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All Kinds of Kids / Special Needs Guide

Childhood Screenings & Services | Advocacy | Arts & Recreation
Books, Toys, Publications & More | Educational Resources | Family Support
Fitness | Health | Internet Disability Resources
Organizations | Photography | Private Schools
Therapy | Research Studies

Childhood Screenings & Services

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.


The Transition Work Group
The Transition Work Group hosts resource fairs for young people preparing to leave high school, ages 14+. Dates/ resources at Please email your questions to

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.

The Art League School
Ages 5+. Courses offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and some fine crafts, with some of the country's most talented artists. Summer camp and workshops. Full schedule online. We accomodate children with special needs, please inquire. , Old Town Alexandria, VA, 703-683-2323.

Ashburn Ice House
Loudoun County's premier full service community ice rink accommodating children with Special Needs, please inquire., 21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn, VA, 703-858-0300.

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.

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA
VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the street sports. Wheelchair-accessible seating and usher assistance offered for each show. Opens July 26, 2019: Under the Big Top at Tysons II, McLean, VA, 1-877-9CIRQUE. ,

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.

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.

North Star Stables
Equine facility offering a holistic approach to riding lessons and equine-assisted activities and therapies for physical, mental and emotional welfare of both people and horses. Located near Manassas Battlefield., 540-717-0121.

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,

Strahmore's sensory-friendly performances create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to families of children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. ,, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

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.

Books, Toys, Publications & More

Discovery Toys
Donna Rachelle Price, Educational Consultant
Discovery Toys is the premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children learn and grow through pure play. , 936-715-7255.

Educational Resources

CCC Kids Camp
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
Ages 3-9. The CCC Kids Camp is a day camp experience in a school setting which provides intensive behavioral treatment for children with SM and/or severe social anxiety. Opportunities for older children to participate in camp in a helping role available. 301-593-6554, ext. 40. , 8400 Connecticut Ave., Ste. 1120, Chevy Chase, MD,

Play on Words Therapy
PoW-Wows are led by a speech pathologist specializing in significant language delays. Groups focus on communication/language development, play and individual therapy! Half- and full-day sessions available. , Hyattsville, MD, 240-283-7752.

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.

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.


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.

Healthy Mamas
Scientifically researched and carefully selected organic products for trying, expecting and nursing mamas. Healthy Mamas can be tailored to excact stages of pregnancy with our first, second and third trisemester boxes. Delviered to your door monthly. ,

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.

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. ,

Washington Pediatric Associates
Nicole V. Lang, MD; Beth Shedlosky, FNP-C
Our mission is to deliver comprehensive and holistic healing to children of all ages. , 1145 19th St., NW, Ste. 708, Washington, DC, 202-955-5625.

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. ,,

Offering unprecedented educational offerings for your child in every stage of academic development. We work with, and accommodate children who have special needs on a case by case individual basis. Please inquire. ,

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.


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,
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.

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. ,,