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All Kinds of Kids / Special Needs Guide

Childhood Screenings & Services | Arts & Recreation | Educational Resources
Family Support | Fitness | Health
Internet Disability Resources | Organizations | Photography
Private Schools | Therapy | Research Studies

Childhood Screenings & Services

Learn the Signs, Act Early. DC
Yetta Myrick, CDC's Act Early Ambassador to the District of Columbia
"Learn the Signs. Act Early. DC" aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities in DC. FREE materials are available. ,, 202-271-9262.

National Scoliosis Center
Creating custom spine solutions for children with scoliosis and kyphosis, secondary to Down Syndrome, spina-bifida, cerebral palsy, SMA and other conditions. , 3023 Hamaker Ct., Ste. LL50, Fairfax, VA, 703-849-8808.

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 tailored for children on the autism spectrum. , 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2268.

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. Sign language available on request. , 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

The Cool, Confident and Courageous (CCC) Kids Camp
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
The Cool, Confident and Courageous (CCC) Kids Camp is a behaviorally-focused, one-week summer intensive treatment program for children ages 4-9 with Selective Mutism, located in Chevy Chase, MD. Call or visit the website. 301-593-6554, ext. 40. ,, 8400 Connecticut Ave., Ste. 1120, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-706-6673.

Encore Stage & Studio
Encore offers Accessibility Matinees to provide accommodations for children and families with special needs and disabilities, including ASL interpretation, assisted listening devices, Braille and large print programs and more. ,, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA, 703-548-1154.

Olney Theater
Olney Theatre Center offers audio-described, sign-interpreted and sensory-friendly performances. Please request services through , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.

Signature Theatre
Offering accessible seating and assisted listening every day. Open captioned performances on select Sunday matinees (dates online). Large-print programs and other accommodations upon request. , 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA,

The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre's "The Nutcracker" at the Warner Theatre
The Washington Ballet presents Septime Webre's beloved "The Nutcracker" Nov. 29 to Dec. 28, 2018. Assistive listening devices, large-print programs and accessible seating are available. , Warner Theatre, 513 13th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-397-7328.

Washington Revels
"Christmas Revels," December 8-16, 2018. All shows wheelchair accessible. Large-print programs available. Audio description at selected performances. , Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 301-587-3835.

Educational Resources

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
Tutoring & Coaching
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.

Family Support

Parent Encouragement Program
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit organization that provides classes, workshops and other resources to parents and all who care for children from toddlers through teens. , 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD, 301-929-8824.


The Little Gym
Gymnastics, sports skills, dance and karate classes focus on sensory learning, neuromuscular activities and spacial awareness. In MD: Silver Spring, 301-681-7005; Potomac, 301-294-4840; Olney, 301-570-9310; Germantown, 240-686-1640; Clinton, 301-877-3002. In VA: Falls Church, 703-547-7072; Alexandria, 703-971-4386; Fairfax, 703-818-9600; Springfield, 703-455-4410. ,

Motion Education at The Agility Center and Dynamite Gymnastics Center
Specifically designed for children with learning differences, physical challenges and/or sensory needs. We use gymnastics and agility to help build strength, confidence, focus, motor planning and social skills. One-on-one sessions are customized to work toward each student's needs and goals. Offered at Dynamite Gymnastics and The Agility Center, above Randolph Hills Shopping Center in North Bethesda. Call 301-770-2710 to learn more and set up an assessment for your child. , North Bethesda, MD, 301-770-2710.

Talk Yoga
Talk Yoga is designed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Yoga Teachers who integrate yoga movements with speech and language treatment. Have fun and play while learning. , 3207 Decatur Ave., Kensington, MD,


Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry
At Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry we understand that some children have unique individual needs that may require special considerations and accommodations. We are experienced and knowledgeable in the handling of their special oral health needs. ,, 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 650, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-272-1246.

Falls Church Pediatric Dentistry
Roselyne Gichana, DMD
We are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate dental care to our infant, child and adolescent patients. Providing general checkups, exams, cleanings and fillings. Dental care for patients with compromised medical conditions and special needs. Emergency pediatric dental services available. Call to schedule a complimentary tour of our office. , 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 80, Falls Church, VA, 703-533-5511.

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Thanksgiving Weekend, Maryland State Fairgrounds. A family event benefiting Kennedy Krieger, featuring 700+ holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbreads, an accessible carousel, entertainment, Santa and more! ,

PM Pediatrics
Urgent care for kids and young adults. Open every day until midnight. Staffed by Pediatric Emergency Specialists. On-site lab and digital X-ray. Most insurance plans accepted. Now open in Greenbelt! , 7401 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD, 855-767-3370.

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. ,

Internet Disability Resources

Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries or brain injuries. Our team was created so we can provide all types of assistance needed to help improve quality of life. ,

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. ,,


Intensive Early Intervention Services at CSAAC
Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children
Leading provider in ABA treatment to toddlers through early school years and beyond. IEI Services teaching skills to children to create a happier life. ,, Montgomery Village, MD, 240-912-2367.


Dorie Howell Photography
Dorie Howell Photography provides custom portrait photography for families with children of all abilities. Everyone should have beautiful portraits of the people they love, portraits that capture the individual personality of each child. , 703-766-8399.

Private Schools

The Auburn School
Grades K-12. Offering a dynamic and integrated educational program for intellectually-curious students with challenges in organization, socialization, communication and language. Locations: Fairfax Campus (K-12), 3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste. 500, Chantilly, VA, 703-793-9353; Silver Spring Campus (K-8), 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-8048; Baltimore Campus (K-8), 7401 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, Md, 410-617-0418. ,,

Katherine Thomas School - TLC
KTS provides an exceptional educational experience to children with special needs. ,, 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.


Center for Communication & Learning
Susan M. Abrams, M.A. CCC-SLP
CCL is a pediatric speech practice serving children with communication challenges. Our "Be Social Kids" programs target the "why" behind social skills. We are excited to have our distinguished faculty: Jed Baker, Ph.D., Christopher Willard Psy.D., and Kenneth Rosenbaum, M.D. at our annual conference "Promoting Resilience Motivation and Social Competency." 301-468-9343, ext. 2. , 6208 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD,

eFit Fitness and Behavioral Needs
Eric Belton
At eFit we fuse ABA therapy with fitness to help individuals with autism with fine and gross motor skill functioning. We are here to help!, 301-633-8106.
An online directory of group therapy services for children, teens and parents offered by various clinicians/practices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. ,

Quince Orchard Psychotherapy
We are a group of psychologists and therapists who provide compassionate and professional counseling and assessment services. Most major insurances accepted. Gaithersburg and Frederick locations. ,, 240-750-6467.

The Ross Center: Optimal Treatment for Anxiety and Mental Health
Our clinicians are nationally-known experts in children's mental health, providing age-appropriate treatments that reduce the effects of anxiety, behavioral problems, ADHD and mood disorders. Two Locations: 1595 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 520, Vienna, VA, 703-687-6610, & 5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 400, Washington, DC, 202-363-1010, ,

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

Voz Speech Therapy
Pediatric Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist; Ana-Maria Jaramillo, M.S., CCC-SLP
A mobile speech therapy practice that provides individualized services specializing in children ages 1-6 in their home, school, daycare or community setting. ,,

Research Studies

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Study evaluating non-drug interventions to reduce anger, irritability or outbursts in children. Enrolling ages 8 to 17. 301-496-8381, TTY: 1-866-411-1222. ,,

Healthy Volunteer Research Study
National Institute of Mental Health
Medically-healthy children, ages 8-17, can help scientists understand the mind. Join A Study. 301-402-8225, TTY: 1-866-411-1222,,

NIH Research Study: Understanding the Causes of Depression in Teenagers
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Currently recruiting ages 12-17. Initial 1-day evaluation for outpatient visits annually and/or 4- to 15-week inpatient treatment. Call 1-301-496-8381, TTY: 1-866-411-1010. ,,

Pediatric Anxiety Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
Is your 8 to 17-year-old child anxious? Consider joining in a NIMH pediatric research study. Call about eligibility. 301-402-8225; TTY: 1-866-411-1222. ,,