded program providing professional advocacy for SSI, help with applications and appeals for those with special needs and mental health related issues. They also help with conservatorships and the process of obtaining appropriate healthcare. 877-534-2524 TTY: 877-735-2929 www.lassd.org McCuaig Law Firm David McCuaig, Esq. protects the legal rights of students with special needs in relation to all special education issues including IEPs, due process, manifestation determinations, evaluations, charter schools and more. Free consultation. 737 Pearl St. #201 La Jolla, CA 92037 858-222-0860 www.mccuaiglaw.com Outreach Consulting Services Provides advocacy services to help obtain Social Security, Medi-Cal, Cash Aid, Cal Fresh and housing,

and to problem-solve for these services when needed. www.ocssandiego.com PACER Center, Inc. Expands opportunities to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. 952-838-9000 www.pacer.org Pacific Coast Advocates Provides a unique co-advocacy model (each client has two advocates) with a child-centered approach. Works to build bridges between clients and school districts collaboratively achieving positive outcomes for children with disabilities at IEPs and 504 meetings. 11455 El Camino Real #400 SD, 92130 858-750-1634 www.pacificcoastadvocates.com Patricia Cromer Law Offices Special education law. 708 Summersong Ln. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-1748 speedily@gmail.com San Diego People First Offers self-advocacy, tracks legislation and provides information on writing to governmental offices. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #325 SD, 92108 619-688-3323 www.sandiegopeoplefirst.com San Diego Special Education Advocate Team (SEAT) Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. Helps obtain appropriate services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with other special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 meetings to support your child’s personal goals. Free 45-minute consultation. 9606 Tierra Grande #204 SD, 92126 858-863-5932 www.sdseat.com San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons Works impartially with all parties to assist in the resolution of concerns related to students’ special needs.

This typically occurs within the Individualized Education Programs (IEP) process. 4100 Normal St., SD, 92103 619-725-8186; 619-725-8187 www.sandi.net Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego) Youth and family support services. Mid-City Family Resource Ctr. 4275 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92105 619-283-9624 www.saysandiego.org The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson Advocacy for an appropriate education for children with special needs. Committed to empowering families through education and enforcement of their child’s special education rights. Also represents any student facing expulsion proceedings. Serving San Diego and Temecula. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106 SD, 92128 858-945-6621 www.specialedlaw.us Special Education Advocacy Program – USD Certificate Program ­– USD Continuing Education Solution-focused functional training in special education advocacy designed to provide an overview of disability on the family, an understanding of special education law and the assessment process, and dispute resolution training. 619-260-4600 Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) San Diego Bilingual staff educates and empowers people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them by providing information, support, training, and referrals to secure an appropriate education. Outreach programs are also available to military families with special needs. 3180 University Ave. #615 SD, 92107 619-282-0846 Toll-free in CA: 866-828-8275 www.taskca.org

Voz de Victoria Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice specializing in advocating for the educational rights of all students. Professional and/or parent training and development, and educational consulting services are offered. 619-227-7969 www.vozdvictoria.org

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Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California Our assessments aid in formulating diagnoses, where appropriate, and in generating practical recommendations for interventions in home, school, vocational and alternative residential settings. 15644 Pomerado Rd. #305 Poway, CA 92064 858-693-3113 www.anhsocal.com

Accurate Assessments of San Diego Diagnostic evaluations for ADHD, Autism/developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and intellectual giftedness for children of all ages, and adults.

Child Development Clinic: Maternal and Child Health at San Ysidro Health Center Assessment for children with suspected delays, hearing and vision screenings, behavioral treatments and family support for parents with

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children with special needs. Spanish speaking doctor. 4050 Beyer Blvd. San Ysidro, CA 92173 619-662-4100 www.syhc.org Children’s Care Connection (C3) at Rady Children’s Developmental Clinic Social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents. Central: 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400, SD, 92123 858-966-8931 North: 3605 Vista Way #B-201 Oceanside, CA 92056 858-966-8014 South: 1261 3rd Ave. #D Chula Vista, CA 91911 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) at Rady Children’s Diagnostic assessment of children birth through age 18 to identify developmental, learning and social delays. Links children and families to needed services. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5817 www.rchsd.org DSEP (Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program) Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers. Several locations. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Helps parents gain assessment as a Point of Entry for California Early Start and California Prevention Resource and Referral Services (PRRS). Walks families through the process of referrals and helps parents to navigate the IEP, IPP and IFSP process. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org

Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health treatment) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs. Intensive care coordination is part of KidSTART. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) pediatricians, CWS social workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP). 858-966-5990 www.rchsd.org Project SKIP A practical, inexpensive process for screening children as young as age 2 for developmental delays and cognitive and mental health concerns, including ASD. www.projectskip.com San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants/ toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 (also in Carlsbad, Santee and National City) 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org

AUDIOLOGY/HEARING Audiology – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego A full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services, including hearing evaluations, Brainstem Evoked Response testing, hearing aid and cochlear implant services to all ages. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5838 www.rchsd.org

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North County Audiology Hearing testing and diagnostics. 12396 World Trade Dr. #205 SD, 92128 858-240-4415 www.northcountyaudiology .com Perfect Progress (See listing under Education) Rancho Sante Fe Audiology Comprehensive audiogram testing for children and adults, tinnitus evaluations, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing, cochlear implants, and all levels of hearing aid dispensing, evaluations, repairs and programming. 6037 La Granada #D Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-759-8922 www.rsfaudiology.com

BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing We are a team of dedicated Masters level clinicians operating as ABA Therapists and dedicated to providing the best possible care and treatment for individuals with extra behavioral needs. We combine the best of traditional psychological practices with natural environment focused ABA therapy to help our clients and their families grow and succeed. Assessment, testing and IEP support and child advocacy available. 760-349-4200 www.abaGroup.org ABA Education Foundation (formerly Bridges) Comprehensive ABA-centered behavioral intervention for infants and children, consultation, assessment, parent trainings, and advocacy services. 7860 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-272-0090 www.bridgesaba.com AblePathways Utilizing a functional behavior assessment, this program for Autism/ ASD and other developmental disabilities provides a detailed plan

to reduce challenging behaviors and improve social skills. An ABAfocused Life Skills Development Plan prioritizes problem behaviors and identifies strategies to reduce or eliminate their occurrence. 830 E. Vista Way #108 Vista, CA 92084 760-230-5251 www.ablepathways.com ACES, Inc. Behavioral and educational support for children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3731 Sixth Ave. #100 SD, 92103 619-278-0884 www.acesaba.com Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern CA (See listing under Assessment) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See Listing under Autism) Anger Management Associates Pete McClintock M.A., LMFT Provides counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Specializes in ADD, depression, anxiety, anger management, and parenting and provides individual, family, couples and group therapy, including anger management groups for children and teens. 3411 3rd Ave., SD, 92103 619-299-0975 www.petemcclintock.com Ascent Psychological Services Lauren Elder Ph.D. performs behavioral and cognitive assessment to address and treat behavioral and developmental concerns and anxiety through play therapy, parent coaching and a variety of behavioral therapies. 3505 Camino Del Rio S. #212 SD, 92108 858-888-9062 www.ascentpsychological services.com Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together (AEFCT) (See listing under Autism)

Autism Interventions and Resources (AIR) Group of professionals collaborating with parents and agencies dedicated to providing behavioral services to children and adults with developmental disabilities based exclusively upon the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Laguna Hills, CA 949-457-9203 www.hopeisintheair.com Autism Spectrum Consultants (ASC) Behavioral and educational plans and implementation. 5080 Shoreham Pl. #103 SD, 92122 858-272-2662 www.autismconsultants.com Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) A leading provider of ABA services, AST’s tailored programs are designed for infants to adults with developmental needs. They provide comprehensive training and support for families, schools and communities and work with regional centers, private insurance companies and Tricare. 4719 Viewridge Ave. #100 SD, 92123 866-727-8274 www.autismtherapies.com

Behavioral Health Department at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient psychiatry. Central SD: 858-966-5832 North Inland: 760-294-9270 North Coastal: 760-758-1480 Crisis Center: 760-730-5900 www.rchsd.org Brain Learning, Education, Assessment and Treatment Neuropsychological and educational assessment, educational consultation and treatment for children and adolescents. 5550 Baltimore Dr. #150 La Mesa, CA 91942 619-324-9764 www.brainlearning.com Butterfly Effects Community-based provider of ABA therapy services for individuals with Autism and other related disorders in home and community environments. Helps families develop an individualized therapy plan, webbased progress and results tracking and assistance with insurance reimbursement. Deerfield Beach, FL 888-880-9270 www.ButterflyEffects.com

Autistically Inclined Family support from a relationshipbased team that addresses each individual’s unique expressions in all things sensory, behavioral and communicative, while inspiring kids to want friendships and connection. They train parents and professionals to implement Natural Play Therapy for deeper, more fulfilling relationships. 760-918-0616 www.autisticallyinclined.com

Carlsbad Counseling Center Psychotherapy and counseling for families and individuals with ASD, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder/OCD as well as play and expressive therapies for families, parenting groups for 0-12 year olds and San Diego Superior Court Programs. Fee for service and help with PPO reimbursement. 2777 Jefferson St. #200 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-434-9694 www.carlsbadcounselingcenter .com

AutiZm & More Mary Von Witzleben, Ph.D, BCBA-D and Reena Patel specialize in using a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate and create behavioral and educational strategies for families in home, school and community settings to help children with developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential. 858-848-0004 www.autizmandmore.com

Center for Thoughtful Lasting Change, Inc. Sherry Casper Ph.D. Helps students achieve successful outcomes through psychological assessments, educational consultation, direct interventions and consultations for behavior management. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #203 SD, 92126 619-249-6140

625 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, 91910 www.drsherrycasper.com Chadwick Center for Children and Families – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego A range of trauma-focused therapies, assessments and interventions for children of all ages and their caregivers and parents. 858-966-5814 www.chadwickcenter.org Dr. Clarence Perry, MD Clinical psychiatrist specializing in learning disorders, special needs and all areas of psychiatric need. 3368 2nd Ave. #I, SD, 92103 619-688-1383 Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. Agency specializing in behavioral, social and educational needs of children with Autism. Utilizes an individual and integrated approach to working with methodologies for all ages and levels of function. Offers consultation services to families and school districts. Trainings for ABA, Discrete Trial Training, Structured Teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Facilitated Play are available for parents, teachers and related staff. Friends’ Club program facilitates social understanding skills for children in preschool through high school. 785 Grand Ave. #101 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-720-4964 Courage to Call, Mental Health Systems Peer2Peer text and chat support services provide a non-crisis peer support live chat and text service for youth and teens who are at-risk and/ or dealing with potential behavioral health issues including those who may struggle with alcohol or drugs. Works with youth who are searching for support groups, mental health services and/or supportive listening. 9465 Farnham St. SD, 92123 858-636-3604 www.mhsinc.org

Coyne & Associates Applied behavioral analysis and other therapies. 591 Camino de la Reina #1130 SD, 92108 760-634-1125 www.coyneandassociates.com Deborah Pontillo, Ph.D. Pediatric psychology with a special needs focus. San Diego Kids First 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 858-692-4187 www.sdkidsfirst.com Dana Fillmore, Psy. D. 2262 Carmel Valley Rd. #D Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-7844 Dr. Joshua Feder, MD Specializing in DIR/floortime interactive play/behavioral therapy. 415 N. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 619-417-7506 www.joshuafedermd.com Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California Provides ABA, individual, couples and group therapy, art therapy, schoolbased consultation and educational testing. Licensed SDRC vendor of RDI (Relationship Development Therapy). Variety of insurances accepted. 3575 Kenyon St. #102 SD, 92110 619-600-0683 www.familyguidanceandtherapy .com Fred Finch, San Diego Regional Center WrapAround Program With referral from the SD Regional Center, this program addresses the mental health of children with special needs and diminishes negative social behaviors. Employing familycentered, strength-based practices and a culturally competent approach, the program offers assessment and intervention, individual and family counseling, case management, caregiver/parent coaching, crisis response and access to psychiatric support and medication. 3434 Grove St. Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-281-3706 www.fredfinch.org

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ABA – Why Developmental Approach Matters Frequently Asked Questions The world of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) can be confusing. ABA means the science of behavior and is the most widely used and effective therapy for autism. It generally refers to intensive behavioral services. Most California insurance plans cover this for children with autism.

Does it matter which model of ABA is used? Yes, it matters a lot. ABA models include: • Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT): Typically involves sitting at a table, teaching each skill individually and rewarding children for correct responses with food or other items.

How do I know if my child needs ABA? Children can benefit from ABA at any age if they need help with:

• Natural Environment Training (NET): Often done with DTT, it involves teaching through activities such as play.

Play • Independence • Social skills • Cognitive skills • Behavior

• Pivotal Response Training (PRT): Focuses on enhancing a child’s motivation and encouraging child initiations.

What does an ABA program look like? This depends on a child’s needs and parent preferences. Programs range from small consultations (2–6 hours per week) to comprehensive treatment programs (25–40 hours per week). Treatment is often delivered one adult to one child, but can also include small groups. Services can take place in a home, community, treatment center or sometimes at school. How do I choose an ABA provider? Word of mouth is a great way to start. Things to think about: • Do I want a provider that offers groups? Mental health services? Parent support? • What model of ABA does the provider use? • How long is the waitlist and is the provider able to meet my scheduling needs? • How are parents and other family members involved in treatment?

• Early Start Denver Model (ESDM): Works on enhancing all areas of a child’s development through play. Very focused on building social relationships. • Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation (JASPER): Facilitates the development of language in children ages 2–8 who are not yet talking. Why is developmental/naturalistic ABA recommended? Over the years, behavior therapists have relied on ABA to systematically implement interventions that focus on establishing and improving communication and social and functional life skills. ABA originated in the 1950s and the foundations remain relevant. However, scientific research and heightened awareness are transforming how interventions are delivered and how professionals address the individual needs of those with an ASD diagnosis. As ABA continues to develop, parents are often provided with more choices than they can manage. A good program advocates for the latest in developmentally appropriate ABA.

Advantages of developmentally appropriate ABA include: • More rapid progress. Skills are taught in sequence and as children are ready to learn. • Children are able to immediately apply skills learned as they are taught in the natural environment. • Children are motivated to learn. They build good relationships with therapists and are taught through engaging activities such as play. • Deep family engagement. Parents learn the treatment techniques and collaborate in designing their child’s intervention. What are some examples of developmental ABA? ESDM, developed by psychologists Sally Rogers, Ph.D., and Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. is the only comprehensive early intervention model that has been validated in a randomized clinical trial for use with children with ASD as young as 18 months old. ESDM utilizes basic ABA principles to teach developmental skills across all domains. This program (25+ hours per week) integrates teaching into play activities, making use of natural reinforcement, positive relationships and attention. Like many successful ABA methods, ESDM emphasizes parent involvement by providing opportunities to participate in therapy while learning to understand their child’s strengths and to advocate for their child’s needs. JASPER is an intervention developed by Connie Kasari at the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, University of California. JASPER integrates joint attention, imitation and play in order to enhance the foundations of social communication. This intervention requires therapists eliminate distractions, slow down the pace and remove directives in order to promote spontaneous functional language and engagement.

How can I learn more? View videos of different treatment models at www.interactingwithautism.com. Autism Speaks offers information on a variety of interventions: www.autismspeaks.org. ABA Behavior Therapies has information about programs and services: www.abagroup.org.

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Gateway Learning Group (formerly AIM) Provides behavioral and educational plans for children with Autism or ASD. 6540 Lusk Blvd. #C256 SD, 92121 858-657-9117 www.gatewaylg.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) International Bipolar Foundation Advances research toward the elimination of Bipolar Disorder, provides and enhances care, resources and support services and works to erase the stigma associated with mental illness through education. 8755 Aero Dr. #310, SD, 92123 858-598-5967 www.ibpf.org Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC Provides cognitive-behavioral, cognitive enhancement and social communication/interaction skill training for children, youth and adults with ASDs, ADHD, LD, DD and/or anxiety, depression, behavior problems, social challenges or executive functioning problems. Increases self-awareness, selfregulation, coping skills, social skills, attention and memory skills. 2247 San Diego Ave. #136 SD, 92110 858-205-9809 www.intricatemindinstitute.com Julie D. Kunin, Ph.D. 211 W. Robinson Ave. SD, 92103 619-787-4406 Key to Behavior Megan Sprague, M.S., BCBA works with families to select programs in communication and language, learnto-learn skills, academics, social and self-help skills. Each program and technique is individualized to your child’s unique learning style and may include individualized instruction, community-based programming and social skills, 760-565-2348 www.keytobehavior.com

Kickstart Clinical team serving ages 12-25 and their families who are at risk for mental illness and experiencing symptoms. This early intervention process provides confidential assessments, individualized treatments for participants and families and community awareness campaigns to ensure early detection. 6160 Mission Gorge Rd. #100 SD, 92120 619-481-3790 www.kickstartsd.org Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A. Utilizes a range of methodologies to assess and develop behavioral, social skills and educational programs. Helps the development of the child through parent education and in-home strategies. Reviews IEPs and helps parents advocate for quality behavioral support plans. 619-871-5126 www.KHallBCBA.com Learning Development Services Neuropsychological assessment, counseling and consultation. 3754 Clairemont Dr. SD, 92117 858-581-5050 www.learningdevelopment services.com L.E.T.S. Grow SDRC contracted provider of ABA therapy to improve academics, cognition, play skills, social skills and more. Consultation, assessment and early intervention services available. 7373 University Ave. #201 La Mesa, CA, 91942 619-713-0737 www.letsgrowaba.com Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist More than 15 years experience evaluating, designing and supervising the delivery of social skills training, writing relevant goals for children with Autism/ASD and providing support for parents. Provides consultation and training to school districts and programs serving children with Autism. 4455 Murphy Canyon Rd. #100-9 SD, 92123 858-536-8985 www.therapy4mindbody.com

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Lovaas Institute Behavioral intervention for children diagnosed with Autism or a related disorder. 310-410-4450 www.lovaas.com Mental Health America (MHA) of San Diego County Nonprofit dedicated to addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. Offers a range of services, including Breaking Down Barriers Program, which helps increase access to mental health services for persons with severe mental illness dually diagnosed with another disability. 4069 30th St., SD, 92104 619-543-0412; 800-273-8255 www.mhasd.org Mental Health Systems, Inc. Nonprofit founded in 1978 to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges by providing mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. Programs throughout the county. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123 858-573-2600 www.mhsinc.org Mountain Shadows Spectrum Solutions Comprehensive services for families affected by Autism and other disabilities including assessment, behavioral consultation, and ABA therapy, as well as IEP, parent and school supports. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #100 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-1449 Motiva Associates Comprehensive therapy for special needs, behavioral issues, grief and bereavement. 815 Third Ave. #319 Chula Vista, CA 91911 619-691-1880 282 Landis Ave. Chula Vista, 91910 4660 El Cajon Blvd. #210A SD, 92115 619-827-1991 x272 www.motivaassociates.com

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego Offers support and information for family members, consumers and people affected by mental illness. 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd. #320 SD, 92123 619-543-1434; 800-523-5933 www.namisandiego.org N. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D. Clinical child psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with ASD. Offers evaluations, early intervention, individual therapy, parent training and sibling support groups. 5677 Oberlin Dr. #214 SD, 92121 858-452-9596 www.drjenniferoke.com Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics Medical clinic of Dr. Suzanne Goh, a board-certified pediatric neurologist and author with expertise in the diagnostic testing, evaluation and biomedical and behavioral treatment of children with Autism and other neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior. 7090 MIratech Dr. SD, 92121 858-304-6440 www.gohmd.org People’s Care Autism Services (See listing under Autism) Perfect Progress (See listing under Education) Phoenix House Adolescent residential and educational program serving teens ages 13-17 with the dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental health problems. Fully accredited with special education services and tutoring onsite. 888-671-9392 www.phoenixhouse.org Positive Behavior Supports Corporation (PBS) Provides individualized services for people with Autism and related disabilities, to help decrease challenging behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors and skill

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deficits through the use of ABA at home. Programs are designed to empower caregivers and loved ones to support people in their natural routines so they can be successful and self-sufficient. 855-832-6727 www.teampbs.com “Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs” Written by Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster and Arlene Rafael. This book in the “Positive Discipline” series and its companion website help parents bridge communication gaps, defuse power struggles, avoid the dangers of praise, enforce a message of love, build on strengths, and hold children of all abilities accountable. 800-456-7770 www.positivediscipline.com PsyCare, Inc. Private behavioral healthcare providing a wide net of high quality psychiatric, psychological, counseling, and chemical dependency assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents, as well as parent counseling. 858-279-1223 www.psycare.org Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD) Child and adolescent center. 1550 Hotel Circle N. #450 SD, 92108 619-692-1581 www.psychiatriccenters.com PSYCHOLOGY 360 Comprehensive and collaborative psychological and psychoeducational assessment, diagnostics, placement recommendations and therapy for ages 5 and up for ADHD, Autism, Learning Disorders, Behavioral Concerns, Memory, Processing, Dyslexia and more. Forensic evaluations also available. 5830 Oberlin Dr. #203 SD, 92121 858-877-3601 www.psyc360.com Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Serves kids 5-17 struggling with urgent emotional or behavioral

concerns that may pose a risk to themselves or others. 4305 University Ave. #150 SD, 92105 858-966-5484 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/psychiatry San Diego Access and Crisis Line 24/7 access to mental health, drug and addiction counseling. 800-479-3339 San Diego Center for Children (See listing under Education) San Diego County Mental Health Services Offers a variety of treatment, rehab and recovery services to help people who experience persistent and severe mental illness or a mental crisis. Adults: 619-563-2700 Children: 619-563-2750 Emergency Screening Unit 730 Medical Center Ct. Chula Vista, CA 91911 619-421-6900 San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital 3853 Rosecrans St., SD, 92110 619-692-8200 San Diego Psychological Association 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. #105 SD, 92123 858-277-1463 www.sdpsych.org Sensory Learning Center International As an intervention, the Sensory Learning Program effectively unites three modalities (visual, auditory and vestibular) into one, multi-sensory approach that works to improve perception, understanding and the ability to learn. 2124 El Camino Real #101 Oceanside, CA 92054 760-434-3314 www.sensorylearning.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education)

TERI Behavior Support Services Board-certified behavioral analysts excel in designing positive behavioral interventions for those who have not benefited from conventional approaches to solving behavioral challenges. Specializes in Autism and severe behavior problems, and provides in-home, insurance-funded ABA services. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth Offers individualized assessment, treatment and supports for children and adults with ASD and other disabilities in the form of art therapy, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, educational supports, behavioral modification, RDI and yoga. Features the Sage Learning Center, a customized learning environment based on RDI principles. Summer camps and programs available. 9466 Black Mountain Rd. #100 SD, 92126 5411 Avenida Encinas #110 Carlsbad, CA 92008 858-689-2027 www.TagforGrowth.com Turnaround: Turning Fear into Freedom from Informed Therapy Services Professionally developed audio treatment program that teaches children how to stop anxious thoughts, calm uncomfortable feelings, and use the most effective strategies to overcome anxiety. Charlotte, NC 877-300-7436 www.turnaroundanxiety.com USC Telehealth Completely virtual counseling and therapy clinic that uses the latest online and video technologies to connect high-quality counseling and therapy providers to a diverse set of clients including adults, children, couples, families, and military personnel from the comfort and security of your own home. 866-740-6502 www.usctelehealth.com

Xcite Steps ABA Therapy and Behavioral Services Innovative behavioral and mental health company providing the highest quality, individualized ABA therapy services, assessment and evaluation to kids, teens and adults in home, school and day care settings. Offers a range of client ratios for treatment, to ensure the most optimal environment to build skills and independence. 858-428-0222 www.excitesteps.com

CAMPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Camp Able at Coronado Provides hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean. 619-424-8945 www.campableatcoronado.org Camp-A-Little and Camp-A-Lot The ARC of San Diego’s summer camps take place at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in the mountains. Designed for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. Fully accessible facility, limited space available for persons with mobility restrictions and those needing 1:1 supervision. Activities for children (5-12) are run separately from teens (12-17). ARC Personal and Leisure Services 3030 Market St. SD, 92102 619-685-1175 x255 www.arc-sd.com Camp Huntington Residential camp located in the Catskill Mountains designed for children with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD 6 and up. Offers a unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation including structured activities, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. The local area offers many activities for the rest of the family. High Falls, NY 855-707-2267 www.camphuntington.com

Camp I CAN In participation with the Autism Society, the YMCA offers this camp for children with Autism with 1:1 instruction. Register early—this camp fills up every year! Toby Wells YMCA, Kearny Mesa: 858-496-9622 Ecke YMCA, Carlsbad: 760-942-9622 www.autismsocietysandiego.org Camp Ivey Summer horse camp is dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able-bodied children of all ages, by providing educational and recreational activities. Day camp for ages 7-17 with therapeutic horseback riding program, aviary and gardening. 110 Rancho del Oro Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-722-4839 www.iveyranch.com Camp Jaycee: Jewish Community Center Variety of inclusive day camps, plus an Olympic-sized pool, theater, dance studio, science lab, ball fields and tennis courts. 4126 Executive Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-457-3030 www.lfjcc.org Camp Paivika Camp near Big Bear offers summer and winter overnight camp programs for ages 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Activities include horseback riding, fine arts, adaptive sports, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and

nature hikes. Cedarpines Park, CA 909-338-1102 x5003 www.camppaivika.org Camp Stevens Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-theoutdoors overnight camp for all kids ages 8-15. Discuss the needs of your child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and mild delay with counselors. Focus on interpersonal skills during archery, swimming, crafts, campfires and more. Julian, CA 760-765-0028 www.campstevens.org Camp Tuolumne Trails Tuolumne Trails (located in the Sierras) is for groups with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, infrastructure, food service, management and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own dedicated staff of professionals, medical staff and specially tailored programs for their campers. Groveland, CA 209-962-7534 www.tuolumnetrails.org Camp WAMP Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation Wilderness camp is operated by the City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation, Access Leisure section in partnership with the Contra Costa Youth Council. This is a wilderness camping experience, founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler and is for youth ages 10–18 with physical disabilities. 800-381-6891 www.wamplerfoundation.org

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CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program Two weeks of college experience for teens ages 16-19 with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, ADHD and other learning differences. College is not all about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning the necessary skills to succeed and having fun. 877-566-9247 www.cipworldwide.org

Easter Seals Camp Oakes Week-long, resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serving children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course. 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Inclusive Day Camps Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend all day camps. A two-week advance notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide, if needed. Therapeutics/inclusion. 276 Fourth Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-421-7032 www.chulavistaca.gov

iCan Bike Summer day camp designed for children ages 8 and up with disabilities to learn to ride a bike. Through the use of elaborate equipment, this progressive program teaches children increased independence. All equipment is provided, so children do not need to bring bicycles or helmets. 858-863-5915 www.crimsoncenteroutreach .org

Club Xcite Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skill building programs such as executive functioning and social skills at public and private schools. 858-779-9674 www.clubxcite.com CYT Musical Theater Summer Overnight and Day Camps
Fun for children ages 5-18 featuring drama, dance and outdoor games. CYT welcomes all children and will accomodate their individual needs to participate. 1545 Pioneer Way El Cajon, CA 92020 619-588-0206 www.cytsandiego.org Dragonfly Forest Traditional summer camp includes swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities. Specifically designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of traditional camp. Conshohocken, PA 610-298-1820 www.dragonflyforest.org

Jr. Adaptive Sports Camp Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to a variety of adaptive sports including softball, basketball, tennis, rugby, archery, bocce ball, kayaking, water ski, sailing, yoga, handcycling, and much more at our Crown Point and Southwestern College locations. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association www.asrasd.org 619-336-1806 The Painted Turtle Summer camp and year-round programs for children ages 7-16 with a variety of medical conditions. Full medical staff onsite, 24/7. Special foods available for a variety of dietary needs. Lake Hughes, CA 661-724-1550 www.thepaintedturtle.org Rancho Family YMCA Inclusive Camps Exciting, inclusive camps offered to children of all abilities. Assessment provided for areas of camp support. Financial aid available. 9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129 858-484-8788 www.ymca.org/rancho

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San Diego Park and Recreation Full range of inclusive summer and winter day camps offered to children of all abilities. Schedules online. 619-525-8213 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation SOAR Adventure Camps Camps for students with LD, AD and ADHD give students the opportunity to increase independence by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in many decision making processes, such as setting individual goals, developing group guidelines, as well as trip and meal planning. Balsam, NC 828-456-3435 www.soarnc.org Snapology Weekly summer camps using Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in a fun and creative way. Weekly classes and workshops also include Connections (social skills), Minecraft, Video Game Design and preschool programs. 4204 Adams Ave. SD, 92126 619-855-4557 www.sandiego.snapology.com Summer Session at NewBridge School Half-day learning program/camp for students in grades K–8 with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties. Teaches students to be effective learners in a fun, active, camp-like setting. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-679-5744 www.newbridgeschool.us Surf Camp The Autism Society in partnership with Aqua Pros Swim School offers surf camp for persons with Autism. 858-715-0678 www.autismsocietysandiego .org/aquatics-programs.html

Surfin Fire Surf Camp (See listing under Recreation) Talisman Camps Experiential learning camp program for children with ADD, ADHD, LD and Asperger’s that helps children develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports selfregulation and self-direction. Zirconia, NC 828-697-6313 www.talismancamps.com Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science The world of technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. Students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. In afterschool programs, weekend workshops and camps, teachers and college mentors use familiar games like Minecraft and child-friendly programs to teach computer science and game design. 858-869-9430 www.thoughtstem.com Upward Bound Camp Christian-based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, 12 years of age and over in an environment that presents opportunities for growth outside the individual’s usual routine. Stayton, OR 503-897-2447 www.upwardboundcamp.org Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center Adaptive swim camp sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and inclusion supported by KIT (Kids Included Together). Peninsula Family YMCA 1001 Santa Clara Point SD, 92109 858-539-2003 www.watersportscamp.com

Xcite Steps Camps Summer and winter camps for kids and teens with cognitive disabilities such as Asperger Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, MDD, CDD, social anxieties, or other disabilities. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com YMCA of San Diego County Camps Summer day camps, overnight camps, swim lessons and sports leagues for children preschool and up. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y. 3708 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123 858-292-9622 www.ymca.org YMCA Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Family Camp Provides an opportunity for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families to come together in a positive environment. 858-455-7571 www.dhhfamilycamp.org

CLOTHING Designs by Ja9 Fused glass artist Janine Stillman supports the National Autism Association through the sale of beautiful, dichroic glass puzzle piece jewelry and ornaments. 805-459-7296 www.designsbyja9shop.com Downs Designs Dreams Clothes made for the unique body shapes of people with Down Syndrome. Designed to be comfortable, stylish and easy to get on and off. 877-390-4851 www.downsdesignsdreams.org 3E Love Clothing and products that raise awareness and empower individuals who use wheelchairs. The company’s trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo) is the drive behind its social mission to provide tools to embrace diversity, educate society, and encourage each other to love life. www.3elove.com

Paper Clouds Apparel Formed to showcase the creative and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs while raising funds to provide financial support for special needs schools and organizations, PCA sells t-shirts, hats and totes featuring their artwork. PCA is partially owned by an individual with special needs; and they hire persons with disabilities to package sensoryfriendly clothing. Fifty percent of the net proceeds is donated to charity. Waddell, AZ 602-525-1315 www.papercloudsapparel.com

COLLEGE AND THE ADULT TRANSITION Best Buddies California College program that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with typical peers. Planned social events within the group provide the opportunity for adults with IDD to be involved in campus and community life, and give them social opportunities outside of home or work environments. 323-291-0118 www.bestbuddies.org/california California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) Annual five-day leadership program for teens with disabilities that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology at California State University, Sacramento. 855-894-3436 www.calylf.org Catapult Learning (See listing under Education) CIP (College Internship Program) Full-year post-secondary programs at six colleges and universities provide young adults with Asperger’s, highfunctioning Autism, ADHD, nonverbal and other learning differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success.
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City College Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) Provides services and courses to support students with disabilities in the achievement of their academic and vocational goals. The instructional component promotes equal participation in mainstream academic programs through preparatory and skill maintenance courses, and offers courses for personal growth. 1313 Park Blvd. #L-206 SD, 92101 619-388-3513 619-388-3313 (TTY) www.sdcity.edu/dsps College Living Experience Offers help for students with ASD and learning disabilities transitioning to college, such as applying for college, class registration, assessing accommodations, organizing assignments, social skills help, tutoring and help communicating with professors. Costa Mesa, CA 800-486-5058 www.experiencecle.com

College of Adaptive Education, Jeremiah’s Ranch Inclusive, non-accredited “college experience” for all adults with varying abilities. Register online. 855 S. Main Ave. #K-345 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-585-5290 www.jeremiahsranch.org Cuyamaca College Disability Support Programs (DSPS) Facilitates inclusive and sustainable learning environments and increases opportunities for access and success for students with disabilities through innovative support services. 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy. One Stop Ctr. Room A-113 El Cajon, CA 92109 619-660-4239 www.cuyamaca.edu/dsps Disability Resource Center at Point Loma Nazarene University Serves Point Loma Nazarene students with a learning, physical, medical, or psychological disability through tutoring, paper editing,

SPECIALIZED THERAPY SERVICES Making connections happen. 619.431.5049

Speech | Occupational | Music | Physical | Behavioral Therapies Individual and Group treatment programs are designed for children between birth - 20 years, with an emphasis on: • Attention Deficit Disorder • Developmental Delays • Autism Spectrum • Auditory Processing Disorder • Motor planning • Apraxia • Assistive Technology We currently accept Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, United (Tricare), Blue Shield of CA, Regional Center and more! Two locations: Liberty Station and Kensington To learn more about Specialized Therapy Services contact our clinic at:

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assistive devices, and other accommodations 3900 Lomaland Dr. SD, 92106 619-849-2200 www.pointloma.edu Interwork Institute- SDSU Promotes the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of education, work, family and community life. The Institute conducts research, training and education using a variety of strategies. www.interwork.sdsu.edu Got Transition Website for students with disabilities and health issues, their families and healthcare providers. Provides information on issues that make going to college challenging. Also offers video training and materials to assist in the preparation process. 202-223-1500 www.GotTransition.org Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC Cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive enhancement and social communication skills training for young adults to increase selfawareness, executive functioning skills, self-regulation, coping and interpersonal skills to successfully manage life and prepare for college. 2247 San Diego Ave. #136 SD, 92110 858-205-9809 www.intricatemindinstitute.com Miramar College Disability Support Programs & Services Program designed to help students succeed at college by developing a Student Education Plan according to academic and vocational goals, strengths and limitations. 10440 Black Mountain Rd. #K1-204, SD, 92126 619-388-7312 619-388-7301 (TTY) www.sdmiramar.edu/dsps

Palomar Community College District Disability Resource Center Facilitates services for students with various disabilities and creates an environment which encourages students to function effectively, enabling them to participate in the regular college curriculum. 1140 West Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-744-1150 x2375 760-736-4618 (TTY) www.palomar.edu/dsps Partnerships with Industry Provides adults with disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work the opportunity to reach their potential and realize their dream of employment and independence through job placement and training under the supervision of PWI job coaches. 7540 Metropolitan Dr. #105 SD, 92108-4416 619-681-1999 x1116 www.pwiworks.org Project College A week-long, on-campus living experience at USD to increase important college skills in self advocacy, dorm room living, safety, health and wellness away from home, and social skills for college students. 858-278-5420 x131 http://ucpsd.org/programs/ project_college.html San Diego Community College District Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) (City, Mesa, Miramar, Continuing Education) http://dsps.sdccd.edu San Diego Mesa College Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Programs for students with learning and physical disabilities. 7250 Mesa College Dr. #I4-405 (4th Floor), SD, 92111 619-388-2780 www.sdmesa.edu/dsps

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San Diego PEERS Adult Social Skills Training Robyn Coughlin, LCSW College level 14-week course that includes UCLA’s PEERS social skills curriculum and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies to help transitioning adults gain and maintain personal and professional relationships. 8885 Rio San Diego Dr. #365 SD, 92108 619-997-5310 www.sandiegopeers.com SDSU Interwork Institute Transitioning from high school to postsecondary education. 6367 Alvarado Ct. #350 SD, 92120 www.interwork.sdsu.edu TERI Kilmer College TERI understands the social and emotional needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in the transition stage. TERI has a model for learning that supports any age and learning style and offers a broad range of subjects that meet the needs of students while maintaining individual supports to help them reach their goals. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org/programs/ kilmer-college Think College National organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. Supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and providing an exceptional find-a-college tool. www.thinkcollege.net Transition Therapy Transition program specialists who analyze the workplace and the individual to make recommendations on job placement and transition programs and consult on the IEP. They also analyze the workplace to determine what adaptations can be

made to make it sensory-friendly. Chula Vista, CA 5703 Oberlin Dr.#207 SD, 92121 619-841-2012 www.transitiontherapy.org Workability III: San Diego Community College District Partnership between the San Diego Community College District and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Program provides comprehensive career counseling services to students with disabilities with the goal of obtaining and retaining employment. 3375 Camino del Rio S. #275 SD, 92108 619-388-6984 www.worka.sdccd.edu Xcite Steps Provides personalized and innovative transition programs for teens and young adults, including mentoring and shadowing the student in college, Independent Living Services and adult socialization programs. 858-764-2956 www.xcitesteps.com

CONFLICT RESOLUTION/ MEDIATION A Fair Way Mediation Center Conflict mediation. 600 W. Broadway #700 SD, 92101 619-702-9174 www.afairway.com The Center for Accord Nonprofit organization promotes collaboration and conflict prevention nationwide among people serving children with special needs. Its primary service is consultation and training for school professionals. Free online resources for parents include video training materials and articles in English and Spanish. Plano, TX 800-294-0422 www.4accord.com First Resolution Services, Inc. Alternative dispute resolution. 877-9RE-SOLVE www.disputeresolution.org

Judicate West Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral party dispute resolution. 402 W. Broadway #2400 SD, 92101 800-488-8805; 619-814-1966 www.judicatewest.com Pacific Coast Mediation Advocates Provides a co-mediated (male/ female-attorney/educator) mediation for divorcing and separating couples. Facilitates child-centered solutions and specializes in serving families with special needs. 11455 El Camino Real #400 SD, 92130 858-750-1634 www.pacificcoastadvocates.com Solutions Panel: San Diego Unified School District Alternative Dispute Resolutions assist IEP teams develop solutions through conflict resolution. 4100 Normal St. Annex 6 SD, 92103 619-725-7327 www.sandi.net

DENTAL HEALTH ABC Children’s Dentistry, Roya Sadrian DDS Pediatric dentistry, digital x-rays, general anesthesia and hospital services for children with anxiety disorders. 12778 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. #A, SD, 92129 858-780-9794 www.abcchildrensdentistry.com Anderson Center for Dental Care – Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego Oral health and hygiene for children with Autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5073 SD, 92123 www.rchsd.org Children’s Braces and Dentistry Pediatric developmental dentistry and orthodontics offers a variety of sedated and non-sedated dentistry. Onsite insurance specialists available. 4700 Spring St. #104 La Mesa, CA 91942 619-433-6400 www.sandiegokidsdentist.com

Children’s Dentistry of San Diego Provides dental services for infants, children and teens of all abilities in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Children requiring special care can get dental treatments under general anesthesia in-office or at Rady Children’s or Kaiser Hospital. 10717 Camino Ruiz #103 SD, 92126 858-536-1111 www.starrysmilez.com Denti-Cal (division of Medi-Cal) Medi-Cal funded dental services. 1600 Pacific Hwy., SD, 92101 800-322-6384 www.denti-cal.ca.gov Kensington Pediatric Dentistry, Eric Dixon DDS Serving all children with special care for those with developmental and sensory needs. 4072 Adams Ave., SD, 92116 619-282-7337 www.KPDDS.com Mary M. O’Connor, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly. 420 Spruce St. #A, SD, 92103 619-291-5291 Naval Medical Center San Diego Dental Clinic Special needs dentistry for military families. Capt. Dibelka 619-532-8600 Oral Health Initiative, First 5 San Diego Provides access to dental services supported by First 5 in San Diego County. For children ages 0-5. 888-5 FIRST 5 (534-7785) first5sandiego.org/oral-health Pediatric Dental Clinic, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry. 3020 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-966-4094 Parvahti Pokala, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly. 3737 Moraga Ave. #313 SD, 92117 858-278-8700

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Poiset and Associates Orthodontic care for all ages and pediatric dentistry. Staff experienced with children with special needs. Game room, state-of-the-art equipment and digital x-rays. 7930 Frost St. #101 SD, 92123 858-492-9977 www.poisetandassociates.com

Steven Schneider, DDS. San Diego Center for Dental Health People with special needs deserve special care. Specializes in quickly fixing decay in the fewest number of visits. Located in Rancho Bernardo. 11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #260 SD, 92128 858-592-0234 www.powaycosmeticdentist.com

Robert Jacob, DDS-Team Braces Care as uncomplicated as a replacement retainer, a small touchup, or as complex as remaking an entire face including oral and plastic surgery. Dr. Jacob also provides special care for infants and children with cleft palates and other facial problems through Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Naval Medical Center. 4617 Ruffner St. #200 SD, 92111 858-268-1006 www.teambraces.com

Great Whites Timothy Christian, DDS All forms of dentistry, special needs friendly. 6030 Santo Rd. #E, SD, 92124 858-277-6010 www.great-whites.com

San Diego Children’s Dental Clinic Provides full diagnostic, preventative and restorative services for children who are medically compromised or developmentally disabled. General anesthesia and oral conscious sedation available. 8110 Birmingham Way Bldg. 28 SD, 92123 619-205-1950 www.syhc.org/services/dentalservices

DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities. 800-424-3688 www.aaidd.org Association of Regional Center Agencies Represents the 21 California regional centers that provide services to more than 142,000 people with developmental disabilities. 916-446-7961 www.arcanet.org California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil and service

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rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities. 619-688-3323 www.scdd.ca.gov Care.com Membership-required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs caregivers with completed background checks. www.care.com Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports in English and Spanish. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org The State of California Department of Developmental Services Serves people with developmental disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties. www.dds.ca.gov

EDUCATION ACES, Inc. (Autism Comprehensive Ed Services) Offers a variety of behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the

accredited ACES Academy. 3731 Sixth Ave., SD, 92103 800-515-5016 www.acesaba.com Advocacy Associates, Inc. Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults. 16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114 SD, 92127 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociates.net Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism (see listing under Infant Toddler Specific) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See listing under Autism) Alexa’s PlayC Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s educational program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3020 Children’s Way #MC6015 SD, 92123 858-966-8555 www.rchsd.org/alexasplayc Aseltine School Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings. 4027 Normal St., SD, 92103 619-296-2135 www.aseltine.org Autism College (see listing under Autism) Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral & Mental Health) Balboa City School K-12 special education school. 130 Woodward Ave. Escondido, 92025 760-294-4490 www.balboaschool.com

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Banyan Tree Learning Center Program designed to assess areas of learning need and build levels of support. Comprehensive help with auditory and sensory processing, reading/Dyslexia remediation, educational therapy, occupational therapy, math skills building, writing skills, and individual and small group tutoring. Banyan Tree Foundations Academy Full day, private school that offers a more intense version of the interventions and methods at Banyan Tree Learning Center with 1:1 instruction. Serves students with significant challenges including Dyslexia, attention, communication, sensory processing, social problems, or previous school failure. This program is meant as a short-term intervention to prepare the student for re-entry to their neighborhood school. 9636 Tierra Grande #200 SD, 92126 3555 Kenyon St. #101 SD, 92110 858-578-6616 www.banyantlc.org Bookshare Provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students. www.bookshare.org Brain Highways Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior. 207 S. El Camino Real #A Encinitas, CA 92024 760-943-0496 www.brainhighways.com Bridging Apps Nonprofit organization dedicated to help people with disabilities choose, acquire and utilize their mobile device to better assist with communication, education and life skills. www.bridgingapps.org

Catapult Learning Provides an intensive special education program for students with special needs (18-21) including those diagnosed with SLD, OHI, ED and ASD. 6460 Boulder Lake Ave. SD, 92119 619-460-5090 www.catapultlearning.com Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. Head Start Programs Three fully inclusive preschool programs for families with low incomes: St. Leo’s Head Start in Solana Beach, Encinitas Head Start and Leucadia Head Start. 3180 University Ave. #317 SD, 92104 619-285-5600 www.chicanofederation.org Club Xcite Provides in-home, private tutoring with a focus on executive functioning skills building techniques, supporting children and teens who struggle with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD. 858-779-9674 www.clubxcite.com Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) of the Poway Unified School District Community group that advises school board on special education and provides parent trainings. 15250 Avenue of Science SD, 92128 858-521-2800 www.powayusd.com/depts/ specialed/cac Continuing Education Disability Support Program Center City, Cesar Chavez, ECC: 619-388-4812 TTY: 619-388-4811 Mid City: 619-388-4530 North City/West City: 619-3881800 or 619-221-6977 www.sdce.edu/classes/ disability-programs-services/ Dyslexia Training Institute Provides low cost online classes for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, parents and adults in reading

intervention, remediation and Dyslexia. 7424 Jackson Dr. #1B SD, 92119 619-517-0683 www.dyslexiatraining institute.org Edison Academy Specialized academic instruction for students in grades 3-8 with mild to moderate learning challenges emphasizing accountability, responsibility, independence and kindness. 910 Encinitas Blvd. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-942-2011 www.ranchoencinitasacademy .com Excelsior Academy Nonprofit K-12 school, founded in 1988, dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Provides a safe and nurturing environment wherein students become literate, independent, and productive citizens. Onsite DIS services and a wide variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National School of Character and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 7202 Princess View Dr. SD, 92120 619-583-6762 www.excelsior-academy.com The Family & Learning Center Educational coaching is a unique tutorial intervention designed to assist individuals better understand themselves as learners. Helps children with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, languageprocessing difficulties, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, nonverbal learning disorders, and visual-spatial processing weaknesses with an individualized 1:1 approach. 7744 Fay Ave. #202 La Jolla, CA 92037 858-454-7303 www.tfalc.com Fred Finch Youth Center Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program exclusively serving youth

with a developmental disability. 3434 Grove St. Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-797-1090 www.fredfinch.org Fusion Academy Private, alternative school and comprehensive afterschool program that specializes in helping students with individualized needs. 512 Via de la Valle #201 Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-792-2300 5060 Shoreham Pl. SD, 92122 858-677-9279 www.fusionacademy.com Grossmont Community College 8800 Grossmont College Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-644-7000 www.grossmont.edu Grow My Way A full-functioning farm that serves as a natural teaching environment including the feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, a range of gross and fine motor activities, a pond to practice fishing skills, peer interaction, and a full functioning classroom that uses principles of ABA. Poway, CA 92064 858-375-3037 www.growmyway.org Halstrom Academy Private school for grades 7-12; all students taught one-on-one. 705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340 Carlsbad, CA 92011 9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210 SD, 92131 888-425-7876 www.halstromacademy.org Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early Childhood education program that provides comprehensive services to children 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to families who are low income and/ or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities. 841 South 41st St., SD, 92113 858-715-2642 www.neighborhoodhouse.org

I Can! Center Services for persons with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian. Central Library 330 Park Blvd. SD, 92101 619-236-5800 The Institute for Effective Education Four schools provide education and services to individuals with unique learning needs. 1) Cook Education Center (ages 7-22, full spectrum of students with disabilities) 2) Children’s Workshop (ages 4-12 with Autism or other developmental disabilities) 3) Mt. Helix Academy (high achieving K-8 school) 4) Urban Skills Center (ages 18-22 with disabilities) 619-243-1325 www.tiee.org Jodie K. Schuller and Associates (See listing under Speech Therapy) Kids On the Block of San Diego (KOBSD) Nonprofit provides educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues and cultural diversity. Script topics include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, healthy eating, military deployment and tobacco prevention. 619-770-8689 www.kobsd.org

Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Educational Psychologist Provides assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities, processing, Autism and other related disorders. Also offers educational counseling and consultation to families regarding special education services. 858-922-8862 www.kristinsinghLEP.com La Jolla Learning Works Works one-on-one with K-12 students. Addresses areas of weakness to develop students’ full potential and find success and enjoyment in learning. Offers educational therapy, academic coaching, assessment, tutoring and test prep. 7730 Herschel Ave. #N La Jolla, CA 92037 858-456-4569 www.ljlearningworks.com Lindamood-Bell Help with comprehension, reading, spelling and critical thinking. 445 Marine View Ave. #290 Del Mar, CA 92014 858-259-3206 800-233-1819 www.lindamoodbell.com Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids—An Inclusive Child Development Center Play-based program provides children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn in an in-home setting enhancing the educational experience. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a

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licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #130 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-3730 www.MtnShadows.org NewBridge School Private school provides specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Specialists teach students effective learning strategies. Speech/language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-679-5744 www.newbridgeschool.us North Inland Special Education Region (SELPA) 1710 Montecito Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 760-788-4671 Perfect Progress Provides a listening test, evaluation, and program plan for ages 3 and up, restore their listening abilities to improve attention span, auditory processing and ASD. Develops learning skills using the Tomatis Neuro-Auditory Program and Forbrain technology and improves attention, flexibility and coordination with the Feldenkrais Method. San Diego, Riverside, Orange Counties 760-522-0875 www.perfectprogressllc.com Pioneer Day School A school for kids with Autism. 4764 Santa Monica Ave. SD, 92107 619-758-9424 www.pioneerdayschool.org Precision Learning Specialized education service for students and parents that provides individualized support through appropriate assessment, interventions and evaluation. Multimodal instructional strategies fulfill the needs of students by providing instructional support services that

bridge the home and school. 5252 Balboa Ave. #702 SD, 92117 858-775-2654 www.precisionlearning.org The Reading Room Dr. Lynn Thrope, Ph.D. Offers private reading and writing instruction, diagnosis of learning problems, educational consultation, tutoring and test prep, IEP help, study strategies and comprehensive testing and evaluation of reading/ language/writing abilities for learners ages 4-adult. 8383 Center Dr. #B La Mesa, CA 91942 619-464-3647 www.thereadingroom.net Reading S.T.A.R.S. at County Speech Sensory training approach used in enrichment classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating the visual, auditory, and tactile modalities for a well-rounded approach to reading. 411 Camino del Rio S. #101 SD, 92108 619-574-8181 345 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-334-8181 www.county-speech.com Renaissance Village Academy K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students and their gifted peers who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning Autism that require differentiated educational pacing. Focus on critical thinking through personal inquiry and experimentation in an environment that is fun, challenging and globally aware. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #A SD, 92131 858-564-9622 www.rvaschool.org San Diego Center for Children Residential program and academy offering students with Autism, learning differences and emotional challenges a caring, supportive and

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nurturing environment for academic success. 3002 Armstrong St. SD, 92111 858-277-9550 www.centerforchildren.org San Diego Council on Literacy Tutors and reading resources. 2515 Camino Del Rio S. #125 SD, 92108 619-574-1641 www.literacysandiego.org San Diego County Office of Education-Adult Education 6401 Linda Vista Rd. SD, 92111 858-292-3500 www.sdcoe.net San Diego Unified School District Community Advisory Committee Provides advocacy and parent resources within the San Diego Unified School District. 4100 Normal St., SD, 92103 858-627-7270 x3160 619-725-8000 www.sandi.net San Diego County Office of Education Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) San Diego: 619-725-7700 South County: 619-470-5224 East County: 619-590-3920 North Inland: 760-788-4671 www.sdcoe.net/studentservices/special-education/ pages/county-selpas.aspx San Diego Unified School District-Special Education Early Childhood Program 3401 Clairemont Dr. #B-27 SD, 92117 www.sandi.net SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self Esteem Education and Development in Sexuality) Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness and prevention for special needs. 2707 Congress St. #1-R SD, 92110 619-299-3161 www.seedseducation.org

Sherwood Tutoring Services for children of all abilities, with a focus on kids with special needs using the Superphonics system. After assessment and observation, a learning system is developed using therapeutic tutoring and Autism Connection Therapy to bring out the best in your child. Serves North County Coastal region. 323-394-9422 www.superphonics.net Sierra Academy Serves students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or have identified learning disabilities. Also offers a life skills program for students up to age 22. 6460 Boulder Lake Ave. SD, 92119 619-460-5066 www.sesi-schools.com/schools/ sierra-academy-of-san-diegoca/ Sri Parent Coach and Educational Advocate, LLC (See listing under Nutrition/Feeding/ Home Health) Specialized Therapy Services Team of specialists offering assistive technology expertise, speech pathology, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, mental health and behavioral services and educational resources to create an individualized program to support children with varying needs. 4204 Adams Ave. #A SD, 92116 619-431-5049 www.theoascenter.com TERI Country School Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program based on individual need, which includes CA Standards academics, remedial academics and electives. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living

skills are also taught. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs) Total Education Solutions Tutoring and services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps. 5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150 SD, 92123 619-275-4525 www.tesidea.com Vista Hill Foundation Sam and Rose Stein Education Centers Serves students (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities such as Autism, as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns. 6145 Decena Dr., SD, 92120 619-281-5511 www.vistahill.org The Winston School Offers a college preparatory program for students (grades 4-12) with learning differences and those whose needs have not been met in traditional school settings. 215 Ninth St. Del Mar, CA 92014 858-259-8155 www.thewinstonschool.com

FINANCIAL PLANNING/ FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY Battaglia & Waltari Special Needs Trust Attorneys (See listing under Advocacy) California Department of Social Services (DSS) Identifies social needs and provides benefits to California residents. www.cdss.ca.gov

Community Interface Services (CIS) Self Determination Financial Management Services Provides education and financial planning so clients have direct control over an individualized budget for support and services; can build and control their lives; and determine what services they want and where to get them. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterface services.org Den Herder and Associates Special needs trusts. 10085 Carroll Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92131 858-271-6244 www.denherderlaw.com Elizabeth McCoy Attorney specializing in special needs trusts. 5256 S. MIssion Rd. #124 Bonsall, CA 92003 760-723-8906 www.ca-specialneedstrusts.com Law Office of Michael Pearce Estate Planning Attorney Helps families plan for the financial future of their children with disabilities and navigate the intricacies of trusts and government assistance. 916-399-5588 www.pearcelaw.net Law Offices of Steven M. Ratner Medi-Cal planning and special needs trusts. 11622 El Camino Real #100 SD, 92130 888-336-1645 www.calelderfirm.com Outreach Consulting Services Workshops and seminars guide people through the disability benefits process and special needs trust resources to ensure financial stability for families and self-sufficiency for individuals with special needs. charlene@ocssandiego.com www.ocssandiego.com

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We offer a program that empowers your child by improving his/her listening abilities by using the Tomatis Neuro Auditory Program, Forbrain technology and the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education. Science based but easy and fun, together they help auditory processing disorder, attention and behavior issues, and autism. Results guaranteed, we are here for your child. Serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties

Principal Financial Group Bill Keesling, Financial Advisor Financial guidance from a professional and father who understands. 9330 Scranton Rd. #250 SD, 92121 858-964-2119 www.principal.com Roy M. Doppelt and Associates, APC Special needs trust attorney. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #260 SD, 92128 800-769-4748 San Diego Special Needs Law Center Philip P. Lindsley, CELA, CLS specializes in estate planning, trust and probate for families with special needs. Works in conjunction with counseling for stress-reduced decision making. 110 W. C St. #1300 SD, 92101 619-235-4357 www.sandiegoelderlaw.com Social Security Administration/ Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Helps aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income. Provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, shelter. 800-772-1213 TYY 800-325-0778 www.socialsecurity.gov Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego Nonprofit service developed to assist families, establish special needs

trusts for loved ones with disabilities and educate families on Social Security and SSI benefits. 12515 Woodside Ave. #1890 Lakeside, CA 92040 619-201-2672 www.sntf-sd.org Yvette M. Soto Accounting and Income Tax Professional bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation. Understands the ramifications of receiving public benefits and credits for special needs as the mother of twins with Autism. 3633 Camino Del Rio S. #205 SD, 92108 619-977-6586 www.YvetteSoto.com Zach MacDougall and Stephanie Tsang, North Star Financial Planning Offers a range of financial services for families and medical professionals to achieve long-term financial goals and family stability. 4445 Eastgate Mall #200 SD, 92121 858-812-3186 www.northstarfinancial.com

FOSTER CARE County of San Diego Children’s Services Provides adoptive services for foster children of all abilities, foster family licensing, support and education and foster youth mentor program.
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DSEP-Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org Koinonia Family Services Provides foster care and adoption services to children who are dependents of the court and who have special needs. Children with developmental delays and/or other disabilities are placed with certified foster families who receive ongoing support in their care. Koinonia also provides adoption services to children with special needs throughout the state of California. 3914 Murphy Canyon Rd. #A224 SD, 92123 619-326-4222 877-CHILDS-HOPE or 877-244-5374 www.kfh.org Walden Family Services – An Adoption and Foster Family Agency Foster care program for children with disabilities and significant medical needs. Children are placed with specially trained, certified foster families. Additional training and supports are provided for families willing to care for children with special needs. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #100 SD, 92123 619-584-5777 www.waldenfamily.org

GENERAL HEALTH California Children’s Services State-run program provides care and therapies to children with disabilities and health problems. 6160 Mission Gorge Rd. SD, 92120 619-528-4000 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ phs/california_children_ services.html www.dhcs.ca.gov/Services/CCS

California Department of Managed Health Care Insurance enrollment guide, information on healthcare laws and filing complaints. 888-466-2219 www.dmhc.ca.gov The Center for Advanced Medicine Homeopathy, nutrition and chiropractic services. 4403 Manchester Ave. #107 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-9042 www.centerforadvancedmed .com Child Development Clinic: Maternal and Child Health Center Assessment for children with suspected delays, hearing and vision screenings, behavioral treatments and family support for parents of children with special needs. Spanish speaking doctor. 4050 Beyer Blvd. 2nd Fl. San Ysidro, CA 92173 619-662-4100 www.syhc.org Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG) CPMG is the only medical network in San Diego County specializing solely in pediatric healthcare from birth through age 18. CPMG believes it’s important to have a doctor who’s an expert in the unique medical needs of children; that’s why their pediatricians receive additional specialized training. 877-276-4543 www.CPMGsandiego.com Dr. Pickering Pediatrician with a focus on special needs. Rady Children’s Hospital 7910 Frost St. #350 SD, 92123 858-496-4800 Family Health Centers of San Diego FHC healthcare professionals provide comprehensive medical and developmental services for children including screenings and assessments, audiological exams, dental exams, therapies, acute

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care and well-child visits at multiple locations in San Diego. 619-515-2300 www.fhcsd.org First 5 San Diego (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific) Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) Free counseling about Medicare and other healthcare issues. 5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #110 SD, 92123 858-565-8772 x232 800-434-0222 www.cahealthadvocates.org/ HICAP Parenting Children with Health Issues Website provides powerful, simple, parenting tools and resources to help with the special challenges of raising children with chronic illness, medical conditions and other special needs. Bellevue, WA 425-298-7197 www.parentingchildrenwith healthissues.com Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Customer service and referral center. 3020 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-576-1700; 800-788-9029 www.rchsd.org RadiologyInfo.Org Site designed to explain and demystify radiology procedures. www.radiologyinfo.org

GENETICS COUNSELING/ PRENATAL SCREENING Genetic Services at Elwyn Genetics counseling, parent and provider education, and educational advocacy. Elwyn, PA 610-891-2349 www.elwyngenetics.org Pathway Genomics Corp. Personal genetics testing including the Pre-Pregnancy Planning Report covering 70+ recessive genetic conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis. Genetics counseling available. 4755 Nexus Dr., SD, 92121 877-505-7374 www.pathway.com Specialty Obstetrics Prenatal care including screenings, ultrasounds, amniocentesis, fetal echocardiograms and genetics counseling. 12264 El Camino Real #204 SD, 92130 858-794-7700 www.specialtyobstetrics.com UCSD Genetics Counseling Genetics counseling, screening and prenatal care. Fetal Care and Genetics Center 4910 Directors Pl. #200 SD, 92121 858-657-7200


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provides services for people who are least able to help themselves: research, public health, food and drug safety, grants, health insurance. 877-696-6775 www.hhs.gov

tHAIRapy Hair Salon Specializes in clientele with Autism and special needs. Wheelchair accessible shampoo bowl, cool kids chairs, therapy dog haircut buddy, video games, sensory wall and a play area. 3405 Kenyon St. #112 SD, 92110 619-241-2273 www.thairapyhairsalon.com

UCSD/Rady Children’s FASD Clinic (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ) Clinic for multi-disciplinary diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Rady Children’s Hospital Referral Center 800-788-9029

Twin Scissors Salon committed to providing the best in all types of styling, color and cuts for clients of every age and need. 13412 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-748-8988 www.twinscissorssalon.com


Cecily’s Closet Nonprofit that recycles durable medical equipment, creates belly bands for kids with J and G tubes, and provides sweet dreams room makeovers for children with special needs who spend a lot of time in their rooms due to their disability. Volunteers are wildly appreciated. www.cecilyscloset.org

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Bair Construction Management Home inspections and consultative services for special needs home modifications and sensory equipment. Creates sensory boxes: a fun tool for play-based therapy for kids with sensory needs. 619-888-8081 www.bairhomeinspections.com

SDRC, Medi-Cal, private insurances and 0-3 programs. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #200 SD, 92123 800-765-7595 www.accentcare.com

Cityscapes: General Contracting and Landscape Construction company dedicated to providing peaceful and beautiful spaces inside and out for families with children with special needs. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 www.cityscapesd.com
McDaniel General Contracting Home remodeling, finish carpentry and custom children’s room solutions. American Sign Language certified. 5636 Loping Ln. Bonita, CA 91902 858-945-3012 www.mcdanielgc.com

At Your Home Familycare In-home care for adults, teens and children with disabilities. 6540 Lusk Blvd. #C-266 SD, 92121 858-625-0406 www.atyourhomefamilycare .com

PaintGreen Professional Painters Beautiful, eco-friendly painting. Portion of profits benefits Cecily’s Closet. 619-446-6983 www.paintgreen.com

California MENTOR Family Home Agency program that partners with the state and nurturing caregivers in the community to give individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities the services and support they need, in a place they can truly call home. Caring host families/individuals are encouraged to apply. 858-694-0120 www.MentorsWanted.com

HOUSING AND IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES AccentCare Home Health of CA, Inc. Provides 1:1 shift nursing and credentialed nurse case management in San Diego County. Partners with San Diego County school districts,

Brightstar Care San Diego HHA Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24-hour care as well as occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #201 SD, 92126 858-777-9525 www.brightstarcare.com

Cityscapes: General Contracting and Landscape (See listing under Home Improvement)

CityScapes Real Estate Committed to finding the best home, based on the family’s social/emotional, physical and safety needs. Gives back 10 percent of company commission to local charity of your choice. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 www.cityscapesd.com Community Interface Services Nonprofit offers a variety of housing options including rental assistance, help with home ownerhship and assisted-living support such as roomates and home healthcare. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org Dependable Nursing Provides a range of nursing services to individuals with physical and mental challenges, including before and afterschool care, LVN and CNA/ NA services, and interim nursing. 5055 Avenida Encinas #120 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-602-0583 www.dependablenursing.org Developmental Services Continuum, Inc. Offers individualized residential and supported living programs as well as teen and adult day programs focusing on self advocacy, independent skills training and peer support. 7944 Golden Ave. Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-460-7333 www.dsc-inc.org

Home of Guiding Hands Residential program for people with disabilities. 1825 Gillespie Way #200 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org Homes4Angels Robert and Ana Landeros McMahon This bilingual team is passionate about accessing grant monies, down-payment assistance programs, and non-traditional funding to afford families every chance to become homeowners and help create financial independence. Aggressively seeks affordable and innovative housing options to help people with disabilities. 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #141 La Mesa, CA 91941 www.homes4angels.org In Home Support Services (IHSS) Home care workers. 401 Mile of Cars Way #200 National City, CA 91950 866-351-7722 www.sdihsspa.com Interim Healthcare of San Diego County Provides an array of home care services including pediatric nursing; IV therapy; physical, occupational and speech therapy. 5625 Ruffin Rd. #225 SD, 92123 858-576-9501 www.interimhealthcare.com

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Tony/FF2017/cr Windward Life Care Provider of care management and in-home care services. Certified professionals work with aging families planning ahead for the care of adult children with disabilities. 2045 First Ave. #200 SD, 92101 619-450-4300 www.windwardlifecare.com


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Promising Futures, Inc. Residential and day facility for the developmentally disabled. 109 E. Lexington Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-592-4850 www.promisingfutures.net Safe at Home: Rebuilding Together San Diego Program for free minor home repairs for families with low income and disabilities and veteran homeowners. Some ADA modifications available. 2013 Franklin Ave. SD, 92113 619-231-7873 www.rebuildingtogethersd.org SDG&E Medical Baseline Allowance Application for a lowered gas and electricity rate for residential customers with a family member with a qualifying disability, compromised immune system or life threatening disease. 800-411-7343 www.sdge.com/residential/ save-medical-baseline/medicalbaseline-program

San Diego Housing Commission Helps low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities afford housing, including rental assistance (Section 8). 1122 Broadway #300 SD, 92101 619-231-9400 www.sdhc.org Southern California Housing Collaborative Locates affordable housing opportunities for adults with disabilities. 9201 Spectrum Center Blvd. #110 SD, 92123 858-514-7009 www.socalhc.org TERI Residential Program A variety of clean, maintained, accessible homes supplemented by programs focused on life coaching, nutrition, fitness, recreation and fun. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

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Disability is Natural Encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities. www.disabilityisnatural.com Inclusion.com Disabilities awareness and personcentered planning and resource suggestions. www.inclusion.com KIT (Kids Included Together) Provides learning opportunities that support recreation, child development and youth enrichment programs to include children with and without disabilities. 2820 Roosevelt Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-225-5680 www.kitonline.org

INDEPENDENT LIVING ADA Ride Paratransit for special needs. 100 16th St., SD, 92101 877-232-7433 www.adaride.com www.kudzu.com/m/ADARide-19300376 ARC of San Diego Largest, most comprehensive provider of services to teens and adults with disabilities in San Diego County including independent living and vocational skills training and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities. 3030 Market St. #B, SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com Canine Companions for Independence Oceanside, CA 800-572-BARK (2275) 760-901-4300 www.cci.org

Community Catalysts of California Provides vocational counseling, job placement, community-living skills training, residential support, in-home respite care and crisis intervention to individuals with disabilities. 935 W. San Marcos Blvd. #103 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-3700 www.communitycatalysts california.org Community Interface Services Services are designed to help individuals become integrated in the community and be selfsufficient. Services such as money management, meal planning/ preparation, shopping, and accessing community resources are provided in the person’s home or in the community. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterface services.org Digital Access Project Affordable access to high-speed online services for those with disabilities. 800-390-2699; 800-9000706 TTY www.digitalaccessproject.org E & CO Nonprofit organization that educates and empowers low-income adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their optimum potential in life. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-565-9870 www.communityoptions.org Going Strong by Flaghouse Recreational, rehab and sensory products designed for people 18 and older for independent living. 800-793-7900 www.flaghouse.com Living Independently is for Everyone Assessment and day program for teens transitioning to adulthood and adults with a variety of disabilities who want to be more involved in

their community and/or enter the workforce. Services offered include independent living skills, hygiene, job readiness training, and social skills training. 1365 N. Johnson Ave. #103 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-390-1800 www.lifeindependently.org MTS Access Wheelchair equipped public transportation. 800-921-9664 www.sdmts.com/MTS/ MTS_Access.asp Noah Homes Residential programs for adults with disabilities. 12526 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-6200 www.noahhomes.org Partnerships with Industry Provides adults with a developmental or other disability the chance to pursue independence. 7540 Metropolitan Dr. #105 SD, 92108-4416 619-681-1999 www.pwiworks.org P.R.I.D.E., Inc. Dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities gain independence. 3645 Ruffin Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-467-6840 www.pride-inc.org Sharp Rehabilitation Services Driving Program Evaluation and referral to specialists for physical driving impairments. 858-939-3866 www.sharp.com/services/rehab TERI Campus of Life Day and Residential Programs Individual day programs and residential living choices for teens and adults. Placement is based on the specific needs of each person based on age, diagnosis and ability. Life coaching, spiritual enhancement, personal improvement of life quality, nutrition and fitness and recreation

are all addressed for a meaningful and independent life experience. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org TMI (Toward Maximum Independence) Community Living Services for adults and students transitioning to adulthood consisting of two programs, “Independent Living” and “Supported Living,” which provide skills training, resource development, self-advocacy and live-in paid companionship, if needed. The charity works with each individual to develop a plan that is unique to the person’s needs, desires and longterm goals. 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 (corporate office) 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.org

INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIFIC Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism Research-based, early intervention, social communication and appropriate play skills app created for children with Autism with simplified animation and language and developmentally appropriate skill areas. Developed by See Beneath, Inc., a local nonprofit. www.seebeneath.org ARC of San Diego Parent/Infant and Bright Start Program Provides family-centered educational services for children, from birth to 5 years, who are delayed or at risk for delay. Uses play-based activities to help children meet their milestones. 3030 Market St. #B SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com Beginnings Infant Development Program Provides in-home early childhood intervention services (ages 0-3) and parent training. Bilingual (Spanish). La Jolla, CA 619-238-0105; 760-855-2211 www.beginningsprogram.com

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Bundie Baby A bundling system that works around g-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com C3-Rady Children’s Care Connection Developmental and social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents. Central: 3020 Children’s Way #23 SD, 92123 858-966-8931; 858-576-1700 North: 3605 Vista Way #B-201 Oceanside, CA 92056 858-966-8014 South: 1261 3rd Ave. #D Chula Vista, CA 91911 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Webinars, calendar of events and statistical information for children ages 0-3. 919-962-2001 www.ectacenter.org

Family Health Centers of San Diego FHC healthcare professionals provide developmental screenings, assessments and early intervention for children birth-3 years old at multiple locations in San Diego. 619-515-2300 www.fhcsd.org First 5 San Diego Healthy development checkups, dental services, kits for new parents, and other resources for children ages 0–5 and their families. First 5 San Diego is the region’s primary organization for promoting the health and well-being of children during their most critical years of development—from the prenatal stage through age 5. 2750 Womble Rd. #201 SD, 92106 888-5-FIRST-5 www.first5sandiego.org

Escondido Community Child Development Center Preschool counseling and parent education center. 819 W. 9th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-839-9361 www.eccdc.com

Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early childhood education program that provides comprehensive services to children 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to families who are low income and/ or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities. 5660 Copley Dr. SD, 92111 888-873-5145 www.neighborhoodhouse.org

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) California Early Start and PRRS Point of Entry. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org

Home of Guiding Hands Early Intervention Program Credentialed teachers partner with parents to provide 1:1 intervention for children ages 0-3 with developmental delays and/ or disabilities. The program is free to families enrolled in the CA Early Start program through San Diego Regional Center. 1825 Gillespie Way #200 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org

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Join our Facebook community of parents at Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego Hope Infant Family Support Program, San Diego County Office of Education This public, special education program offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. 858-292-3801, Executive Director 800-281-8252 (EFRC) for referral www.sdcoe.net/studentservices/early-education I Can Play! Teaches flexibility, communication, empathy, problem solving, engagement, organization, creative thinking, self-reliance and selfconfidence through natural play settings for children 2-8. SD, 92126 858-442-1624 www.icanplaysd.com Infant Autism Spectrum Study: The Mind, Experience & Perception Lab Research program committed to better understanding brain and behavioral development in ASD. Currently seeking 1-month to 18-month-old baby siblings of children with ASD for participation in a series of visual, neural and behavioral development through 3 years of age. The assessments are designed to aid in identifying early indicators of Autism. 9500 Gilman Dr. #MC0109 La Jolla, CA 92093 858-822-0642 http://babylab.ucsd.edu Infant Development Association of California Dedicated to educating the parents and care providers of children 0-3 and advocating for these children. Sacramento, CA 916-453-8801 www.idaofcal.org

KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health treatment) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) pediatricians, CWS social workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP). 3020 Children’s Way #MC6024 SD, 92123 858-576-1700 www.rchsd.org Lifetime Women’s Healthcare Complete women’s healthcare including high risk pregnancy management. Dedicated to ensuring infant health by supporting mom through pregnancy with 3D/4D ultrasounds. 752 Medical Center Ct. #106 Chula Vista, CA, 91911 619-482-8406 www.lifetimewomenscare.com Miracle Babies Provides financial and emotional support to families with children in the NICU. 8745 Aero Dr. #111, SD, 92123 858-633-8540 www.miraclebabies.org My Child Without Limits Early intervention resource for families of children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single, trusted source of information that relates to their needs. www.mychildwithoutlimits.org San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers with a suspected or diagnosed developmental disability and their family can obtain services

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and be linked to other community resources in San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org

Epilepsy, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions. 6342 Riverdale St., SD, 92120 619-363-5073 www.sandiegocounty chiropractor.com

Spanish Infant/Toddler Support Group, Baby/Toddler and Me Playgroups A weekly playgroup and learning time for children ages 0-3 with special needs and their typical siblings; a support group for parents of children ages 0-3 with SDUSD staff childcare. Cherokee Point Elementary School 3735 38th St., SD, 92103 Parent Group: Guadalupe Galindo, 858-272-9641 x156 Baby/Toddler and Me: 858-272-9641 x151

Gottlieb Chiropractic Dr. Marc Gottlieb San Diego chiropractor with specialized training and experience providing chiropractic care to pregnant women, babies and children. Certified in the Webster Technique, which is a mainstay in pediatric chiropractic care and hosts Pathways Connect Gathering Group for families. 1452 University Ave. SD, 92103 619-291-5433 www.lifewithincenter.com

Text4Baby Texting service designed to promote healthy pregnancies through the child’s first year. Mothers sign up based on due date to receive three free text messages per week about promoting healthy tendencies, meeting developmental benchmarks and more. www.Text4Baby.org Together We Grow Pediatric day healthcare facility and school provides an inclusive preschool setting for children with or without special needs and their siblings. Funding for qualifying families. 2120 Thibodo Rd. Vista, CA 92081 760-757-6031 5055 Viewridge Ave. SD, 92123 858-751-0506 www.togetherwegrow.net

INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO THERAPIES Center for Health & Human Potential Steve Tullius, D.C., Pediatric and Family Chiropractor Chiropractic practice focuses on children with ASD, ADD/ADHD,

Integrative Osteopathic Pediatrics Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, /D.O. F.A.C.O.P As a board certified pediatrician, the goal is to bring the best integrative medicine to babies, children and their families to optimize health and development naturally. Works with parents to find underlying causes and combines natural medicine with gentle osteopathic manipulative medicine to support the body’s healing ability for total wellness. Call for a free 10-minute consultation. 1224 Tenth St. #207 Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6600 www.drmaryanne.com Lessons In Motion Margie Murnan is a practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method for children (ABM) and uses gentle, innovative movements and techniques to help the brain of a child with special needs form new neural connections and patterns that take them beyond current limitations. Great for children with joint pain, JRA, scoliosis, torticollis, ASD and sensory issues. 619-993-9294 6244 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92115 www.movementlessons.com

Our Family Spa Provides spa services for the entire family, including onsite babysitting, massage, facials, wraps, waxing and nail care. Special needs families are especially welcome. 5276 Baltimore Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-724-6000 www.ourfamilyspa.com Shea Family Chiropractic Dr. Shea and his team help people achieve health goals through corrective chiropractic care, lifestyle education and support. Focusing on nutrition, exercise and stress management, the team helps families affected by Autism, ADHD and chronic illness minimize symptoms, work on balance and spine issues and self-sooth. 10720 Thornmint Rd. #B SD, 92127 858-312-5066 www.sheafamilychiropractic .com

True Health Acupuncture Acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for neurological disorders, sleep, emotional, and behavioral disturbances and electroacupuncture for Autism performed by a licensed acupuncturist with a degree in neurobiology. 4428 Ingraham St. SD, 92109 858-366-8517 www.truehealthacu.com Wellness Massage Calming and therapeutic massage as part of an integrative approach to serving children with sensory needs. 4434 Ingraham St., SD, 92109 619-246-1561 Young Living Oils Variety of natural oil-based products includes ingestible oils to boost the immune system and maintain gastroenteral health, natural cleaning products, skin care and massage and olfactory stimulation products. www.youngliving.com

LEARNING DISABILITIES Club Xcite (See listing under Education) The Council for Exceptional Children 888-232-7733 TTY 866-915-5000 www.cec.sped.org Dyslexia Training Institute Diagnostic testing, advocacy, and 1:1 and small group reading, writing, spelling and critical thinking intervention for students of all ages. 7424 Jackson Dr. #1B SD, 92119 619-517-0683 www.dyslexiatraining institute.org National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 888-575-7373 www.ncld.org

MILITARY SPECIFIC Armed Services YMCA Family outreach and support for

Exceptional Family Members. 3293 Santo Rd. SD, 92124 858-751-5755 http://militaryymca.org Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program Helps Marine military families with special needs. 3602 Hochmuth Ave., MCRD Bldg. 6 East SD, 92140-5290 619-524-8031 (Administration) www.mccsmcrd.com/ exceptional-family-memberprogram Military Child Education Coalition 254-953-1923 www.militarychild.org/parentsand-students/resources Military One Source (DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit) Comprehensive information and tools geared towards helping military families with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services,

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community support and benefits and entitlements. www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program Helps military families with children with special needs. 858-577-4668 www.mccsmiramar.com/efmp/ Military Special Needs Network Peer-to-peer, global organization founded to respond to the family support needs of all branches of the military and their Exceptional Family Members. www.militaryspecialneeds network.com Navy Families Orientation workshop for EFMP. Navy Region Southwest 866-923-6478 NRSW Fleet and Family Support Center San Diego Naval Base San Diego: 619-556-7404 Naval Base Point Loma: 619-553-8306 Naval Base Coronado: 619-545-6071 Murphy Canyon Branch: 858-277-4259 www.navylifesw.com

MUSIC THERAPY Amplify Music Therapy One-on-one music therapy and music groups for children and adults. Adaptive Music lessons with therapist equipped with tools to adapt lesson format. Music therapy groups in learning centers, hospitals and assisted care facilities also available. 9060 Tierra Grande, #102 SD, 92126 951-234-4820 www.amplifymusictherapy.com Banding Together Organization that gives music therapy scholarships to eligible kids with special needs (such as Autism), provides instruments, and promotes mentorships with local musicians. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #205 SD, 92108 619-299-1411 www.bandingtogethersd.org

Coast Music Therapy Specializes in meeting the needs of children and teens with Autism, developmental disorders and neurological impairments. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #102 SD, 92126 858-831-0387 www.coastmusictherapy.com Music Therapy Center of California The San Diego leader in providing neurologic music therapy, trainings and music lessons for youth with special needs. Their mission: empower individuals to reach their potential one note at a time. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #205 SD, 92108 619-299-1411 www.themusictherapycenter.com Where Music Begins, Academy of Music Adaptive music and signing lessons. Uses Simply Music, Kindermusik and Signing Smart to provide outstanding neurological, cognitive, language and social skills that benefit students with special needs. 2801 Camino Del Rio S. #300-H SD, 92108 760-456-9036 www.wheremusicbegins.com

NEURO PRODUCTS The Alert Program Self regulation program. Albuquerque, NM 877-897-3478 www.alertprogram.com Balametrics Kits to help balance and improve thinking and hand control. Port Angeles, WA 800-894-3187 www.balametrics.com Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc. Balance, auditory and vision exercises that are fun for kids. Wichita, KS 316-722-8012 www.bal-a-vis-x.com Brain Gym Program that gets kids moving and brains thinking. Santa Barbara, CA 800-356-2109; 805-658-7942 www.braingym.org

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Cogmed Working Memory Training Computer-based program designed to enhance working memory in individuals with attention deficits, learning disorders, brain injury or stroke. 888-748-3828 www.cogmed.com Fast ForWord Based on 30 years of neuroscience research, these products develop the fundamental language and attention skills that are building blocks for reading and social language success. 888-816-0010 www.scilearn.com Handwriting without Tears Handwriting program. 301-263-2700 www.hwtears.com Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Patent-pending multi-sensory program that takes sound therapy to a new level of efficacy by combining advanced psychoacoustics with visual and balance activities that are performed while listening. Designed to enhance auditory processing, attention, regulation and functional learning abilities. Aurora, CO 303-741-4544 www.integratedlistening.com Interactive Metronome Neurological assessment and treatment tool used to help children with learning and developmental disorders, such as sensory integration disorder, ASD, Cerebral Palsy, nonverbal learning disorder, ADD/ADHD. Bethesda, MD 897-994-6776 www.interactivemetronome .com The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning Disorders Identification, prevention and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. 301-656-2667 www.icdl.com

Listening Fitness with the LiFT LiFT is a personalized program designed to facilitate auditory processing, sensory integration, attention, speech-language acquisition, learning and overall well-being. Listening Fitness is an educational technique that uses a child’s own voice and filtered music to develop and improve listening skills in persons with ADD, auditory processing deficits, Autism, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, learning disabilities, and speech and language disorders. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-434-3912 www.listeningfitness.com PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Program uses pictures for children with communication delays. New Castle, DE 888-816-0010 www.pecsusa.com Perfect Progress (See listing under Education) Scientific Learning – Fit Brains Learn Better Products help develop the fundamental language and attention skills needed for reading and social language success. www.scilearn.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education)

NUTRITION/FEEDING/HOME HEALTH PRODUCTS Advanced Medical DME Provides the equipment, training and support necessary for the successful non-invasive treatment of sleep disorders. Works with insurance to ensure best possible options for patients. Kansas City, KS 913-721-3737 www.advancedmedicaldme.com American HomePatient Provides a selection of equipment, maintenance and ongoing education that go beyond the realm of respiratory care, including nebulizer treatments, nutrition, and infusion

therapy for those with sleep apnea and respiratory issues. 4849 Ronson Ct. #214 SD, 92111 858-277-1307; 800-890-7271 www.ahom.com Bundiebaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com Belly Bands Soft, fabric bands with Velcro custom-sized for children and designed to protect the Mickey Button or PEG tube during play and therapy. Free to kids in San Diego and a nominal fee for those outside the city. 270-F N. El Camino Real #457 Encinitas, CA 92024 www.cecilyscloset.org Chef Stacy Powell Personal chef experienced in glutenfree, wheat-free, diabetic and heart healthy meals for recovery or for every day needs. Cooking parties and instruction also available. 760-533-7572 www.chefstacy.com ChildLife Essentials Vitamins for infants and children. Culver City, CA 800-993-0332 www.childlife.net Coloplast Bladder, bowel and wound care products designed to be efficient and easy to use. Knowledgeable and caring staff educate parents, young adults and doctors on the selection, care and use of every product. Spanish help available. 888-726-7872 www.coloplast.us End Picky Eating Assessment, hair tissue mineral analysis, and therapy including a sequential oral sensory approach in conjunction with sensory motor techniques to address the root problem of picky eating. Collaborates with doctors to ensure child’s medical needs are met. Webinars available. 619-846-1196 www.endpickyeating.com

Farm Fresh to You Local organic farm partners with other local farms to provide a variety of seasonal, organic produce delivered to your home. They make healthy living easy and stress-free, and even little, picky eaters enjoy receiving their organics deliveries. 800-796-6009 www.farmfreshtoyou.com Feingold Association of the US Dietary Program Nutritional program for children with special needs. Fishers, IN 631-369-9340 www.feingold.org Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc. Provider of respiratory products, home medical equipment, mobility solutions, and pharmaceuticals that puts the patient’s and family’s comfort and convenience above all else. Anaheim, CA 714-575-8901 www.horizonoxygen.com Juice Plus Supplements of chewable fruit and vegetables. 800-347-6350 www.juiceplus.com Karmic Health Products dedicated to the glutenand casein-free diet. 760-685-3154 www.karmic-health.com Keil’s Fresh Food Stores Carries a wide selection of glutenfree products, as well as organic produce, organic health and home care products, vitamins and natural, homeopathic remedies. 7403 Jackson Dr., SD, 92119 619-667-2750 www.keils.com Kirkman Supplements and nutritional products. 800-245-8282 www.kirkmanlabs.com Mealtime Notions Products and resources for children with feeding problems. www.mealtimenotions.com

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Working to help navigate the IEP process • Food Coaching “Picky Eaters” • Individual Education Plan Evaluation and Support • Helping children to potty train

760-274-3555 sriparentcoach.com Available on the weekends via phone, Skype or FaceTime

MitoSpectra High-potency dietary supplement formulated for children and adults to optimize the function of mitochondria: the energy makers of most cells in the body. Created by the mother of a child with Autism and a pediatric neurologist whose personal mission is to maximize health by enhancing mitochondrial function. 888-607-5958 www.mitomedical.com/products The Pure Pantry Delicious gluten-free mixes, recipes and resources for specialized diets and allergies. Subscribe to the blog for Carlsbad cooking classes. www.thepurepantry.com Rady Children’s Hospital The Feeding Team provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of children with complex feeding disorders such as oral aversion, gastrostomy tubes and failure to thrive, ages birth to 12 years. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5010 SD, 92123 858-576-1700, x5522 www.rchsd.org

SDSU Research Foundation-WIC Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. www.sdsuwic.com Shield HealthCare A home medical supply provider of incontinence, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological and wound care products. Services enable families managing special medical needs to thrive in the comfort of home. Home delivery and exceptional customer service. 800-765-8775 www.shieldhealthcare.com SpecialCare Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use and travel, and for visiting guests. Experienced staff provide set-up and training for use of medical, respiratory, sleep, mobility and transfer products. Rentals available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct. SD, 92123 858-694-5800 www.specialcaredme.com

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Sri, Parent Coach and Educational Advocate, LLC Parent coach dedicated to helping children potty train and end picky eating; and an educational advocate working to help navigate the IEP process. 1251 San Eiljo Rd. San Marcos, CA 92078 760-274-3555 Tummy Tunnels Iron-on patch that provides access to G-tubes without damage to clothing. www.tummytunnels.com Your Place My Thyme: Glutenfree Personal Chef Service Personal Chef Gina Simmonds will create custom-tailored gluten-free menus and delicious, healthy meals in your kitchen. She even does the grocery shopping! 760-492-5278 www.ginacooks4u.com

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ACES Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club Occupational, speech and physical therapy. Strives to help each family and individual reach their highest level of function in a fun, creative and nurturing environment. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 www.autismfitt.com Associated Speech Pathologists Provides occupational therapy evaluations, intervention and consultations to children of all ages with ASD, fine motor and sensory deficits. 1595 Grand Ave. #110 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-1198 www.associatedspeech pathologists.com Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language) Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech Therapy)

Catalyst Therapy, Inc. Specializes in sensory integration evaluation and treatment. CTI provides an innovative and holistic approach to therapy to facilitate an individual’s full potential. Utilizes a natural, playful technique to capitalize on a child’s strengths and interests. 543 Encinitas Blvd. #113 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-7870 www.catalysttherapy.com Children’s OT Services, Inc. Complete OT services including sensory integration, fine motor skills and regulation. 9606 Tierra Grande St., #104 SD, 92126 2026 Roosevelt Rd. #105 SD, 92106 858-695-9444 www.childrensotservices.com Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (see listing under Speech and Language) Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Age-appropriate standardized and clinical assessments, individualized clinic and home therapy programs, referrals to other community resources and assistance with insurance. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-3300 www.it4k.com

therapy a fun experience. They participate in ongoing continuing education programs and are upto-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies. 1949 Avenida del Oro #118 Oceanside, CA 92056 760-945-6500 www.kirschtherapy.com Leaps N Bounds Occupational Therapy, Inc. Assesses and provides plans for fine motor development, sensory diets and development, handwriting development, feeding and oral needs, and other daily living skills. 590 Laguna Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-730-9675 www.leapsnboundsot.com OT, Etc. (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) OT OuTdoors Carrie Jacobs, M, OTR/L specializes in sensory processing treatment for children and adults and is qualified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She utilizes a therapy and certified assistance dog during treatment sessions to assist children with learning fine motor skills, visual motor skills, social skills, sequencing and motor planning. 1461 Merrit Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 858-945-3243 – OT 858-442-1865 – PT www.OTOuTdoors.com Pediatric Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language, under Excel Speech)

K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. (See listing under Physical Therapy)

Rady Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy Provides evaluation and intervention to children with suspected disabilities. 3020 Children’s Way, MC5068 SD, 92123 858-966-5829 www.rchsd.org

Kirsch Therapy Occupational therapy programs that are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based make

San Diego Occupational Therapy Pediatric occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention

Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language)

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and consultation in fine motor/ handwriting skill development, play and socialization, Sensory Integration, feeding and oral motor needs, self-help and daily living skills, visual motor and perceptual skills, and strength and endurance. 6264 Ferris Sq. SD, 92121 619-940-4128 www.sandiegooccupational therapy.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SmallTalk Speech and Occupational Therapy Assessment, interventions and consultations from an integrative speech/OT setting for all children. Has specialties in SPD, SID, early intervention and oral motor. 3 locations: 12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111 SD, 92128 260 E. Chase Ave. #204 El Cajon, CA 92020 2356 Moore St. #101 SD, 92110 619-647-6157 www.smalltalkspeech.com SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy Comprehensive clinic with occupational, speech-language, physical therapy and educational services. Specialists in child development, prevention and intervention. Services enhance social and motor skills, cognition, handwriting, sensory processing, language, speech, self-esteem, health and wellness. 7632 Herschel Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-459-7768 www.spotkidstherapy.com Stars Therapy Services Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and ABA Intensive Behavioral Therapy to increase communication, social function, daily living skills, self-care and behavioral challenges. 333 H St. #6010 Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-600-1395 www.starstherapyservices.com

Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

participation in sports, arts and cultural interaction. 858-616-5900 www.childreninneedsd.org

Therapy Uptown Occupational and speech therapy services that specialize in child development. Focus on handwriting, sensory processing, sports enhancement, visual motor integration/visual perception, fine and gross motor development, and movement-based tutoring. 3970 9th Ave. SD, 92103 619-542-9945 http://therapyuptown.wix.com/ therapyuptown

Child Trauma Academy Dr. Bruce Perry’s site translates emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, educate and heal children. 866-943-9779 www.childtrauma.org

Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center 7340 Trade St. #F SD, 92121 858-689-9643 www.vipneurorehab.org Warner Pediatric Therapy Provides pediatric occupational therapy to address sensory integration, self-regulation, coordination, handwriting, and motor development for children ages 0-18 years. Provides direct therapy, evaluations, screenings, consultations and parent trainings. 2210 Encinitas Blvd. #1 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-230-1699 www.warnerpediatric.com Write Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy Danielle Schulman, MSOT, OTR/L provides comprehensive evaluation and one-on-one treatment in visual motor skills, visual perceptual skills, handwriting, self-care, and sensory integration to ensure an optimal learning environment for a child’s success. Specializes in strengthening fine motor skills as they relate to handwriting and a child’s day-to-day activities. 11172 Corte Pleno Verano SD, 92130 858-401-2677 www.writesteps.com

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PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES 2-1-1 Information Referral Search Similar to 411 and 911, this is one-stop shopping for health and welfare needs. Operators take full case histories and provide a plethora of resources. They also have information about court-ordered parenting classes. Dial 211 www.211.org Amanda B. Morris Psy.D., MFT Individual, family, couples and adolescent psychotherapy. 2991 Kalmia St. SD, 92104 619-282-7333 amandamorrismft@yahoo.com ARC of San Diego Largest provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, including parent/ infant programs, independent living and vocational skills training, camps and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities. 3030 Market St. SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com Armed Services YMCA Support program for military families of children with Autism or PDD.

Sibling support groups offered. 3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124 858-751-5755 www.sandiegoasymca.org Autism Through the Lifespan Support Group Autism Society and San Diego Unified support group (SeptemberMay) that discusses a new age each month. Ballard Parent Center in Old Town, Room 1 2375 Congress St. SD, 92111 858-490-8532 858-490-8510 Autism College: Chantal Sicile Kira (see listing under Autism) Brave Kids UCP’s online connection for kids 6-17 with special needs and chronic/ life-threatening illnesses and their families. Provides resources about their diagnoses and a safe, online chat forum with other kids and parents of kids with special needs. 800-872-5827 www.bravekids.org Children in Need, Inc. Nonprofit organization administered by staff of San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency. Their mission is to provide the necessary financial support for enrichment activities to assist children’s

COMPASS Family Center Supports the well-being of families caring for children with special needs. Services include family counseling, special education advocacy and representation, family guidance and support services, and information and referrals to community resources. 4394 30th St., SD, 92104 619-543-9850 www.ymca.org Daddy and Me Bi-monthly social and recreational group for dads and their families for “us-time” and mom’s rest time. Activities supported by NFAR Men’s Group. Juan Leon, 858-679-8800 Down Syndrome Association of San Diego (DSA) Family Support Network across the lifespan: information, resources and referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups, and lending library. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 619-594-7389 www.dsasdonline.org DS Action and Down Syndrome Center Check the DS Action calendar for monthly activities for families with all disabilities including Dad’s Night, Mom’s Night, and fun family events. Follow on Facebook for a list of the most current activities. 619-694-4615 www.downsyndromeaction.org

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Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups, referrals and information about court-ordered parenting classes. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled Monthly support group for FilipinoAmerican families. Teresa Lucas: 619-502-0929 Freeheart Ranch, Sarah Wyckoff, MA Parent of person with special needs offers holistic, transformative coaching, expressive art, journaling, drama and dance/movement therapy for parents. Offers private sessions, facilitates support groups and leads Free Heart Ranch Mother’s Retreats. 619-246-4595 www.freeheartranch.com The Friendship Circle Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing friendship and support to individuals with special needs and their families. Offers volunteer-based assistance and provides a range of clubs, workshops, parent trainings, social activities and at-home programs. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.com Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren. www.raisingyourgrandchildren .com

services. All programs are designed to assist families attain healthier lifestyles and an enhanced quality of life. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123 858-573-2600 www.mhsinc.org Michele McGrath Wolfson, MFT Marriage and Family Counseling for families with special needs. 6353 El Camino Real #K Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-431-1819 Mingle A recurring, social resource event for parents and providers to meet, make connections and foster supportive relationships. www.minglesd.com

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The Hanna Fenichel Center Center for child development parent classes. 336-340 North Acacia Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-0860 www.hannafenichel.com Healthy Development Services (HDS) – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Care coordination to link families to an array of services, including parent education, for children ages 0-5 and their families. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5129 SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x7346 www.rchsd.org

techniques to address the needs of kids. 855 S. Main Ave. #K-345 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-585-5290 www.jeremiahsranch.org Kinship Support Services YMCA YMCA of San Diego County Youth & Family Services provides help to grandparents and relatives caring for children whose parents are unable or unavailable to them. 619-543-9850 www.yfs.ymca.org/programs/ kinship-support-services.html

JDRF Family Network Parent Nights and toddler, child, and teen-specific activity events for those with T-1 Diabetes. 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106 SD, 92121 858-597-0240 www.sd.jdrf.org

Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and offers mindful parenting groups for parents of children with special needs or typical developmental challenges. 4445 Eastgate Mall #200 SD, 92121 858-536-8985 www.mindfultherapydoc.com

Jeremiah’s Ranch JR Support Group Support group for families with children with special needs. Dedicated to providing current information, resources and emotional support. Meetings typically have a guest speaker who presents information, tips, news and

Mental Health Systems, Inc. Family service programs identify and address mental health needs and alcohol and drug issues, as well as assist clients with creating healthy interpersonal relationships. They offer programs that provide innovative, strengths-based, individualized and culturally sensitive

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The Parent Connection Support and playgroups for San Diego families. 858-626-6944 www.sandiegoparent.com Parents Advocating Together Parent group that offers support to parents of children with special needs (preschool to high school) in San Diego County. PAT provides information, trainings, educational and emotional support to parents as they navigate their child’s rights under IDEA 2004. 619-607-0950 www.patsd.org POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education) Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities. 619-335-0536 www.possesandiego.org PASS (Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions) Parent support group for parents of children with special needs. Meetings held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church 16275 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 www.powaypass.com Roots and Wings Consulting Marriage and family therapists, educators, social workers and psychologists with expertise in parenting, Autism, grief,

communication, depression, anxiety, play therapy and more. 9541 Grossmont Summit Dr. La Mesa, 91941 619-737-7721 www.RootsAndWingsConsulting .com San Diego Center for ADHD Coaching Roya Kravetz, professional coach and certified parent educator. 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 858-334-8584 www.adhdsuccesscoaching.com San Diego Family Magazine San Diego County’s best parenting resource! Free monthly magazine offers parenting articles and resources for health, education, camp, holidays and local family fun for all ages and abilities. Awardwinning monthly calendar full of family activities and events. Visit the website and stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 1475 Sixth Ave. 5th Fl., SD, 92101 619-685-6970 www.SanDiegoFamily.com San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community to which infant/toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego Helps parents and advocates in the special needs community overcome challenges of a family’s journey by bringing together people, information and resources. The foundation (in partnership with San Diego Family Magazine) publishes and distributes Flourishing Families annually, plus a bi-monthly eNewsletter designed for families with special needs. Visit website to subscribe. 1475 Sixth Ave. #511, SD, 92101 619-685-6970 www.SNRFSD.org

TERI Campus of Life A group of trained parents and professionals guide adults through the process of finding services for students and adults with developmental disabilities. Classes are available to become a qualified life coach for those with special needs for parents and professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. Classes and information on trusts and conservatorships presented in a practical and thoughtful way. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org UCSD Center for Mindfulness Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #330 SD, 92122 858-334-4636 http://mindfulness.ucsd.edu Undiagnosed Family Support Group Quarterly meetings with interesting speakers and Facebook-based support group for parents of children with special needs who do not know the etiology of their child’s condition or illness. Crafts and fun activities for children are available while the parents meet. 760-481-5509 sdufsg@gmail.com Walden Family Services-A Foster Family (See listing under Foster Care) WIC-SDSU Research Foundation Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. Locations in San Diego County 888-999-6897 www.sdsuwic.com Xcite Steps Familly Therapy Provides family coping skills and relationship conflict resolution through an individualized approach to parents, couples, siblings, and families who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to ASD or other developmental disability diagnoses. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com

YMCA Kinship Support Services Supports kinship caregivers throughout San Diego County in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration. Respite care available. 877-YMCA-4-KIN www.ymca.org/yfs/programs/ kinship-support-services.html Yo! Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Online resource designed to help teens promote independence and self-advocacy through resources, leadership development opportunities, and community connections. 866-296-9753 800-900-0706 TDD www.yodisabledproud.org

PARTY PLANNING AND SPECIAL EVENTS Adventure Ski and Snowboard School (See listing under Recreation) Big Animals for Little Kids All-volunteer, nonprofit, visit underprivileged children in homeless shelters, hospitals and foster care facilities and events for kids with special needs. Volunteers dress in animal costumes, paint faces, make balloon hats, and create photo keepsakes. 841 Turquoise St. #F436 SD, 92109 619-723-3142 www.biganimalsforlittlekids.org

Children’s Nature Retreat (See listing under Recreation) Especially Cakes Local bakery offers gluten-free and/ or vegan custom-made themed cakes. 10760 Thornmint Rd. SD, 92127 858-519-2606 www.especiallycakes.com Floaties (See listing under Recreation) Get Air (See listing under Recreation) Jelly Bean the Clown Compassionate and sensitive to children of all ages and abilities, Jelly Bean specializes in kids’ birthday party entertainment with fun activities: face painting, temporary tattoos, kids’ magic show, games and balloon sculptures. Shirly Chwalowski 858-245-6035 www.clownsinSanDiego.com The New Children’s Museum (See listing under Recreation) Metro Dance Themed, dance-based birthday parties with performance and dressup and summer dance camps for children of all ages and abilities. 5304 Metro St #B, SD, 92110 619-299-6387 6338 Riverdale St. SD, 92120 619-501-1148 www.metrodancesd.com

“Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry”™ • Open Play • Parties • We Rock Care Includes specialized gym equipment that is specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders Gym Hours: Mon-Sun: 9 am-6 pm werockthespectrumsandiegocmr.com 858-798-5353

10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. A128, San Diego, CA 92128

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Snapology (See listing under Camps) UltraStar Cinemas Locally owned movie theater offers family-friendly programs and pricing. Discounts for first showing of every 2D movie and all day Tuesday and Thursday. Baby’s Night Out, held every Thursday at 7pm, offers parents the opportunity to enjoy a movie with baby, complete with stroller parking, dimmed lights, reduced volume and changing facilities in the auditorium. Great birthday packages available. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 SD, 92108 619-685-2841 www.ultrastarmovies.com We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Birthday Parties and Events Birthday party and private play packages at San Diego’s coolest place to play for children with special needs. Party planners walk you through a variety of options and help with sensitive menu ideas. 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. #A128 SD 92128 858-798-5353 www.werockthespectrum sandiegocmr.com

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC SERVICES Joel’s Vision Arts Local author, speaker and artist with Autism creates books, videos and art for sale, a portion of which benefits a scholarship fund for art and music therapy for children with disabilities. www.joelsvisionarts.com MRS Photography Beautiful, sensitive family photography services from a fun, patient mom of a child with special needs determined to find the beauty in every person. 619-397-8497 www.MRS-Photography.com Savoring the Sweet Life Photography Hour-long sessions held at location of your choice, at any time of day so children can be comfortable and play.

Their goal is to capture a slice of life, not just a photo. Photographer has a Master’s Degree in Education with training in special needs. 858-829-6584 www.savoringthesweetlife.com Vikki Dinh Photography Specializes in quick, sweet and natural images of children of all ages and needs. Choose from stress-free, patient family sessions or affordable, super-quick mini sessions capturing the essence of your child in a variety of seasonal themes and settings. 858-414-2974 www.vikkidinh.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language) Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (see listing under Speech and Language) Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Inspiration Physical Therapy Specializes in therapy services for individuals with developmental and mental health conditions to improve participation and quality of life. 410-212-2419 www.inspirationphysical therapy.com Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language) K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. Occupational, physical and speech therapy assessment. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates .com

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Pediatric Therapy Specialists Therapy team comprised of physical, occupational and speech therapists dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and infants experiencing developmental delays and special needs through assessment and individualized treatment programs. 3760 Convoy St. #204 SD, 92111 858-514-0375 www.therapyspecialists.net PT in Motion (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) Rady Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy Provides physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of neurological, congenital, orthopedic and developmental problems from infancy through adolescence. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-5829 www.rchsd.org Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Strides Physical Therapy, Inc. Physical therapy assessment and treatment plans to serve the whole child based on a dynamic systems model, addressing primary system impairments in order to maximize potential for functional independence and participation at home, in school and in the community. 858-442-1094 www.stridespt.com

Adventure Ski and Snowboard School Certified Recreational Therapist school director and professional ski instructors experienced with special needs use a one-on-one approach to teach people of all ages, abilities and disabilities how to ski, improve skiing or snowboard in a safe, carpeted, school setting. They have helped train coaches and athletes for Special Olympics, the visually impaired, people with ASD, and those with many physical disabilities. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-942-2188 www.adventureski.com America the Beautiful Access Pass, National Parks Service U.S. residents with documented disabilities are eligible for a free pass to all national parks, historic sites and recreation areas that charge entrance fees. www.nps.gov A Night to Remember Prom A prom honoring students ages 15-22 with special needs. Guests get hair/make-up done, limo rides, and walk down the red carpet (with “paparazzi”) before entering the dance/dinner. It’s a night of integration as each student with special needs is partnered with a typical San Diego high school student who serves as their host. www.anighttorememberprom .com


AquaNuts Swimming Fun swim lessons for all ages in your pool by a special education teacher, lifeguard and highly accredited American Red Cross swim instructor. 619-787-7047 www.aquanutsswimming.com

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association Year-round league sports, sports mentor and mentee program, and recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities and Jr. wheelchair sports camp for kids. SD, 92195 619-336-1806 www.adaptivesportsandrec.org

Aqua Pros Swim School Pool Pals swimming program for children with Autism and annual surf camp. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (Located in Boys & Girls Club) SD, 92117 619-209-2990 www.aquapros.org

Arms Wide Open Instructors guide students through dance, movement and percussion, enabling the dancer with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying and appreciating dance and performing choreography. Free of charge. 237 East Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-579-6197 www.awosd.org ASD Mornings at the Nat Once a month, the San Diego Natural History Museum opens an hour early to provide a less crowded environment for visitors with ASD and similar diagnoses. They may explore galleries at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with a lower volume and higher light levels. The Museum also offers a quiet room from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. Please RSVP in advance online. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park SD, 92101 877-946-7797 www.sdnat.org Autism Accessibility and Hearing-Impaired Offerings at the Fleet Adults and families with children with Autism enjoy science exhibits and a sensory-friendly film screening in a quieter setting, an hour before public opening and with access to a special cool-off space, once a month. Also, offers Rear Window closedcaptioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado SD, 92101 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. The emphasis is on participation and fun! 800-872-2976 www.ayso.org/VIP

Barnes Tennis Center Wheelchair Program A program for children and adults with physical handicaps. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd. SD, 92107 619-221-9000 www.barnestenniscenter.com Blue Roses Girls Group Formed to foster making and sustaining friendships with activities (such as fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD, and social challenges due to special needs. www.bluerosesgirls.com Bubbles Swim School Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, starting as young as two months old. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation. 10369 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-0128 www.bubblesswimschool.com


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Serving San Diego County for 50 years

Become a member

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Please join the families, professionals and friends that make up the Autism Society San Diego’s growing network and bring positive change within the world of autism.

Member benefits include... • Summer camps include “Camp I CAN” and “Surf Camp” • Network with caregivers, educators, medical professionals and researchers • Over 40 support group meetings a year • Free monthly family events

Capability Ranch Activity center for youth with disabilities and developmental delays helps nurture creative talents and abilities by exposing them to a variety of enriching activities and events that inspire imagination, enhance creativity and entertain. Full working ranch with rescued animals and a guest house with rooms for optional overnight stay. 18030 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 914-582-5901 www.capabilityranch.org Challenged America: Adaptive Sailing for Kids and Adults All volunteer sailing program complete with adaptive equipment that allows persons with physical disabilities the chance to learn to sail. 955 Harbor Island Dr. #130 SD, 92101 www.challengedamerica.org Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) 9591 Waples St., SD, 92121 858-866-0959 www.challengedathletes.org flourishing families 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •


Cheryl’s Place, Montevalle Park Play park with specially designed playground equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs. 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.chulavistaca.gov Children’s Choir/Voices in Unity Free, inclusive K-6 children’s and 7th–12th grade youth choirs led by Soprano Lynn MendozaKhan. Children participate in spring and fall semester vocal and performance lessons and choir practice culminating in a final performance at semester’s end. No prior choral experience necessary. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 4190 Front St. SD, 92103 619-298-9978 www.firstuusandiego.org/ children-and-youth-choirs

Children’s Nature Retreat 20-acre, ranch-style animal retreat and farm. Home to over 80 domesticated livestock from around the world to encourage children to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for specific groups with special needs. Birthday parties available. 5178 Japatul Spur Alpine, CA 91901 619-320-4942 www.childrensnatureretreat.com Color, Construct, Create Fun, therapeutic and skill-enhancing art class for school-age children with and without special needs. Afterschool programs and summer camps available. SD, 92128 858-472-6009 www.colorconstructcreate.com Creative Stages of Dance/New Dramatic Arts San Diego Danceworks offers introductory and private dance

lessons for children with special needs. 2653 Ariane Dr. SD, 92117 858-272-7456 www.sddanceworks.com/about/ creative-stages Danceology Performing Arts Campus Adaptive Dance introduces the basics of ballet and creative movement to girls ages 4-8 with special needs. In a fun and inviting atmosphere, dancers learn and explore the art of dance. Dancers have the opportunity to perform in the holiday show and June showcase. 10750 Thornmint Rd. #102 SD, 92127 858-613-1155 www.danceology.biz Dance Therapy with Addie’s AutismFitt and MetroDanceSD MetroDanceSD instructors are partnered with an Addie’s OT/PT to teach children how to dance.

Classes incorporate tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, break dancing, tumbling, hula and tumbling. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 861 Harold Pl. #205 Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.autismfitt.com Dance this Ability: Malashock Dance Co. In partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Malashock Dance facilitates a program where young adults are integrated into a professional dance environment at Dance Place San Diego. Teaching artists provide a weekly dance class that incorporates fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, musicality, self-expression and pattern sequencing. Dance Place San Diego 2650 Truxtun Rd. #104 SD, 92106 619-260-1622 www.malashockdance.org

CAPTIONED AND ENHANCED AUDIO FOR FILM SCREENINGS IN THE HEIKOFF GIANT DOME THEATER Our Rear Window closed-captioning system is complimentary, and the system is accessible in the upper-right seating area of the theater.

Additionally, headsets are available that increase the intelligibility of theater presentations by enhancing the narration and dialogue and lowering the music and sound effects.

Ask for closed captioning or for a complimentary headset at the ticket counter.

FLEETSCIENCE.ORG (619) 238-1233

AUTISM ACCESSIBILITY MORNINGS THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 9 A .M. Enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular public hours, and with access to a special cool-off space. Stay and enjoy the museum all day.

Admission includes a special IMAX® film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.

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Dance with Me: Dance and Company This 50-minute class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through simple dance movements, enhance motor skills, improve health, increase flexibility, develop confidence and increase social skills. 6635 Flanders Dr. #D SD, 92121 858-750-3021 www.danceandcompany.com Dixon Lake-Accessible Cabin Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities. 1700 North La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027 Park Ranger: 760-839-4680 www.escondido.org/DixonLake-accessible-cabin.aspx Easter Seals of Southern California Summer camp at Big Bear; for ages 9 months and up. 1035 E. Valley Pkwy. Escondido, CA 92025 760-737-3990 www.easterseals.com/southerncal

Engel Family Field, San Dieguito County Park Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Del Mar, CA 92014 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org Environmental Traveling Companions Plans excursion trips (kayaking, rafting, skiing) for people with disabilities. San Francisco, CA 415-474-7662 www.etctrips.org Eucalyptus Park Playground built by American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and KaBOOM! that includes a spiral climber, angled cliff hanger, and V-bounce for children with special needs. 4th and C St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 www.chulavistaca.gov

A place where happiness is found and a love for nature is born

A perfect family adventure!

Space is limited – make your reservation today! (619) 320-4942 | 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901 | childrensnatureretreat.com

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Family Karate Karate programs for the physically challenged. 410 W. Felicita Ave. #K Escondido, CA 92025 760-746-0983 12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. SD, 92129 858-484-4747 www.familykarateusa.com

parties available; discounts offered, depending on the day. 12160 Community Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-848-1AIR (1247) www.getairpoway.com 2755 Dos Aarons Way Vista, CA 92081 760-478-5867 www.getairvistaca.com

Flip Force Tumbling, martial arts and dance classes open to people with all abilities in a faith-based environment. 9282 Miramar Rd., SD, 92126 858-578-3547 www.flipforcesandiego.com

Green Field Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. 7th & G Ave Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org

Floaties Swim School Group swim instruction (3:1) for infants through adults designed to stimulate brain development while improving social and gross motor skills from instructors with special needs training in a salt-purified pool. Birthday parties available. 13180 Poway Rd. Poway, CA 92064 877-277-7946 www.floatiesswimschool.com

Grossmont College Adapted Aerobic Classes School enrollment necessary. Adaptive equipment and training provided. Disabled Student Services 8800 Grossmont College Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-465-1700 x7112 www.grossmont.edu

GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe The STARS Theater Arts program for individuals with intellectual disabilities puts an emphasis on developing abilities in stage presence, comedy improvisation, reading and memorizing scripts, costuming, and working as a team to support fellow actors. Meets weekly to learn and practice acting, directing and other theater skills. Actors perform in multiple productions throughout the year. 2031 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92104 619-220-8663 619-647-4958 Tickets www.northparkvaudeville.com Get Air Recreational trampolines are a fun way for people of all ages and abilities to improve their vestibular system and balance. Must be able to jump on one’s own. Birthday

Grossmont Recreation Therapy Various activities including gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Including programs for stroke survivors and family members. 5555 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91941 I Can Play! (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)
 Ice Plex Special Skaters Program 30-minute class is designed for individuals of all ages who would like to learn how to ice skate. Skate rentals included with class. Coaches available for private lessons. 555 N. Tulip St. Escondido, CA 92025 760-489-5550 www.iceoplexescondido.com Include Autism Baseball League Baseball inclusion program provides

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league experience to youth diagnosed with Autism. It raises Autism awareness throughout San Diego County by pairing teams from Include Autism with local youth baseball players. Promotes a fun, athletic experience for all involved. Held at Twin Trails Park in Rancho Peñasquitos. 625 Pennsylvania Ave. SD, 92103 15318 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-603-9835 www.includeautism.org InnerDancer Performing Arts Peer and friendship centered social interaction and dance development program for all abilities. Weekly classes and inclusive performance opportunities. 8975 Lawrence Welk Dr. #13 Escondido, CA 92026 602-502-2743 www.innerdancers.org Jet Blue: Blue Horizons for Autism Partnering with Autism Space, local organizations, Jet Blue has produced a video,“I Can Fly” Social Story-book, and yearly family events to help those with Autism/ASD confront fears and anxiety associated with flying. Dedicated line and web link for travelers with disabilities. 855-232-5463 www.jetblue.com/travel/ special-needs Juan Carlos Organization Zumba For All Lisbeth Garces and her team provide inclusive Zumba in various locations around San Diego. Calendar of weekly events. www.jcorg.org Kids Included Together (KIT) (See listing under Inclusion) KidVentures Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families. Facilities offer the ideal setting for children with special needs. Staff works with educators, occupational therapists and child psychologists to

provide a welcoming place to learn and play. 10760 Thornmint Rd. SD, 92127 858-207-6088 851 Showroom Pl. Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-651-8622 2865 Sims Rd. Point Loma, CA 92106 619-573-9625 www.indoorplaysandiego.com Little League: Challenger Division Division of Little League for children ages 4-18 with physical or mental disabilities. Use the league finder tool to find the Challenger division nearest you. www.littleleague.org/learn/ about/divisions/challenger.htm Little Miss Wheelchair California Scholarship competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation. Its purpose is to select the most accomplished and articulate young lady to represent people living with disabilities in the general public, business community and government. www.mswheelchaircalifornia foundation.com/Junior-Miss Miracle League of San Diego Inclusive baseball league for ages 5 and up, Played on an accessible field, perfect for kids who don’t fit into a typical league. Players are paired with hand-picked buddies based on need so families can enjoy the experience of watching their kids play with real color commentary. Engel Family Field 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Del Mar, CA 92014 Green Field 7th & G Ave Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org Miracle Movers Special Needs Dance Program, Performing Arts Workshop Classes for children ages 2-8 with special needs focusing on creative movement therapy, mind body connection, spatial awareness exercises and dance vocabulary.

1465 Encinitas Blvd. #A102 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-2671 Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Instructors are PSIA trained in adaptive ski techniques to serve students ages 4 and up with a variety of disabilities. Students must be able to hold head upright and must maintain breathing on their own. Lessons are taught by reservation only and must be requested 72 hours in advance. Includes fitting of equipment. 888-754-7878 www.mthigh.com/lessons-andrentals/specialty-programs/ adaptive-lessons.html Murray Callan Swim School Inclusive swim classes based on the individual needs of each child. 1012 Law St. SD, 92109 858-273-7946 www.murraycallanswimschools .com

The New Children’s Museum Offers a safe, interactive and engaging environment in which children of all ages and abilities can participate in hands-on art-making experiences and other sensory activities. 200 W. Island Ave. SD, 92101 619-233-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org North County Gymnastics and the Gyminny Kids Classes are designed to help children 15 months and up, including those with high-functioning disabilities, experience gymnastics in a fun and positive environment. Class ratio is no more than five kids per instructor. 17022 Camino San Bernardo SD, 92127 858-451-0204 www.gyminnykids.com Our Family Spa (See listing under Integrative Approach to Therapies)

think play create Engaging and sensory exploration for all children 200 West Island Avenue, Downtown San Diego thinkplaycreate.org

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PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre) Theater and dance programs designed to empower kids with special needs through performance. Dance North County 535 Encinitas Blvd. #101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-815-8512 www.pacthouse.org Poway Youth Basketball League, Challenged Division Challenged athletes program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games will be played in Meadowbrook Middle School’s gym. Poway, CA 92064 www.pybl.com RE Spectrum Community Soccer and recreational activities for San Diego area children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Committed to building community relationships for those with ASD. 7339 El Cajon Blvd. #J La Mesa, 91942 858-634-8300 www.respectrum.org Rise and Shine Christian Choral Program The San Diego Chorister Guild’s free program for children ages 8–18 with developmental or cognitive disabilities is open to children regardless of family church affiliation. The choir requires parents attend while children learn basic musicianship and vocal training. 760-807-6359 klundeen24@hotmail.com www.choristersguildsandiego .org San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Special early morning hours geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities to enjoy purposeful play-based exhibits in a welcoming, comfortable environment a quiet and accepting setting. 320 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 760-233-7755 www.sdcdm.org

San Diego Chill Hockey League Low-priced, amateur ice hockey league for boys and girls ages 7-12 with disabilities who are physically able to play but unable to participate in a typical organized league. Ice, equipment, coaching and mentoring provided. UTC Ice Sports Center 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. SD, 92122 www.sandiegochill.org San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Everybody has the opportunity to dance at SDCYB, as they embrace and celebrate the diversity of their students. Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program specifically designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs. Join them in the heart of Balboa Park for class and discover the creativity that ballet inspires in every student. 1650 El Prado #209 Casa del Prado Building, Balboa Park, SD, 92101 619-233-3060 www.sdcyb.org San Diego Down Syndrome Partners with local resources to provide unique recreational activities for families of children with Down Syndrome. 1736 Tavern Rd. Alpine, CA 91901 619-208-7152 www.sandiegodownsyndrome.org San Diego Park and Rec— Therapeutic Recreation Services Full range of inclusive camps, sports leagues, social groups and recreational activities for individuals 3 and up with special needs and their families. Quarterly publication of activities. 3325 Zoo Dr. SD, 92101 619-525-8247 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/activities/trs San Diego Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer Program Community-based inclusive soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities. Rancho Bernardo High School 13010 Paseo Lucido SD, 92128 sdsctopsoccer@gmail.com www.sandiegosoccerclub.org

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Sensory-Friendly Films Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs. AMC Mission Valley 640 Camino Del Rio N. SD, 92108 AMC Palm Promenade 770 Dennery Rd. SD, 92154 www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendlyfilms Sensory Story Time at the San Diego Central Library Children ages 4-11 who have difficulty in large groups, are on the Autism Spectrum, or experience sensory overload are welcome to this interactive monthly program. Books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities provide children with new skills and encourage peer interaction. Call to register as space is limited. 330 Park Blvd. SD, 92101 619-236-5800 www.sandiego.gov/publiclibrary Sing, Move and Play Music Academy Offers 1:1 piano and group keyboard lessons from certified instructors for ages 3–adult. Music can help physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Try Harmony Road group instruction (18 mos–11 yrs), an exciting, comprehensive early childhood music program. 13018 Pomard Way Poway, CA 92064 858-449-3606 www.singmoveandplay.com Sky Sailing at Warner Springs Adaptive soaring equipment for young adults with physical disabilities. 31930 Hwy. 79 Warner Springs, CA 92086 760-782-0404 www.skysailing.com SMYBB Shooting Stars Inclusive program for ages 5–22 with social, intellectual and mild physical disabilities to learn and enjoy basketball in a fun, noncompetitive environment, some with “buddies” (basketball mentors).

Program at Corky Smith Gym. Sundays, October-January. 274 Pico Ave. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-598-8090 www.smybbshootingstars.com SpecialCare Travel (See listing under Adaptive Equipment) Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County We offer free, year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation develops improved physical fitness, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. 10977 San Diego Mission Rd. SD, 92108 619-283-6100 www.sosc.org/sandiego Sports for Exceptional Athletes Community-based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5–adult. Offers 24 sports in four seasons for persons with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities. 9575 Aero Dr. #B, SD, 92123 858-565-7432 www.s4ea.org St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Adaptive Swim Lessons and Competitive Swim Team Year-round, warm water adaptive swim lessons for ages 6 mos.–adult with special needs. All lessons are taught by experienced, certified swim instructors who provide a low student to teacher ratio. Adaptive swim team workouts are available for swimmers who want to compete. Pre-registration is necessary. 2119 E. Madison Ave. El Cajon, CA 92019 619-442-5129 x114 www.stmsc.org Stand Up Paddle Boarding Paddle boarding is a great way to build core strength, aid in development of gross motor skills and attention and help develop dynamic balance skills. This is a great sensory processing activity for kids and will challenge vestibular,

proprioceptive and tactile systems, aiding in strengthening and calming the child. Addie’s AutismFitt Club 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 861 Harold Pl. #205 Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.autismfitt.com Stars Karate (USA Freestyle Martial Arts) Free karate lessons for children with disabilities 4 and older, typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay. 3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #1 SD, 92110 619-224-9600 www.dragonkick.com Surfin Fire Surf School Year-round, safe, individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside, Encinitas and Carlsbad for all ages and most abilities by an Encinitas firefighter with swift water rescue certification and his trained staff. They provide surfboards and full wetsuits to all campers and private guests. 760-438-0538 www.surfinfire.com Swiftkick Martial Arts Applied martial arts program for kids with special needs where students work on balance, courage, selfawareness and core strength in a safe, non-threatening setting. Private sessions are available. 16775 Bernardo Center Dr. SD, 92128 858-385-1600 7040 Avenida Encinas #B107 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-930-9300 www.swiftkickma.com Swim2John One-on-one swim program from 17 months old for most abilities. For ages 30 mos. and up, coach insists you will have a swimming child in 10 days! 858-444-6092 www.swim2john.com TERI Campus of Life Enrichment Programs Agriculture, equestrian, culinary, fitness and music programs for

students and adults with special needs including the Peas ‘N Carrots 4-H club (the first of its kind to serve those with developmental disabilities and their siblings). Focus is on social interaction, fitness, healthy lifestyles and great nutrition choices. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science The world of technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. Their patience and expertise in computer science education helps students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Teachers and college mentors use familiar games like Minecraft and childfriendly programs to teach computer science and game design. Call for assessment. 858-869-9430 www.thoughtstem.com TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer) Available to athletes ages 5–18 with a range of mental or physical challenges. Athletes are placed into groups based on ability, not age. All activities are designed based on the needs of the athletes. 3908 Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-677-9779 www.lajollasoccer.org Traveler’s Aid Makes arrangements for travelers with special needs. Provides special assistance for tourists, visitors and the homeless, and contacts friends and relatives, and offers crisis intervention on a limited basis. 1501 Imperial Ave., SD, 92101 619-295-8393 www.travelersaidsandiego.org

 Inclusive environment in a recreation setting  For children and adults with any type of disability  Social and recreational skill development  Leisure education  Supervised by Certified Therapeutic Recreation

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children with special needs unique to the typical movie experience. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 SD, 92108 619-685-2841 www.ultrastarmovies.com USD Football and Baseball Player Mentor Program USD Toreros teams and Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) are active in mentoring kids with Autism. The Toreros host ATPF families at every home game, where the kids get to cheer on their players during the game and throw and catch balls with the players post game. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C SD, 92106 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/ programs/usd-football-mentorprogram VALR Martial Arts Center Martial arts for any ability; inclusive practices for children 4 and up. 12943 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-668-1887 www.valrmartialarts.com We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Provides children of all ages and abilities with a fun and nurturing environment for open, safe play. Choose from swinging, jumping and zip line heaven in the main play space, creativity in the art room or calm time in sensory room. Classes, mini camps, private play and birthday parties available. 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. #A128 SD, 92128 858-798-5353 www.werockthespectrum sandiegocmr.com Wheelchair Dancers Organization All classes are free and available to all ages and abilities interested in wheelchair dancing. Eight-week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance, Latin and other forms. 858-573-1571 www.wheelchairdancers.org

YMCA of San Diego County Swim lessons, sports leagues, day camps and overnight camps for children preschool and up all summer long. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y. 3708 Ruffin Rd. SD, 92123 858-292-9622 www.ymca.org

RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPATION SDSU Early Brain Markers in Toddlers with Autism Study A brain imaging (MRI) study of early brain markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Seeking toddlers 18–26 mos. with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of Autism. Children will be scanned during their natural bedtime sleep (no anesthesia involved). Families will be generously compensated for their time and efforts. Study continues through 2020. 6363 Alvarado Ct. SD, 92120 619-594-2500 sci.sdsu.edu/bdil

RESPITE/CHILDCARE/ SKILLED NURSING AblePathways Respite Care Economical, in-home care for kids with Autism/ASD and developmental delay. 830 E. Vista Way #108 Vista, CA 92084 760-230-5251 www.ablepathways.com AccentCare Home Health of CA (See listing in Housing & In-Home Support Services) ARCC Center (Autism, Respite, Camp and Childcare Center) Respite care and social mentoring for children and teens with developmental disorders. 619-300-4366 www.arcccenter.org At Your Home Familycare In-home care for adults, teens and children with disabilities.

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6540 Lusk Blvd. #C-266 SD, 92121 858-625-0406 www.atyourhomefamilycare .com Brightstar Care San Diego HHA Childcare for children with special needs, Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24-hour care as well as occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #201 SD, 92126 858-869-0416 www.brightstarcare.com Care.com Membership required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs care. Background checks. www.care.com Casa Pacifica Adult Day Health Care Center Transportation assistance, therapies, activities and recreation daily for adults 18 and older with disabilities. 1424 30th St. #C, SD, 92154 619-424-8181 www.casa-pacifica.com Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization providing individualized care, supervision and companionship for children age 3 or older or adults in the privacy and comfort of their own homes so their caregivers may take time for self-care. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.community interfaceservices.org Maxim Healthcare Services In-home care, respite, companion care and ABA therapy. Carlsbad Home Healthcare 2141 Palomar Airport Rd. #350 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-0078 San Diego Staffing 5030 Camino de la Siesta SD, 92108 619-209-3696 www.maximhealthcare.com

Not To Worry, Inc./All Care Service of professional caregivers for safe respite, in-home care, comprehensive health teaching, and timely assistance with pediatric and family health concerns. 7801 Mission Center Ct. #106 SD, 92108 619-718-4871; 760-471-5131 www.nottoworryinc.com Premier Healthcare Services Specializes in private homecare with screened, trained and credentialed nurses and home healthcare aides. Provides clinical support 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. Offices are equipped with state-of-the-art clinical software. Staff strives to exceed patient satisfaction through analyzing survey results and conducting regular supervisory visits. 1540 Frazee Rd. #306 SD, 92108 619-574-6744 www.premier-homehealth.com Sam and Rose Stein Education Center Special Care Services Child special care program and adult behavioral day program. Vista Hill Foundation 8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, 92123 858-514-5100 www.vistahill.org/programs/ intellectual-developmentdisabilities/special-careservices.html TERI Family Support Services Home respite services for children and adults with disabilities funded through SDRC or parent tuition. Vacation and Saturday programs available. There are also social clubs based on individual age groups. Club Jubilee provides music, movement and sensory program for students 3-8, Respite Club provides music, dance, and cooking classes for ages 8-13 and Girls & Boys Night Out Club (ages 14–23) is all about developing friendships through support, recreation, fitness and activities. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

Together We Grow Skilled Nursing Care Center-based infant through adults, with skilled nursing care with weekend-overnight, afterschool, infant and preschool programs. Funding for qualifying families. 2120 Thibodo Rd. Vista, CA 92081 760-757-6031 5055 Viewridge Ave. SD, 92123 858-751-0506 www.togetherwegrow.net YMCA Childcare Resource Service Childcare referrals, respite care for children and afterschool care for teens who have special needs. They provide health and behavioral health services, financial assistance for childcare for income eligible families, parent and provider education, and resources for choosing childcare. 3333 Camino del Rio S. #400 SD, 92108 800-481-2151 www.crs.ymca.org Xcite Steps Nanny Program Nannies for children with special needs. 3978 Sorrento Valley Rd. #100 SD, 92121 858-428-0222 www.excitesteps.com

SAFETY 5Star Urgent Response from Greatcall Keychain-sized piece of equipment able to call for help and be tracked from your computer or mobile phone. Has one of the least expensive monthly payments that uses GPS technology. 800-650-5921 www.greatcall.com/5Star Adiant Mobile Offers a variety of watch-sized, shock-proof products with GPS locators, alarms that sound when children wander too far and even two-way communicators. Works with a monthly monitoring service similar to a home secruity system, can be tied into a smartphone or computer and can locate a child within 10 feet. www.adiantmobile.com

AngelSense Wearable GPS device designed for children with special needs. Analytic Server continuously monitors child’s location; alerts on any unexpected changes. Web and mobile app provides access to schedule, map and picture views, find-child mode and listen-in capabilities. Pine Brook, NJ 888-999-2023 www.angelsense.com Amber Alert Smart Locator GPS-based tracking with additional features such as “breadcrumbing”(tracking exact path of child), low battery alerts, off/on alerts, and alerts for when a child is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender’s home. Scottsdale, AZ 855-368-8555 www.amberalertgps.com Autism Safety: National Autism Association Excellent resources about restraint and seclusion, bullying prevention, suicide prevention and wandering for families, school personnel and first responders. www.autismsafety.org Find Me Foundation Dedicated to improving public safety by advocating for tactical, rapidresponse recovery of wandering or missing persons, through the use of personal scent technologies and public safety education. They provide a way to help families collect scent from children and adventurous or at risk adults and store it in their home should the need arise for a service bloodhound to track their missing or lost loved one. Murrieta, CA 951-310-8657 www.thefindmefoundation.org GET SAFE Targeted curriculum for schools and organizations for people with disabilities including bullying and disabilities awareness. Using a combination of counseling, education, physical training and humor, trainers engage groups in an

interactive forum to bring awareness to at-risk populations. Tustin, CA 714-834-0050 www.getsafeusa.com HereO GPS Tracking Watch Water-resistant, real-time GPS location device created specifically for children ages 3 and up featuring safe zone alert, panic alert, tamper alert, and low battery notification. 347-699-5477 www.hereofamily.com If I Need Help Personal Wearable QR ID Codes ID Cards, dog tags, patches and clothing with personalized QR codes to help reunite lost children or adults with their families. Smartphones can read basic safety and contact information to help the individual who may not be able to communicate for themselves. Santa Clarita, CA 661-524-6732 www.ifineedhelp.org

Kohl’s Transportation Safety Program In partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s brings important information about child safety seats and safe transportation to community events as well as hosting regular car seat check ups. www.KohlsCarSafety.org MedicAlert Provides members with MedicAlert neck chains or bracelets that alert emergency responders of basic medical conditions, allergies, or special needs when the member is unconscious or unable to speak. 800-432-5378 (service/intake) www.medicalert.org Medical ID Marketplace Fashionable, informative ID medical jewelry including TEXT ID jewelry, which allows the first responder to send an alert about the wearer to 10 different people with a single text. 877-651-5186 www.hopepaige.com


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MediPal Inc., Emergency Seatbelt ID Affordable seat belt attachment that provides contact and comprehensive health information to first responders in the event of an emergency. Transfers easily to a purse, backpack strap, wheelchair, waist belt or arm. 960 Postal Way #611 Vista, CA, 92085 760-659-0559 www.medipal.com

ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Club Xcite Offers one-on-one, in-home as well as small group social skill-building, tutoring and coaching to kids ages 5-15. 10855 Sorrento Valley Rd. SD, 92121 858-779-9674 www.clubxcite.com

Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver provides RF transmitted, waterproof bracelets and ankle bracelets, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation. Project Lifesaver has over 1,400 participating agencies. 877-580-5433 www.projectlifesaver.org Rebuilding Together San Diego: Safe at Home Program Volunteers make small repairs to the home to ensure the safety of low income homeowners with children and physically disabled homeowners. 2013 Franklin Ave., SD, 92113 619-231-RTSD (7873) www.rebuildingtogethersd.org Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians Important tips for safe pedestrian travel for persons with physical disabilities. www.onlineloancalculator.org/ resources/disabled-pedestrians .php Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services Provides medical equipment, temporary housing and meals specific to the disaster and the community member. Works with San Diego County Autism Society and other groups to serve those with disabilities. Western Territory Headquarters Long Beach, CA 562-436-7000 www.usw.salvationarmy.org

Community Interface Services This nonprofit organization employs Social Support Coordinators to work on individualized plans, focus on consumer interests, help navigate existing barriers, promote a better quality of life and increase access to social and recreational opportunities. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org

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Self Defense Clinic Jing Shen Kuoshu-based self-defense clinic for people with disabilities including those with wheelchairs and physical disabilities to help build confidence in assessing danger and basic strategies to avoid or, if necessary, defend against attack. 619-379-4265 www.all-terrain-fitness.com www.jingshenmaster.com Take Me Home Registry Sheriff’s Department Program registers children and adults with cognitive delays or dementia in the event that they become lost. www.sdsheriff.net/tmh/ Qualifying registry organizations: Alzheimer’s San Diego: 858-492-4400 www.alzsd.org Autism Society San Diego County Chapter: 858-715-0678 Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County: 619-296-0161 ARC: 619-685-1175

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Tattoos with a Purpose Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos help children remember important phone numbers when they are stressed due to separation or injury. They last 3-5 days and aren’t removable like devices or wristbands. www.tattooswithapurpose.com TSA Cares Help Line: Transportation Security Administration Resource specifically for passengers with disabilities or medical conditions or loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying. To make advance arrangements for screenings, contact TSA 72 hours in advance of flight. 855-787-2227 www.tsa.gov TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov VestIDD Record keeping app that lets you store your child’s vital info and share with trusted providers and emergency contacts, eliminating the paper trail. www.specialvest.com

Include Autism Highly skilled, ABA-trained mentors run a community-based coaching program to facilitate success in social settings for teens and young adults with Autism. Peer Pals program teaches typical peers the skills and benefits of mentoring. The ultimate goal of this program is teaching social skills to foster self-confidence and independence. Offers a community training for organizations to learn how to better include people with ASD. 858-603-9835 www.includeautism.org PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre) (See listing under Recreation) San Diego PEERS Adult Social Skills Training (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) SEEDS Educational Services Social skills training, sexuality education, safety training and social events for teens and adults with disabilities. 2707 Congress St. #1-R SD, 92110 619-299-3161 www.seedseducation.org

Snapology (See listing under Camps) The Social Express Engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The software is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life. 4653 Carmel Mountain Rd. #308 SD, 92130 www.thesocialexpress.com Social Thinking Michelle Garcia Winner’s Congressional Medal-winning program that teaches students with Autism and social deficits how to recognize and respond to social cues. Blog, online resources and books for purchase. www.socialthinking.com Xcite Steps Adults (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) Xcite Steps Social Skills Groups Community and ABA-based social skills groups give children and teens opportunities to generalize skills in natural and fun recreational settings. Age-appropriate groups are offered at both 1:1 and 3:1 to provide the best support while maintaining independence. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club (See listing under Occupational Therapy) American Speech-LanguageHearing Association 800-638-8255 TTY 301-296-5650 www.asha.org Associated Speech Pathologists Provides evaluations, intervention

and consultations, along with occupational therapy to children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders and speech and language delays. 1595 Grand Ave. #110 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-1198 www.associatedspeech pathologists.com Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services Offers comprehensive speech, occupational and physical therapy evaluations, and individualized treatment plans for children birth to 18 years with a range of developmental disorders and delays. 9520 Padgett St. #104 SD, 92126 858-866-8133 www.blastofftherapy.com Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. Pediatric speech and occupational therapy clinic provides therapy services for children with special needs. Works with clients to help develop effective treatment plans in the areas of communication, fine motor, sensory processing, visual motor, and feeding skills to help children gain independence and meet their developmental milestones in a play-based setting. Occupational therapy room includes a zip line and rock wall. Hanen Parent training classes available. 5651 Palmer Way # D Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-918-9500 www.cameronrobertsspeech therapy.com Coastal Speech Therapy Therapists are trained to provide evaluation and intervention services for children with speech disorders such as apraxia, articulation and phonological processes, stuttering, medical and developmental conditions such as attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, ASD, traumatic brain injury and voice disorder. Evaluates and provides intervention for students with receptive and expressive language delays, preschool language disorders and

selective mutism. 6264 Ferris Sq. SD, 92121 760-405-1979 www.coastalspeechtherapyinc .com Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. Provides evaluations and treatment for speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy services. Accepts some insurance plans, along with funding through regional center and private pay. 3980 Ninth Ave. #1, SD, 92103 619-618-9638 www.c2ctherapy.com County Speech (San Diego County Speech Pathologists, Inc.) Licensed/certified staff provide evaluations and therapy for infants through seniors with speechlanguage delay/disorders, stuttering, vocal pathology, cognitive/memory defects and swallowing disorders. Affordable communication-related wellness programs for normally developing babies through school-

age children are also available. 411 Camino del Rio S. #101 SD, 92108 619-574-8181 345 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-334-8181 www.county-speech.com Crimson Center for Speech and Language Assessment and innovative treatment for infant to adults. Individualized, collaborative communication services blending family, school and community programs. Social skills groups, resource workshops and parent groups available. 9606 Tierra Grande #107 SD, 92126 629 Third Ave., #F Chula Vista, CA 91910 858-695-9415 www.crimsoncenter.com Excel Speech Therapy Center, Inc. PT in Motion and OT, Etc. This multidisciplinary team features business partners PT in Motion and

Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. is a pediatric speech and occupational therapy clinic that provides therapy services for children with special needs. We work with clients to help them develop effective treatment plans in the areas of communication, fine motor, sensory processing, visual motor, and feeding skills to help children gain independence and meet the developmental milestones that they need to be successful in all environments. Our highly experienced group specializes in working collaboratively with children and their families to achieve their goals. CameronRobertsSpeechTherapy.com (760) 918-9500 info@goodtherapyworks.com

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OT, Etc. Offers OT, PT, speech and language evaluation and treatment under one roof. They provide individualized occupational, physical and speech therapy for children with all types of special needs. Animalassisted therapy available in multiple locations throughout San Diego County. Kearny Mesa: 858-565-6910 Carlsbad: 760-603-9457 Chula Vista: 619-475-6910 San Marcos: 760-744-6910 www.excelspeech.com Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Supports your child’s language development through interventions that are naturally motivating and unique to your child. Provides the DIR Floortime model to language learning, as well as the Hanen, Social Thinking and PROMPT programs. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Inc. Private practice serving children and adults with language-learning disabilities, brain injuries and executive functioning impairments, as well as disorders of articulation, stuttering, social-pragmatic skills and voice. Can provide expert-witness work in court cases. 5858 Mt. Alifan Dr. #104 SD, 92111 858-560-0973 www.heinspeechlanguage pathology.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. Therapeutic services for children and families using a unique approach based on symptoms and the whole child, rather than a diagnosis or label. The team of SLPs, OTs, PTs, child psychologist and program specialists teaches children how to reach skill levels never thought possible using state-of-the-art treatments, techniques and therapies. Fee for service-based, but accepts children funded by the San Diego Regional Center. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-3300 www.it4k.com

Jodie K. Schuller and Associates Comprehensive oral motor, social skills, speech, and language services for children and adults with disabilities. Provides academic support with the specialized program, Fast Track to School Success, which helps students overcome reading, written language, math and general learning disabilities. 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd. #304 Del Mar, CA, 92014 858-509-1131 www.speak4success.com Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center Speech, occupational and physical therapy, social skills and parent training for families of children with special needs in a family-friendly center. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #200 SD, 92108 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #23 Santee, CA 92071 619-692-0622 www.karadodds.com K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates .com Kirsch Therapy Speech-language programs are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based to make therapy a fun experience. Participates in ongoing continuing education programs and is up-todate on the latest research and treatment methodologies. 1949 Avenida del Oro #118 Oceanside, CA 92056 760-945-6500 www.kirschtherapy.com Kolby Kail Speech Therapy North County speech services in play-based, natural environments such as your home, child’s preschool, or at our office for children 0-6. Works to improve pre-language skills, oral motor skills, phonological awareness, articulation and social communication. 760-274-3575 www.kolbykailspeechtherapy .net

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Little Talkers An online speech therapy resource featuring a series of videos and apps to help parents facilitate speech and learning with a journal to track your child’s progress. www.littletalkers.com North County Speech and Language Center Individualized speech therapy and language services for children and adults, as well as educationally based assessment and IEP/ISP consultation. SLPs are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and provide both diagnostic assessments and treatment to clients for a range of communication disorders. 858-336-7590 www.NorthCountySpeech.com Pediatric Therapy Services (See listing under Physical Therapy) Perfect Progress (See listing under Education) The Rite Care Childhood Language Center Provides free speech and language diagnostic evaluations and intensive therapy for children ages 2-12 whose primary presenting problem is a speech and/or language disorder. 1895 Camino del Rio S. SD, 92108 619-291-2506 www.sdritecare.org San Diego Center for Speech Therapy Complete speech therapy services include auditory processing disorders, apraxia, social language issues/Autism, fluency disorders and stuttering, phonological impairments and orofacial myofacial disorders. 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 7339 El Cajon Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91942 858-488-4810 www.sandiegocenterforspeech therapy.com San Diego State University Audiology and Speech/ Language Clinic Designed as an education, service and research facility. Diagnostic, habilitative, and rehabilitative

services are provided to infants through adults who have deficits in communicative function due to limitations of speech, language, and/or hearing. Graduate students observe individuals under supervision by faculty who are nationally certified and/or board certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Building 5500 Campanile Dr. #221 SD, 92182 619-594-7747 www.slhs.sdsu.edu
SmallTalk Speech Therapy Individual and group speech therapy and assessment provided by a comprehensive, collaborative team. 12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111 SD, 92128 260 E. Chase Ave., #204 El Cajon, CA 92020 2356 Moore St. #101 SD, 92110 619-647-6157 www.smalltalkspeech.com Social Communication Specialists Speech language assessment and treatment with programs designed to address social and language difficulties that are associated with receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language delays, social skill deficits, ADHD/ADD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Extensive parent training is a critical part of their programs. 5703 Oberlin Dr. #207 SD, 92121 858-558-9552 www.socialcommunication specialists.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Speech and Language Pathology – Rady Children’s Hospital Provides evaluation and interventions to children with speech delays and disorders. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-5829 www.rchsd.org

The Speech Station Individual and group therapy, school readiness focusing on social communication and behavior, and parent training to facilitate language. 590 Laguna Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-730-9675 www.thespeechstation.com

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Speech Tree Therapy Center Provides quality speech-language pathology services to children and adolescents with speech, language, and/or social impairments in order to facilitate more effective language and social interactions through comprehensive evaluation, speech therapy, social skills and parent and teacher facilitation. 2820 Camino del Rio S. #308 SD, 92108 619-546-0039 2521 Windward Way Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.speechtreetherapycenter .com

Bonita Equestrian Therapy— Winner’s Circle Equestrian Provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. 2974 Equitation Ln. Bonita, CA 91902 619-475-9056 www.bonitaequestriantherapy .org

SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Stars Therapy Services (see listing under Occupational Therapy) The Stuttering Foundation Free online resources for those who stutter and for their families, extensive training opportunities for professionals, and support for research into the causes of stuttering. 800-992-9392 www.stutteringhelp.org Dana Tappen, M.A., CCC-SLP Specializes in treating infants and toddlers with Autism, language learning disorders, oral motor impairments, PDD and phonological disorders. 9508 High Park Ln. SD, 92129 619-894-9360 Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

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Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy PATH International, therapeutic riding program for ambulatory children ages 5-11. Run by an advanced instructor for physical and cognitive impairments, the center offers special training for children with Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, speech delay or trauma recovery. 543 Anderson Rd. Alpine, CA 91901 619-445-2576 www.dreamriderequestrian therapy.com Hearts and Hooves Therapy Nonprofit animal therapy program enhances speech/language skills, sensory skills and social communication through the care of and interaction with mini-horses and farm animals. For people with disabilities and siblings. Held onsite in Ramona and travels throughout San Diego. 619-633-5105 www.heartsandhoovestherapy .org Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers therapeutic riding. 6461 El Apajo Rd. Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-756-4117 x321 www.animalcenter.org/ therapeuticriding Ivey Ranch Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program Riding program and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for those with

physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. 110 Rancho del Oro Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-722-4839 www.iveyranch.com

REINS Therapeutic horseback riding. 4461 S. Mission Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-731-9168 www.reinsprogram.org

Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center A center member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, our Lakeside program offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities for people with disabilities and their families. 14512 Willow Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-672-6935 www.magichorse.org

Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Riding Center PATH-member riding center that teaches recreational riding to children and adults to enhance the physical, emotional and social lives of those with special needs. Each client gets a weekly lesson that is tailored to their needs and goals. Rolling Hills Boarding Stable 15529 Sycamore Canyon Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-349-1692 www.radtrc.org

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Provides riding instruction and positive physical/emotional experiences through interaction with horses. Children through adults with disabilities can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors by participating in therapeutic horseback riding and equine care. 15665 El Monte Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 www.partnersth.org 619-729-3853 PoVA (Poway Valley) Therapeutic Riding Center Our mission is to provide equineassisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. 11319 Creek Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-231-7889 www.PoVatrc.org

Rockin’ L and D Ranch Recreational riding and therapeutic equine program. 1019 Deodar Rd. Escondido, CA 92026 760-741-1179 www.rockinldranch.com Salisbury Farms: Horses Helping Humans Equine facilitated psychotherapy by a licensed psychologist for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, emotional disturbances and trauma. 13530 Willow Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-723-6202 www.salisburyfarms.net San Diego Hippotherapy 619-431-5284 www.sandiegohippotherapy.org

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Reading, Comprehension & Math Speech & Language Therapy Social Thinking Camps 858-509-1131 • www.speak4success.com 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Ste 304 Del Mar, CA 92014

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TEACH (Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped) Therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-596-2025 TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program Trained and licensed staff provide a safe and stress-free environment at our Campus of Life facility. By connecting with our horses, students with Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and learning and mental health disabilities can increase strength and muscle tone, build self-esteem and improve balance, flexibility, head control, hand-eye coordination, patience and concentration. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

social bridges for the child. 858-245-0032 www.gooddogautism companions.org Kindred Spirits Canine Education Program Nonprofit organization trains privately owned dogs to work as personal service dogs. Each dog is trained with unique skills needed for each individual owner. Training available for therapy dogs, PTSD and mobility support service dogs. 3343 East Vista Way Vista, CA 92084 760-630-4824 www.kindredspiritsk9.com/ service-dog-training/

THERAPY DOGS/CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Canine Companions for Independence Nonprofit organization enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. 124 Rancho Del Oro Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-901-4300 www.cci.org Caring Paws Therapy Dog Training at Canine Learning Centers After successful evaluation, dog and handler teams complete a minimum 6 week training course with a certified dog trainer and behavioralist to provide comfort and companionship in a therapeutic setting. 7040 Avenida Encinas #104 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-822-0606 www.k9lrng.com Good Dog Autism Companions Places canine companions in homes of children with Autism to increase a sense of calm, safety and communication and to help build

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Leashes 4 Life International Assistance Dogs Nonprofit that places puppies with physically challenged individuals and provides training to produce highly skilled service dogs. 5481 Via Alcazar, SD, 92111 858-598-3641 www.leashes4life.org Love on a Leash Volunteer group of certified owner/ trainers and their dogs who attend events and therapy sessions for emotional support for people with disabilities or trauma. www.loveonaleash.org Paws 4 Healing Volunteer members and their

registered pets provide scheduled, animal-assisted activities/therapy services at local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, schools and children’s centers. www.paws4healing.info/ sandiego_chapter.htm Paws’itive Teams Service and Therapy Dogs Service dogs for people with physical disabilities and facility dogs to enhance the experiences in a therapeutic setting. Dogs work with trainers and therapists to serve children and adults. 7031 Carroll Rd., SD 92121 858-558-7297 www.pawsteams.org Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) at Ranch Coastal Humane Society Program introduces teams of volunteers and their trained therapy dogs to people who benefit from spending time with animals that provide love and comfort. 389 Requeza St. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-6413 www.rchumanesociety.org Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs Animal Behavioral Therapist and trainer Cate Sacks trains shelter dogs as therapy or service dogs at her local nonprofit. She also provides training for qualifed family pets and their owners. 619-813-1252 www.shelterdogstodreamdogs .com Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. Nonprofit specializes in providing trained dogs for those with Autism, mobility issues and wounded warriors. Recipients receive training on care, health and safety; and TLCAD works to ensure the relationship and recertification for the remainder of the dog’s life. Solana Beach, CA 858-461-6827 www.tenderlovingcanines.org

VISION HEALTH College of Optometrists in Vision Development Website provides excellent resources

3760 Convoy St. #306 SD, 92111 888-344-1237 www.communitycatalysts california.org

for parents as well as explanations of vision testing, therapies and their importance. Aurora, OH 330-995-0718 www.covd.org Daniel and Davis Optometry Wide array of services including developmental vision services for Autism, special needs, and brain injury, sports team visual skills enhancement, vision therapy and eye exams. 3144 El Camino Real #202 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-434-3314 www.visionsource-drsdanieland davisoptometry.com Donald Janiuk, O.D. and Randall E. Conrad O.D. Complete eye care office for the treatment of eye diseases. Dr. Janiuk is a Fellow of C.O.V.D. and is board certified in vision therapy and developmental and learning related vision problems. 12845 Poway Rd. #209 Poway, CA 92064 858-748-6210 www.drjaniuk.com Family Vision Care, Gary Sneag, O.D. Provider of quality vision care products, personalized optometric services, and comprehensive vision examinations. Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, conditions and vision problems. 4310 Genesee Ave. #101 SD, 92117 858-560-5181 www.visionsource-drsneag.com Main Street Optometry & Vision Therapy Lisa M. Weiss, O.D, F.C.O.V.D A leading provider of optometry service, vision therapy and vision care products. Skilled in treating vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and many other conditions in children and adults with developmental vision issues. 303 E. Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-444-1153 www.mainstreetod.com

Eye Lids Soft, washable flannel eye patches for kids: pirate-style for non-eye glass wearers or specially designed patches that fit under glasses. Offered in a variety of popular kidthemed fabrics. 519-383-9203 www.eye-lids4kids.com Optometric Extension Program Foundation Provides parent resources for optometric health and vision therapy. Has a vision professional reference list to find care providers. 410-561-3791 www.oepf.org Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE) A national nonprofit resource and support organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement. 4135 54th Pl., SD, 92105 www.pavevision.org San Diego Center for Vision Care Carl Hillier, O.D. Melissa Hillier, O.D. Offers comprehensive eye examinations, treatment of eye diseases, vision therapy, sports vision and treatment for learning related vision problems. 7898 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-464-7713 336 Encinitas Blvd. #140 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-479-2518 www.optometrists.org/ san_diego Speccles for Kids Flexible, durable and comfortable straps for glasses with a unique grip

that ensures glasses stay exactly where they’re supposed to. Speccles are made from high quality, lead free, latex-free plastics that won’t discolor with wear. www.speccles.com Specs4Us Custom frames specially designed to fit children and adults with Down Syndrome. 800-586-1885 www.specs4us.com UCSD Shiley Eye Center David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. and Shira Robbins, M.D From premature babies to teenagers, the team ensures that each child seen at Ratner Children’s Eye Center is given the attention and personal medical care they deserve in a child-friendly atmosphere. World-renowned specialists help children with strabismus, nystagmus, congenital diseases like pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, acquired problems from blocked tear ducts to “lazy eye” (amblyopia) as well as trauma. 9415 Campus Point Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093 858-534-6290 www.eyesite.ucsd.edu

VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Community Catalysts of California Provides vocational counseling, job placement, community-living skills training, residential support, in-home respite care and crisis intervention to individuals with disabilities.

Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization provides vocational training, job placement and coaching. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterface services.org E & CO (formerly Employment and Community Options) Provides employment and living services to adults with developmental disabilities. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-565-9870 www.communityoptions.org Fred Finch Specialized Learning Center (See listing under Education) Living Independently (See listing under Independent Living) Partnerships with Industry (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) TMI (Toward Maximum Independence) (See listing under Independent Living) Xcite Steps Adults Helps individuals connect with employers who value their unique strengths. Provides personalized vocational assessment and job development training for transitioning teens, as well as Independent Living and Tailored Day Services. 858-428-0222 www.xcitestepsadults.com

WORSHIP Canyon Springs Kid’s Crew Ministry Provides an opportunity for all families to attend church services. They collaborate with parents to come up with individualized plans

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for their children with special needs. Please call ahead to provide the best services for your child. Thurgood Marshall Middle School (meeting place) 9700 Avenue of Nations SD, 92131 858-653-3664 www.canyonsprings.org Faith Presbyterian Church Worship service and church community experience adapted to meet the unique needs of older teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. 5075 Campanile Dr., SD, 92115 619-582-8480 www.faithpresby.org First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego They teach children to value the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions and to become socially responsible citizens with an awareness of the needs of others. Inclusive preschool education also. 4190 Front St., SD, 92103 619-298-9978 www.firstuusandiego.org Maranatha Chapel Children’s Ministry Children’s Ministry for families with special needs. 10752 Coastwood Rd. SD, 92127 858-613-7800 www.maranathachapel.org New Venture Christian Fellowship Exceptional Kids Program Structured for children on the Autism spectrum ages 2-12. Their team has been specially trained to help meet the needs of children and families including attention to sensory needs, use of PECS system and modifying texts and visual presentations. 4000 Mystra Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-721-7777 www.newventure.org North Coast Church Vista Campus Children with special needs are placed in an age or developmental appropriate mainstream classroom with a volunteer during the church service. The 11 am Sunday morning

service features a specialized curriculum and separate classrooms for a more individualized focus (ages 4-15). 2405 North Santa Fe Ave. Vista, CA 92084 760-724-6700 x300 Marcia Boeche, Special Needs Coordinator www.northcoastchurch.com Rejoicing Spirits Non-Shush Ministry Inclusive, accepting worship service adapted to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Calvary Lutheran Church 424 Via de la Valle Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-2855 www.calvarylutheranchurch.org The Rock Church Special Needs Ministry 1:1 and 2:1 ratios for 10 am and noon worship services provided by occupational, physical, music, speech language pathologists and host of volunteers. Specialized curriculum. 2277 Rosecrans St., SD, 92106 619-226-7625 www.sdrock.com Skyline Church A loving, nurturing ministry for children with special needs during Sunday worship services. Children experience individualized attention based on need during music, crafts and spiritual guidance. 11330 Campo Rd. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-660-5000 www.skylinechurch.org

YOGA Asanas for Autism and Special Needs Shawnee Thornton Hardy, a local educational/behavioral consultant, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, yoga therapist and M.Ed., teaches yoga to children and adults with Autism and special needs and leads teacher training workshops for people who want to do the same. 619-997-9492 www.asanasforautismand specialneeds.com

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If I Was a Bird Yoga Yoga Studio uses highly trained and qualified teachers for yoga and movement at all levels and abilities for kids ages 2-18. Also baby and me and infant massage. Uptown San Diego; Del Mar 858-775-2913 www.ifiwasabirdyoga.com Just Believe Yoga Individualized yoga for children with Autism to build confidence and self-esteem, increase muscle tone and endurance, teach self-regulation through breathing, offer a creative outlet and most importantly, have fun! www.justbelieveyoga.com Kids Yoga Classes at Addie’s AutismFitt Club Yoga classes for kids 4-11 with an occupational therapist and physical therapists specializing in kids with Autism. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 www.autismfitt.com Miss Debb’s “Yoga for Kids” at Golden Steps Debb Lubke, CYKT, COTA, provides yoga in your home, party, or recreational venue for fun, flexibility and fitness by an energetic, certified occupational therapy assistant. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Therapy Uptown (See listing under Occupational Therapy)

MISCELLANEOUS ORGANIZATIONS Al Bahr Shriners Philanthropic organization that raises money for children needing treatment for orthopedic, burn and spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate care in hospitals around the country.

5440 Kearny Mesa Rd. SD, 92111 858-292-0092 www.albahrshrine.org American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Our foremost philanthropic priority is to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the needs of children of veterans across this nation. Indianapolis, IN 317-630-1202 www.cwf-inc.org Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego 2440 Hotel Circle N. #200 SD, 92108 858-707-9474 www.sandiego.wish.org March of Dimes Committed to improving the health and welfare of pregnant women, premature babies and infants with birth defects through education and health advocacy. 9325 Sky Park Ct. #250 SD, 92123 858-576-1211 www.marchofdimes.org Easter Seals Southern California International charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with physical disabilities. Santa Ana, CA 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal Rady Children’s Hospital-Kohl’s Cares 100 percent of the net profit of every $5 book and toy purchased as part of San Diego’s Kohl’s Cares program is given to Rady Children’s Hospital. The Kohl’s Transportation Safety Program offers car seat inspections at Rady Children’s, which educates parents on how to install car seats, teen passenger safety, and installation services for children with special healthcare needs. www.radyfoundation.org www.kohls.com

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My Clay Critters $14.99; Klutz.com Kids follow simple step-bystep instructions to create 10 adorable ocean critters. Includes six colors of airdry clay, a shaping tool, and colorful pre-cut and custom pieces.

What Do I Do Flash Cards $11.99; Shop.eeboo.com This deck of cards helps children understand how to handle various social situations with poise, grace and confidence. Encourages kids to digest positive social behavior rather than memorize it, and helps them learn to respond to social cues.

Bolli Stretchy Teether Ball $5.99; OgoSport.com A tactile sensory ball that helps children and adults with sensory needs or Autism. The design and 100 percent silicone material make it an ideal fidget or oral sensory toy.

The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection by Kitanie Books $16.99; InvisibleIllnessBooks.com Workbooks written from a non-medical perspective support people with an invisible illness and address challenges that might be encountered after diagnosis. Contains practical advice, thought-provoking ideas, coloring pages, and lovable creatures that provide comfort and hope.

Squidgie Disc $5.99; Aerobie.com Squidgie disc is made of soft molded rubber and has a flexible, aerodynamic design, making it easy and comfortable to grip, bend, throw and catch. Drum Therapy Kit $14.99; various retailers Working with drums and rhythm supports motor and cognitive development, coordination, memory, discipline and communication skills. The Drums and Disabilities (D.A.D.) kit was created by awardwinning drum virtuoso/author Pat Gesualdo who revolutionized the drumming industry and enhanced special education curriculums with his D.A.D. programs. flourishing families 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •


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Benefits of Yoga

Yoga and mindfulness for children

has become a topic of interest and discussion in education and child development. Studies show that a consistent practice of mindfulness and yoga strategies in a child’s day can benefit social-emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. When offered from an accessible and mindful approach, children with special needs can benefit in the same ways as typical children, perhaps even more so, given their specific challenges. Yoga helps with body awareness, motor coordination, self-regulation, social-emotional development and it reduces anxiety.

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for Kids with Special Needs Having worked with children with Autism and special needs for many years, I notice a profound disconnect many have with their bodies, including difficulty recognizing and identifying body parts, lack of awareness of where their bodies are in space and not having the ability to identify how their bodies feel. Children who experience sensory processing difficulties especially struggle with body awareness and sensory regulation, including how fast they are moving, balance and coordination. Yoga calms the nervous system, helps the brain process information, promotes balance and motor coordination, and

How to make yoga accessible to children with special needs: Offer visual tools and supports. Children with language processing difficulties and those who are visual learners are more motivated by interesting and interactive visuals. Use direct and concrete language when giving instructions. This is particularly helpful to children with language processing difficulties and limited attention spans. Use props to ensure safety and success. Children with balance issues, motor-coordination difficulties and limited mobility benefit from props to support unique physical needs and challenges. Offer clear expectations. When children know what to expect and when to complete an activity, it decreases anxiety. Set kids up for success. Offer physical poses and breathing strategies that set children up for success in order to increase self-esteem, interest and motivation in yoga. Offering yoga to children with special needs is a tremendous gift and provides a wonderful experience when taught in an accessible way. Yoga offers an opportunity to have fun, to learn ways to relax and to develop mindfulness skills together as a family.

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teaches body vocabulary. Turning bodies into animals and shapes teaches children body awareness in fun and motivating ways. Yoga also helps children learn to express and release physical and emotional tension and difficult emotions. Children with language processing deficits in particular struggle with expressing emotions. Trying to communicate how they feel becomes an even bigger frustration and can cause meltdowns, outbursts and distress. A greater awareness of emotions and sensations is achieved through mindfulness and breathing activities, which foster mind-body connection and positive self-esteem. Many children with special needs struggle with social skills and socialinteraction. Children can learn crucial skills such as taking turns, language and communication, perspective and imitation through paired and group yoga activities and games. Anxiety can also impact children with special needs due to difficulty with communication, sensory sensitivities, physical limitations and more. Anxiety significantly affects sleep, mood, behavior, and physical and mental health. The practice of mindful breathing, guided imagery and poses that calm the nervous system help children develop coping skills, self-regulation and more effective responses to stress. All of these things improve sleep, mood, behavior, digestion and overall physical and emotional wellbeing. Teaching yoga to children with special needs requires patience, a positive approach and accommodations that make the practice accessible and set children up for success. v Shawnee Thornton Hardy is a local educational/behavioral consultant, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, yoga therapist and M.Ed. who has worked with children and adults with Autism and special needs for over 17 years. She is the author of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness. Learn more at www .asanasforautismandspecialneeds.com.


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