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All Kinds of Kids / Special Needs Guide

Adaptive Equipment & Products | Arts & Recreation | Educational Resources
Family Support | Fitness | Health
Internet Disability Resources | Private Schools | Therapy

Adaptive Equipment & Products

Baby Proofing Montgomery
We provide high-quality childproofing and safety products, professional installation and comprehensive safety evaluations to fit any home, style and budget in the DMV. , 301-984-9323.

Arts & Recreation

Adventure Theatre MTC Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performances
Adventure Theatre MTC's main stage lights are turned up, sound turned down and sign language is provided in shows specifically altered for children on the autism spectrum. , 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2268.

Bringing together actors with and without disabilities who create original scripts communally, which are performed on stages throughout the region. The group also works with the Wounded Warrior program. ,

Catriona's Castle Hands-On Children's Theater
Fairy tale birthday parties & school enrichment - your location. Experienced with special needs children ages 2-12. Costumes, props, scenery. 16 stories including "The Snow Queen - Frozen Heart." , 301-972-7549.

CREATE Arts Center
We provide art programs for children with mild disabilities through integrated class and camp settings, and individual and group art therapy programs. ,, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-ARTS.

Dawn Crafton Dance Connection
For over 60 years, we have been committed to providing a quality dance education in a professional, nurturing environment for kids of all ages and abilities. Special needs dance classes for autistic, deaf and hard of hearing. ,, 7601C Airpark Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-840-8400.

Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage provides year-round theater art classes for young people of all abilities in a welcoming environment with both inclusive and peer-group settings. Join us for sensory-friendly performances! Diane Nutting, Director of Access and Inclusion, , 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-280-1637.

interPLAYcompany Band
An orchestra that brings together the talents of professional and nonprofessional musicians, with and without disabilities, to perform four annual concerts in our area. Concerts range from jazz, rock-and-roll, salsa, show tunes and more. ,

Kids Euro Festival
Day for Families with Special Needs Children
Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1:00 - 4 p.m. at the French Embassy - it is a day of activities for children with special needs and their families featuring performances, movies and crafts. Presented in partnership with KEEN Greater D.C.,Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. La Maison Francaise. ,

McLean Community Center
Fully ADA-compliant. Will make arrangements for accommodations with request submitted 14 days prior to activity date. MCC offers a limited number of classes & activities for children with special needs. 703-790-0123, TTY: 711
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA,

The Music Center at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore is wheelchair accessible and offers ASL-interpreted, cued speech transliteration, audio-described performances, assistive listening devices and large-print programs. Contact P.A.S.S. (Patron Access and Support) at Strathmore via Maryland Relay Services for MD residents at 711 or out of state at (800) 735-2258. , 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

Olney Theater
Olney Theatre Center offers audio described performances for vision impaired patrons on the third Wednesday of each production, and sign interpreted performances upon request. , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.

Potomac Arts Academy
The Potomac Arts Academy enriches the lives of community members of all ages, skill levels and socio-economic backgrounds by providing artistic instruction in an accessible and nurturing environment. ,, 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA, 703-993-9889.

Potomac Horse Center
Offering therapeutic riding programs by PATH-certified instructors for children and adults with physical, cognitive and psychological challenges. , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.

Washington Revels
"Christmas Revels," December 6-7 & 12-14, 2014. All shows wheelchair accessible. Braille and large-print programs available. ASL interpretation and audio description at selected performances. , Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 301-587-3835.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap offers accessible seating, parking and restrooms. Sign-language interpretation is available upon advanced request, and amplification headsets are available for most performances. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. , 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA,

Educational Resources

Bass Educational Services, LLC
Comprehensive educational consulting for students with learning differences: K-12 placement, SAT/ACT test prep and college/post-secondary planning. ,, 3403 Olandwood Ct., #101, Olney, MD, 301-774-5211.

Learning is dependent on the strength of one's cognitive skills. We lift cognitive skills through training, teach proven techniques for learning and ensure gains generalize into the classroom. Fully customized programs delivered at your convenience. MD: Potomac, Rockville, Clarksville. DC: Chevy Chase. VA: Reston, Tysons Corner. Home-based and school-based services available. ,, 301-769-6867.

LearningRx solves what tutoring can't by identifying and training the cognitive skills that allow people to be better learners. Call to schedule a complimentary demo session. , 10513 Braddock Rd., Ste C, Fairfax, VA, 703-995-9945.

LearningRx - Chantilly
LearningRx solves what tutoring can't by identifying and training the cognitive skills that allow people to be better learners. Our brain training improves IQ by 16 points, on average. , 14424 Albermarle Point Pl, Ste. 110B, Chantilly, VA, 703-657-7563.

LearningRx - Leesburg
LearningRx solves what tutoring can't by indentifying and training the cognitive skills that allow people to be better learners. Our brain training improves IQ by 16 points, on average. , 305 Harrison St., SE, Ste. 100A, Leesburg, VA, 571-465-2277.

LearningRx - North Potomac
LearningRx solves what tutoring can't by identifying and training the cognitive skills that allow people to be better learners. Our brain training improves IQ by 16 points, on average. , 11908 Darnestown Rd., Ste. A, North Potomac, MD, 301-944-5500.

LearningRx - Reston
LearningRx solves what tutoring can't by identifying and training the cognitive skills that allow people to be better learners. Our brain training improves IQ by 16 points, on average. , 11260 Roger Bacon Drive, Reston, VA, 703-689-0003.

LearningRx - Tysons
LearningRx provides brain training to strengthen the key cognitive skills that are used in learning. Our brain training improves IQ by 16 points, on average. , 8321 Old Courthouse Rd., Ste. 130, Vienna, VA, 703-462-9570.

National Speech Language Therapy Center
Evaluation and treatment of a variety of speech, language, processing and pragmatic disorders. Specialties include autism, stuttering and language delays. ,, 5606 Shields Dr., Bethesda, MD, 301-493-0023.

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families works to ensure that youth with a variety of challenges and strengths, and their families, benefit from education, family support services, community education and advocacy. , 7010 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA, 703-941-8810.

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families works to ensure that youth with a variety of challenges and strengths, and their families, benefit from education, family support services, community education and advocacy. , 8920 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel, MD, 301-470-1620.

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
Our tutors get to the heart of your child's learning problem with individualized tutoring plans and instruction. Offering psychoeducational testing, organizational coaching and counseling. LD/ADHD specialists. , 2092 Gaither Rd., Ste. 100, Rockville, MD, 301-424-5200.

Tutoring for Success, Inc.
We offer home-based tutoring tailored to fit each student's needs. Our highly educated, talented tutors go the extra mile! Serving the Washington metro area. 301-838-7640; 703-390-9220. ,,

Family Support

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
CLB's youth and family programs start at birth to help build the skills and self-confidence necessary for future independence. Programs include: Braille Book Club, summer camps, teen groups, parent workshops and much more. ,, 1825 K St., NW, Ste. 1103, Washington, DC, 202-454-6400.

Ivymount Outreach Programs
Helping children become more competent communicators, motor performers and learners. We provide assessments, consultations, therapy, training and other services to children, families, schools and agencies. , 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD, 301-469-0223.

St. Joseph's House
St. Joseph's House is a nonprofit day care and respite home serving children with multiple disabilities. , 1505 Cody Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-681-5784.


KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)
Providing free-of-charge, one-to-one exercise and recreational programs to children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. We accept everyone! ,, 301-770-3200.

Motion Athletics and Motion Therapy at Dynamite Agility Center
Private lessons and inclusion classes for children with educational, developmental and physical challenges. Includes swings, trampolines, bars and other gymnastics equipment. OT, PT and speech therapy in a sports enviornment. Insurance accepted. , Near White Flint Mall, North Bethesda, MD, 301-770-2710.

My Gym Children's Fitness Center
Award-winning programs designed to help children 6 weeks-13 years develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. Noncompetitive gymnastics, fitness, sports, games, song, dance and more. MD: Bethesda, 301-652-2800; Kentlands 301-926-5969; Potomac, 301-983-5300; VA: Alexandria, 703-971-5437; Burke, 703-425-5327; Chantilly, 703-378-3100; Sterling 703-421-2100. ,


Anxiety Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Is your 8 to 17-year-old child anxious or depressed? Consider participation in an NIMH pediatric anxiety or depression research study. Call for information and eligibility., TTY: 1-866-411-1222., 301-402-8225.

The Better Brain Center
Specializing in brain-based interventions including neurofeedback and neurotherapy for cognitive, emotional, educational and behavioral improvement for all ages. Also useful for migraine headaches. , 2121 Eisenhower Ave., Ste. 604, Alexandria, VA, 703-684-0334.

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dedicated to helping children and adolescents with brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system disorders achieve their potential and participate in family, school and community life. , 707 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD, 888-554-2080.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics at Tenleytown offers pediatric primary and specialty care. Our office works collaboratively with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to provide you with complete and comprehensive care. , 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-295-0547.

Palisades Pediatrics
Dr. Christi Hay
A small practice with direct access to the physician and home visits. Dr. Hay manages complex cases that require referrals, coordination of care and follow up, as well as routine and sick visits. ,, PO Box 40814, Washington, DC, 202-735-7600.

Pediatric Dental Care
Pediatric Dental Care provides advanced oral care for children of all ages, including those with special needs, in a fun and caring atmosphere. Fairfax Office: 10614 Warwick Ave., Suite B, Fairfax, VA, 703-383-3434. Springfield Office: 6120 Brandon Ave., Suite 114, Springfield, VA, 703-992-7100. ,

Severe Irritability with ADHD Symptoms Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Does your 7- 17-year-old child have severe irritability, tantrums, rages, trouble sleeping? Participate in an NIH pediatric research study. Call for information and eligibility. TTY: 1-866-411-1222., 301-496-8381.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry
Do you have Caucasian twins 9-13 years old? Participate in a study of juvenile anxiety and depression at NIH. Contact the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry (MATR) and let us know that you want to learn more about Juvenile Anxiety (JAS) Study. 1-800-URA-TWIN (1-800-872-8946) ,,

Internet Disability Resources

D.C. Disability Guide
An online disability information resource for Washington, D.C. Information on wheelchair rental, handicapped parking, accessible restaurants, hotels and museums. ,

disABILITY Information and Resources
Extensive list of Internet resources, including adapted special needs clothing, housing resources, computer accessibility resources and disaster preparedness information for individuals with disabilities. ,
Provides information on disability-related government resources. ,

Family Village
A comprehensive website with a wide range of helpful disability-related resources for families. ,,

Private Schools

The Auburn School
Growing the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges. Program supports all students, including those diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, NVLD or ADHD. Locations in: Herndon, VA, 703-793-9353; Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-8048; Baltimore, MD, 410-321-4799. ,,

Cortona Academy
Since 1992, Cortona has been leading innovative education for "out of the box" students in grades 6-12. Dealing with ADHD, LD, Dyslexia or Proccessing Issues they are all gifted. 100% college acceptances. Major academic scholarships. Rolling admissions. 301-215-7788; 703-464-0034 , Herndon, VA,

The Diener School
Grades K-5. We provide a holistic, developmental and challenging educational environment for students with learning, language, sensory, attention and executive functioning disorders. ,, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD, 301-299-4602.

Ivymount School & Programs
A nonpublic day school offering an integrated approach to learning, including educational and therapeutic programs for students with learning disabilities, communication disorders, autism spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities. , 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD, 301-469-0223.

Katherine Thomas School - TLC
We empower students preschool-12th grade with language and learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate autism to reach their full potential. Multisensory, language-intensive curriculum and summer programs. ,, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD, 301-738-9691.

The Siena School
Grades 4-12. Offering a rich education program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. ,, 1300 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, MD, 301-244-3600.


Abrams & Associates, LLC
Dr. Kay Abrams
Progressive family-friendly practice offering comprehensive psychotherapy and assessment for children, teens and adults. Individual, group, marital and family therapy. LD & ADHD testing. ,, 3841 Farragut Ave., Kensington, MD, 301-949-2098.

Battaile Pediatric Physical Therapy
In-home physical therapist services for infants and children with neurological, developmental, genetic, musculoskeletal and sensory integration concerns. Services provided in Montgomery County, MD and NW D.C., Bethesda, MD, 301-728-5443.

Counseling for Contentment LLC
Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C & Associates
We specialize in therapy aimed at helping couples and families strengthen resilience and create secure connections. Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy services; parent guidance. ,, 4405 East-West Highway, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD, 301-625-9102.

Family Therapy Center of Old Town
A comprehensive and intergrative approach to mental health treatment for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Located in Old Town Alexandria. ,, 401 South Washington St., Alexandria, VA, 703-549-3881.

Jonah Green & Associates
Quality mental health services for children and families. Individual, family, group and couples therapy. Serving a variety of ages, presenting problems. "Top Therapists" rating, Washingtonian magazine. ,, 3930 Knowles Ave., Ste. 200, Kensington, MD, 301-466-9526.

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
Speech-language and occupational therapy services for children of all ages. Programs include therapeutic and social skills groups, sensory integration, handwriting and Camp Littlefoot summer program. , 2092 Gaither Rd., Suite 100, Rockville, MD, 301-424-5200.

Very-Well Said
Licensed Speech Language Pathologists
Specializing in Early Intervention Services. Comprehensive evaluations, therapy sessions available in the child's natural environment. Learn how to use toys/items found in home and everyday activities for language stimulation. , 917-239-0717.

Peg Wilson, M.S., OTR/L
Treats children with a variety of functional difficulties; specializes in sensory integration, sensory processing disorders, neurodevelopmental treatment, neurokinetic taping and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
301 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 106, Alexandria, VA, 703-683-0259.