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All Kinds of Kids / Special Needs Guide

Childhood Screenings & Services | Adoption & Foster Care | Arts & Recreation
Books, Toys, Publications & More | Educational Resources | Family Support
Fitness | Health | Internet Disability Resources
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.

Adoption & Foster Care

Formed Families Forward
Formed Families Forward supports families formed through foster care, adoption and kinship care, raising children and youth with special needs. FFF offers free training, consultation, support groups and resources to northern Virginia families. ,, 4031 University Dr., Ste. 100, Fairfax, VA, 703-539-2904.

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.

CREATE Arts Center
CREATE provides visual art programs for children of all abilities through inclusive classes, camps and individual art therapy programs. ,, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-ARTS.

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 performances for vision impaired patrons and sign-interpreted performances. Please request services through , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.

Reptiles Alive!, LLC
Kids of all kinds have a wildly exciting experience during our live animal shows. With 20 years educating and entertaining audiences, including special needs children, you can count on a fun, safe and delightful experience. ,, 703-560-0257.

Studio of Ballet Arts
Andree Schillesci, MA, BC-DMT
Dance/Movement as Therapy for children or teens with social/emotional challenges. Benefits of DMT: enhance social skills, explore expressive communications, improve body organization, enjoy and have fun while dancing. ,, 17810 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD, 301-260-2626.

Washington Revels
"Christmas Revels," December 9-17, 2017. All shows wheelchair accessible. Large-print programs available. Audio description at selected performances. , Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 301-587-3835.

YMCA Loudoun County
There will be plenty of time to make new friends, sing, swim, play, explore, learn and laugh - all under the watchful eyes of fully trained staff. Fun for kids, peace of mind for you. ,, 26B Fairfax St. SE, Leesburg, VA, 703-777-9622.

Books, Toys, Publications & More

Deafroot, LLC
Deafroot, LLC, creates personalized wooden name signs in American Sign Language. Each handmade item is unique, artistic and timeless. Personalized wooden puzzles in both ASL and English will be sold during the month of December. ,, 240-650-2845.

Educational Resources

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families work 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 work 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
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

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.

Jump on Board
Transportation Services
We can help with your kids' transportation needs. Let us take the worry out of hiring a taxi or car service. Federal background checks and driving records available. Key fob to track each child. Parent-controlled family portal. Registered Nurse available to provide services tailored to your needs. ,, 301-262-1093.

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.


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.

Rockin' Jump
The Ultimate Trampoline Park
Individuals with special needs and caregivers can make use of the two-hour open-jump time and socialize in a fun, comfortable, friendly environment. Held the last Thursday of every month from 3-5 p.m. , 18620 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-703-3707.


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.

DC Pediatric Smiles
Derek E. Blank, DDS
DC Pediatric Smiles celebrates all children! Dr. Derek Blank and his staff are trained to provide positive, encouraging dental care to pediatric patients with special needs. Please call us today! , 5640 Shields Dr., Bethesda, MD, 301-363-9026.

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
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.

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

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. ,,


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. ,,

Ivymount School & Programs
Ivymount programs aim to help children and young adults with autism and special needs achieve their highest level of development and independence. Exceptional Programs for Exceptional Students. , 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD, 301-469-0223.

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 Maddux School
Our mission at Maddux is to promote strong academic, communication and social foundations in a warm, nurturing setting. We provide small, structured classes with specialized social and language supports for young children in pre-k through second grade. , 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD, 301-469-0223.

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.


Razzino and Associates, PC
Help your child learn the critical life skill of making friends and developing relationships! PEERS or the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills is a social skills training intervention for adolescents. ,, 150 Little Falls St., Ste. 200, Falls Church, VA, 703-533-7779.

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.

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.

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,, (Healthy Volunteers)

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 an NIMH pediatric research study. Call about eligibility. 301-402-8225; TTY: 1-866-411-1222. ,,