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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 and the sound turned down in shows specifically altered for children on the autism spectrum. , 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2268.

Alex's Art Loft
Visit for individualized art classes for teens & adults with disabilities, instructional videos, products for sale and more. ,

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. ,

BlackRock Center for the Arts
We are committed to making our facilities accessible to all our patrons. We offer wheelchair access, and upon request, sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices. , 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD, 240-912-1058.

CityDance Ensemble performances at The Music Center at Strathmore are wheelchair accessible and offer ASL-interpreted, cued speech transliteration and audio-described performances, assistive listening devices and large-print programs. , 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

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.

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 to rock-and-roll to salsa, show tunes and more. ,

Kids Euro Festival
Day for Families with Special Needs Children
A full day of activities for children with special needs and their families: Puppetry/Theater/Mime/Dance/Circus/Storytelling Workship/Animation movie, from Bulgaria, Finland, Poland and United Kingdom. Organized in collaboration with KEEN. Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. La Maison Francaise. ,

Maryland Youth Ballet
Maryland Youth Ballet offers therapeutic dance instruction to dancers with physical disabilities through its "Music and Motion" classes. Experience the beauty of moving to music and the discipline of challenging oneself to achieve. , 926 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-608-2232.

Montgomery Parks
Children of all abilities can access miles of paved trails, Hadley's Playground, and Black Hill Regional Park's accessible fishing pier, boat rentals and pontoon boat. ,, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-495-2525.

The Music Center at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore is wheelchair accessible and offers ASL-interpreted, cued speech transliteration and 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.

National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is fully accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. A first Saturdays & Sundays program allows visitors with disabilities to enter 30 minutes before the aquarium opens. In Baltimore: 410-576-2800. ,

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 7-15, 2013. 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.

Kumon Learning Centers
Kumon is the world's largest after-school math and reading program. The Kumon Method works with children of all learning styles, including those with special needs, learning disabilities and ADHD. Locations throughout Maryland and Virginia. 1-800-ABC-MATH.
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LearningRx - Bethesda
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. , 5017 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD, 301-654-1205.

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 - 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.

Students benefit from programs customized to meet their specific needs through a variety of critical program features. We serve ED, autism, ID, OHI, LD, multiple disabilities. , 7010 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA, 703-941-8810.

Students benefit from programs customized to meet their specific needs through a variety of critical program features. We serve ED, autism, ID, OHI, LD, multiple disabilities. , 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, counseling. LD/ADHD specialists. , 2092 Gaither Rd., Suite 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, Suite 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.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Social groups for those with learning, intellectual and other developmental disabilities; a swim program for children and adults with physical disabilities; and various accommodations. , 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD, 301-881-0100.

St. Joseph's House
St. Joseph's House is a nonprofit daycare 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 lessions 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.

Monthly Mito Patient & Family Socials. Connect with other families in your area who are dealing with mitochondrial disease. Bethesda location. Hosted by Mito Mom Andrea Smith and MitoAction. ,,

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.

Internet Disability Resources

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

Canyon Kids Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Canyon Kids offers excellent diagnostics and treatment using premier and innovative therapy methods while keeping in mind the needs of your family. ,, 4833 Rugby Ave., #101, Bethesda, MD, 301-523-0902.

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.

Iriya Dance Movement Therapy
Warin Tepayayone, MAs, BC-DMT, NCC
Offering individual, group and family therapeutic interventions for all ages with mental, cognitive and physical challenges. Assessments, consultations, therapy, workshops, training. , 44933 Geo. Wash. Blvd., Unit 110, Ashburn, VA, 703-574-5151.

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.

Whole Life Services
Porter G. Shreve, M.Ed., LMFT
Through 30 years of practice as a former teacher and therapist, I provide services in individual/couples/family counseling and personal/organizational/life coaching., 4936 Sentinel Drive, #202, Bethesda, MD, 301-717-1020.

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, neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
301 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 106, Alexandria, VA, 703-683-0259.