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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
ROLLING IT WITH LOCAL
ATHLETES PROVE LIFE ON WHEELS HAS NO BOUNDARIES
NAVIGATING MENTAL HEALTH HOW TO GET HELP FOR YOUR CHILD Published by
Resources for Families with Special Needs ARTICLES 5 Short & Sweet 6 The How and Why of Self-Care for Caregivers 15 Finding the Right Balance 16 Benefits and Risks of Genetic Testing 18 Rolling with It: Local Athletes Prove Life on Wheels Has No Boundaries 20 Navigating Mental Health: How to get help for your child 22 Enjoy an Accessible San Diego 78 Product Reviews
RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC DISABILITIES & DIAGNOSES 8 22q11.2 Deletion/ DiGeorge Syndrome/ VCFS
12 Spinal Cord Injuries
48 Independent Living
12 Tourette Syndrome
49 Infant/Toddler Specific
12 Miscellaneous Illness and Anomalies
51 In-Home Support Services
AREAS OF NEED
52 Integrative Approach to Therapies
24 Adaptive Equipment, Assistive Technology and Purposeful Play
52 Learning Disabilities
28 Assessment and Evaluation
53 Military Specific
54 Neuro Products
IMPERIAL VALLEY RESOURCES
29 Behavioral and Mental Health
54 Nonprofit Family Residences
34 Camps and Enrichment Programs
54 Nutrition/Feeding/ Home Health Products
37 Clothing/Accessories 37 College and the Adult Transition
39 Conflict Resolution/ Mediation
39 Dental Health
53 Medical Travel Aid
53 Music Therapy
55 Occupational Therapy 56 Parent and Family Resources 58 Party Planning and Special Events
39 Developmental Delay
59 Photography and Artistic Services
10 Brain & Spinal Injuries
40 Disaster Preparedness
59 Physical Therapy
11 Cerebral Palsy
44 Financial Planning and Trusts
66 Research Study Participation
46 Foster Care/Adoption
66 Residential and Supported Living
11 Cystic Fibrosis 11 Deaf/Hearing Impairment 11 Diabetes 12 Down Syndrome 12 Dyslexia 12 Epilepsy 12 Fragile X 12 Guillain-Barre Syndrome
46 General Health 47 Genetic Testing and Prenatal Screening 47 Hair Salons 47 Home Improvement/ Home Buying/Utilities 48 Hospice and Palliative Care
71 Therapy Dogs/Canine Service Organizations 72 Transportation 72 Vacation and Travel 72 Vision Health 73 Vocational Training/ Employment Options 73 Worship 74 Yoga 74 Miscellaneous Organizations
75 Behavioral and Mental Health 75 Dental Health 75 Developmental Delay Assessment and Coordination 76 Education 76 General Health 76 Hospice 76 Hippotherapy/ Therapeutic Riding 76 Independent Living 76 Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies 76 Parent and Family Resources
66 Respite/Childcare/ Skilled Nursing
77 Respite and Skilled Nursing
68 Social Skills Programs 69 Speech and Language 71 Therapeutic Riding Programs/Hippotherapy
77 Transportation 77 Vision Health 77 Worship
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Special Needs Resources are Here to Help! Flourishing Families is celebrating its 10th anniversary! It is the most comprehensive listing, including over 1,050 special needs resources in San Diego and Imperial Counties. First we have listings for specific disabilities (p. 8) and then areas of need, starting on page 24. We provide these to help parents and professionals find resources for children in need. Our helpful articles cover topics such as genetic testing, mental health and self-care for caregivers. Also included is a great article highlighting local student athletes on wheels. We want to thank all the advertisers who support this publication. Please tell them you saw their advertisements in Flourishing Families, which is produced by Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego, a nonprofit under the umbrella of San Diego Family Magazine. We take pride in providing a high-quality publication with accurate information. Every listing is updated annually. If you discover something is out of date, let us know so we can update the digital edition.
on the web Here are some of the articles you’ll find at www.SNRFSD.org. Simply enter titles in the search bar.
Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development Understanding the IEP Process Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities for the Workforce Taking Anger to Task: Advocating through Emotion Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster? Accessible Family Vacations
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Secretary Michele Hancock Treasurer Linda Bay Graphic & Cover Design Rik Thiesfeld Managing Editor Lisa Gipson Resource Specialist Emily Dolton
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This magazine, for San Diego & Imperial County families, is published annually by San Diego Family Magazine LLC. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily the opinions of this publication. We reserve the right to edit submissions.
Thank You to Our Sponsors! Your generous support makes Flourishing Families: The Resource Guide for Families with Special Needs possible.
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association...............37 All Kids Academy Head Start ....................................48 The Arc of San Diego...............................................50 Autism Society/Aqua Pros Swim School.....................60 AYSO- 152..............................................................60 Banyan Tree.............................................................40 Behavioral Health & Wellness......................................7 Centria Autism.........................................................31
Short & Sweet
Free Rides for Children with Cancer Emilio Nares Foundation has a mission to ensure no child misses cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Currently serving San Diego, Imperial and Orange Counties, the Ride with Emilio program provides free rides for underprivileged children and their parents to and from the hospital for cancer-related appointments. Learn how to support their efforts at www.enfhope.org.
Community ConNext Little Big Steps.........................32 Compass Academy..................................................41 Digital Media Academy.............................................35 Fleet Science Center................................................61 Foundation for Developmental Disabilities..................57 Fred Finch Youth Center...........................................33 Hanger Clinic...........................................................25 Home of Guiding Hands............................................45 Law Offices of Meagan Nuñez..................................27 Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey..........................2, 27 Little Language Ambassadors...................................42 Mainly Mozart............................................................9 Microcurrent 4 Kids..................................................53 The New Children’s Museum of San Diego................59 Qualcomm Inclusion & Diversity Division....................13 Renaissance Village Academy...................................43 San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum...................80 San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.....................................64 San Diego Educational Therapy.................................44 San Diego Family Magazine......................................79 San Diego Public Library Binford I Can Too Center......41 Special Needs Resource Foundation of SD...........17, 21 Special Olympics of Southern California.....................65 TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids................29 Therapeutic Recreation Services-SD Park & Rec........65 Towards Maximum Independence (TMI).....................49 UltraStar Cinemas....................................................67
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Flourishing Families Wins Two Excellence in Journalism Awards! San Diego Press Club recognized the 2018 edition of Flourishing Families with two journalism awards: second place in the Special Interest/One-Time Publications category, and first place in the Education category to contributing writer, Emily Dolton, for her article, “Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development.” Read the article at www.SNRFSD.org.
ToyBox Tools Improves Play Time In collaboration with The Autism Project, Hasbro has developed ToyBox Tools, a collection of free resources to help parents, teachers and caregivers engage children of all abilities in the joy of play. The program offers wait cards, countdown timers, playmats and playbooks with step-by-step instructions on how to play with classic Hasbro toys. It’s perfect for kids who need extra guidance on playing with toys individually or socially. Learn more at https:// toyboxtools.hasbro.com/en-us. Mapigator Launches in 2019 We’re excited to help introduce Mapigator, a free app developed by local moms to meet the needs of their children with disabilities. Customize Mapigator with your preferences (such as accessibility or food allergies) to find the best restaurants, services, entertainment and shopping that meet your family’s needs. Launching Summer 2019. Sign up now at www.mapigator.com.
Connect with Us! Subscribe to the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego’s bi-monthly eNewsletter at www.SNRFSD.org.
Youth Program Days at Braille Institute San Diego Youth Program Days encourage kids (ages 7–19) who are blind or visually impaired to build and strengthen independent living skills, social skills and selfconfidence. The free program is offered on select Saturdays throughout the year. Registration required. Visit www .brailleinstitute.org for more information.
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The How and Why of
Self-Care for Caregivers Many caregivers live with chronic stress—the kind
that gnaws at mental and physical health. It can lead to Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Even burnout, fatigue and strained relationships. Parenting a short session can help reset your mind, body and perspective. a child with special needs can be all-consuming, but Rood recommends the Calm app, or guided meditations on caregivers who practice effective stress-management can YouTube. improve the whole family’s wellness. “I’ve worked in a Exercise hospital environment for 30 years,” says Lisa Thompson, RN. “It’s very clear that when a parent is agitated, the child Try to be active for at least 30 minutes every day and reduce is affected. When the parent is able to do self-care, this daily sedentary time. Take a relaxing walk near your home or reflects to the child.” try a brief yoga workout. YouTube has floor Those who haven’t practiced selfand chair exercise routines for newbies. care in a while (or ever) may not know Find something enjoyable and commit to how to begin a new routine. It’ll look a daily practice, even if you can only spare different than it did before kids. There five minutes at a time. could be feelings of worry or guilt to Ask for Support acknowledge, address and ultimately Caregivers need occasional alone time. set aside. Remember: self-care is vital Express Gratitude: Write Maybe your babysitter said she couldn’t for caregivers and their children. Here down what you’re grateful for come back. Maybe your child’s grandparent are some ideas to get started: or say it out loud. Anxiety often declined to help. Put those painful melts away when you’re feeling Mindfulness experiences behind you. There is someone genuinely thankful. Awareness is an excellent place to start. who can care for your child while you slip Breathe: Thompson says to When we practice mindfulness, we away. Ask fellow parents and your child’s begin simple breath work by notice our thoughts, and examine the care providers to help search for respite care asking, “Do I hold my breath? Is feelings we have in response to those that meets your family’s specific needs. there tension in the chest and thoughts. “You can become aware of Treat Yourself abdomen?” Gently breathe into the positive and negative responses those tight or stuck areas and Once you find a reliable caregiver, don’t you have to certain thoughts and release by exhaling. hesitate to slip away for a massage or experiences,” says Erica Rood of Inspire pedicure. Go to happy hour. Walk through Balance Life Coaching. “Mindfulness Rest: Step away for a an art gallery. If it makes you feel centered also supports you in being grounded quick break when you feel and relaxed, it’s worth the effort! v in the present moment, rather than overwhelmed. spiraling into thoughts about the Motivate: Post an inspirational Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and future or past, which tend to trigger quote where you’ll see it often. mother of two boys. Her older brother has unhelpful and unnecessary worry, special needs. fear or anxiety.”
Easy Self-Care Steps to Take Right Now
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Resources for Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego
22Q11.2 DELETION/ DIGEORGE SYNDROME/VCFS
22Q and You Center Resource for families of children with 22Q; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 215-590-2920 www.chop.edu/centersprograms/22q-and-you-center
Massachusetts General Hospital 22Q11.2 Clinic and Resource List Provides expert, evidence-based care, research, resources and healthcare guidelines for patients with DiGeorge Syndrome, VeloCardio-Facial Syndrome, and Conotruncal Anomaly Face Syndrome, and others. 617-726-1561 www.massgeneral.org/children/ services/treatmentprograms .aspx?id=1815
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/specialties/22q-center 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 The International 22q 11.2 Foundation, Inc. Information, family support and resources.
ADD/ADHD A.D.D. WareHouse Provides resources, Ambassador Individualized Support Program, virtual peer support groups and workshops. 800-233-9273 www.addwarehouse.com Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) 800-939-1019 www.add.org
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Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Advocacy, support, training and resources for ADHD. 800-233-4050 www.chadd.org Hilber Psychological Services Dr. Hilber specializes in working with children and teenagers with ADD/ADHD, anxiety and behavioral issues. 3511 Camino del Rio S. #303 SD, 92108 619-630-7793 www.hilberpsychsandiego.com 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. 720 Gateway Center Dr. #A SD, 92102 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 Understood Comprehensive online resource for those with learning and attention issues. www.understood.org
AUTISM AblePathways (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See listing under Education)
AutismBrainNet Provides resources and up-to-theminute info on Autism discoveries through a network of universities focused on the importance of brain donation for future research. 877-333-0999 www.TakesBrains.org Autism Asperger’s Digest www.autismdigest.com Autism Center of Excellence Laboratory dedicated to discovering the causes of Autism and developing treatment in children as young as 12 months. 8110 La Jolla Shores Dr. #201 La Jolla, CA 92037 858-534-6912 www.autism-center.ucsd.edu/ Pages/default.aspx 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 evaluations, 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. 3685 Kearny Villa Rd. SD, 92123 858-966-7453 www.rchsd.org/autism Autism Interventions and Resources (AIR) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) 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 Ongoing research provides resources and advocacy for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. 4182 Adams Ave., SD, 92116 833-281-7165 www.autism.com Autism Research Journal, Wiley Online Library Provides articles and journals on Autism. www.autismresearchjournal .com 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 Monthly digital publication that supports the Autism community. www.asquarterly.com 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
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with Autism in need and to support Autism research and cures. 2226 River Run Dr. #163 SD, 92108 888-815-2676 www.biancausa.org California Association for Behavioral Analysis (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Centria Autism (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Community ConNext (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) 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. www.FlutieFoundation.org Interactive Autism Network Contributes to advancements in understanding and treating ASD through a community resource library, research registry and network. www.iancommunity.org Little Big Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Mainly Mozart (See listing under Recreation) National Autism Center Provides resources and information nationally. 877-313-3833 www.nationalautismcenter.org
National Council on Severe Autism Advocates for policy change and provides service solutions individuals, families and caregivers affected by severe forms of Autism and related disorders. www.ncsautism.org
National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) Nonprofit that supports the development, expansion and support of Autism programs and services through family resources, workshops and grants. 858-679-8800 www.NFAR.org
Blind Community Connect Center of San Diego Resources, support, and recreational opportunities for blind and visually impaired adults and children. 1805 Upas St., SD, 92103 619-298-5021 www.bccsd.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 People’s Care Autism Services (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) 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
American Foundation for the Blind Resources for those living with blindness or visual impairment. 800-232-5463 www.afb.org
Braille Institute (San Diego Braille Institute Regional Sight Center) Resources, programs and a variety of social opportunities for individuals with blindness or visual impairment. 4555 Executive Dr., SD, 92121 858-452-1111 www.brailleinstitute.org/ sandiego 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
Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 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
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
San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired Vision rehabilitation services including assistive tech, counseling, education, advocacy, and facility assessment.
TeachTown (See listing under Education)
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5922 El Cajon Blvd., SD, 92115 619-583-1542 1385 Bonair Rd. Vista, CA 92084 760-758-5956 www.sdcb.org The Vision of Children Foundation Through ongoing research provides resources, tools and support to visually impaired individuals and their families. 12555 High Bluff Dr. #330 SD, 92130 858-314-7916 www.visionofchildren.org
BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES Brain Injury Association of America Information on the diagnosis and treatment of brain injury. 800-444-6443 www.biausa.org Brain Injury Resource Center The largest web-based collection of medical and legal information about brain injury. 206-621-8558 www.headinjury.com Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Research, education and resources for those living with MS. 800-532-7667 www.mymsaa.org National Brain Tumor Society Research, drug development, clinical trials, advocacy and resources for those with brain tumors. 617-924-9997 www.braintumor.org National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness) National Multiple Sclerosis Society 10089 Willow Creek Rd. #250 SD, 92131 760-448-8400 800-344-4867 www.nationalmssociety.org
San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Provides resources, education, community awareness and adult housing for those with brain injury. 619-294-6541 www.sdbif.org Spina Bifida Association Greater San Diego Support Provides education, advocacy and resources for those living with Spina Bifida. 619-491-9018 www.spinabifidaassociation.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/ orthopedic-help United Spinal Association Support and services for the spinal cord injury and disease community. www.unitedspinal.org
CANCER American Cancer Society Resources for treatment, nutrition, caregiving, insurance and maintaining health. Also has research opportunities and helps with transportation to treatment. 5333 Mission Center Rd. #105 SD, 92108 619-299-4200 www.cancer.org Emilio Nares Foundation Provides a resource guide for parents, rides to cancer treatments, in-hospital treat bags, end-of-life guidance, and bilingual staffed resource rooms at Rady Children’s and CHOC. 2650 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-571-3328 www.enfhope.org
Friends of Scott Provides gas and gift cards to families traveling to cancer treatments and events for children battling cancer. 6977 Navajo Rd. #168 SD, 92119 619-993-2917 www.friendsofscott.org National Children’s Cancer Society Provides assistance to families who need to travel for cancer treatments. St. Louis, MO 314-241-1600 www.thenccs.org Ped-Onc Resource Center Resources for living with and surviving childhood cancer. www.ped-onc.org
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. 3030 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x5362 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/cerebral-palsy-center United Cerebral Palsy Foundation National Center for Information on Cerebral Palsy and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. 800-872-5827 www.ucp.org 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
for deaf-blind individuals. 516-944-8900 x253 VP: 516-570-3246 www.hknc.org
Network Interpreting Service Private sign language interpreting referral agencies. 4201 Mt. Voss Dr., SD, 92117 800-284-1043 Text: 858-799-0123 VP: 208-425-7104 www.networkinterpretingservice .com
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation San Diego Chapter Provides clinic trials, resources, advocacy and activities for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. 10455 Sorrento Valley Rd. #103 SD, 92121 858-452-2873 www.cff.org
DEAF/HARD OF HEARING CA Hands and Voices Group dedicated to providing resources, recreational activities, camps, education, and advocacy for individuals who are D/HH and their families. www.cahandsandvoices.org 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 Videophone: 619-550-3436 www.deafcommunityservices.org Deaf Education and Families (DEAF) Project at CSUN Education, resources, lending library, fun activities and parent to parent support for children and adults who are D/HH. 18111 Nordhoff St. #EA 111 Northridge, CA 91330-8265 818-677-6854 V/VP www.csun.edu/deafproject Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults Information, support and advocacy
Resource Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Tools, tips and the most comprehensive guide to everything parents need to navigate services for children who are D/HH: schools, programs, community resources, parent supports accessible tech and more. www.empoweryourfamily.org 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)
DIABETES American Diabetes Association Offers dietary support, resources, research, info and advocacy for those living with Diabetes. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #100 SD, 92122 619-234-9897 800-DIABETES (342-2383) www.diabetes.org Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Dedicated to finding a cure for and supporting individuals with Diabetes. 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106 SD, 92121 800-533-CURE (2873) 858-597-0240 www.jdrf.org
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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
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 Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Provides free educational and therapeutic-based programing to individuals with Down Syndrome and support for their families. Christ Lutheran Church 4761 Cass St., SD, 92109 858-333-5743 www.gigisplayhouse.org/ sandiego 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. Now offering clinics for older children. 7920 Frost St. #200 SD, 92123 858-966-5840 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/down-syndromecenter Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation (See listing under Foster Care and Adoptive Services)
DYSLEXIA The International Dyslexia Association Tools, info and resources for those with Dyslexia. 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 www.epilepsysandiego.org Talk About It! Website dedicated to understanding that Epilepsy is a naturally occurring
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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 www.fragilexsandiego.org 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) Nonprofit that brings together professionals and families for research, understanding and support. 866-224-3301 www.gbs-cidp.org
LUPUS Lupus Foundation of America National center for research and advocacy for those with Lupus. 800-558-0121 www.lupus.org Lupus Foundation of Southern California Offers support groups, resources and insurance advice for those living with Lupus. 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. SD, 92123 858-278-2788 www.lupussandiego.com
SPINAL CORD INJURIES (See Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries)
TOURETTE SYNDROME Tourette Association of America Southern California Chapter Resources, support, camps and recreational opportunities for those living with Tourette Syndrome. 855-487-2762 www.tsa-socal.org
MISCELLANEOUS ILLNESSES AND ANOMALIES 9pMinus/Alfi’s Syndrome: Chromosome 9pMinus Network Website with resources for individuals with Monosomy 9p. 920-931-2644 www.9pminus.org 11Q Research and Resource Group Support, research and yearly conference to support those with any abnormalities of the 11th chromosome. www.11qusa.org Aicardi Syndrome Foundation Support, resources and registry for people with this rare neurological disorder. www.aicardisyndrome foundation.org American Cleft PalateCraniofacial Association (ACPA) Resources for those with cleft lip and palate including Cleftline Bears (teddies with cleft stitches), educational materials, grants and scholarships. 800-242-5338 www.cleftline.org Angelman Syndrome Foundation Resources, research and info for those living with AS. 800-432-6435 www.angelman.org The Association for X and Y Chromosome Variations (AXYS) Dedicated to providing information,
connection and support to individuals with one or more extra X or Y chromosomes. 888-999-9428 www.genetic.org Bohring-Opitz Syndrome/ASXL1 Dedicated to mapping those diagnosed with ASXL1 for research, resources, supports and developing best practices. www.bohring-opitz.org Bridge the Gap SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation Parent run organization raising awareness and searching out treatments for single gene mutations like Fragile X, Angelman, Rett and Phlean-McDermid Syndromes associated with SYNGAP1. www.bridgesyngap.org Burn Institute San Diego 8825 Aero Dr. #200 SD, 92123 858-541-2277 www.burninstitute.org California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) Resources and information on prevention and healthcare reform for those with chronic conditions and diseases. 916-444-1985 www.chroniccareca.org 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 Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society Dedicated to research and information for all anomalies of Chromosome 18. www.chromosome18.org Chromosome Disorder Outreach Raises awareness and provides
resources for those with rare chromosome disorders. 561-395-4252 www.chromodisorder.org Complex Child Monthly online source of information written by parents of medically complex children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. www.complexchild.org Distal Trisomy 10q Families Registry of individuals with Trisomy10q that helps provide data, support and resources. www.trisomy10q.org Duplication Cares Support and information for those affected by 7q11.23 Duplication. 440-853-7023 www.duplicationcares.org DYRK1A Syndrome Research and information regarding disrupted chromosome 21Q22.13. www.dyrk1a.org FASD Network of Southern California Information and support resources for parents, caregivers, advocates, educators and treatment professionals of persons who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). 760-582-1266 www.fasdsoutherncalifornia.org Five P Minus Society Provides valuable information, education and support for families, educators, and medical professionals about 5P Minus or Cris Du Chat Syndrome. www.fivepminus.org
illustrations and basic explanations of genes, testing, therapy and research. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer
by hypoparathyroidism through research, resources and education. www.hypopara.org
Global Genes The leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy nonprofit organization. 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. 8775 Aero Dr. #330, SD, 92123 858-598-5967 www.ibpf.org
GeneCards Integrative database that provides comprehensive, user-friendly information on all annotated and predicted human genes. www.genecards.org
Helping Hands for GAND Supports individuals and families affected by GATAD2B-associated neurodevelopmental disorder (GAND), to increase awareness, and to work toward research and treatment. www.gatad2b.org
Genetics Home Reference (NIH) Parent-friendly, printable introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including
HypoPARAthyroidism Association, Inc. Nonprofit patient organization working to improve lives touched
International Foundation for CDKL5 Research Information, research and support on CDKL5. www.cdkl5.com International FOXG1 Foundation Information and research for those with FOXG1. www.foxg1.org
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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 International Trisomy 13/18 Alliance Information and support groups for those with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. www.internationaltrisomyalliance .com Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodefficiency Nonprofit patient organization providing a physician finder, resources, research and advocacy for people with immune issues. www.info4pi.org KAT6A Foundation Family group that registers families, supports research and disseminates information related to KAT6A. www.chloekat6a.org KBG Foundation Research, information and supports for children living with KBG and their families. www.kbgfoundation.com LGS Foundation Parent and clinician organization that improves the lives of individuals affected by Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome through research, family support programs and education. www.lgsfoundation.org Little People of America (LPA) Support and resources for those with Achondroplasia. 254-533-2644 www.lpaonline.org The Magic Foundation Nonprofit organization created to provide parent-to-parent support services for families of children afflicted with a variety of chronic and critical disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth. 800-362-4423 www.magicfoundation.org
MalaCards Integrated database of human maladies and their annotations. www.malacards.org Mended Little Hearts Education, advocacy, support for families with children with heart disease. 888-432-7899 www.mendedhearts.org Mowat-Wilson Syndrome Foundation Patient registry, research, grants and family support for those with MowatWilson Syndrome. www.mowat-wilson.org Muscular Dystrophy Association National organization dedicated to research and cure with resources for care, support and recreation. 800-572-1717 www.mda.org National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) 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. 800-999-6673 www.rarediseases.org Orange Socks Nonprofit that provides parents searching for a diagnosis (or parents with newly diagnosed children) with links to national organizations. Also connects expectant parents who have in-utero diagnoses with a parent who has a child with the same or similar diagnosis. www.orangesocks.org Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome (PRISMS) Research, information and family supports for kids with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. www.prisms.org
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Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) Foundation Information, patient registry and support for people living with 22q13 Deletion Syndrome (PMS). www.pmsf.org Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation Resources, research and support for people with Pitt-Hopkins. www.pitthopkins.org Potocki-Shaffer Syndrome Information and support for those living with 11P 11.2 Deletion www.potockishaffersyndrome .org Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) USA Family support and medical resources for those with Prader-Willi Syndrome. 800-926-4797 www.pwsausa.org Public Health Grand Rounds (CDC) Monthly series created to foster discussion and debate and increase awareness and advocacy on major public health issues. 800-232-4636 www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/ index.htm PURA Syndrome Foundation Information and support for children with a genetic anomaly of 5Q 31.3 www.purasyndrome.org Rare and Undiagnosed Network A group of advocates, families, and healthcare providers who work to empower rare and undiagnosed patients with genomic information and community through advocacy, networking and support. www.rareundiagnosed.org Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) Information, research and coping strategies for those with RSDSA/ CRPS. 877-662-7737 www.rsds.org
SATB2gene.com Medical information and resources for people with SATB2 (Glass Syndrome). www.satb2gene.com Simons VIP Connect Online community that supports families with rare genetic variants associated with Autism and developmental delay. Provides access to resources, information and family support. www.simonsvipconnect.org Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation Information on diagnosis, treatment, support and clinical research on Sjogren’s Syndrome www.sjogrens.org SOFT Information and support for people with Trisomy 18 or 13. www.trisomy.org Stickler Involved People (SIP) Support group and resource page for those with Stickler Syndrome. (Stickler’s Syndrome) 316-259-5194 www.stickler.org STXBP1 Disorders Parent organization that provides funds for research and supports scientists and medical professionals dedicated to ending STXBP1 Epileptic Encephalopathy. www.stxdisorders.org Tracking Rare Incidence Syndromes (TRIS) Project Seeks to increase the knowledge base on rare incidence trisomy conditions, and to make this information available to families and medical professionals. www.tris.siu.edu Turner Syndrome Society Provides resources, support and clinical care guidelines for those with Turner Syndrome. 800-365-9944 www.turnersyndrome.org Unique The rare chromosome disorder support group. www.rarechromo.org v
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Finding the Right Balance Ringing in the ears. Motion
sickness. Unsteady walking. Difficulty focusing. If your child has these symptoms, you may be struggling to make sense of them. Fortunately, there’s a place that can help. It is estimated that up to 15 percent of all children have issues with dizziness, and as many as 50 percent of kids with hearing loss have dizziness or balance issues. These symptoms can be the result of an inner ear balance problem known as a vestibular disorder. Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego launched the Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders in June 2017. The first of its kind in Southern California, the clinic evaluates children with balance and vestibular symptoms through a variety of specialized tests. If a vestibular disorder is suspected, parents can obtain a referral (from a pediatrician or specialist) for a medical evaluation with Rady Children’s Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) and for assessment with the Audiology department. The Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders offers a range of vestibular disorder tests:
from the vestibular system. Children are guided through a variety of head and body positions, which allows assessment of the connection between the eyes and balance. Air or water is also introduced into the ear canals to determine if each ear responds appropriately.
Rotational Testing (Rotating Chair) This test assesses the vestibulo-ocular reflex, which allows a person to focus while moving, such as reading a street sign while walking. The test is completed in a darkened room using a computerized swivel chair with the child either seated alone or on a parent’s lap. The child wears video goggles that record eye movements as the chair swivels back and forth.
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP) The VEMP assesses how well the cochlear nerve is working. Sound plays through earphones while the child reclines on a table and is asked to raise his head or eyes for various periods of time. The movement is recorded from electrodes that are placed on the head and body.
Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT)
This test documents a child’s ability to follow objects with his eyes and how well the eyes respond to information
This test assesses all three semicircular canals and both branches of the vestibular nerve. Goggles are
placed on the child’s head and the examiner gently turns his head in different directions.
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) CDP measures a child’s ability to remain still and maintain balance in everyday conditions. During this test, the child stands barefoot facing an image and is asked to remain as still as possible. Both the image and the platform on which the child stands move for portions of the test. This allows for the assessment of the vestibular, visual and oculomotor systems as they work together to help maintain balance. The Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders is located near the Rady Children’s Hospital campus. For families who live outside central San Diego, screenings are offered at outpatient clinics in Escondido, Torrey Hills and Murrieta to determine if further testing at the balance clinic is needed. For more information, call 858-966-8100 or visit www.rchsd.org. v Julie Purdy, Ph.D, CCC-A, is the manager of audiology at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and Kelly Randich, PT, DPT, is the manager of physical therapy.
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What to know about Genetic Testing Benefits, risks and limitations People consider genetic testing
for many reasons, such as having a child with special needs, having a family history of a disorder, planning for pregnancy or simple curiosity. A genetic diagnosis can help put pieces of a puzzle together, as in the case of this family: Karen had an uneventful pregnancy with her daughter Eva, just as she had with two older children. Karen was in excellent health and took care to avoid unnecessary exposures during pregnancy; prenatal screenings indicated the pregnancy was low-risk. Eva arrived three weeks early, but Karen wasn’t worried until she didn’t hear crying after delivery. In fact, Eva was limp and quiet. She had unusual physical features, including a smaller head (microcephaly) and a high arched palate that made it difficult to latch on for breastfeeding. Eva also had a congenital heart defect that required surgery at 4 months of age. Eva’s parents couldn’t help but wonder why.
They saw many specialists, but none could provide a reason for Eva’s health issues and developmental delay. The family was referred to a medical geneticist when Eva was almost one. After a thorough physical examination, the geneticist suspected Eva had Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic condition with characteristic facial features that can affect multiple parts of the body. Genetic testing confirmed the diagnosis—a damaging variant in the KMTD2 gene was found. The geneticist and a genetic counselor reviewed the inheritance of Kabuki syndrome (and its genetic basis) with Eva’s parents, which provided a reason for Eva’s health issues. The diagnosis was not their fault. Eva’s parents found other families who have children with Kabuki syndrome who offered practical information and much-needed emotional support. Doctors were able to take better care of Eva, now that they had a diagnosis.
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Benefits of Genetic Testing Genetic diagnoses are made through diagnostic testing or genetic testing (or both) by a medical geneticist or other genetics expert. A genetic diagnosis may: • Help doctors take better care of a child with special needs. • Provide a name for a condition and answers for a family. • Guide a family to community resources geared to a specific genetic condition. • Connect a family to other parents of children with the same diagnosis. • Provide the opportunity to join clinical trials on a specific syndrome. Parents of children with genetic syndromes often become experts on that syndrome; some parent social media groups have led to the development of foundations for research.
Risks Associated with Genetic Testing There is a risk for genetic discrimination with all genetic tests. Currently, there is a federal law in place called GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), which prevents health insurers, group health plans and employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic test results. However, this protection does not extend to long-term care, life or disability insurance. It also does not apply to individuals who are in the military. To find out more about GINA, visit www.genome.gov/10002328/ genetic-discrimination-fact-sheet. Genetic testing may reveal information that can be unexpected or upsetting, such as a family member having a genetic disorder or biologic relationships not being as stated.
Genetic counseling is recommended before and after genetic testing. For more information, visit: Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine www.radygenomics.org National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) www.nsgc.org/ findageneticcounselor American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) www.acmg.net
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• There may be no direct benefit to a child, even if a genetic diagnosis is made.
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• There are different types of diagnostic genetic tests. Working with a genetics expert ensures that the right test is ordered and administered.
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• Genetic testing does not always provide a diagnosis or an answer.
A Note about Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Testing Direct-to-consumer genetic tests (DTC), such as 23andMe, allow consumers to “order” genetic testing without guidance of a medical professional. These are not diagnostic tests, so results from them should not guide medical decision-making. If something runs in your family, see your doctor, who may provide a referral to a genetic specialist for appropriate risk assessment and diagnostic testing. If you decide to send in a sample, read information provided by the company carefully and ask these questions:
Limitations of Genetic Testing
Seek a Professional Consultation with a medical geneticist or genetic counselor is recommended if you’re considering genetic testing, so that risks, benefits and limitations can be thoroughly reviewed. A genetic professional will record a thorough family history to assess whether or not an individual is at increased risk for a genetic condition. The goal is to ensure that people who choose to have genetic testing do so with informed consent and the correct genetic test is ordered. In some cases, a parent or individual may decline to have genetic testing done due to concerns about genetic discrimination and privacy or the potential for psychological harm. v Lisa Salz, MS, LCGC is a genetic counselor at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.
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T I H T I W G N I L ROL Local Athletes Prove Life on
Wheels Has No Boundaries
A single look at freshman Riley Phelps’ activity schedule is exhausting. Whether she’s hitting the slopes in Mammoth with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (with brother Evan snowboarding by her side), surfing the waves in La Jolla, or cheering on the Chieftains as part of the Clairemont High School Cheer Team, you can bet she will not be idle in 2019. Riley’s mom, Cheryl, doesn’t consider afterschool programs to be exclusively for typical kids, so when cheer tryouts came around, Riley just rolled on in. Now she cheers at home games as a member of the varsity squad. Riley practices with a 1:1 aide after school, who also helps her perform in high school plays. Without Riley’s extracurricular endeavors, she was often seen as the little blonde girl in the purple wheelchair. “We constantly hear, ‘I didn’t know she can do that,’” says Cheryl. “It increases awareness of Riley’s abilities.” Riley’s dad Drew, an avid outdoorsman, connects with both kids through surfing and skiing, which also keep the family in top physical shape. “Riley maintains a vast social network online until she can rekindle those relationships at events,” says Drew. “Every organization brings new friends. We get to know the parents and Evan gets to know the siblings.” Families connect through various programs to build a network of support for their athletes. Riley’s parents decided early on that in order for both kids to enjoy the best of San Diego, they were going to need the right equipment. Riley is one of many kids supported by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), which provides grants for adaptive sports equipment, including her big-wheeled beach chair, adaptive surfboard and a special three-wheeled bicycle. Riley and Evan regularly participate in fun runs for CAF and fundraisers that provide equipment for Riley and other athletes to participate in sports programs in San Diego County.
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Angelo “Tigershark” Sanchez
Ten-year-old Angelo “Tigershark” Sanchez is an off-road beast who nabbed a national record in the 1,500-meter race in his everyday chair. He is one of only two pediatric wheelchair athletes to compete in the Spartan Kid Races: tough, muddy obstacle competitions that challenge kids to use every muscle to complete them. He has finished three and earned the coveted Trifecta. Angelo has benefitted from grants from Challenged Athletes Foundation and Kelly Brush Foundation — both have helped provide specialized equipment so he could compete. The nickname Tigershark emerged after Angelo insisted he felt just as much at home in the water (shark) as on the land (tiger). The Life Rolls On and Stoked for Life Foundations have
provided ample opportunities for Angelo to surf and raise awareness since age 2. Angelo competes in nine land and water sports, but he’s not all brawn — he also choreographs and performs graceful dance routines with his sister Gracie. They perform with the Wheelchair Dancer Organization and in school assemblies that raise inclusion awareness, which their dad Mike helps organize. In these events, students learn about disabilities and participate in an all-abilities flash mob. In Mike’s “Wheelchair for a Day” events, typical students are encouraged to try out a chair and brave a simple wheelchair obstacle course. With his sights set on the Paralympic Games, there is nothing holding Angelo back. When Angelo was 4 years old he told his parents, “When someone says I’m too little or I don’t look that strong, or I hear people whisper, ‘How will he complete this? He’s in a wheelchair!’, it makes me want to show them that I can do it.” Angelo has a “just watch me” attitude that fuels motivation. He never quits or lets perceived limitations get in the way.
Michelle Bautista, our cover girl on the 2014 issue of Flourishing Families, is killing it on the courts. Her Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA) wheelchair basketball team, San Diego Hammer, went to nationals last year and expects to move forward from regionals again this spring. Michelle, a freshman at Valhalla High School, has been a member of ASRA’s basketball program for 10 years. As a small forward, her job is just as much defense as it is offense. On a wheelchair team, there are five players on the court. Michelle must drive and guard the ball, shoot from long distances, and defend and steal the ball as the other team drives. Michelle’s experience has also enhanced her social game as she builds connections with other teams and national coaches, most notably at the University of Arizona’s summer basketball camp. The women’s team coach introduced Michelle to collegiate level play to prepare for that next big step, as team participation really helps with the social aspect of transitioning to college. These student-athletes are not only maintaining a balance of physical and mental health, they are providing others with the chance to understand that every sport is for everyone, regardless of ability. Flourishing Families is committed to maintaining an ever-growing list of recreational opportunities for students with physical challenges as well as intellectual and developmental delay. Visit the Recreation sections in the San Diego listing and Imperial County listing to discover programs. v Emily Dolton is a local mom and resource parent. flourishing families 2019 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •
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NAVIGAT ING MENTAL HEALTH
HOW TO GET HELP FOR YOUR CHILD Michelle Gummerus
experienced her son’s first severe mental health episode when he was 8 years old. “When he had a really bad hallucination, he would scream so loud, it was like somebody was trying to kill him,” Gummerus says. At first, doctors did not know what to do about Nate. Doctors told Gummerus, “I’ve never seen an adult like this, let alone a child.” At age 10 Nate was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The mental illness is typically diagnosed in the late teens to early 30s, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It hasn’t been an easy journey. Now 16 years old, Nate has been in and out of the hospital more than 100 times. Although Nate’s case is rare, the search for answers is something
parents of children with mental health diagnoses can relate to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) characterizes mental disorders as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave or handle emotions. The CDC says the most common mental health diagnoses in children include ADHD, behavior problems, Anxiety and Depression. One in six children between the ages of 2 and 8 have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. Among young children, the CDC shows that boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder. Gummerus had to find support immediately due to the severity of her son’s mental health issues. She says knowing who to call and how to get
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help is critical. “The most important thing is finding a doctor who will diagnose and put [your child] on the right medication, and actually be there for you,” Gummerus says. She also emphasizes the importance of keeping on top of medication because needs can change as children grow older. If you have a child who has difficulty communicating, parent Emily Dolton suggests starting with your pediatrician. Be proactive. “Trust your instincts. If you suspect there’s something wrong, there are different avenues [where] you can go,” Dolton says. She wants people to understand that mental health is the same as physical health, so a child’s primary doctor can recommend a specialist. However, Dolton advises, just talking about a child’s mental health isn’t
When looking for a mental health provider, the National Institute of Mental Health suggests asking these questions: Do you use treatment approaches supported by research?
How will progress from treatment be evaluated?
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Melissa Mecija is a freelance writer and mother of two. She is also a reporter/ anchor for 10News, the ABC affiliate in San Diego.
the programs. “There are resources. There are people here to talk through treatment and options. We want families to feel empowered,” Porterfield says. Parents can also call 211 if they need help, Porterfield says. It’s a San Diego County information hub to connect people with community resources. If a mental health situation involves immediate safety concerns, request PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) through 911 or your local law enforcement agency. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for children with mental health issues, but the priority is finding a provider who can best help. “Your priorities need to be helping your child first because the sooner you get help, the better the outcome will be,” Gummerus says. “You want the best for your kids, so you just have to keep going and not give up.” v
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enough. Parents need to learn how to talk about it. “You need the correct language to go down the right path,” she says. “Doctors tend to speak in very clinical terms and parents tend to describe feelings. Your pediatrician is not a feelings doctor.” Dolton’s 14-year-old son was diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome at birth. According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, those with this syndrome may also have psychiatric illness, Anxiety, repetitive behaviors and difficulty with social interactions. Dolton says her son’s syndrome puts him at higher risk for developing Schizophrenia. Because of his early diagnosis, her family searched for resources right from the start. “The earlier parents and doctors find treatment, the better off the child will be. The sooner kids get tools, the less likely they’ll self-injure. The less likely they are to feel helpless and go into depression,” Dolton says. As her son got older, Dolton was advised to back off on expectations and not to push too hard. That was a difficult concept to get used to. “Because society says don’t undercut what he’s capable of,” Dolton says. “But pushing is what causes mental health breakdowns and then you wind up with a kid in the hospital, which is what happened to us.” There are hospitals in San Diego County that will work with children and families to develop a mental health plan. Sharp Mesa Vista in Kearny Mesa is the largest privately operated psychiatric hospital the county. The hospital holds 149 beds with more than 40 affiliated psychiatrists. It offers programs for both children and adults. “As parents are wondering if we’re going to be a good fit, the best way to find out is call. Have a conversation with one of our clinicians over the phone,” says Emma Porterfield, a clinical psychologist and Mesa Vista’s interim supervisor of the child and adolescent outpatient program. Initial in-person evaluations are typically one to two hours. From there, a child can be admitted into one of
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San Diego 10 local spots offer helpful perks to kids and caregivers
Many of San Diego’s favorite
parks and museums offer accommodations for kids with special needs—but they’re thinking of parents and caregivers, too. Here are local spots that have amenities designed to make life easier for families with special needs, including companion passes, early entry, discounts and more.
Torrey Pines State Park Use a Disabled Discount Pass for half off the day-use fee to enter the park. This lifetime pass is available to citizens with permanent disabilities for a one-time fee of $3.50. Use it for half off admission to most parks in the California State Park System. Documentation is required and the pass needs to be renewed every five years. Apply at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29610.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Both the Zoo and Safari Park offer a complimentary pass for one companion of a guest with special needs. It can be requested for regular admission or special
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programs. Both parks also offer an Easy Access Pass for those who have trouble waiting in line. At the Zoo, this pass is used to access separate boarding areas at the Skyfari Aerial Tram or the Guided Bus Tour. At the Safari Park, use Easy Access Pass to easily enter the Africa Tram, attractions and show areas. Note: a short wait may still be required. Guests with disabilities may be accompanied by as many as three companions when using the access pass. Also note that shuttle services may be available if a member of your party has limited mobility.
SeaWorld SeaWorld’s Special Access pass allows visitors with special needs to be placed in a virtual queue for attractions. Once in the queue, your group is free to explore the park and visit other attractions. Simply return at a pre-designated time for entry. To obtain the pass, visit Guest Services upon arrival. You’ll be asked to enroll in the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP), which helps determine which rides are
suitable for your group’s needs. Up to five guests can be accommodated with the Special Access pass.
Cabrillo National Monument Visit for free with a National Parks Access Pass. This lifetime pass is available to those with a permanent disability and can be obtained for free at the park. Use the pass at National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands. If the site charges per vehicle, this pass admits all guests in the passholder’s vehicle. If the site charges per person, the passholder may enter with up to three additional adults (ages 16 and under accompany for free). Documentation is required. Learn more at www.nps.gov/cabr/ planyourvisit/fees.htm.
the pass, but does not need to go on the ride—a considerate gesture for siblings with different preferences and abilities. The park also offers a free Licensed Caregiver Ticket, available at Guest Services. Participants must provide proof of caregiver license, and show that the child’s admission was purchased.
San Diego Natural History Museum TheNat offers a free escort pass for the companion of a person with a disability. Check out monthly ASD Mornings, designed especially for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community. During these events, the museum opens early to create a more comfortable experience. ASD Mornings are held the second Sunday of each month at 9 a.m.—an hour before doors open to the public. On event days, a quiet room is available until noon. General admission applies. Schedule available at www.sdnhm.org/ visit/accessibility/asd-mornings.
Fleet Science Center For people with Autism, check out early access to the Fleet galleries from 9-10 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Enjoy a quieter experience for a full hour before the public is admitted and a cool-off space on event days. Attendees are invited to a special IMAX screening at 10 a.m. House lights remain on and the soundtrack plays at a lower volume. Regular admission applies.
LEGOLAND California Visit Guest Services to request an Assisted Access Pass. While the pass won’t eliminate waiting for rides, it will greatly reduce the amount of time spent waiting in a physical line. During your visit, you’ll be placed in virtual queues and receive assigned return times for the child with special needs and up to five guests. The pass holder must be present when redeeming
enter the museum one hour early on Sensory Friendly Mornings each Monday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and first Sundays from 9-10 a.m. A social story and museum map are available at www.sdcdm.org/visit/special-needs.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido is packed with sensory learning opportunities and offers discounted membership for children with special needs and their families. A caregiver pass is available for a family’s paid staff, so your child’s personal attendant or one-on-one aide may accompany the family for free. Those who would benefit from a quieter museum atmosphere may
Balboa Park Museums Free social stories for individuals with Autism are available at seven museums in Balboa Park: San Diego Natural History Museum, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Man, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego History Center and Museum of Photographic Arts. Available in English or Spanish. Check them out at www.sdnhm.org/visit/accessibility/ social-stories.
New Children’s Museum The downtown museum offers occasional Accessibility Mornings. Tickets are free for caregivers with reduced price for children. During these events, the museum opens early from 8-9:30 a.m. with sensoryfriendly activities and a quieter atmosphere. Families can enjoy the museum, along with designated calming zones, and may stay after the museum opens. RSVP at www .thinkplaycreate.org. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her older brother has special needs.
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ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND PURPOSEFUL PLAY Abilitations/School Specialty Sensory products, adaptive recreational equipment, speech products and classroom tools. Appleton, WI 888-388-3224 www.abilitations.com Ability Center Mobility solutions for cars, wheelchairs, etc. 4797 Ruffner St., SD, 92111 858-309-8696 www.abilitycenter.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 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.discountschoolsupply .com/product/productlist. aspx?category=6485&rm=d 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
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Aquatic Access Water powered, green, ADA compliant pool and spa access. 800-325-5438 www.aquaticaccess.com Ashley Medical, Inc. Mobility rentals and respiratory, bath safety and monitoring equipment sales. 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 858-540-8267 www.betterlifemobility.com Box Wheelchairs Custom designed and built by a single craftsman, these cuttingedge action sports wheelchairs are
created by partnering with some of the best parts manufacturers in the industry and using high-quality components, making each chair unique to the individual. Wharton, TX 888-851-3785 www.boxwheelchairs.com Digital Access Project (DAP) California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Provides low-cost services to people with disabilities and low-income individuals, 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 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 Hanger Clinic Specializes in orthotic and prosthetic solutions. Highly specialized teams deliver exceptional clinical outcomes, innovative technologies and outstanding patient experiences to more than one million patients. Multiple San Diego Locations 877-442-6437 www.hangerclinic.com
the care of licensed orthotists and prosthetists. Works with all insurances including Medi-Cal and Medicare. Riverside, CA 951-785-4411 www.johnsonsorthopedic.com Kinnebar, Inc. Foot swing that attaches to table or desk to keep students with Autism, Anxiety and ADHD focused by allowing their legs to move under the desk. 704-360-4483 www.kinnebar.com
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Harkla Weighted Blankets Weighted blankets and lap pads of different weights and sizes designed for those with anxiety, Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Processing Disorder. 720-277-9804 www.harkla.co 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 www.jandj.org Johnson’s Orthopedic Appliances Orthotic and prosthetic devices handmade by certified techs under
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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 Mobility Solutions Wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and adaptive equipment for sitting and sleeping. 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 877-275-4907 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 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 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 and
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delivery available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct. SD, 92123 858-694-5800 www.specialcare-homehealth .com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Special Needs Toys Sensory room equipment and special needs toys. 800-467-6222 www.specialneedstoys.com TalkSense A website for understanding augmentative communication. Also offers assessment and tuition for these services. www.talksense.weebly.com VocaliD Uses a Human Voice Bank or sibling voice recording (combined with vocalizations of the child with speech impairments) to create a voice that is uniquely theirs for assistive tech devices to establish a more accurate and expressive way to communicate. 704-360-4483 www.vocalid.ai 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 A+ Advocates of San Diego Two former special education teachers teamed together to provide advocacy to East and South County families through observing students in the classroom setting, IEP meeting support, and improved district communication. Free initial consultation. Andrea L. Katz, Ed. D. 619-977-3148 Andrea Bazer, M.S. Ed. 619-246-5044
Able-Disabled Advocacy (see listing under College and the Adult Transition) Advocacy Associates, Inc. Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support. 16935 W Bernardo Dr. #114 SD, 92127 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociatesinc.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 April Villafana Advocacy Advocacy for children withspecial needs including IEP, IFSP and IHSS help in North County. www.northcountyadvocacy.com 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 for procedural safeguards and educational nights. 800-926-0648 Videophone: 916-374-7182 www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman Explains procedures for receiving Medi-Cal and managing care. 800-896-4042 TTY: 800-896-2512 www.dhcs.ca.gov
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The California Endowment Preventative healthcare advocacy and help with getting insurance coverage. www.calendow.org 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. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250 SD, 92108 619-688-3323 www.scdd.ca.gov Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL) Self-advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities. www.interwork.sdsu.edu/cel 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. USD School of Law 5998 Alcalá Park, SD, 92110 619-260-4806 www.sandiego.edu/cai COMPASS Family Center (See listing under Education) 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 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. 1831 4th Ave., SD, 92101 888-418-8860 www.disabilityhelpcenter.org 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 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 Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) Healthcare coverage and services. 866-262-9881; 888-804-3536 www.healthconsumer.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, CA 92037 619-220-7041 www.specialedlegalcare.com
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 Kristi Kelly Advocacy Advocate with a background in ABA who helps families recognize a child’s needs in a classroom setting, put together an IEP, build and maintain a positive relationship with the school and service providers. 858-243-7980 www.kkellyadvocate.com The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, Esq. Helps parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education. Free initial 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 bullying at school. 171 Saxony Rd. #111 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-0505 www.MonicaMarquezlaw.com Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Helps with IEPs, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, due process hearings and compliance complaints. Free consultations. Offers 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, educational trainings and presentations, IEP, IPP, and IFSP representation, due process and mediation for disabilitybased administrative hearing levels from a parent of two with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com Marcus Family Law Center, PLC Expert representation in divorce, custody and support, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration for San Diego and Imperial Counties. 10650 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #201 SD, 92131 858-689-2700 www.barefootlawyer.com My Patient Rights Information and advocacy for families who have been denied healthcare, have complaints about the healthcare they are receiving, or are having trouble navigating insurance. 916-531-3585 www.mypatientrights.org
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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. Advocacy, parent training, online information center for those with disabilities. 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 flourishing families 2019 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •
Patient Advocate Foundation Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt and job retention related to illness or disability. 800-532-5274 www.patientadvocate.org San Diego People First Offers self-advocacy, tracks legislation and provides information on writing to governmental offices. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #325 (SCDD offices) SD, 92108 619-688-3323 San Diego Special Education Advocate Team (SEAT) Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. Helps obtain services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 meetings. Free consultation. 3505 Camino del Rio S. #340 SD, 92108 619-872-2511 www.sdseat.com San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons Works impartially with all parties to help with concerns related to students’ special needs, usually during the (IEP) process. 2375 Congress St., SD, 92110 619-293-3008 www.sandiegounified.org/ special-educationombudspersons Sanford Autism Consulting IEP advocacy and 1:1 mentoring through the IEP process from a parent advocate and SLP. 619-403-9097 www.sdautismhelp.com Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego) Youth and family support services. Mid-City Family Resource Ctr. 4275 El Cajon Blvd. #101 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 students facing expulsion proceedings. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106 SD, 92128 858-945-6621 www.specialedlaw.us TASK Bilingual staff help people with all disabilities, their families and professionals by helping them navigate special education, disability services and assistive technology (AT). Support is available via phone, in-person reviews of IEP documents, community workshops, and lab appointments to explore AT options for learning and communicating. 3845 Spring Dr. #21 Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-282-0846; 866-828-8275 www.taskca.org Voz de Victoria Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice that advocates for the educational rights of all students. Professional and parent training and development, and educational consulting services are offered. 619-227-7969 www.vozdvictoria.com Wrightslaw Accurate, reliable information about special education law, general education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Excellent parent trainings. www.wrightslaw.com
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION Accurate Assessments of San Diego Diagnostic evaluations for ADHD, Autism/developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and intellectual giftedness for all ages. Uses best-practices
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techniques to meet or exceed the APA’s standards of excellence in psychological and educational assessment. 5405 Morehouse Dr. #120 SD, 92121 858-208-9689 www.accurateassessmentsandiego .com Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California Our assessments aid in formulating diagnoses 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 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 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 throughout the San Diego County. 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org DSEP-Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children and others involved in Child Welfare Services up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/dsep
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). Provides families with referrals and helps parents navigate the IEP, IPP and IFSP process. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 619-594-7416 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) 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). 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 Rady Children’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) Developmental evaluation, diagnosis, and referral services for infants, preschoolers and school-age children. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5817 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/developmentalevaluation-clinic 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
AUDIOLOGY/HEARING North County Audiology Hearing testing and diagnostics. 12396 World Trade Dr. #205 SD, 92128 858-240-4415 www.northcountyaudiology.com Rady Children’s Hospital Audiology Provides audiological evaluation and treatment for children from infancy to adolescence. Services include assessment/diagnosis of hearing loss via Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Testing, conventional assessment, and assessment/ treatment of balance disorders. Provides prescription and fitting of hearing aids/cochlear implants. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org 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 858-609-8794 www.rsfaudiology.com
BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH 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 uses an ABA focused lifeskill development plan to reduce challenging behaviors and improve social skills. 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 and Evaluation) 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. 4669 Murphy Canyon Rd. #212 SD, 92123 858-569-0056 www.aefct.com Alta Families In-home or community-based ABA consultation services for children with ASD, including parent education. 858-345-2025 www.altafamilies.com Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See listing under Education) Anger Management Associates Pete McClintock M.A., LMFT Provides counseling services for all ages 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
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taskca.org HELPING FAMILIES FOR 40 YEARS 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 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). 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 and Tricare. 4719 Viewridge Ave. #100 SD, 92123 866-727-8274 www.autismtherapies.com Autistically Inclined Family support from a relationshipbased team addressing each individual’s unique expressions in all things sensory, behavioral and communicative, while inspiring kids to want friendships and connection.
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Train parents and professionals to implement Natural Play Therapy for more fulfilling relationships. 1261 San Elijo Rd. S. San Marcos, CA 92078 760-918-0616 www.autisticallyinclined.com AutiZm & More Mary Von Witzleben, Ph.D, BCBA-D and Reena Patel use a multidisciplinary 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 AVID ABA Services, Inc. In-home behavioral intervention and ABA intervention services for infants and children with ASD or developmental delay. 562 W Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-498-4931 www.avidbdp.org
Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC) Non-public RPM provider offers behavioral intervention plans and supervision to improve education, communication and quality of life. 619-777-6057 www.beellc.org 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. 888-880-9270 www.ButterflyEffects.com
Behavioral Health Department at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient psychiatry. San Diego County locations 858-966-5832 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/behavioral-health-2
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. 400 29th St. #518 Oakland, CA 94609 805-275-2143 www.calaba.org
Behavioral Health and Wellness Center Bilingual staff provide ABA & Behavior Therapy services to individuals ages 2-21. Services include care coordination, collaboration with other providers, pyscho-education, and parent training. We accept Medi-Cal, have a quick intake process and have no waitlist. See ad on page 7. 3111 Camino del Rio N. #400 SD, 92108 760-278-3112 www.bhwc-va.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
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
Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) Provides assessment and ABA therapy for children and adults with Autism. Multiple offices in San Diego, Carlsbad and Chula Vista 858-278-6603 www.centerforautism.com
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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 625 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-369-5050 www.drsherrycasper.com Centria Autism Provides ABA therapy for children with autism through clinical expertise and an individualized treatment approach for each child. Offering inhome services in San Diego County and center-based services in Costa Mesa. Throughout San Diego County 855-772-8847 www.centriaautism.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, their caregivers and parents. 858-966-5814 www.chadwickcenter.com Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) at UC San Diego Helps identify, assess and treat adolescents and young adults who are experiencing changes in their thoughts, behavior or emotions that might be associated with developing serious and/or disabling mental problems. 140 Arbor Dr., 4th Floor SD, 92103 619-543-7745 www.ucsdcareprogram.com Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist More than 15 years experience in social skills training, writing goals for children with Autism/ASD and providing support for parents. Provides consultation and training
to school districts and programs serving children with Autism. 5190 Governor Dr. #104 SD, 92122 858-536-8985 www.mindfultherapydoc.com Community ConNext Community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for individuals ages 12-22 that exhibit challenges in communication, culturally appropriate behaviors, and social competency in real life settings. 858-603-9835 www.CTA-CommunityConNext .org Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. Offers consultation services to families with Carsbad school district. trainings for ABA, Discrete Trial Training, Structured Teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Facilitated Play are available for parents, teachers and related staff for children with ASD. Friends’ Club program facilitates social understanding skills for children in preschool through high school. 785 Grand Ave. #101 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-720-4964 Cortica 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.corticacare.com Courage to Call Peer2Peer text and chat support services provide a non-crisis peer support live chat and text service for youth and teens of military family members who are at-risk and/or dealing with potential behavioral health issues including those who
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Little Big Steps is a site-based community readiness and social skills program using Applied behavior Analysis (ABA). We work with children ages 2.5 to 6 who experience challenges in behavioral, social, and language development. PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE: 1:1 ABA instruction by highly trained staff On-site structured setting and community outings Small group interaction with peers CTA-LBSTEPS.ORG
struggle with alcohol or drugs. 9465 Farnham St. SD, 92123 858-636-3604 www.courage2call.org Coyne & Associates ABA and early intervention services for children ages 1-12. 3550 Camino del Rio N. #104 SD, 92108 760-815-9536 www.coyneandassociates.com Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California Provides ABA, individual, couples and group therapy, art therapy, school-based consultation and educational testing. Licensed SDRC vendor of RDI (Relationship Development Intervention). Variety of insurances accepted. 3555 Kenyon St. #101 SD, 92110 10731 Treena St. #105 SD, 92131 619-600-0683 www.familyguidanceandtherapy .com
Dr. Joshua Feder, MD Specializes in DIR/floortime interactive play/behavioral therapy. 415 N Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 619-417-7506 www.joshuafedermd.com Dana Fillmore, Psy. D. Provides counseling and therapy services for children with special needs and their families. 2262 Carmel Valley Rd. #D Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-7844 www.danafillmore.com Fred Finch CARES Provides psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment for ASD and treatment in school, inhome and clinic-based programs. 10174 Old Grove Rd.#100 SD, 92131 858-444-8823 www.fredfinch.org/cares Fred Finch, San Diego Regional Center WrapAround Program
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With referral from the SD Regional Center, this mental health program offers assessment and intervention, individual and family counseling, case management, caregiver/ parent coaching, crisis response and access to psychiatric support and medication. 3845 Spring Dr. Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-281-3706 www.fredfinch.org Fred Finch Youth Center (See listing under Education) Gateway Learning Group Provides behavioral and educational plans for children with Autism or ASD. 2525 Camino del Rio S. #335 SD, 92108 877-264-6747 www.gatewaylg.com Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A. Helps child development through parent education and in-home strategies. Reviews IEPs and helps parents advocate for quality behavioral support plans. 619-871-5126 www.KHallBCBA.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 and social communication/interaction skill training for all with ASD, ADHD, LD, DD and/or anxiety, depression, behavior problems, social challenges or executive functioning problems. 2247 San Diego Ave. #136 SD, 92110 858-205-9809 www.intricatemindinstitute.com
Key to Behavior Megan Sprague, M.S., BCBA provides behavioral intervention and family support for children with Autism and other disabilities. 760-565-2348 www.keytobehavior.com Kickstart Clinical team serves ages 10-25 and their families who are at risk for mental illness and experiencing symptoms. 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 Julie D. Kunin, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist for adolescents and families. 211 W Robinson Ave. SD, 92103 619-787-4406 www.juliekuninphd.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. #202 La Mesa, CA, 91942 619-713-0737 www.letsgrowaba.com Little Big Steps Site-based ABA program for ages 2.5-6. Our highly trained staff work with children experiencing language, behavior and/or social challenges. Focus on teaching pivotal real world skills in a small peer-group setting. 858-603-9835 www.CTA-LBsteps.org/littlebig-steps
As a contracted provider for the county of San Diego and San Diego Regional Center, Fred Finch Youth Center provides innovative behavioral and mental health services to children, youth and families.
Setting the standard for autism diagnosis and treatment through development assessment and supportive services for children and their families in Southern California. To learn more call 858-444-8823 or visit us online at fredﬁnch.org/cares
Visit us online to learn more fredﬁnch.org | 619-281-3706, ext. 3000 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 mental health and mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. Offers a range of services, including Breaking Down Barriers, which helps increase access to 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 has provided innovative and cost-effective mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to families since 1978. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123 858-573-2600 www.mhsinc.org
Motiva Associates Comprehensive therapy for special needs, behavioral issues, grief and bereavement. Multiple locations throughout San Diego County www.motivaassociates.com 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. #240 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-1449 www.mtnshadows.org 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 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 92029 760-488-6095 www.peoplescare.com Dr. Clarence Perry, MD Clinical psychiatrist specializing in learning disorders, special needs and psychiatric needs. 3368 2nd Ave. #I, SD, 92103 858-966-5832
Pioneer Learning Center (See listing under Education) 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 Positive Behavior Supports Corporation (PBS) Provides services for people with Autism and related disabilities, to help decrease challenging behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors and skill deficits through the use of ABA at home. Programs are designed to empower caregivers and loved ones to support people in their natural routines. 855-832-6727 www.teampbs.com Positive Discipline Web-based resources and books with parenting tools, coaching tips, classroom management centered
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and around positive discipline. 800-456-7770 www.positivediscipline.com PsyCare, Inc. Private behavioral healthcare providing 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 available. 5830 Oberlin Dr. #203 SD, 92121 858-877-3601 www.psyc360.com Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Serves children and teens 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 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. 3144 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-434-3314 www.sensorylearning.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) TERI Behavior Support Services Board-certified behavioral analysts design positive 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 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,
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behavioral modification, RDI and yoga. Features the Sage Learning Center, a learning environment based on RDI principles. Summer camps and programs available. 9466 Black Mountain Rd.#100 SD, 92126 858-689-2027 5411 Avenida Encinas #110 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-448-5837 www.TagforGrowth.com Trumpet Behavioral Health National Autism treatment provider that helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, social communication disorders and other developmental delays through center or home-based ABA therapy. 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd. #150 SD, 92121 855-824-5669 www.tbh.com/locations/autismtreatment-san-diego-california Xcite Steps ABA Therapy and Behavioral Services Provides 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. 858-428-0222 www.excitesteps.com
CAMPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Camp Able at Coronado Provides hundreds of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean. 619-741-9366 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. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-685-1175 x255 www.arc-sd.com Camp Beyond the Scars Burn Institute Traditional summer camp for burn-injured children 5-17 with professional support for dealing with their unique physical and emotional challenges. Counselors include offduty firefighters, medical staff and adult burn survivors. Palomar Christian Conference Center 34764 Doane Valley Rd. Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 858-541-2277 www.burninstitute.org/campbeyond-the-scars Camp Huntington Residential camp located in the Catskill Mountains designed for children ages 6 and up with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD. 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—it 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 dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able-bodied children of all ages. 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
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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 858-362-1132 www.lfjcc.org/campjaycee
with trained special educators and behavior and family education specialists. Individual counselors paired with each family. Ojai, CA 888-226-7726 www.ramah.org/event/programs/ special-needs-family-camp
Camp Let It Loose Week-long summer program for kids with special needs. Paired 1:1 with a teen counselor, campers enjoy yoga, art, music, baking, sports, water fun, face-painting and a field trip day. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.org/ camp
Camp Paivika Camp near Big Bear offers overnight camp for ages 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Includes 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 Ohr Lanu Camp Ramah Jewish children 4-14 with special needs, along with their parents and siblings, enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive camp environment staffed
Camp Stevens Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-theoutdoors overnight camp for 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, food service, management and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own staff of professionals, medical staff and specially programs for their campers. Groveland, CA 209-962-7534 www.tuolumnetrails.org Camp WAMP This wilderness camping experience, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is for youth ages 10-18 with physical disabilities. Founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler. 800-381-6891 www.wamplerfoundation.org
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 just about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning skills to succeed and having fun. 877-566-9247 www.cipworldwide.org 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 619-409-5439 www.chulavistaca.gov Club Xcite Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skill building programs such as executive functioning and social skills at public
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and private schools. 858-779-9674 www.clubxcite.com CYT Musical Theater Summer Overnight and day camps 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 Digital Media Academy Tech Camps Full-day and overnight summer tech camps for students 7-17 at the UC San Diego campus. Courses offered: 3D Modeling + Design, Coding + Artificial Intelligence, Film + Photography, Game Design, Music Production, and Robotics +Engineering. 866-656-3342 www.digitalmediaacademy.org Dragonfly Forest Summer camp designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, allows them to safely enjoy traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities. Conshohocken, PA 610-298-1820 www.dragonflyforest.org Easter Seals Camp Oakes Resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serves children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking and a ropes course. 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal 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 program teaches kids increased independence. All equipment is provided. 858-863-5915 www.crimsoncenteroutreach.org
Junior Adaptive Sports Camp Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, tennis, lacrosse, archery, water skiing, sailing and more at Crown Point and Miramar College at the end of July. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association 619-336-1806 www.adaptivesportsandrec.org Little Language Ambassadors (See listing under Education) 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 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 San Diego Park and Recreation 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 help students increase independence by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in decision making, goal setting, developing group guidelines, and meal planning. Balsam, NC 828-456-3435 www.soarnc.org Snapology Summer Day Camp uses Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in
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a fun and creative way. Weekly workshops include Connections (social skills), Minecraft, video game design and preschool programs. 4204 Adams Ave. SD, 92126 619-855-4557 www.snapology.com/locations/ sandiego 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, camp-like setting. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-679-5744 www.thenewbridgeschool.com 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 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 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. Teachers
and college mentors use 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, ages 12 and up in an environment that encourages 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 Pl. SD, 92109 858-539-2003 www.watersportscamp.com Xcite Steps Camps 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. 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. www.dhhfamilycamp.org
CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES 3E Love Clothing and products that raise awareness and empower individuals who use wheelchairs. Its social mission is encapsulated in the company’s trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance(wheelchair heart logo). www.3elove.com Blue Glasses Clothing and accessories with messages of optimism and encouragement. San Diego family established this micro-business venture for their son with special needs. www.blueglassesco.com 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
Patti + Ricky Inclusive fashion marketplace consisting of over 50 designers, many of whom have disabilities or a loved one with disabilities who inspired their stylish and functional products. www.pattiandricky.com
Emilio’s Loving Tabs Breathable t-shirts with snaps on the shoulder and sleeve, which facilitates access to chemotherapy treatments for children with cancer. 2650 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-571-3328 www.enfhope.org
Zappos.com Sensory-friendly clothing, easy on/off shoes, diabetic shoes, compression wear, pull-on pants, clothes for little people and post-surgical and treatment wear. www.zappos.com/e/adaptive
Paper Clouds Apparel Sells sensory-friendly clothing (t-shirts, hats and totes) featuring artwork by individuals with special needs and raises funds for special needs schools and organizations. PCA is also partially owned by an individual with special needs. Waddell, AZ 602-525-1315 www.papercloudsapparel.com
COLLEGE AND THE ADULT TRANSITION Able-Disabled Advocacy Program designed to give young adults (ages 17–24) the opportunity to complete their education, connect with apprenticeships, and receive workforce training, mental health services and housing assistance. 4283 El Cajon Blvd. #110 SD, 92105
619-231-5990 www.able2work.org Best Buddies California Program that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with typical peers. Planned social events provide the opportunity for adults with IDD to be involved in campus and community life. 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 CSU Sacramento. 855-894-3436 www.calylf.org Catapult Learning (See listing under Education)
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CIP (College Internship Program) Full-year post-secondary programs at six colleges and universities provide young adults with Asperger’s, high-functioning Autism, ADHD, nonverbal and other learning differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success. 877-566-9247 www.cipworldwide.org City College Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) Provides services and courses to help students with disabilities reach their academic and vocational goals. The instructional component promotes equal participation in mainstream academic programs. 1313 Park Blvd. #L-206 SD, 92101 619-388-3513 TTY: 619-388-3313 www.sdcity.edu/dsps College Living Experience Helps students with ASD and learning disabilities transition to college (applying, class registration, accommodations, organizing assignments, social skills, tutoring and 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 760-805-5214 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 92019 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, assistive devices, and other accommodations 3900 Lomaland Dr., SD, 92106 619-849-2486 www.pointloma.edu/offices/ disability-resource-center Got Transition Website for students with disabilities and health issues, their families and healthcare providers. Provides information on issues that make college challenging. Also offers video training and materials to assist in the preparation process. 202-223-1500 www.GotTransition.org Interwork Institute- SDSU Promotes the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into education, work, family and community life. The Institute conducts research, training and education using a variety of strategies. 6367 Alvarado Ct. #350 SD, 92120 www.interwork.sdsu.edu 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 TTY: 619-388-7301 www.sdmiramar.edu/dsps
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Palomar Community College District Disability Resource Center Facilitates services for students with disabilities and creates an encouraging environment enabling them to participate in regular college curriculum. 1140 W Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-744-1150 x2375 TTY: 760-736-4618 www.palomar.edu/dsps Partnerships with Industry Provides adults with disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work, the opportunity to find 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 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
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 meets 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 for people with intellectual disabilities. Supports evidence-based and student centered research by sharing knowledge, guiding change, informing public policy, and providing an exceptional find-a-college tool. www.thinkcollege.net
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
Transition Therapy Specialists analyze the workplace and the individual to make recommendations on job placement and transition programs and consult on the IEP. They also determine what adaptations will make the workplace sensory-friendly. 5703 Oberlin Dr. #207 SD, 92121 www.transitiontherapy.org
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.
Workability III: San Diego Community College District Partnership between the SDCCD and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Program provides 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.sdccd.edu/about/ departments-and-offices/ student-services-department/ dsps/workability/services.aspx Xcite Steps Provides personalized and innovative transition programs for teens and young adults, including mentoring and shadowing students 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 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 (attorney/educator) mediation for divorcing and separating couples. Facilitates childcentered solutions and specializes in serving families with special needs. 11455 El Camino Real #400 SD, 92130 858-750-1634 www.pacificcoastmediation.com
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/programsservices/center-for-healthiercommunities BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, Parvathi Pokala DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry. Special Needs friendly. 7189 Navajo Rd. #A SD, 92119 619-741-1500 www.brshflss.com 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 619-618-0901 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 619-461-6166 www.starrysmilez.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 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 www.drmaryoconnor.com 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 Parvahti Pokala, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly. 8031 Linda Vista Rd. #200 SD, 92111 858-278-8700 www.pediatricdentistrysandiego .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
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
Discovery Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics Comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs. Bressi Ranch Medical Plaza 6221 Metropolitan St. #202 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-438-1279 www.captainfloss.com
Robert Jacob, DDS-Team Braces All levels of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jacob also provides special care for infants and children with cleft palates through Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Naval Medical Center. 4617 Ruffner St. #200 SD, 92111
858-268-1006 www.teambraces.com San Ysidro Health Dental Services Provides full diagnostic, preventative and restorative services for children who are medically compromised or developmentally disabled. General Anesthesia and oral conscious sedation available. Various San Diego locations. 619-662-4100 www.syhc.org/services/dentalservices 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. 11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #260 SD, 92128 858-592-0234 www.powaycosmeticdentist.com
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities. 202-387-1968 www.aaidd.org California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters Ensures the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250 SD, 92108 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 background checks. www.care.com
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Does your child learn differently? At Banyan Tree, we TEACH differently!
Banyan Tree Learning Center
Learning Center offers educational therapy for students who have - Language based learning disabilities - Dyslexia - Auditory processing - ADHD www.BanyanTLC.org 2820 Roosevelt Rd. #104 San Diego, CA 92106
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 619-594-7416 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
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Disaster Preparedness PlanReady San Diego Plan for those with disabilities to navigate a major event. 5580 Overland Ave. #100
Schedule a complimentary consultation
SD, 92123-1294 858-565-3490 www.readysandiego.org/ Resources/caregivers-disasterplan.pdf Disastersrus.org Disaster readiness tips for people with cognitive, sensory and mobility disabilities. www.disastersrus.org/ MyDisasters/disability/ disability_preparedness.htm FEMA Booklet that helps people with disabilities prepare and plan to protect themselves (and others in their support network) in the event of an emergency. www.fema.gov/media-library/ assets/documents/897 Red Cross Disability Disaster Readiness Tools to complete a disaster needs assessment, create a personal support network, and make an emergency plan. www.redcross.org/get-help/howto-prepare-for-emergencies/ disaster-safety-for-people-withdisabilities State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Emergency Preparedness Resources from the Governor’s Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster; and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency
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EDUCATION ACES, Inc. (Autism Comprehensive Ed Services) Offers behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the accredited ACES Academy. 3731 Sixth Ave., SD, 92103 619-278-0884 www.acesaba.com Accurate Assessments of San Diego (See listing under Assessment and Evaluation) Advocacy Associates, Inc. Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults. 16935 W Bernardo Dr. #122 SD, 92127 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociates.net Alexa’s PlayC Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s inclusion program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3685 Kearny Villa Rd. SD 92123 858-966-8555 www.rchsd.org/alexasplayc 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
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) Balboa School K-12 special education school. 130 Woodward Ave. Escondido, 92025 760-294-4490 www.balboaschool.com Banyan Tree Learning Center Individualized Assessment, remediation and Educational Therapy for students who have Dyslexia, ADHD Auditory Processing Disorder, and language-based learning disabilities to improve memory, language, processing speed, attention and executive function. Initial complimentary consultation. 2820 Roosevelt Rd. #104 SD, 92106 858-367-5428 www.BanyanTLC.org Binford I CAN, Too! Center Services for kids with accessibility needs, including two private study rooms and computers equipped with assistive software, digital talking books for individuals enrolled with the Braille Institute’s Library Services, a homebound services program, library-by-mail program, and drive-up book return. San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd., SD, 92101 619-238-6665 www.sandiego.gov/icantoo Bookshare Free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students for the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities. www.bookshare.org
Does your child thrive in a smaller learning environment?
Compass Academy Enrolling Now! Schedule a complimentary consultation 858-367-5428
Compass Academy is a unique private school in Point Loma. - Flexible schedule - Personalized attention - Nontraditional campus
www.BanyanTLC.org 2820 Roosevelt Rd. #104 San Diego, CA 92106
Brain Highways Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior. 285 N El Camino Real #217 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-943-0496 www.brainhighways.com
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
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
Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services Affordable 1:1 in-home and online tutoring for all needs. 619-821-2254 www.tutors.clubztutoring.com/ san-diego-coast
Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, 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 x2216 www.powayusd.com/depts/ specialed/cac
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
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, San Diego Unified School District Monthly meetings about special education in SDUSD with a parentled organization that provides trainings, support and information. 4100 Normal St., SD, 92103 619-725-8000 https://powayusd.com/enUS/Departments/SpecialEducation/cac/CAC-Home
Come to San Diego Central Library for free access to:
• Computers with Read & Write software to help those with vision loss broaden their access to internet browsing • Specialized equipment including: a text-to-speech scanner, a 22” magnifier and large button keyboards
• A collection that includes braille books, sensory kits and large print books sandiego.gov/icantoo 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101
Community School of San Diego Elementary, middle and high school programs for children with ASD and other disabilities with art, music, ABA, speech, OT, and vocational development built into the curriculum based on the student’s needs. 4764 Santa Monica Ave. SD, 92107 619-758-9424 www.pioneerdayschool.org/ therapeutic-services Community Transition Academy Non-public school for emerging adults, 9th grade through transitionage (22 yrs.), who have academic, language, social, and/or behavioral challenges commonly associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 858-603-9835 www.CommunityTransition.org Compass Academy Flexible school option offering a blended curriculum for students who need flexibility, special education, filling the gaps in academics, and getting to the root of learning
challenges through a combination of online learning, teacher-led instruction, and small group classes or independent learning. 858-367-5428 www.BanyanTLC.org 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: 619-388-1800; 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.dyslexiatraininginstitute .org
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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Programs for students ages 2-5 at various sites within San Diego Unified School District. 858-490-8500 www.sandiegounified.org/ early-childhood-specialeducation-ecse Ed to the Future Specialized tutoring for children in special education in a North County, sensory friendly environment with fully credentialed and ABA trained teachers. Se habla Español. 7040 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92011 619-519-0499 www.edtothefuture.com Excelsior Academy Nonprofit K-12 school dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Onsite DIS services and a variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. 7200 Parkway Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-583-6762 www.excelsior-academy.com
The Family & Learning Center Helps children via Educational Coaching 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. 7848 Ivanhoe Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-454-7303 www.tfalc.com Foundations Academy Non-public school for grades 2-12 for students with significant challenges due to learning disabilities and/or social emotional issues. Provides student-specific assessments and evaluations, ongoing monitoring, specialized cognitive training, intensive educational and therapeutic interventions. 3450 Clairemont Dr. 858-578-6616 www.BanyanTLC.org
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Fred Finch Youth Center Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program exclusively serving youth with a developmental disability. 3845 Spring Dr. Spring Valley, CA 91977 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. #130 SD, 92122 858-677-9279 www.fusionacademy.com Futures 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.futures.edu Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center (See listing under Down Syndrome) Grow My Way This farm serves as a natural teaching environment. Includes feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, gross and fine motor activities, a pond to practice fishing skills, peer interaction, and a full functioning classroom that uses principles of ABA. 15415 Eastvale Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-375-3037 www.growmyway.org Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early Childhood education program provides comprehensive services to ages 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to low income families and/ or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities. 841 S 41st St., SD, 92113
858-715-2642 www.neighborhoodhouse.org 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 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 In-te-grat-iv Learning Works with students age 5 to adult who are struggling with one or more learning disabilities, providing assessments and 1:1 educational therapy. 2236 Encinitas Blvd. #C Encinitas, CA 92024 760-487-5245 www.integrative-learning.com Jodie K. Schuller and Associates (See listing under Speech and Language) 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. Topics include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, military deployment and more. www.kobsd.org La Jolla Learning Works Works one-on-one with K-12 students, offering 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 Little Language Ambassadors Native-Spanish speaking teachers inspire and educate the next generation through a 100 percent Spanish immersion program, making kids future citizens of the world through inclusive preschool, afterschool elementary and summer camp programs (18 mos-7 years). 1635 Lake San Marcos Dr. #101 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-510-9639 www.littlelanguageambassadors .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. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #240 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-3730 x201 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. Speech/ language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-679-5744 www.newbridgeschool.us North County Inland Special Education Local Plan Area Multi-district support for children enrolled in special education. 1710 Montecito Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 760-788-4671 www.sdcoe.net OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center Services for teens to adults with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian.
An Exceptional School for Exceptional and Twice-Exceptional Children
“If Mercury counts as 1 unit, how big are the other planets?”
RVA’s full-time program serves students in grades TK-8, with classes based on ability rather than age. The summer program serves students in grades TK-12. Younger children explore cultures from around the world, including their history, science, mathematics, and literature. Older students select individual courses, such as Logic & Critical Thinking, American Sign Language, and / or Astronomy.
Renaissance Village Academy San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd. SD, 92101 619-236-5800 Pioneer Learning Center Program for children with disabilities providing site-based and in-home ABA, speech and occupational therapies, and tutoring. 4764 Santa Monica Ave. SD, 92107 619-758-9424 www.pioneerdayschool.org/ therapeutic-services 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 used in classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating 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
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Renaissance Village Academy K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or highfunctioning 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 and supportive 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. #239 SD, 92108 619-574-1641 www.literacysandiego.org 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
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Giovanni//FF2019 San Diego Educational Therapy Learning Empowers
Providing individualized support to children and teens with learning differences. Julie Shullo, M.A. ED.
San Diego Educational Therapy Provides 1:1 support to students with learning differences, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, processing deficits and weaknesses in executive function. 3604 Fourth Ave. #9 SD, 92103 858-204-4009 www.sandiegoedtherapy.com
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
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 619-725-8000 www.sandi.net
Specialized Therapy Services Team of specialists offering assistive technology, 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
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 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.catapultlearning.com/ schools/sierra-academy-sandiego-ca
TeachTown Computer-based program for children with Autism. 800-283-0165 www.teachtown.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. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are taught. 251 Airport Rd.
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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 AND TRUSTS Battaglia & Waltari Special Needs Trust Attorneys (See listing under Advocacy) CalABLE Account Individuals with a disability that occurred before age 26 and receive benefits under SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and/or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) are automatically eligible to open this account federal and California State
tax-free. Withdrawals (also tax free) can be used for disability-related expenses: education, employment support, housing, transportation, assistive technology and healthcare. 833-225-2253 www.calable.ca.gov 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 control over an individualized budget for support and services and can determine what services they want and where to get them. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 4909 Murphy Canyon Rd. SD, CA 92123 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org Denherder, Grier & Associates Estate Planning Attorneys. 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 Hendrick Legal Solutions Margaret Ann Hendrick Provides the best plan for the family to ensure the financial welfare of the child with understanding, compassionate special needs trusts and estate planning. Complimentary consultation, flexible rates and affordable payment options. 2244 Faraday Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-431-0005 office 619-890-9507 cell www.hendricklaw.com
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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. 916-333-5088 www.pearcelaw.net 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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ocssandiego.com 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.billkeesling.com Ratner and Pinchman, PC Medi-Cal planning and special needs trusts. 11622 El Camino Real #100 SD, 92130 888-284-5709 www.calelderfirm.com 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. 7880 Golfcrest Dr., SD, 92119 619-235-4357 www.specialneedsplanninglaw .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 Planning Institute Nonprofit dedicated to educating and advocating for individuals with special needs and their families through special needs trusts, wills, guardianship and conservatorship, budget planning, and the CalABLE Program. 7120 Santa Barbara St. Carlsbad, CA 92011 888-222-8441 www.snpinst.org 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
FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTIVE SERVICES County of San Diego Children’s Services Provides adoptive services for foster children of all abilities, foster family licensing, support, education and a foster youth mentor program. 877-792-5437 www.sandiegofosterkids.com 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
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SD, 92123 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/dsep Foster Home Providers-Home of Guiding Hands Finds families to foster adults with special needs. Provides resources, specialized training and 24/7 support for these families to provide a natural, loving environment. 619-954-7874 www.guidinghands.org Koinonia Family Services Provides foster care and adoption services to children with special needs who are dependents of the court. Children with developmental delays or other disabilities are placed with certified foster families and receive ongoing support. 3914 Murphy Canyon Rd. #A224 SD, 92123 619-326-4222 877-CHILDS-HOPE or 877-244-5374 www.kfh.org Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation Advocates and finds families for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants, promoting awareness through an online community and media communications. Supports families who adopt children with special needs by connecting them to resources. Combined Locks, WI www.reecesrainbow.org Walden Family Services 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
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 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 and 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 HomeCare-Rady Children’s Hospital (See listing under In-Home Support Services) 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. www.parentingchildrenwith healthissues.com RadiologyInfo.Org Site designed to explain and demystify radiology procedures. www.radiologyinfo.org Rady Children’s Special Needs Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Pickering Pediatrician with a focus on special needs. Rady Children’s Hospital 7910 Frost St. #350 SD, 92123 858-496-4812 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/special-needs-clinic
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other lifethreatening diseases. Memphis, TN 866-226-4343 www.stjude.org Tuck Comprehensive online resource for sleep health, including articles about regulating sleep for children with special needs. www.tuck.com 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 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
GENETIC TESTING AND PRENATAL SCREENING Counsyl Genetics testing and supports for prenatal, cancer and carrier screening. 800-436-3037 www.counsyl.com Genetic Services at Elwyn Genetics counseling, parent and provider education, and educational advocacy. Elwyn, PA 610-891-2000 www.elwyn.org Helix Genetics testing for diabetes, cholesterol, and food sensitivities as well as genetics counseling and tools to manage metabolism, nutrition and health. 800-436-3037 www.helix.com
Invitae Simple tests for pulmonary, skeletal and cardiological issues, reproductive and family health, Epilepsy, inherited family cancers, and proactive health screens. 800-436-3037 www.invitae.com
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
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 Center Dr. SD, 92121 877-505-7374 www.pathway.com
Twin Scissors Salon provides 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
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Laboratory licensed and certified to perform clinical grade diagnostic testing used to decode rare genetic disorders. Through Whole Genome Sequencing, the Institute has engineered a process to compress the time needed to analyze, interpret and deliver test results in as little as three days. Referral needed. 3020 Children’s Way MC5129 SD, 92123 858-966-8127 www.radygenomics.org 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 www.health.ucsd.edu/ specialties/medgenet/Pages/ counsel.aspx
HAIR SALONS tHAIRapy Hair Salon Specializes in clientele with Autism and special needs. Wheelchair
HOME IMPROVEMENT/ HOME BUYING/UTILITIES BAIR Home Inspections, LLC Home inspections and consultative services for special needs home modifications and sensory equipment. Creates sensory boxes for play-based therapy. 619-888-8081 www.bairhomeinspections.com Cecily’s Closet Nonprofit that recycles durable medical equipment, creates belly bands for kids with J and G tubes, and provides room makeovers for children with special needs who spend a lot of time in their rooms due to their disability. Volunteers welcomed. www.cecilyscloset.org Cityscapes: General Contracting and Landscape Provides peaceful and beautiful spaces inside and out for families with children with special needs. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 CityScapes Real Estate Committed to finding the best home, based on the family’s social/ emotional, physical and safety needs. Sellers can designate 10 percent of company commission to local charity. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 www.cityscapesd.com
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FREE! All Kids Academy Head Start, Inc.
CHILDREN OF ALL ABILITIES WELCOME!
Free for qualified families.
Now Accepting Applications Ages 18 Months - 5 Years
• Experienced Teachers • Nutritious Meals & Snacks • Family Services www.akaheadstart.org 619.270.7009 ext. 7001 License #370806089 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Homes4Angels Robert and Ana Landeros McMahon This bilingual team is passionate about accessing grant monies, down-payment assistance programs, and non-traditional funding to help families become homeowners. Aggressively seeks affordable and innovative housing options to help people with disabilities. 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #141 La Mesa, CA 91941 619-857-1657 www.homes4angels.org PaintGreen Professional Painters Beautiful, eco-friendly painting. Portion of profits benefits Cecily’s Closet. 619-446-6983 www.paintgreen.com 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 Program 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 Time-of-Use Energy PlanSDG&E Allows families to significantly reduce their energy bills by using power during off-peak hours. 800-411-7343 www.sdge.com/whenmatters
HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE Coalition of Compassionate Care of California Advisory group of organizations that helps advocate for public policy and guidelines for hospice and palliative care for people with special needs. Educates professionals and individuals on people’s rights during long-term pain management and end-of-life care. Does not provide care. 916-489-2222 www.coalitionccc.org
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Elizabeth Hospice Expert comfort care, pain management, and family-centered guidance and support for children with ongoing, long-term illness. 800-797-2050 www.elizabethhospice.org/ services/hospice/pediatricperinatal Partners for Children (PFC) Pediatric Palliative Care Benefit allows eligible children and their families to receive palliative care services during the course of the child’s illness, while concurrently pursuing curative treatment for the child’s life limiting or life threatening medical condition. www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ppc/ Pages/default.aspx Rady Children’s Hospital Palliative Care Team Team of doctors, counselors, clergy and nurses working to support the physical and emotional well-being of every child and family faced with serious illness through expert, compassionate, family-centered care. Medical Office Building 2nd Flr. South 3030 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x8022 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/palliative-care Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California A Medicare-certified hospice that offers all four levels of hospice care: routine, inpatient, respite and continuous. Utilizes music therapy, sensory activities and blends of curative and palliative care. 16745 W Bernardo Dr. #240 SD, 92127-1908 877-643-0401 www.seasons.org/about/ locations/california-san-diego
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 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 Helps individuals become integrated in the community and be selfsufficient. Services such as money management, meal planning/ preparation, shopping, and accessing community resources are provided. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org
Disability is Natural Encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities. www.disabilityisnatural.com
Digital Access Project Affordable access to high-speed online services for those with disabilities.
Transforming Lives Since 1981
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) is a nonprofit agency that has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. We take great pride in providing exemplary services!
A Focus on Family
A Place to Call Home
As a licensed Resource Family Agency, TMI helps parents manage difficult decisions and obtain the relief and support they need. Our Family Focused Services program is designed to help keep families together.
Independent Living provides one-onone support to adults with IDD living in their own home. Supported Living assists adults with IDD to live independently or with paid support.
Real World Ready
Community Matters Our Employment Solutions program assists our clients with finding meaningful employment or a volunteer opportunity so they can enjoy the rewards, pride and satisfaction of being involved in the community.
Our Evolution to Independence division offers services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing by staff with the same challenges and/or are fluent in American Sign Language.
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800-390-2699 TTY: 800-900-0706 www.digitalaccessproject.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 and adults with disabilities who want to be more involved in their community and/or enter the workforce. Services 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-Paratransit Wheelchair equipped public transportation. 800-921-9664
www.sdmts.com/rider-infoaccessibilty/mts-access Options for All Nonprofit organization that educates and empowers low-income adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge to achieve their optimum potential in life. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-565-9870 www.optionsforall.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
social communication and play skills app created for children with Autism with simplified animation and language. Developed by See Beneath, Inc., a local nonprofit. www.seebeneath.org
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Independent Living provides one-on-one support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in their own home either independently or with family. Supported Living assists adults with IDD to live independently or with paid support. 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.org
All Kids Academy Head Start Qualifying families receive experienced preschool education with nutritious meals, snacks and family support services. 620 W Madison Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-270-7009 x7053 www.akaheadstart.org
INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIFIC Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism Research-based, early intervention,
The 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., SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com
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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 BundieBaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com C3-Rady Children’s Care Connection Under HDS: Developmental and social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents. Central: 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #420, SD, 92123 858-966-8931 N. Coastal: 3605 Vista Way #201 Oceanside, CA 92056
858-966-8014 South: 333 H Street #3010 Chula Vista, CA 91911 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/childrens-careconnection-c3 Child Development Associates (CDA) Child Care, Food and Preschool Programs Inclusive preschool for low-income children (ages 3-5), Child Care Food Program (including parent education and a stipend for nutritious meals) and Alternative Payment Childcare Program, site-based and in-home for eligible families with kids 0-12. Central San Diego and South Bay. 619-427-4411 www.cdasd.com Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Webinars, calendar of events and statistical information for children ages 0-3. 919-962-2001 www.ectacenter.org
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Early Intervention Services-The Arc of San Diego Home and center-based, family oriented, early education services for kids 0-3 with developmental delays or who are at-risk for delays through fun, play-based activities that help them meet their developmental milestones. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-427-7524 www.arc-sd.com/earlyintervention-services Escondido Community Child Development Center Preschool counseling and parent education center. 819 W 9th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-839-9361 www.eccdc.com 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 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 promotes the health and wellbeing of children—from the prenatal stage through age 5. 888-5-FIRST-5 www.first5sandiego.org
Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early childhood education program that provides 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 858-715-2642 www.neighborhoodhouse.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. Free to families enrolled in the CA Early Start program through San Diego Regional Center. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org 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 (Director) 800-281-8252 (EFRC referral) www.sdcoe.net/studentservices/early-education/ pages/hope-infant-familysupport.aspx I Can Play! Teaches flexibility, communication, empathy, problem solving, engagement, organization, creative thinking, self-reliance and selfconfidence through natural play settings for children ages 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. #109 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 KidSTART is a comprehensive outpatient program designed for children ages 0–5 with complex developmental, socio-emotional/ behavioral health, medical, and family needs. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5990 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/kidstart 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 619-333-8123 www.lifetimewomenscare.com Little Language Ambassadors (See listing under Education) Miracle Babies Provides financial and emotional support to families with children in the NICU. 8745 Aero Dr. #308 SD, 92123 858-633-8540 www.miraclebabies.org MotherToBaby This service, provided by nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, offers evidence-based information to mothers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures
during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 866-626-6847 www.mothertobaby.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 Reformation Lutheran Preschool Inclusive preschool (ages 2.5 to 5) focused on improving gross and fine motor skills and social skills through structured play and academics. Christian themes are discussed. Before and afterschool childcare is available. 4670 Mt. Abernathy Ave. SD, 92117 858-279-3311 www.refsd.org Safe to Sleep Campaign Campaign focused on heightening awareness among parents, healthcare providers and other caregivers about the benefits of placing a baby to sleep on his back to avoid SIDS and related infant hazards. www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/ CFH/DMCAH/SIDS/Pages/SafeTo-Sleep-Campaign.aspx 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 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 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 3735 38th St., SD, 92103 Parent Group: Guadalupe Galindo 858-272-9641 x156 Text4baby Texting service designed to promote healthy pregnancies through a child’s first year. 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
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, SDRC, MediCal, private insurances and 0-3 programs. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #200 SD, 92123 800-765-7595 www.accentcare.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
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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 8555 Aero Dr. #203 SD, 92123 619-535-2400 www.brightstarcare.com Community Interface Services Nonprofit offers a variety of housing options including rental assistance, help with home ownership and assisted-living support such as roomates and home healthcare. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org HomeCare-Rady Children’s Hospital Provides comprehensive nurse assessments, ER transition services, IV and infusion care, injectable medication and medication schedule training, wound care, palliative care, rehab therapy, tube feeding supplies/training, incontinence supplies/training and social workers for help with insurance for children with long-term or complex medical needs. 858-966-4941 www.rchdsd.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 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., SD, 92101 619-450-4300 www.windwardlifecare.com
INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO THERAPIES Aligned Life Chiropractic & Wellness Helps 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. 1177 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #351 SD, 92128 858-432-6762 www.alignedlifewellness.com Center for Health & Human Potential Steve Tullius, D.C., Pediatric and Family Chiropractor Chiropractic practice focuses on children with ASD, ADD/ADHD, Epilepsy, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions. 6342 Riverdale St., SD, 92120 619-363-5073 www.sandiegocounty chiropractor.com Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic Specializes in diagnosing stress and trauma, and performing chiropractic adjustments for children. All techniques are gentle and noninvasive. 4060 Adams Ave., SD, 92116 619-281-1234 www.goodvibrationschiro.com Gottlieb Chiropractic Dr. Marc Gottlieb Specializes in chiropractic care for 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.
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1452 University Ave. SD, 92103 619-291-5433 www.lifewithincenter.com Integrative Osteopathic Pediatrics Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, D.O. F.A.C.O.P Board certified pediatrician, brings 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 osteopathic manipulative medicine to support the body’s healing ability. Call for a free 10-minute consultation. 1224 10th 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 Microcurrent 4 Kids Pediatric neuro-developmental therapy program provides microcurrent therapy program for children with special needs and autism treatments: cranial sacral, PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field), transcranial magnetic stimulation, FSM (frequency specific microcurrent), hyperbaric oxygenation, MRT (magnetic resonance therapy), and chelation. Improves outcomes for growth and learning, 4540 Kearny Villa Rd. #211 SD, 92123 858-367-9108 www.microcurrent4kids.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 http://ourfamilyspa.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 by Bobbie 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 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.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 888-575-7373 www.ncld.org San Diego Educational Therapy (see listing under Education)
MEDICAL TRAVEL AID Air Care Alliance Nationwide association of humanitarian flying organizations that provide flights for medical treatment. 888-260-9707 www.aircarealliance.org Air Charity Network Group of independent, geographicspecific member organizations that coordinate free airline and reduced priced ambulatory services for those receiving targeted medical treatment. 877-621-7177 www.aircharitynetwork.org Angel Flight Provides free transportation for medical treatment for people who cannot afford it or cannot tolerate typical travel for health reasons. 918-749-8992 www.angelflight.com Corporate Angel Network, Inc. Gives patients with cancer and financial need (and their caregiver) available seats on corporate aircraft to travel for treatments. Not for those who cannot walk, are on life support systems or require medical attention during the flight. 866-328-1313 www.corporateangelnetwork.org Miracle Flights for Kids Organization that provides flights for seriously ill children with financial need to receive medical care and second opinions. 800-359-1711 www.miracleflights.org
MEDICATIONS (REDUCED COST OR FREE) Needymeds, Inc. Anonymous and free assistance with affording medication or healthcare. www.needymeds.org Patient Assistance.com, Inc. Helps uninsured patients get free medication. www.patientassistance.com Partnership for Prescription Assistance Helps find companies and agencies that provide free prescription
medications to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines. www.pparx.org Rx Assist Comprehensive database helps people learn ways to use pharmaceutical company programs and other resources to help reduce medication costs simply by entering the name of the medication. www.rxassist.org RxHope List of programs that are offered by federal, state and nonprofit organizations for free or reduced medications. 877-267-0517 www.rxhope.com
MILITARY SPECIFIC Armed Services YMCA Family outreach and support for Exceptional Family Members. 3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124 858-751-5755 www.asymca.org Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program Helps Marine military families with special needs. 3602 Hochmuth Ave., MCRD Bldg 6 East, SD, 92140-5290 619-524-0916 (Administration) www.usmc-mccs.org/services/ family/exceptional-familymember Military Child Education Coalition Resources to insure inclusive educational opportunities for all military connected children. 254-953-1923 www.militarychild.org/ resources/exceptional-needs Military One Source (DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit) Comprehensive information and tools that help military families with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements. www.militaryonesource.mil/ efmp
A proven therapy for ADHD and Autism Non-invasive and natural Meaningful and lasting improvements Visit www.microcurrent4kids.com
Read True Success Stories Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program Helps military families with children with special needs. 858-577-4668 www.mccsmiramar.com/efmp 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 www.navylifesw.com
MUSIC THERAPY Amplify Music Therapy One-on-one and group music therapy for children and adults. Adaptive music lessons with therapist equipped with tools to adapt lesson format. Onsite music groups available for hospitals and assisted care facilities. 9606 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. 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd. #125 SD, 92123 858-831-0387 www.coastmusictherapy.com Music Therapy Center of California Provides 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
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619-299-1411 171 Saxony Rd. #210 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-633-1411 www.themusictherapycenter.com Where Music Begins, Academy of Music Adaptive music and signing lessons. Uses Simply Music, Kindermusik and Signing Smart to provide neurological, cognitive, language and social skills that benefit students with special needs. 2399 Caringa Way Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-456-9036
NEURO PRODUCTS The Alert Program Self-regulation program. 877-897-3478 www.alertprogram.com Balametrics Kits to help balance and improve thinking and hand control. 800-894-3187 www.balametrics.com Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc. Balance, auditory and vision exercises that are fun for kids. 316-722-8012 www.bal-a-vis-x.com Brain Gym International Program that gets kids moving and brains thinking. www.braingym.org 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 Handwriting Without Tears Handwriting program. 888-983-8409 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. 303-741-4544 www.integratedlistening.com
Forward. 888-816-0010 www.scilearn.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. 877-994-6776 www.interactivemetronome.com
Bannister Family House Low-cost stays for families of people receiving long-term care at UC San Diego Health (and who meet eligibility guidelines). 406 Dickinson St., SD, 92103 619-543-7977 www.health.ucsd.edu
The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning Identification, prevention and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. 301-304-8834 www.icdl.com Listening Fitness with the LiFT 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 760-438-3300 www.listeningfitness.com PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Program uses pictures for children with communication delays. 888-732-7462 www.pecsusa.com Scientific Learning – Fit Brains Learn Better Products help develop the fundamental language and attention skills needed for reading and social language success, including Fast
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NONPROFIT FAMILY RESIDENCES (FOR SAN DIEGO HOSPITAL STAYS)
Ronald McDonald House of San Diego Offers low-cost or free housing for parents of children receiving longterm treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Food and relaxation spaces are available for local and visiting families with children in long-term care. 2929 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-467-4750 www.rmhcsd.org
NUTRITION/FEEDING/HOME HEALTH PRODUCTS Advanced Medical DME Provides equipment, training and support necessary for non-invasive treatment of sleep disorders. Works with insurance to ensure best possible options for patients. 913-721-3737 www.advancedmedicaldme.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 Bundiebaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com
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 Child Development Associates (CDA) Child Care Food Program for 0-12 (See listing under Infant and Toddler Specific) ChildLife Essentials Vitamins for infants and children. 800-993-0332 www.childlifenutrition.com 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. 800-533-0464 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. 631-369-9340 www.feingold.org
HomeCare-Rady Children’s Hospital (See listing under In-Home Support Services) 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. 7868 Convoy Ct., SD, 92111 858-569-6340 2245 Enterprise St. #150 Escondido, CA 92029 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 selection of gluten-free products, 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.kirkmangroup.com Mealtime Notions Products and resources for children with feeding problems. www.mealtimenotions.com 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. 866-881-7873 www.thepurepantry.com Rady Children’s Hospital Feeding Team Provides multi-disciplinary 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 FoundationWIC Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. www.sdsuwic.org Shield HealthCare A home medical supply provider of incontinence, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological and wound care products. Home delivery and exceptional customer service. 800-765-8775 www.shieldhealthcare.com SpecialCare Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use and travel. Provides 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;800-794-4076 www.specialcaredme.com Tummy Tunnels Iron-on patch that provides access to G-tubes without damage to clothing. www.tummytunnels.com
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ACES Inc. (See listing under Education) 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 Beyond the Surface In-home/pool occupational and aquatic therapy sessions based on area of need; performed by a certified AT and OTR/L. 845-551-9948 www.beyondthesurfaceot.com Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (See listing under Speech and Language) Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Catalyst Therapy, Inc. Specializes in sensory integration evaluation and treatment. Provides an innovative and holistic approach to therapy. 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.fitsot.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, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. Pediatric OT, PT and Speech Therapy. 6185 Paseo del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-3300 www.it4k.com Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language) K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. (See listing under Physical Therapy) Kirsch Therapy Occupational therapy programs that are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based make therapy a fun experience. Participates in continuing education programs and are up-to-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. 785 Grand Ave. #208 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-453-6891 www.leapsnboundsot.com OT–ETC (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) OT OuTdoors Carrie Jacobs, M, OTR/L provides
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sensory processing treatment for children and adults and administers the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Assists children with learning fine motor skills, visual motor skills, social skills, sequencing and motor planning with the use of a certified therapy dog. 1461 Merrit Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 858-945-3243 – OT 858-442-1865 – PT www.OTOuTdoors.com Pediatric Therapy Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy) Rady Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy Provides evaluation and intervention to children with suspected disabilities including ASD. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org San Diego Occupational Therapy Provides evaluation, intervention and consultation in fine motor/ handwriting skill development, play and socialization, Sensory Integration, feeding and oral motor needs, self-help and daily living skills, and visual motor and perceptual skills. 6264 Ferris Sq., SD, 92121 619-940-4128 www.sandiegooccupational therapy.com 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. 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
Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy Offers occupational, speechlanguage, physical therapy and educational services to 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) Therapy Uptown Occupational, physical 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.wixsite .com/therapyuptown Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center Neurorehabilitation for kids 4 and up with disabilities. 7340 Trade St. #F SD, 92121 858-689-9643 www.vipneurorehab.org
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WriteSteps 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. Specializes in strengthening fine motor skills as they relate to handwriting and dayto-day activities. 11172 Corte Pleno Verano SD, 92130 858-401-2677 www.writesteps.com
PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES 2-1-1 Information Referral 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 The 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 Autism College: Chantal Sicile Kira (See listing under Autism) Children in Need 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 participation in sports, arts and cultural interaction. 858-616-5900 www.childreninneedsd.org
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 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 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 619-594-7416 www.efrconline.org Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled Monthly support group for FilipinoAmerican families. Teresa Lucas: 619-502-0929
Foundation for Developmental Disabilities Provides support in San Diego and Imperial Counties for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, in the form of affordable housing access and development when available, microenterprise job development and creation, emergency assistance, and scholarship opportunities for students entering the field of developmental disabilities. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #116 SD, 92123 858-256-2222 www.foundationfordd.org 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 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren. 619-787-0807 www.assertivefamilysolutions .org The Hanna Fenichel Center Center for child development parent classes. 336-340 N 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 developmental and behavioral health services, including parent education, for children ages 0-5 and their families. Central: 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #420, SD 92123 858-966-7510 Coastal: 3605 Vista Way #201 Oceanside, CA 92056 858-966-8235
www.rchsd.org/programsservices/healthy-developmentservices 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 Jeremiah’s Ranch JR Support Group Resources and support groups for families with children with special needs. Meetings typically have a guest speaker who presents information, tips, news and techniques to address the needs of kids. 855 S Main Ave. #K-345 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-805-5214 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.ymca.org Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and offers parenting groups for parents of children with special needs or typical developmental challenges. 5190 Governor Dr. #104 SD, 92122 858-536-8985 www.mindfultherapydoc.com 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. Programs provide innovative, strengths-based, individualized and culturally sensitive services. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123 858-573-2600 www.mhsinc.org
Providing funding for innovative programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1986. To learn more and see how you can help, visit FoundationForDD.org or call 858-256-2222 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 The Parent Connection Support and playgroups for San Diego families. 858-626-6944 www.sandiegoparent.com Parents Advocating Together 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. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #204 SD, 92126 858-213-8005 www.patsd.org Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE) Parent coffee talks, resource education and recreational activities for South Asian children with special needs and their families 858-334-3384 www.pusesd.org PASS (Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions) Parent support group for parents of children with special needs. Meetings held at St. Bartholomew’s
Episcopal Church. 858-663-5069;858-254-9248 Poway, CA 92064 www.powaypass.com POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education) Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities. 619-335-0536 www.possesandiego.org Rolling With Me Nonprofit and growing network of community-based, bilingual peer support, advocacy and awareness. Puts on conferences, speaking engagements, and disability awareness events for those with physical disabilities. Connects individuals with medical supplies and equipment. 619-634-9080 www.rollingwithme.org 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, CA 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. #111 SD, 92130 858-334-8584 www.adhdsuccesscoaching.com
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San Diego Family Magazine San Diego County’s best parenting resource! Free monthly magazine offers articles and resources for health, education, camp, holidays and local family fun for all ages and abilities. Award-winning monthly calendar full of family activities and events. Visit the website and stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 1475 Sixth Ave. #500 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. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org San Diego Undiagnosed Family Support Group Quarterly meetings with interesting speakers and Facebook support group for parents of children with special needs who do not know the etiology of their child’s condition or illness. Fun activities for children are available while the parents meet. 760-332-8310 www.sdundiagnosedsupport .com 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 free 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 Guides 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. Classes and information on trusts and conservatorships available. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) A licensed Resource Family Agency providing resource family placements for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Family Focused Supports Program offers support to birth families and their children with the goal of addressing needs before they reach a crisis level. Assessment and Intervention Services provides the supports and programs necessary to ensure that individuals receive services which promote full inclusion. 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.org UCSD Center for Mindfulness Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #330 SD, 92122 858-334-4636 www.mindfulness.ucsd.edu Walden Family Services (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 experience stress
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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/ communitysupport/ymcayouth-and-family-services/ familysupport-andpreservation 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 Nonprofit provides fun for children in homeless shelters, hospitals and foster care facilities, and at events for kids with special needs. Volunteers dress in animal costumes, paint faces, make balloon hats, and create photo keepsakes. 4629 Cass St. #342, SD,92109 619-723-3142 www.biganimalsforlittlekids .org Especially Cakes Local bakery offers gluten-free and/ or vegan custom-made themed cakes. 10760 Thornmint Rd. SD, 92127 www.especiallycakes.com Floaties (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: face painting, temporary tattoos, kids’ magic show, games and balloon sculptures. Shirly Chwalowski 858-245-6035 www.clownsinSanDiego.com Metro Dance Themed, dance-based birthday parties with performance and dressup and summer dance camps for children of all ages and abilities. 1221 Cushman Ave., SD, 92110 619-299-6387 www.metrodancesd.com 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
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 Savoring the Sweet Life Photography Hour-long sessions held at location of your choice, at any time of day. 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, mini sessions capturing the essence of your child in a variety of themes and settings. 858-414-2974 www.vikkidinh.com
PHYSICAL THERAPY ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) 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) 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 Pediatric Therapy Specialists 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. Offices in Point Loma, Chula Vista and Lemon Grove. Three clinics in SD 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
Giovanni/FF 2019 the evaluation and treatment of neurological, congenital, orthopedic and developmental problems from infancy through adolescence. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy)
RECREATION Accessibility Mornings at the New Children’s Museum Families with special needs are invited to visit the museum to explore its creative, curated exhibits, high-sensory activities and special break zones before it opens to the public for the day. Quarterly events with special pricing. Registration required. 200 W Island Ave. SD 92101 619-238-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org 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. 619-336-1806 www.adaptivesportsandrec.org 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. Includes the visually impaired, people with ASD, and those with many physical disabilities. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-942-2188 www.adventureski.com
Al Scholl Art Live artist and muralist provides 1:1 adaptive art classes and inclusive art experiences for those with ASD and other disabilities at your home, event or office for up to 25 participants. Alschollart@gmail.com 716-936-5380 www.AlSchollArt com Altitude Trampoline Park Fun, inclusive, bounce experience with high-quality trampolines, dodgeball court, Battlebeam, foam pit, rock climbing walls and more. 1928 Hacienda Dr. Vista, CA 92081 760-842-5142 www.altitudevista.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 Aqua Pros Swim School Pool Pals swimming program for children with Autism. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (Located in Boys & Girls Club) SD, 92117 619-209-2990 www.aquapros.org Aqua-Tots SNAP Swim Lessons Special Needs Adaptive Program (SNAP) pairs a trained instructor 1:1 with a child; Mommy and Me classes for infants as young as 4 months. 2015 Birch Rd. #1505 Chula Vista, CA 91915
619-332-0200 www.aqua-tots.com/locations/ usa/california/otay-ranch A Reason to Survive (ARTS) Provides afterschool art education, internships with professional mentors, youth-led community development, counseling services and leadership training to build job skills for students with mental health challenges. 200 E 12th St. National City, CA 91950 619-297-2787 www.areasontosurvive.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 dance and performing choreography. 237 E Main St. #A 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 to explore galleries at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with lower volume and more light. It also offers a quiet room from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. Please RSVP online. 1788 El Prado, SD, 92101 877-946-7797 www.sdnat.org/visit/ accessibility/asd-mornings
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Sharon/FF2018 VIP teams may include individuals with: • Autism • Down Syndrome • Cerebral Palsy • Mental or emotional challenges • Impaired mobility
Designed for Children with Autism
AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Soccer Program for children and adults with disabilities VIP teams forming in Tierrasanta and around the County Please contact the R152 VIP Coordinator to learn more Vipcoordinator@ayso152.org www.ayso152.org
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www.autismsocietysandiego.org (858) 715-0678 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
ATPF Bridge to the Beach Program San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, ATPF and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego partner to provide family-friendly beach days and a one week camp that enables ATPF clients and families to practice swimming safety, paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling. Participants are paired with Junior Lifeguards for 1:1 mentoring June-August. 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/ atpf-bridge-to-the-beachfamily-day Autism Accessibility and Hearing-Impaired Offerings at the Fleet Once a month 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. Offers Rear Window closed-captioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater.
Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, SD, 92101 619-238-1233 www.rhfleet.org/visit/ accessibilty 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 Binford I CAN, Too! Center at San Diego Central Library (See listing under Education)
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Blue Roses Girls Group Formed to foster making and sustaining friendships with activities (fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD, and social challenges due to special needs. www.bluerosesgirls.com Bobcat Buddies Sage Creek High School program in which a typical student is paired with a student with special needs in various sports and recreational activities throughout the year. 3900 Cannon Rd. Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-331-6600 https://sagecreek-cusd-ca. schoolloop.com/sagecreekclubs Bridge2breakthru Karate program for all abilities incorporates leadership, life lessons and social skills. Student evaluation leads to class placement and a twoweek free trial period. 9870 Hibert St. #D7 SD, 92131 858-271-8677 10449 Reserve Dr. #141 SD, 92127 858-674-9757 www.bridge2breakthru.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
Capability Ranch Activity center for youth with disabilities and developmental delays plan monthly enriching activities and events that inspire imagination and entertain. Visit Facebook page for details. 18030 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 914-582-5901 www.capabilityranch.org Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Recreational opportunities, equipment grants, community and mentorship for individuals with physical challenges. 9591 Waples St., SD, 92121 858-866-0959 www.challengedathletes.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 Nature Retreat Animal retreat and farm for over 120 domesticated livestock from around the world helps children learn appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for groups with special needs. 5178 Japatul Spur Alpine, CA 91901 619-320-4942 www.childrensnatureretreat .com
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.
Chula Vista Therapeutic Recreational Department Young Adult Programs Free dance, fitness and musical theater programs for ages 18+ through the city of Chula Vista. Carmel Wilson, Recreation Supervisor III email@example.com 619-409-5439 www.chulavistaca.gov/ departments/recreation Color, Construct, Create Fun, therapeutic and skill-enhancing art class for school-age children with and without special needs brought to your location. Afterschool programs and summer camps available. SD, 92128 858-472-6009 www.colorconstructcreate.com Connections - National Comedy Theatre Six-week program where a boardcertified behavioral analyst helps students 13-17 on the Autism spectrum explore emotions, listening skills, social skills and pragmatic
language through games and funny, improvised scenarios. 3717 India St., SD, 92103 619-295-4999 www.nationalcomedy.com/ connections 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 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 environment at Dance Place San Diego. Weekly dance class incorporates motor skills, spatial awareness and selfexpression. Dorothea Laub Dance Place San Diego 2650 Truxtun Rd. #104 SD, 92106 619-260-1622 www.malashockdance.org/ danceability 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 12120 Alta Carmel Ct. #D SD, 92128 858-524-6355 www.danceandcompany.com Dancing Around the Oak Tree Art Studio Inclusive art classes for people of all abilities. Attend Tues./Thurs. afternoon classes or schedule a class for your event. Airshine Music School 2717 University Ave. SD, 92104 619-994-8047 Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Personalized instruction and adaptive equipment for winter and summer sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, and
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flatwater paddling. Plus, family camps, weekly sports meet-ups and skills development programs in a variety of Paralympic sports. Mammoth Lakes, CA 760-934-0791 www.disabledsportseastern sierra.org Dixon Lake–Accessible Cabin Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities. 1700 N 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 in the San Bernardino Mountains. 401 S Ivy St. 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 858-755-2386; 858-964-2222 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org/ourfields/ 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. Fourth and C St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-425-9844 www.chulavistaca.gov Expressions Dance and Movement Center-Darby’s Dancers Free dance class for children with special needs (including dancewear, shoes, costumes, and dancerelated fees) covered by generous donations of community members and families of typical students. 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #28 Santee, CA 92071
619-596-3362 www.expressionsdanceand movement.com/children-withspecial-needs/ Family Karate PQ Karate programs for the physically challenged. 12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. SD, 92129 858-484-4747 www.livelikeablackbelt.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 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
Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center (See listing under Down Syndrome) Green Field Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. Seventh & G Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org 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 Grossmont Recreation Therapy Includes gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Includes programs for stroke survivors and family members. 5555 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-644-4104 I Can Play! (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)
Friendship Circle of San Diego Provides inclusive social and recreational experiences for children and adults with special needs. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.com
Ice Plex Special Skaters Program Private ice skating class for all ages. Skate rentals included. Coaches available for private lessons. 555 N Tulip St. Escondido, CA 92025 760-489-5550 www.iceoplexescondido.com
GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville & 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. 2031 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92104 619-368-9426 Tickets www.northparkvaudeville.com
iFLY Indoor Skydiving–All Abilities Nights Custom designed flight programs for kids 3 and up with physical and cognitive challenges. Guided through flight by specially trained IBA instructors. All gear included. Schedules vary and are updated on website and Facebook. 2385 Camino del Rio N. SD, 92108 619-432-4359 3178 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com
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Inclusive Dance Classes with inclusive methods based on emotional experiences, spatial perception, physical stimuli, movement and cause and effect. L’Cirque by Danzart 821 Kuhn Dr. #109 Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-484-9091 InclusiveDance.SanDiego@ gmail.com Jas Arnold Trail for All People Fully ADA accessible, 1,100 linear foot loop in the Black Mountain Regional Park offers amazing views and an inviting park space for people with mobility issues. Features interpretative signage and shade structures with space for wheelchair visitors. Miner’s Ridge Loop Parking Area 14895 Carmel Valley Rd. SD, 92129 858-538-8021 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/parks/trail-for-allpeople Juan Carlos Organization Zumba For All Lisbeth Garces and her team provide inclusive Zumba in various locations around San Diego. www.jcorg.org Kelly Brush Foundation Provides grants for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Partners with organizations to provide recreational opportunities and trains disabled athletes on ski racing safety. Burlington, VT 802-846-5298 www.kellybrushfoundation.org Kids Included Together (KIT) (See listing under Inclusion) KidVentures Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families with 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 Life Rolls On Provides adaptive surfing and skating opportunities for kids with physical disabilities. Los Angeles, CA 424-272-1992 www.liferollson.org 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 Mainly Mozart Music Festival Four days of events built around the theme of “Autism and Music: Empowering the Mozart in Us All”. Held May 30 – June 2, 2019, highlights include a two-day symposium featuring autism advocate and luminary Temple Grandin, acclaimed writer and educator Dr. Susan Baum, and autistic piano-virtuoso Derek Paravicini. See ad on page 9. 404 Euclid Ave. #301 SD, 92114 619-239-0100 www.mainlymozart.org Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Inclusive music education and performance organization for ages 3–23 including end-of-semester concerts and a variety of additional concert, master class, and outreach opportunities. Multiple ensembles with Saturday rehearsals at San Diego Mesa College. Auditions are required and students from neurodiverse communities are welcome. 404 Euclid Ave. #301 SD, 92114 619-239-0100 www.mainlymozart.org 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 Monday Night Live! Students with special needs are paired with neurotypical peers to explore student-chosen teen themes through acting, stand-up, scene work, show hosting, and movement culminating in a unique comedy sketch show. New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 Aleta Barthell, 760-846-6072 www.newvillagearts.org/ mondays-with-sammy Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the PSIA trained supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Serves students ages 4 and up. They must be able to hold head upright and must maintain breathing on their own. Reservation 72 hours in advance required. 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 A Night to Remember Prom Free prom for students with special needs ages 15-22. Includes tuxedo or prom dress, hair styling, make-up, corsage or boutonniere, dinner and dancing. Each student with special needs is partnered with a San Diego student who serves as their host.
Eastlake Church 2355 Otay Lakes Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.anighttorememberprom .com Night to Shine Prom In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for kids 14 and up with special needs. Trinity Church 14047 Twin Peaks Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-748-1875 www.timtebowfoundation.org/ ministries/night-to-shine#extra North County Gymnastics and the Gyminny Kids Classes 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 5:1. 17022 Camino San Bernardo SD, 92127 858-451-0204 www.gyminnykids.com Our Family Spa (See listing under Integrative Approach to Therapies) Our Place Wellness Center ARC-sponsored enrichment program for individuals with a disability (15 years & up) including music therapy, art therapy, adaptive yoga, adaptive Zumba, cooking and adaptive fitness. San Diego & Chula Vista 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com 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 Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE) (See listing under Parent and Family Resources)
Poway Youth Basketball League, Challenged Division Challenged athletes program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games played in Meadowbrook Middle School’s gym. Poway, CA 92064 www.pybl.com Recreational Music Center Camps, group music classes and individual music lessons for ages preschool and up. 2590 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 619-225-9597 www.rmcsandiego.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. Parents required to attend. 760-807-6359 firstname.lastname@example.org www.choristersguildsandiego .org Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park An inclusive place to soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. 8190 Miralani Dr., SD, 92126 858-693-5867 www.rockinjump.com/sandiego Sam’s Posse Exceptional Rodeo Participants run the poles and barrels on Posse Ponies, ride the not-so-roughstock bulls and broncs, and rope with professional cowboys. Local and rodeo royalty help kids navigate the events, pose for photos and provide live commentary. 760-458-8872 www.samsposse.org/ exceptional-rodeo-event 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 quiet environment. See ad on back cover. 320 N Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 760-233-7755 www.sdcdm.org
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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 Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program specifically designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs. 1650 El Prado #209 Casa del Prado Building Balboa Park, SD, 92101 619-233-3060 www.sdcyb.org San Diego Park and Rec— Therapeutic Recreation Services 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 North County community-based inclusive spring and fall soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities. 858-683-3357 www.sandiegosoccerclub.org Sensory-Friendly Films Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs. AMC Mission Valley 1640 Camino del Rio N. SD, 92108 AMC Palm Promenade 770 Dennery Rd., SD, 92154 www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendlyfilms
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Sensory Story Time at the San Diego Central Library Children ages 0-5 who have difficulty in large groups, are on the Autism Spectrum, or experience sensory overload are welcome to this monthly program. Books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities encourage peer interaction. Call to register, space is limited. 330 Park Blvd., SD, 92101 619-238-6664 www.sandiego.gov/publiclibrary Sing, Move and Play Music Academy Offers 1:1 piano and group keyboard lessons for ages 3–adult. Music helps physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Try Harmony Road group instruction (18 mos–11 yrs), a 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). At Corky Smith Gym on Sundays, October-January. 274 Pico Ave. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-598-8090 www.smybbshootingstars.com Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. 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. 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. Taught by certified 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 Stars Karate (USA Freestyle Martial Arts) Free karate lessons for children, ages 10 and 17 with disabilities. Typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay. 3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #1 SD, 92110 619-224-9600 www.dragonkick.com
Stoked for Life Foundation Hosts free paddle clinics for adaptive paddle boarding and adaptive surfing, enhances public policy on beach access for the disabled, and furthers advancements in adaptive water sports equipment. Hands-on disability and safety training available for volunteers. 760-520-5189 www.stokedforlife.org SunSational Swim Schools Experienced swim instructors provide 1:1 lessons to children with special needs through the use of unique visual aids. Safety awareness and specialized instruction in your home or community pool. 888-788-2140 www.sunsationalswimschool .com/special-needs-swimlessons Surfin Fire Surf School Year-round individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside and Encinitas for all ages and most abilities by an Encinitas firefighter with swift water rescue certification and his trained staff. Surfboards and wetsuits provided to 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, self-awareness and core strength
Inclusive environment in a recreation setting
For children and adults with any type of disability
Social and recreational skill development
Supervised by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS)
For more information call (619) 525-8247 www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/activities/trs/
in a safe, non-threatening setting. Private sessions available. 16775 Bernardo Center Dr. #F 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).
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, helping students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Minecraft and child-friendly programs help teach computer science and game design. 858-869-9430 www.thoughtstem.com TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer) For athletes ages 5–18 with mental or physical challenges. Kids are placed into groups based on ability. 3908 Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-677-9779 www.lajollasoccer.org
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UltraStar Cinemas Parent Movie Morning and Sensory-Friendly Films Early bird pricing, reduced volume, dimmed lights and plenty of stroller parking make these viewing opportunities for new parents and 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 play catch with the players post game. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C SD, 92106 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/ programs/usd-football-mentorprogram Valley Center TOPSoccer Community-based soccer training program. Players are placed by ability (not age). Athletes are partnered with a trained buddy. All ages welcome. 28102 N Lake Wohlford Rd. Valley Center, CA 92082 760-525-5363 www.valleycentertopsoccer.com 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 Wheelchair Dancers Organization Free classes for all ages and abilities interested in wheelchair dancing. Eight-week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance, Latin and other forms. 4584 Calle de Vida, SD, 92124 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. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y. Countywide, 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. New studies on-going. 6363 Alvarado Ct. #200 SD, 92120 619-594-0176 www.sci.sdsu.edu/bdil
RESIDENTIAL AND SUPPORTED LIVING Affinity Choice CommunityNoah Homes Residential model that provides independence and high quality services to people with similar wants and needs through sharedcost operations and infrastructure. Individual experiences for each resident, including work opportunities with community partners that ensure people with developmental disabilities are fully supported. 12526 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-6200 www.noahhomes.org 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 Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) San Diego County Administers rental assistance programs and publicly-owned rental housing units that provide safe
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and affordable housing options for low-income families and families with special needs. 858-694-3900 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ sdhcd 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. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org Noah Homes Residential programs for adults with disabilities. 12526 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-6200 www.noahhomes.org 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 Residential Homes-The Arc of San Diego Living facilities throughout the county with professionally trained staff to help the residents learn new skills and fully participate in day-to-day activities including cooking, money management, house cleaning, selfcare, laundry, shopping, and other community activities. Facilities enlist the help of 24/7 on call nursing, doctors and therapists. 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com/residentialliving-services TERI Campus of Life Day and Residential Programs Day programs and residential
living choices for teens and adults. Placement is based on age, diagnosis and ability. Life coaching, spiritual enhancement, personal improvement, nutrition and fitness and recreation are addressed for a meaningful and independent life experience. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.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
RESPITE/CHILDCARE/ SKILLED NURSING AblePathways Respite Care 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 under In-Home Support Services) ARCC Center (Autism, Respite, Camp and Childcare Center) Respite care and social mentoring for children and teens with developmental disorders. 619-919-7910 www.arcccenter.org The Arc of San Diego Respite Care Programs for respite care. Community Option Program 24/7 for families that receive In-Home Respite Services through the SDRC enables the respite worker to take the client out of the home and into the community. Weekend Away program allows family a quick trip while the client stays at the Respite House. Families also have a private pay option for additional hours beyond their contract. 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com/respite
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 AVID In-Home Respite Services Provides quality, reliable, caring, in-home respite services for infants, toddlers, children, and adults, 7 days a week from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 562 W Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-498-4931 www.avidbdp.org Brightstar Care San Diego HHA Childcare for kids with special needs, Certified Nursing Assistants for inhome 24-hour care or occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. Central & East County 858-777-9525 www.brightstarcare.com Care.com Membership required online resource helps parents 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 Child Development Associates (CDA) Child Care Alternative Payment Program for 0-12 (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific) Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization provides individualized care, supervision and companionship for children ages 3 and young 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 760-729-3866 www.communityinterfaceservices .org
Dependable Nursing Provides 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 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 #405 SD, 92108 619-209-3696 www.maximhealthcare.com Not To Worry, Inc. 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. 2020 Camino del Rio N #600 SD, 92108 619-574-6744 338 Via Vera Cruz #210 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-744-0200 www.premier-homehealth.com Sam and Rose Stein Education Center Special Care Services Child special care program and adult behavioral day program. 6145 Decena Dr. SD, 92120 619-281-5511 8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, 92123 858-514-5100 www.vistahill.org/contact-us
Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out
OUR BRING Y HE T BABY TO ! MOVIES A Chance for New Moms and Dads to bring baby along to the movies they want to see! Crying, feeding & diaper changing expected!
EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 10:30AM & 7PM Early bird pricing applies to both showtimes.
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego Box Office: 619 574 8684 For this week’s feature information visit:
TERI Family Support Services Home respite services for children and adults with disabilities funded through SDRC or parent tuition. Vacation and Saturday programs available. Social clubs based on individual age groups. 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. Provides 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 619-521-3055 www.ymca.org/communitysupport/childcare-resourceservice Xcite Steps Nanny Program Nannies for children with special needs. 3978 Sorrento Valley Rd. #100 SD, 92121 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com
SAFETY 5Star Urgent Response from Greatcall Keychain-sized piece of equipment able to call for help and be tracked from a computer or mobile phone.
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Has one of the least expensive monthly payments that uses GPS technology. 800-733-6632 www.greatcall.com/5Star Adiant Mobile Offers a variety of watch-sized, shock-proof products with GPS locators. Works with a monthly monitoring service similar to a home security system, can be tied into a smartphone or computer and can locate a child within 10 feet. www.adiantmobile.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. www.amberalertgps.com AngelSense Wearable GPS device designed for children with special needs. Analytic Server continuously monitors child’s location; alerts any unexpected changes. Web and mobile app provides access to schedule, map and picture views, find-child mode and listen-in capabilities. 888-999-2023 www.angelsense.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’em Scent Safe Dedicated to improving public safety by providing and advocating for tactical, rapid-response recovery of wandering or missing persons, through the use of personal scent technologies and public safety education. 951-310-8657 www.findemscentsafe.com 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. 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 individuals who may not be able to communicate. 661-524-6732 www.ifineedhelp.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 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 MediPal Inc., Emergency Seatbelt ID Affordable seatbelt 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. www.medipal.com
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Pacific Safety Center Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) teach parents and caregivers how to keep children safe by choosing the right car seat, installing and using it correctly. 9880 Via Pasar #F, SD, 92126 858-621-2313 www.carseat.psc411.com
Self Defense Clinic Jing Shen Kuoshu-based selfdefense clinic for people with physical disabilities including those in wheelchairs to help build confidence in assessing danger and provide basic strategies to avoid or defend against attack. 619-379-4265 www.atf.coach/disabilities
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. 877-580-5433 www.projectlifesaver.org
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
Rady Children’s Hospital’s Transportation Safety Program Offers car seat inspections. Educates parents on how to install car seats, teen passenger safety, and installation services for children with special healthcare needs. www.driventosafety.org Rebuilding Together San Diego: Safe at Home Program Volunteers make small home repairs to ensure the safety of low- income homeowners with children and physically disabled homeowners. 2013 Franklin Ave., SD, 92113 619-231-7873 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 specialized meals during disaster. Works with San Diego County Autism Society and other groups to serve those with disabilities. 800-728-7825 www.usw.salvationarmy.org
Temporary 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 VestIDD Record keeping app parents store a child’s vital info and share it with trusted providers and emergency contacts, eliminating a paper trail. www.specialvest.com
SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Club Beacons Fun, themed social skills group for ages 16-20 with ID/DD. 6150 Yarrow Dr. #E Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-448-6230 www.beaconsnorthcounty.com Club Xcite Offers one-on-one, in-home and 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 Community ConNext (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Helath)
Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization employing Social Support Coordinators to work on individualized plans, focus on consumer interests, help navigate barriers, promote a better quality of life and increase access to recreational opportunities. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org
teens opportunities to generalize skills in natural and fun recreational settings. Age-appropriate groups 1:1 and 3:1 are offered to provide the best support while maintaining independence. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com
Little Big Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)
American Speech-LanguageHearing Association 800-638-8255 www.asha.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 The Social Express Engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges, designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations. Encintas, CA 92024 877-360-0155 www.thesocialexpress.com Social Thinking Michelle Garcia Winner’s program that teaches students with Autism and social deficits how to recognize and respond to social cues. Blog, online resources and books available. 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
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education)
Associated Speech Pathologists Provides evaluations, intervention, consultations and occupational therapy to children 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 services for children with special needs including communication, fine motor, sensory processing, visual motor, and feeding skills in a play-based setting. OT 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 Provides evaluation and intervention for children with speech disorders such as apraxia, articulation and phonological processes, stuttering, medical and developmental conditions such as ADHD, ASD, traumatic brain injury and voice disorder. Evaluates and provides intervention for students with 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 SDRC and private pay. 3980 Ninth Ave. #1, SD, 92103 619-618-9638 www.c2ctherapy.com County Speech (San Diego County Speech Pathologists) 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 schoolage 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 858-695-9415 www.crimsoncenter.com
Excel Speech Therapy Center PT in Motion and OT, Etc. This multidisciplinary team offers individualized OT, PT, speech and language evaluation and treatment services under one roof for children with all types of special needs. Animal-assisted therapy available in multiple locations. Kearny Mesa: 858-565-6910 Carlsbad: 760-603-9457 Chula Vista: 619-475-6910 San Marcos: 760-510-6910 www.excelspeech.com Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Supports language development through interventions that are naturally motivating and unique to each child. Provides the DIR Floortime model to language learning, as well as Hanen, Social Thinking and PROMPT programs. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Inc. Serves children and adults with language-learning disabilities, brain injuries, executive functioning impairments, and disorders of articulation, stuttering, socialpragmatic skills and voice. Can provide expert-witness work in court cases. 4858 Mercury St. #106 SD, 92111 858-560-0973 www.heinspeechlanguage pathology.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. Therapeutic services using a unique approach based on symptoms and the whole child, versus a diagnosis or label. Offers speech, occupational, physical therapies and child psychology. SDRC or fee for service. 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 people with disabilities. Provides
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academic support with the Fast Track to School Success program, 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 619-692-0622 8840 N Magnolia Ave. #220 Santee, CA 92071 619-749-7059 www.karadodds.com K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. Pediatric and adolescent occupational, physical and speech therapy. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates.com
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 the child’s progress. www.littletalkers.com North County Speech and Language Individualized speech therapy and language services for children and adults, as well as educationally based assessment and IEP/ISP consultation. Provides diagnostic assessments and treatment for a range of communication disorders. 858-336-7590 www.NorthCountySpeech.com OutShine Speech Therapy, Inc. Speech therapy services (for clients up to 18 years old) in the home, after school, at preschool and in other settings by parent request. Overlaps with other service providers and ABA providers. 1582 W San Marcos Blvd. #105 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-410-8487 www.outshinespeech therapy.com
Kirsch Therapy Speech-language programs are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based to make therapy a fun experience. Participates in continuing education programs and is up-to-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies. 1949 Avenida del Oro #118 Oceanside, CA 92056 760-945-6500 www.kirschtherapy.com
Pediatric Therapy Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy)
Kolby Kail Speech Therapy North County speech services in play-based, natural environments such as home, child’s preschool, or at our office for children. Works to improve pre-language skills, oral motor skills, phonological awareness, articulation and social communication. 760-274-3575 www.kolbykailspeechtherapy.net
The Rite Care Childhood Language Center Provides free 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
Rady Children’s Hospital Speech Language Pathology Provides comprehensive speech and language evaluations, individual and group treatment and caregiver education. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org
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San Diego Center for Speech Therapy Speech therapy services include auditory processing disorders, apraxia, social language issues/ Autism, fluency disorders and stuttering, phonological impairments and orofacial/myofacial disorders. 12707 High Bluff Dr. #200 SD, 92130 2305 Historic Decatur Rd. #100 SD, 92106 858-488-4810 www.sandiegocenterforspeech therapy.com San Diego State University School of Speech, Language and Hearing Services Education, service and research facility provides diagnostic, habilitative, and rehabilitative services 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 of licensed and certified SLPs and audiologists. Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Laboratories 5500 Campanile Dr. SLHS Bldg. #221, SD, 92182 619-594-7747 www.slhs.sdsu.edu SmallTalk Speech & Occupational 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 that address social and language difficulties associated with receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language delays, social skill deficits, ADHD/ADD and ASD. 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 Speech Tree Therapy Center Provides speech-language pathology services to all children with speech, language, or social impairments in order to facilitate more effective language and social interactions through evaluation, speech therapy, social skills and parent and teacher facilitation. 2820 Camino del Rio S. #308 SD, 92108 2521 Windward Way Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-546-0039 www.speechtreetherapycenter .com 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 their families, extensive training opportunities for professionals, and support for research into the causes of stuttering. 800-992-9392 www.stutteringhelp.org
Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Therapy Uptown (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center Speech/language therapy and evaluations for all ages in English and Spanish. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #116 SD, 92128 858-521-8446 www.vocaltracktherapy.com
THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAMS/HIPPOTHERAPY Bonita Equestrian Therapy— Sweetwater Farms Provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. 2974 Equitation Ln. Bonita, CA 91902 619-475-9056 www.sweetwaterhorses.com Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy PATH International, therapeutic riding program for ambulatory children ages 5-11. Run by an 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 Heart 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 other animals. For people with disabilities and siblings. Held onsite in Ramona and travels throughout San Diego. 619-633-5105 www.heartandhoovestherapy.org
Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers therapeutic riding for ages 4 and up. Experienced PATH certified staff develop lesson plans to suit each rider. 6523 Helen Woodward Way 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 Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center A member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, this center offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities for people with disabilities and their families. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-672-6935 www.magichorse.org Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Provides riding instruction and positive physical/emotional experiences through interaction with horses. All with disabilities enjoy the benefits of being outdoors by participating in therapeutic horseback riding and equine care. 15665 El Monte Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-729-3853 www.partnersth.org 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. 14433 Tierra Bonita Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-231-7889 www.PoVatrc.org
REINS Therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults. 4461 S Mission Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-731-9168 www.reinsprogram.org Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Riding Center PATH-member riding center that teaches recreational riding 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 858-209-5662 www.radtrc.org Rockin’ L&D Ranch Recreational riding and therapeutic equine program. 1019 Deodar Rd. Escondido, CA 92026 760-741-1179 www.rockinldranch.org 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 Therapeutic Horsemanship PATH international premiere accredited center provides equine assisted activities and therapies. 2180 Monument Rd., SD 92154 619-431-5284 www.sdtherahorse.org TEACH (Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped) Therapeutic horseback riding lessons. 12152 Moreno Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-596-2025
TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program Trained and licensed staff help students with Autism, ASD and learning and mental health disabilities 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
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 six-week training course with a certified dog trainer and behavioralist to provide comfort and companionship in a therapeutic setting. 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 social bridges for the child. 855 S Main Ave. #K-162 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-913-9090 www.gooddogautism companions.org Kindred Spirits Canine Education Program Nonprofit trains privately owned dogs to work as personal service dogs. Each dog is trained with skills needed for each individual owner.
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Training for therapy dogs, PTSD and mobility support service dogs. 3343 E Vista Way Vista, CA 92084 760-630-4824 www.kindredspiritsk9.com/ service-dog-training 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 attend events and therapy sessions for emotional support for people with disabilities or trauma. 760-740-2326 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. Local nonprofit provides 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. 858-461-6827 www.tenderlovingcanines.org
TRANSPORTATION Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT) Assists San Diego County residents with barriers to mobility to achieve independence through the coordination of transportation services. 888-924-3228 www.factsd.org
Autism on the Seas Provides staffed cruises on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival Cruise lines for those with a cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities. https://autismontheseas.com Morgan’s Wonderland San Antonio theme park designed with more than 25 attractions for all ages and abilities. Inspiration Island, a fully accessible waterpark, is open during summer months. San Antonio, TX 210-495-5888 www.morganswonderland.com Sheraton Park Hotel Anaheim MAX (Member of Autism Care Services) Program Comprehensive program for guests with Autism or developmental delay including specialty menus, adaptive eating utensils, loaned iPads, weighted vests and exercise balls, oversized stroller rentals, and Autism-aware babysitting services. 800-325-3535 www.sheratonparkanaheim .com/max-program SpecialCare Travel (See listing under Adaptive Equipment)
MTS Access Service-Paratransit In addition to providing accessibility on all buses and trolleys for people with physical disabilities, MTS offers fixed route bus and trolley services for people with cognitive and visual disabilities. Plus, the MTS Access Program serves customers with disabilities who are functionally unable to use fixed route services. 888-517-9627 www.sdmts.com/rider-infoaccessibility/mts-access
Wilderness Inquiry Families Integrating Together Outdoor vacation program providing support in the form of staff, personal care attendants, adapted equipment and financial assistance to help make the outdoors accessible for all families. 612-676-9400 www.wildernessinquiry.org/ programs/accessible-familyvacations
VACATION AND TRAVEL
Accomable Online list of vacation rentals in 60 countries offers detailed information about accessibility adaptations. Narrow the search by selecting required amenities, such as a roll-in shower or adjustable bed. https://accomable.com
College of Optometrists in Vision Development Website provides resources for parents, and explanations of vision testing, therapies and their importance. 330-995-0718 www.covd.org
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Daniel and Davis Optometry Services includes 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 and 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 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 popular kid-themed fabrics. 519-383-9203 www.eye-lids4kids.com Family Vision Care, Gary Sneag, O.D. Provider of vision care products, 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 Hereditary Ocular Disease Database (University of Arizona) A database of genetic eye diseases with information for parents and professionals. www.disorders.eyes.arizona.edu Main Street Optometry & Vision Therapy Lisa M. Weiss, O.D, F.C.O.V.D Provider of optometry service, vision therapy and vision care products.
Treats vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and other developmental vision issues. 303 E Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-444-1153 www.mainstreetod.com Optometric Extension Program Foundation Provides 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 with a mission 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 exams, treatment of eye diseases, vision therapy, sports vision and treatment for learning related vision problems. 7898 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-464-7713 11230 Sorrento Valley Rd. #210 SD, 92121 858-291-8584 www.optometrists.org/san_diego Speccles for Kids Flexible, durable and comfortable straps for glasses with a unique grip that ensures glasses stay 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 Institute David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. and Shira Robbins, M.D From premature babies to teenagers, each child seen at Ratner Children’s Eye Center is given personal medical care in a child-friendly atmosphere. World-renowned specialists help with strabismus, nystagmus, congenital diseases like pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, blocked tear ducts, “lazy eye” (amblyopia) and trauma. 9415 Campus Point Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093 858-534-6290 www.eyesite.ucsd.edu
VOCATIONAL TRAINING/ EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) A Reason to Survive (ARTS) (See listing under Recreation) 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. 3750 Convoy St. #306 SD, 92111 858-292-2020 www.communitycatalysts california.org Community Interface Services Nonprofit provides vocational training, job placement and coaching. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 4909 Murphy Canyon Rd. #505 SD, 92123 888-676-3786, 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org
Partnerships With Industry (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) (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 Collaborate with parents to come up with individualized plans for their children with special needs. Call ahead to determine the best services needed. Thurgood Marshall Middle School (meeting place) 9700 Avenue of Nations SD, 92131 858-746-9775 www.canyonsprings.org Chabad of Poway Inclusive synagogue that hosts the Friendship Circle. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.chabadpoway.com http://friendshipcirclesd.com
Living Independently Is for Everyone (See listing under Independent Living)
Emmanuel Faith Community Church Special needs ministry including a cool down room, buddy program, special needs classroom and separate family room with live feed of church services 639 E 17th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-781-2119 www.efcc.org/special-needsministry/
Options for All (See listing under Independent Living)
Faith Presbyterian Church Worship service and church experience adapted to meet the
Fred Finch Specialized Learning Center (See listing under Education)
needs of older teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. 5075 Campanile Dr., SD, 92115 619-582-8480 http://faithchurchsandiego.org First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego Teaches children to value the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions and to become socially responsible citizens aware 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, this team is trained to help meet the needs of children and families with attention to sensory needs including use of PECS system, 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 developmentally appropriate mainstream classroom with a volunteer during the church service. The 11 am Sunday service features a specialized curriculum and separate classrooms for a more individualized focus (ages 4 and up). 2405 North Santa Fe Ave. Vista, CA 92084 760-724-6700 x300 Marcia Boeche, Special Needs Coordinator www.northcoastchurch.com
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Parkside Community Church Special Needs Ministry Classes taught by special educator in a fully inclusive setting during church services. 1550 Temple Heights Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056 760-961-5678 www.parksidechurch.cc 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 12 pm 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 nurturing ministry for children with special needs during Sunday worship services. Individualized attention is 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 all 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
MISCELLANEOUS ORGANIZATIONS Al Bahr Shriners Philanthropic organization 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
If I Was a Bird Yoga Yoga Studio uses 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 and Liberty Station 858-775-2913 www.ifiwasabirdyoga.com
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Their philanthropic priority is to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the needs of children across this nation. 317-630-1202 www.cwf-inc.org
Just Believe Yoga Individualized yoga for children with Autism to build confidence, increase muscle tone, teach selfregulation, offer a creative outlet and to have fun! www.justbelieveyoga.com
The Gurmilan Foundation Nonprofit helps secure funding to support individuals with disabilities through scholarship awards and adaptive equipment grants. 482 W San Ysidro Blvd. #508
San Ysidro, CA 92172 619-250-2291 www.gurmilanfoundation.org Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego Creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 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. 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal v
Miss Debb’s “Yoga for Kids” at Golden Steps Debb Lubke, CYKT, COTA, provides yoga 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) yOTga Occupational therapist and yogi practices inclusive yoga to increase core strength, improve social skills, fulfill sensory needs and encourage self-regulation and awareness. 631-879-7613 www.erinyotga.wixsite.com/ yotga
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Open Hearts Ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Monthly support group for caregivers, ecumenical scripture study and OpenHeARTs, a monthly art social. Annual White Mass spotlights inclusion and sensoryfriendly Christmas liturgy for special needs families. 655 C Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619-435-3167 www.sacredheartcor.org
Areas of Need – Imperial Valley This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego
ADVOCACY Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter Bilingual, affordable, special education advocacy, IEP, IPP and IFSP representation from a parent of two children with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com Marcus Family Law Center, PLC Expert representation in divorce, custody and support, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration for San Diego and Imperial Counties. 732 State St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-2800 www.barefootlawyer.com
BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH Alvaro Camacho, MD Psychiatric services provided by a bilingual doctor who specializes in underserved populations and collaboration with university studies. 2417 Marshall Ave. #4 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-2725 www.drcamacho.org The Arc of Imperial County Offers behavioral programs, adult day and development programs, and an activity center for all ages. 398 E Ross Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-0180 www.arciv.org Bernardo Ng, M.D. Bilingual psychiatrist with a neurologic specialty. 2417 Marshall Ave. #1 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0160 www.sunvalleyvb.com California Psychcare Now under 360 Behavioral Health, provides behavioral services for
children and adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities. 1603 W Main St. El Centro, CA 92243 833-227-3454 www.360behavioralhealth.com Explorer Development Center Provides individual ABA, OT, PT and speech therapies to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders in the child’s home, community, or school. 858-381-7721 www.explorerdevelopmentcenter .com Fred Finch Youth Center/CARES ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. 1413 W State St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-592-0088 www.fredfinch.org Gabriel Lamb, LCSW, LPCC Cognitive behavioral therapy services from a clinical social worker and therapist with expertise in psychiatric disorders. 1073 Ross Ave. #C El Centro, CA 92243 760-355-2725 www.gabriellamb.com Helping Children Achieve Therapies, LLC In-home, ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism. 760-919-2100 www.helpingchildrenachieve. com Home of Guiding Hands Counseling and Support Services Broad range of counseling services including group, individual, and family therapy. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org
Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Provides assessment, therapy, behavioral intervention and crisis intervention for children with mental health needs. 202 N 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1525 www.co.imperial.ca.us Imperial Valley Behavioral Health Services Complete child and adolescent outpatient mental health services, including a wrap-around program for ages 14 and up, and a First Aid mental health program for teachers. Various locations 800-817-5292 www.co.imperial.ca.us/ behavioralhealth Joan Tyler, MFT Cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling services. 300 S Imperial Ave. #7 El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-6302 Motiva Associates ABA behavioral services, parent support services and training. 410 South 4th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-8500 www.motivaassociates.com Peter DiManno, LCSW Therapy for individuals, couples and families. 1053 N Imperial Ave. #205 El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-4773 www.elcentrotherapy.com Son Shine Counseling Center Counseling, and behavioral support services. 1073 Ross Ave. #C El Centro, CA 92243 760-540-4335 www.son-shine-counseling.com
Sun Valley Behavioral Medical Center Assessment, diagnosis, counseling and treatment plans for children with mental health challenges. 2417 Marshall Rd. #1 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0161 www.sunvalleyb.com
DENTAL HEALTH Clay Nichols, D.D.S. Preventive pediatric dentistry focused on calm and kind cleanings and education. 508 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-4444 www.claynichols.dds.com Karson Kupiec Orthodontics Pediatric preventive care and orthodontics. 502 W Aten Rd. #102 Imperial, CA 92251 760-545-4149 www.drkupiec.com Khorsand Dental Group Pediatric preventive care, orthodontics and oral surgery. 2026 N Imperial Ave. #B El Centro, CA 92243 760-394-3082 www.drkhorsand.com
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY ASSESSMENT AND COORDINATION Betty Jo McNeese Receiving Home Health Department and medical provider assess children and youth for developmental delay; children with complex medical problems are referred to specialists. 315 W McCabe Rd. El Centro, CA 92243 760-339-6264 www.co.imperial.ca.us
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Family Resource Centers Calexico/Niland Intake assessment, medication support services and a variety of therapies for people with mental health diagnoses. www.imperial.networkofcare.org FACT Center–El Centro Elementary School District Developmental screenings for kids 0-5, mental health services, resources and coordination of support systems for families. 1256 Broadway El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-5712 www.ecesd.org San Diego Regional Center– Imperial County Assessment, intake and service coordination for people with disabilities. 512 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-8383 www.sdrc.org
EDUCATION Home of Guiding Hands Early Childhood Development Program Therapeutic and educational early intervention for children 0-3 with developmental delays. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org Imperial County SELPA Umbrella entity for the provision of special education programs and services for all identified children 0-22. 1398 Sperber Rd. #D El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6464 www.icoe.org/selpa Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children (IVCEC) Programs for students with moderate to severe disabilities including infants and toddlers, D/HH, and the visually impaired, as well as nursing, speech and therapy services in the ICSD. 1528 S Waterman Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6630 www.ivcec.org
Imperial Valley College Early Childhood Education Department Program for children 0-5, including a developmental preschool and infant/ toddler center. 380 E Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-352-8320 www.imperial.edu Sunny Days Early Childhood Program Developmental intervention and therapy services for children ages 0-3 including assessment and occupational, physical and speech therapies. 300 S Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-679-0540 www.sunnydays.com
GENERAL HEALTH ABC Pediatrics Medical Group, Inc. Provides accessible healthcare to Imperial Valley babies, children and adolescents, and a Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) up to age 21. 702 Wake Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-7216 www.abcpediatrician.com Clinica del Salud del Pueblo Five bilingual family health clinics. 651 Wake Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-2257 www.cdsdp.org Mizra Baig, MD Pediatrician accepts 12 different insurance carriers. 1560 S Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-0581 Imperial Valley Child Asthma Program (IVCAP) Asthma management education, home visits and indoor environmental control. 1600 S Imperial Ave. #2 El Centro, CA 92243 760-482-0978
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Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group Full spectrum of medical needs, including neurology. 1503 N Imperial Ave. #105 El Centro, CA 92243 Imperial Valley Public Health Department Provides clinic and free and lowcost immunizations. Community health nurses provide resources for maternal, child and adolescent health. 935 Broadway El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1896 www.icphd.com Pioneers Memorial Healthcare and Specialty Center Complete healthcare with a variety of pediatric specialties. 751 W Legion Rd. #302 Brawley, CA 92227 760-351-4999 www.pmhd.org Vishwa Kapoor, MD Pediatrician with a specialty in oncology. 1550 Pepper Dr. El Centro, CA 92243 760-592-4961
HOSPICE Aria Hospice Compassionate, in-home care for people with a terminal illness. 229 S 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-412-5574 www.ariahospice.com
horse camps and riding sessions for at-risk youth. Owner Marsha Boutwell offers PATH-certified therapeutic riding programs for children with ADHD, ASD and emotional issues. 1444 Drew Rd. El Centro, CA 92243 760-996-4666
INDEPENDENT LIVING The Arc of Imperial County (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Community living services include skills training, resource development, live-in companionship, and self-advocacy for adults and teens transitioning to adulthood: Independent Living and Supported Living. 1699 W Main St. #E El Centro, CA 92243 442-236-5034 www.tmi-inc.org
OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SPEECH THERAPIES California Children’s Services/IC Public Health Dept. Occupational and physical therapies and assessment for durable medical equipment for children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. 935 Broadway St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1444 www.icphd.org
Hospice of Imperial Valley Bilingual, in-home care for people with a terminal illness. 137 S 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-352-8905 www.ivhospice.org
Imperial Physical Therapy Outpatient pediatric physical therapy. 1698 Cruickshank Dr. #A El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-3422 www.iptclinic.com
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PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES
BMB Boarding and Animals Plus In association with CASA of Imperial County and Kiwanis Club of El Centro, this boarding stable offers
Amigos de Alejandro, Inc. Serves families of children diagnosed with cancer, leukemia or blood related disorders by offering bilingual emotional support, information,
food vouchers, and transportation to hospitals outside Imperial County (Rady Children’s) to receive chemotherapy or other procedures related to their diagnosis. 510 W Main St. #105 El Centro, CA 92243 760-222-6132 www.amigosdealejandro.org Autism Support of Imperial County Nonprofit providing information and support to parents and professionals on Autism. 300 N Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-604-8847 www.autismofimperial.com Children’s Foundation of the Imperial Valley Parent organization that provides assistance to organizations and groups caring for underserved children who reside in Imperial Valley. Holds an annual race and wellness fair. 760-554-3032 Community Advisory Committee (CAC) of Imperial County SELPA Parent advisory group unites teachers, parents, and school professionals in Imperial Valley to support the needs of students with IEPs, and communicate rights and information on district policy. 760-312-6419 www.icoe.org/selpa/ community-advisory-committee Down Syndrome Association of Imperial Valley Provides parent-to-parent support, trainings for families, spring social, and summer activities for all. Xochil M. Garcia 760-355-0147 Maritza Villa 760-482-1210 512 W. Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 Exceptional Family Resource Center–Parent-to-Parent Support (Spanish only) Resource center for families of children
with special needs of any age. Bertha Mendoza 512 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0147 www.efrconline.org Padres en Accion Support group that holds monthly meetings in Calexico, El Centro, Brawley and Imperial. Maria Elena Miranda 760-344-7268 TREES (Teach, Respect, Educate, Empower Self) Provides The Incredible Years parenting program, which helps strengthen parenting competency and encourages parent involvement at school to promote academic, social and emotional skills. Children 0-12 are grouped by age. 1265 W State St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-5703
RECREATION Circle of Friends In-school club that focuses on the acceptance of people with disabilities through relationship building with non-disabled peers. 760-960-2308 email@example.com El Centro Parks and Recreation Offers recreational activities and summer camps for kids with special needs. 375 S 1st St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-4555 www.cityofelcentro.org Imperial Valley Challenger Little League Adaptive baseball program for individuals 4-22 with physical and intellectual challenges. www.ivchallenger.com Night to Shine Prom In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for kids (14 & up) with special needs. 431 W Wall Rd. Imperial, CA 92251
760-353-7535 www.timtebowfoundation.org/ ministries/night-to-shine Odds & Ends Creative Studio Art instruction and guitar lessons for all students. 260 S Imperial Ave. #A Imperial, CA 92251 760-675-5845 www.oandecreativestudio.com Ricochet Indoor trampoline park and rec center offers specific play times for kids with special needs. 450 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-919-9800 www.ricochetimperial.com Special-Ed Kids Soccer Team Soccer team for ages 8-10. Calexico Parents Athletic Association 805 Kemp Ct. Calexico, CA 92231 760-693-7093 Special Olympics of Imperial Valley Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of events. Team sports include soccer, floor hockey, swimming and basketball. Conrad Harrison Youth Center 750 Park Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-4556 www.specialolympics.org/ programs/united-states/ southern-california
RESPITE AND SKILLED NURSING Home of Guiding Hands Respite Program In-home 1:1 care tailored to the needs of the individual and family to allow caregivers time for errands and self-care. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org
TRANSPORTATION IVT Access Lift-equipped, curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities. 760-482-2908 www.ivtaccess.com IVT MedTrans Provides non-emergency transportation between services in Imperial and San Diego County medical facilities. Operates four days per week. 760-337-1766 www.ivtmedtrans.com IVT Ride Public transit service for people with disabilities. 760-337-1760 www.ivtride.com
VISION HEALTH Advanced Eye Care Dr. Aguilar is a bilingual, glaucomacertified optometrist and an expert in ocular disease, hard-to-fit contact lenses, laser vision correction and pediatrics. 506 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-352-3505 www.stopsquinting.com Valley Vision Care Optometry Provides comprehensive vision care to adults and children 5 and up. 534 S 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-4361 www.valleyvisioncarecenter optometry.com
WORSHIP Christ Community Church Large church with ministries for children with special needs. 590 W Orange St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-9408 www.ccciv.org v
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Eat, Play, Live Products for Kids of All Abilities
STAYnEAT $14.99-$19.99; Stayneatplate.com Designed to encourage self-feeding, this plate features two-in-one design (with and without sectioned divider) and a non-skid rim that helps prevent sliding. “We use them at every meal,” says Felicia. “My daughter is super strong and throws everything. She couldn’t budge these.
Buckle Me Baby Coats $79.99; BuckleMeCoats.com Crash-tested jackets designed for safe riding in a car seat. Thinner back and split shoulder seams help parents attach seatbelt safely and quickly. “I love the ease of getting the jacket on and off,” says Naomi. “The extra buttons and side zippers are great.”
KINNEBAR 200 $149.99; Kinnebar.com Portable, adjustable foot swing allows children to move while seated, helping to improve seat behavior and focus. Particularly helpful for children with ADHD, Autism, SPD and Asperger’s.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog $14.99; Amazon.com Little ones build hand muscles and fine motor skills placing chunky peg “quills” in the holes. Also inspires lessons in counting, sorting and color identification.
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Selma’s Dolls $39.99; SelmasDolls.com Selma’s Dolls celebrate unique differences and help teach understanding and acceptance. Each doll sold separately and includes a book. Annie (blue dress) has Down syndrome. “The book is the same for all three dolls, but each individual doll is amazing!” says Emily.
Oogi Fidget Toy $14; Moluk.com Multiple suction cups and long, stretchy arms promote hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. “Great for bilateral strengthening,” says Jacque. “And the kids love the sound it makes when they pull it off a surface.”
Rubik’s Tactile Cube $14.95; Winning-Moves.com Rubik’s Cube is enhanced with embossed shapes on colored sides, making it playable (and solvable) for people with visual impairment.
Creativity for Kids Mini Sequin Pets $10; CreativityForKids.com Mini weighted dino calms and comforts at home or on the go. Reversible colored sequins provide hours of sensory play. “This toy serves multiple purposes: stuffed animal, tactile sensory and weighted,” says Sabrina.
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