Special Needs Resource Guide
Finding help for a child with special needs or learning differences can be challenging. Here are resources to help you along the journey.
Atlanta Dance Central provides Physio Jazz classes for students age 4-adult, culminating in an annual recital performance. Physio Jazz is a specialized curriculum for students with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities that is designed to increase coordination, focus and social skills in a safe and supportive environment.
The Atlanta Public Schools Department of Special Education offers comprehensive special education services for children from birth through age 21 years through Child Find. Child Find services can open a window of hope for a brighter future for children who are at risk of developmental delay.
For more than 30 years, Autism Learning Partners (ALP) has served as a leader in the field of Autism and developmental disabilities. Clinical teams provide ABA and ancillary medical services in 15 states across the country.
Center Academy provides individualized attention and support from teachers who understand the students. Their mission is to develop self-confidence, motivation and academic skills. Founded in 1968. Fully accredited. College prep environment for different learning styles. Grades 4-12.
ChanceLight’s skilled therapists work with families throughout Georgia to deliver individualized services to children up to age 21 diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. They utilize ABA therapy, which is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence based treatment and develop a customized treatment plan to make the greatest positive impact on each child.
Marcus Autism Center is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We provide comprehensive evaluations, diagnostic services, behavioral therapy and research programs to families living with ASD.
Circus Arts Therapy
The research based Circus Arts Therapy® Fitness and play therapy program for children and teens with learning differences focuses on helping clients who need extra support in areas of social thinking, motor control, impulse control, sensory processing differences, emotional regulation, self-esteem, body image, managing anxiety, managing frustration and fear of heights.
College prep academics for special needs students with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning differences. Fully accredited with small classes. Cumberland Academy is an exceptional school for exceptional students. Grades 4-12.
Providing proven and effective services to ensure that children with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.
At Frazer, children with and without disabilities learn and grow side by side through the play-based Creative Curriculum. All children benefit from being in an inclusive environment with instruction that addresses their individual uniqueness and developmental stages.
Offers free diagnostic evaluations for children, three and older, with a suspected disability. The district provides services for students with disabilities – including developmental, speech and language delays, autism, hearing, vision and orthopedic impairments – who are parentally placed in private school or home schooled, and who attend a private school or reside within the Fulton County School District.
The mission of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is to advance social change, public policy, and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play, and worship in Georgia’s communities.
Clinical Services at JF&CS of Atlanta offer psychoeducational testing for children and adolescents. These assessments help gain an understanding of a child’s cognitive, academic, social-emotional and behavioral functioning and identifies areas of strength and weakness, which can be critical tools for helping your child succeed.
Kadiant is science with heart, focused on outcomes and backed by 20+ years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis. They provide 1-to-1 therapy at home or in-clinic, helping with language development, toilet training, social skills and more.
Porter Academy believes each and every child has the potential to have a bright, successful future. Rather than creating a one size fits all education model, their faculty focuses on creating a program that is tailored to each student’s specific academic, developmental, and social-emotional needs. Pre-K-8th grade.
Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett offers classes for children from toddlers to 12th grade that provides the highest quality of educational and therapeutic programming available to children with and without disabilities. SNS nurtures and challenges each student on his or her own level in all developmental and curricular areas.
Sylvan Learning recognizes that no two individuals learn the same way. Their job is to discover learning style preferences and to analyze mastered and unmastered skills in academic subjects. They create a unique personalized plan of instruction that the teachers use to bring students beyond grade level.