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All Kinds of Kids / Special Needs Guide

Adoption & Foster Care | Arts & Recreation | Child Care
Educational Resources | Family Support | Fitness
Health | Internet Disability Resources | Photography
Private Schools | Therapy | Research Studies

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 accomodations 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 on the third Thursday evening of each production and sign interpreted performances upon request. , 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 10-11 and 16-18, 2016. 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.

Child Care

Maryland Family Network
LOCATE: Child Care offers individualized child care counseling and referrals in Maryland by specialists with education, background and experience in working with children with disabilities.,

Educational Resources

LearningRx - Fairfax
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 - 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.

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

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.


British Swim School
British Swim School offers Survival and Learn-To-Swim programs for ages 3 months to adult. We offer swim lessons for students with special needs, we work one-on-one with the student to ensure they get the best possible experience. We believe that everyone can be a safe and happy swimmer. ,, 301-963-3500.

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.


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. ,,

Katherine Thomas School - TLC
KTS provides an exceptional educational experience to children with special needs. ,, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD, 301-738-9691.

Kingsbury Center
Grades PreK-12. Helping bright students with learning differences and ADHD unlock their potential using instructional methods and services tailored to fit individual needs. ,, 5000 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC,

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 an establisted speech - language private practice offering evaluations and therapy for children to teens. Our "Be Social Kids" programs provide unique groups focused in social thinking. 301-468-9343, ext. 2. , 6208 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD,

Howard University Speech & Hearing Clinic
We provide a full range of speech, language and hearing screenings/evaluations and therapy services for children and adults with communications disorders.
525 Bryant St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-806-6991.

Rebecca Katz, LLC
Providing evidence-based treatment to all ages in individual, family or group formats. Specializing in: anxiety, eating and weight disorders, specific phobias, esteem, life-stress and transitions. ,, 4405 East West Hwy, Ste. 312, Silver Spring, MD, 240-630-0222.

Kingsbury; centered on building skills for a lifetime of learning through individual and group therapies for children and adults - OT, Speech, Psychological, Diagnostic Testing. , 5000 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-722-5555.

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.

Therapy Connection, LLC
TTC strives to provide the highest quality speech and language therapy, but with a personal touch. At TTC, we want you to feel like family! The passion and belief in services provided go beyond the four walls of our office. Articulation and Phonology Disorder, Social Skills, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices, Cultural Consultation and Advocacy are several of TTC's specialities. ,, 10610 Rhode Island Ave, Ste. 204, Beltsville, MD, 301-358-1128.

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

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. Call for information and eligibility, 301-402-8225; TTY: 1-866-411-1222. ,,

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. ,,

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. ,,