List of Local Resources:
THERAPIES AND SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS:
Academy MetroWest; Natick, MA
Fostering the overall development of children by creating an environment where they can be physically active, build self-confidence and develop social skills through cooperative and collaborative physical play.
Applied Behavioral Associates, LLC; Framingham, MA
Applied Behavioral Associates, LLC is a clinical group practice providing professional, behavioral and therapeutic services for children with behavioral issues and/or developmental disabilities. Applied Behavioral Associates utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis, learning theory and family therapy practices to address the social, emotional, psychological, and developmental needs of children, adolescents and their families. Services also include diagnostic screenings for children under age 3 who may present with symptoms on the Autism Spectrum. Senior clinical staff are Autism and Developmental Specialists and supervise all ABA Home-based Interventions.
Applied Behavioral Learning Services (ABLS); Newton, MA
The mission of Applied Behavioral Learning Services (ABLS) is to provide the highest quality educational and clinical services for children with Autism, Anxiety, Feeding, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and other Disruptive Behavior Disorders using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and other evidence-based approaches. Services include assessments, home-based services, consultations, and individual and group therapy
Barrett Family Wellness Center; Northboro, MA
The Barrett Family Wellness Center was founded on the basis of providing therapy and wellness services that enrich lives. Their services specialize in treatments for Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome to name a few. Services include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and workshops. They also offer Sensory Integration Praxis Testing (SIPT) and Therapeutic Listening.
Behavioral Education, Assessment, and Consultation, Inc. (Beacon) Services; Milford, MA
Beacon Services is a private group practice of special educators and early childhood professionals experienced in serving early childhood and school age children in need of behavioral support and specialized educational services. BEACON Services utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to support the efforts of children and their families to develop academic and social skills to their fullest potential.
Compass Social Skills and Counseling, LLC; Wrentham, MA
Compass Social Skills and Counseling provides social, emotional, executive function, and life skills training through individual counseling and social skills groups. All groups are run by a Special Educator and/or a child and adolescent therapist. Individual counseling is tailored to each child's unique needs in a comfortable and engaging environment designed to foster growth and independence.
Emily Hodos; Northampton, Massachusetts
Developmental Learning Consultant, Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Practitioner
The Friendship Network for Children, Northborough, MA
The Friendship Network for Children's mission is to decrease the isolation of children with Autism by providing therapeutic socialization activities; and trainings to parents and professionals thus increasing interactions with friends, family and the community. They offer over 25 weekly groups for children ages 3 and up on the autism spectrum or with a social learning concerns. Children are grouped by functioning level and interests and all groups are run by a licensed mental health professional.
Innovative Physical Therapy; Natick, MA
Ursla Flaherty, PT offers CranioSacral and Myofascial therapy. (508) 63-2001, email@example.com
Learning Solutions; Norwood, MA
Learning Solutions is committed to providing expert support to students and their communities. They offer social groups led by experienced Social Skills Clinicians for children and teens with social & pragmatic language challenges due to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder/PDD, Asperger Syndrome, Learning Disabilities & other needs
SenseAbility Gym, Hopedale, MA
SenseAbility Gym Incorporated is a nonprofit corporation serving special needs children in the greater Hopedale, Massachusetts area. Our mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs. This is the first of its kind in the metrowest area of Massachusetts.
The Peter Pan Center; Harvard, MA
They provide many services for families and children on the autism spectrum or who struggle with ADD/ADHD or other learning and behavioral challenges. Services include social skills programs, anger management programs, life skills program and parenting support and resources.
The Sensory Learning Program; Danvers, MA
The Sensory Learning Program has been an excellent resource for individuals seeking interventions for developmental learning delays, speech and language delays, balance and coordination issues, behavior problems and general sensory dysfunction. The Sensory Learning Program is a thirty day non-invasive intervention that uses light, motion and sound to simultaneously stimulate the Visual, Vestitbular and Auditory systems improving perception, understanding and the ability to learn.
Social Smart Kids; Westford, MA
Social Smart Kids is a web site designed to help kids improve their social skills. They provide online support to kids who are challenged by social interactions. The site is intended to provide assistance to kids of all abilities and to improve their social skills. Social Smart Kids also offers Social Skills Groups for children ages 7-10 and teens 13-15, as well as summer camps for children ages 4-6 and 7-12.
Therapy Connections; Franklin, MA
Speech Therapy services with Elisabeth Kranz MS, CCC-SLP. Elisabeth’s expertise includes receptive and expressive language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, fluency, play skills, executive functioning, as well as social pragmatic language abilities.
Child & Family Psychological Services, Inc; Norwood, MA
Child & Family Psychological Services Inc. / Integrated Behavioral Associates is a multi-disciplinary health care group and psychological consulting practice dedicated to providing the highest quality services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in a caring, patient-friendly environment. They offer a full range of services including psychiatric evaluations, psychological evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, educational testing, intelligence testing, achievement testing, developmental evaluations psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and group psychotherapy.
The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD); Canton and Newton, MA
The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD) is a multi-disciplinary center offering neuropsychological, behavioral, medical, and education services to individuals with special needs. ICC offers evaluative and treatment options to individuals presenting with a variety of developmental challenges. These include autism and autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, genetic disorders and developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric disorders, and neurological injuries.
The Kennedy-Donovan Center; Milford, MA
Kennedy-Donovan Center is committed to the full continuum of care for individuals and families of all ages with developmental disabilities and similar needs in our region. We strive to provide this either by offering services directly or by collaborating closely with community partners. Services include Early Intervention, day school, foster care, family support services.
Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS; Lexington, MA
A part of the Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, LADDERS (“Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Rehabilitation Services”) is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of handicapping conditions. The Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS provides expertise in neurology, developmental pediatrics medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology.
The May Counseling Center (May Institute); Walpole, MA
May Institute provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. May Counseling Center is a full service outpatient mental health center for children, adolescents, and adults in the South Norfolk County area.
The New England Center for Children; Southborough, MA
The New England Center for Children provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential.
Schwartz Center for Children; New Bedford, MA
The Schwartz Center for Children has served as Southeastern Massachusetts' only independent, community based provider of education, therapy, and medical care for children with special medical and developmental needs. Our experienced and professional direct care staff offers many services including: occupational, physical, speech and language therapy, medical intervention, and developmental screenings.
Think: Kids, Boston, MA
Think:Kids is a program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) . modeled under the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. They offer training, support and clinical services to promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance.
Y.O.U., Inc, Worcester, MA
Y.O.U., Inc. provides a wide range of social, psychological, educational, vocational, and other preventive and rehabilitative programs for troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families.
AccesSport America; Acton, MA
AccesSport America is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery of higher function, fitness, and fun for children and adults with disabilities through high challenge sports and individual training. Its high-challenge sports program includes a variety of water sports (kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, outrigger canoeing), as well as cycling and soccer, including some programs for the whole family. They have developed innovative adaptive equipment to assist people in overcoming a variety of physical challenges. For more information call 617-303-2456
The Bridge Center; Bridgewater, MA
The Bridge Center is a non-profit agency that provides recreational activities for children and young adults with disabilities. Activities include Summer Day Camp, Saturday Camp, School Vacation Camp, After School, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Carriage Driving, Hippotherapy, Stable Management, Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops, and Special Events
Camp Starfish; Lancaster, MA
Camp Starfish is one of the only summer camp and year-round support programs in the country for children with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges to provide a 1-to-1 ratio of staff to campers at all times. They offer day camps, overnight camps, teen and young adult camps, and weekend respites.
Challenger League Sports; Franklin, MA
Challenger League programs provide the opportunity for children with special needs to play and participate in group sports, such as basketball, soccer and baseball, within the town of Franklin. The goal is to provide a comfortable environment for the individuals, without the pressures and competition often associated with traditional sports teams. The emphasis is on fun, exercise and sportsmanship. The program also provides typical siblings, peers and parents, opportunities to share the joys of a positive sporting experience with the children with disabilities, who might never have considered playing otherwise. The program is available to boys and girls of any age, with all types of physical and developmental disabilities. There is no fee to participate. The programs are open to everyone. Please let us know you are interested in coming so we can provide you with the complimentary uniform. You are not obligated to show up each week. We do most of our communications through email, so sign up to be on our mailing list. Please contact Jon Ross at: firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list. http://www.franklincl.com
Franklin Fish (Special Olympics Swimming); Franklin, MA
Recently added in Franklin is the "Franklin Fish." A team of children eight years and older who swim at local Special Olympics swim meets. Metals are awarded, a very rewarding experience for children and their families! For more information, please contact Heather Harwood at email@example.com.
JCC Maccarbi Camp Kingwood, Zohar Program; Bridgton, ME
The Zohar camping program is designed to meet the social and religious needs of developmentally challenged Jewish adolescents. Zohar fully integrates these youth into camp life; they participate in all camp-wide programs and daily events with the support and supervision of specially trained staff. Zohar campers are children with developmental disabilities, high functioning spectrum disorders, and neurological and learning challenges. The Zohar camper-to-bunk staff ratio is 2 to 1.
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston (JCCGB) Grossman Camp; Westwood, MA
A day camp of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, JCC Grossman Camp’s inclusive program offers campers with mild to moderate disabilities a regular camp program under the guidance of experienced counselors. There is also the opportunity for inclusion with extra support. A limited number of spaces are available for this program and interviews are required. Contact Diane Saltzberg at (617) 244-5124 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.
St. Mary’s Playgroup; Franklin, MA
This is a prayer & play group for families of children with health difficulties and/or special needs. There will be a craft project for the kids. The first meeting will be on Saturday September 26, 2009 from 10:30-12:00 at St. Mary's (Charter School ) Auditorium. Call Suzanne at 508-541-6353 or email at email@example.com.
YMCA, Bernon Family Branch; Franklin MA
The Integration Initiative at the Hockomock Area YMCA seeks to provide individuals with special needs an opportunity to participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. Integration coordinator Ariel Doggett partners with families and individuals to facilitate successful participation at the Y. Programs offered include fully integrated programs, integrated programs offering introductory skills in a smaller instructor-to-participant ratio, and customized activities and classes for individuals with special needs. Contact Ariel Doggett, Integration Coordinator for the Bernon Family Branch (Franklin) at 774-235-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cerebral Palsy Group
This group provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. Call (774) 325-0083 for more information or click on the link below.
Family Ties of Massachusetts
The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program provides a unique type of support among parents who share similar life experiences. Parents learn so much from the practical experiences of other parents.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. The Federation offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. Their Parent Training and Information Center provides free information, support, technical assistance and workshops to Massachusetts' families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
The Parents Supporting Parents; Wrentham, MA
Parents Supporting Parents is a safe, confidential forum for parents to share their concerns they have for their children with differences, their siblings and their families. The host guest speakers occasionally throughout the year.
SPEDWatch is a community of concerned citizens: a grassroots, nonprofit, social change movement working to secure the educational rights of all Massachusetts school children with disabilities, ages 3-21.
Asperger’s Association of New England; Watertown, MA
The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)'s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families. AANE offers a comprehensive array of programs and services responsive to the needs of the various sectors of the AS community.
The Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc ; Natick, MA
Provides families in the MetroWest area with information, education and support. They plan and implement programs and events that aid these families while increasing public awareness regarding autism. Programs include community education, sibling support groups, parents support groups, workshops, lending library, open gym, swim sessions, and more.
The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts; West Boylston, MA
The ARCCM provides support for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to empower families to raise their children to be full members of their communities. They offer numerous support groups, as well as workshops and conferences.
MetroWest Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Wayland MA
For children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. MetroWest CHADD offers monthly support groups, links to local resources, and an information line for direct support.
Tourette Syndrome Association of Massachusetts
The Tourette Syndrome Association of Massachusetts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the needs of families affected by Tourette Syndrome. They advocate for individuals with TS, educate the public and professionals about TS, and promote awareness.
Charles River Center; Needham, MA
Serves people with developmental disabilities through family support, day and vocational programs, community residential programs, and respite care. Their Community Living Program offers homes with four to eight individuals are integrated into Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Natick and other west suburban towns, and range from residences with intensive staffing and clinical supports to intermittent assistance for individuals living in their own apartments. The Charles River Employment Services (CRES), a division of The Charles River Center, has been providing vocational training and job placement services for individuals with mental retardation, autism, and other developmental disabilities since its establishment in 1964.
The Kennedy-Donovan Center; Milford, MA
Kennedy-Donovan Center is committed to the full continuum of care for individuals and families of all ages with developmental disabilities and similar needs in our region. We strive to provide this either by offering services directly or by collaborating closely with community partners. Services include Day Habilitation, Individual Support Services, Transitional Job Support, Social Recreation, and Residential Services.
The Life Experience Program; Millis, MA
The Life Experience Program provides individuals with developmental disabilities with opportunities to be actively involved in the community. Whether through vocational training or altruistic involvement in the Special Peace Corps, members are actively engaged in meaningful activities that help them secure their place in society.
Lifeworks Services, Inc.
Lifeworks is a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities live fuller lives that are integrated into the flow of community experience. We collaborate with employers, volunteers, and government agencies to create expanded opportunities for people with disabilities. Lifeworks provides people with disabilities the opportunity to work part-time, full-time, or on a temporary basis. The opportunities they pursue enable individuals to become integrated into the workforce. They are employed onsite at area businesses - providing real jobs with real pay, real responsibilities, and real rewards.
HELP APPLYING FOR MASS HEALTH:
Milford Hospital- 508-473-1190 and ask for a Certified Application Counselor. They are located at 113 Water Street, 2nd Floor, Milford.
Family Voices (Federation for Special Needs)- phone: 617-236-7210 and ask for Family Voices
Family Support Center – Blackstone Valley
171 Main Street
Milford, MA 01757
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