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Resources & Links

"Special Needs"

Books 

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The Emily Anderson Family Learning Center (medical/consumer library for families having children with special health care needs, for those seeking health information, extensive Spanish collection) 

1919 E. Thomas Rd  Phx, AZ    #602-546-1400

www.phxchildrens.com/about/services/emilycenter/

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www.Growingchild.com  monthly newsletters based on your child's age & development

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The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. (recognizing and coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction)

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101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

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Sensory Integration and the Child by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D.

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Sensory Integration magazine subscription by Dr. Ayres & Carol Kranowitz       www.sifocus.com/

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The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John Thomas & Danita Pagel (great activities for children with sensory issues using household ingredients) "typical" children enjoy these activities too...

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The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. (an approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children)

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From the Heart by D.B. Marsh (on being the mother of a child with special needs)

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Autism Through a Sister's Eyes by Eve Band, Ph.D. (young girl's view of her brother's Autism)

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The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman (how to communicate with your child)

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"Mom, Jason's Breathing On Me!" by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. (solution to sibling bickering)

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A Shot In The Dark by Harris L. Coulter & Barbara Fisher (vaccination components and their possible link to disability and illness)

 Catalogs & Products

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Super Duper Publications (Fun, Educational Materials)  #1-800-277-8737 www.superduperinc.com

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Lakeshore Learning Materials    #1-800-778-4456 www.lakeshorelearning.com  

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Mayer-Johnson, Inc. (software & books for persons with special needs and communication challenges...board maker, sign language, picture exchange communication system/PECS, picture communication symbols)   #1-800-588-4548 www.mayer-johnson.com

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Future Horizons (selection of books, DVDs, videos...leader in resources on Autism & Asperger's Syndrome) #1-800-489-0727 www.FutureHorizons-autism.com

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SI Focus (the international magazine dedicated to improving sensory integration)  www.SIFocus.com  

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Therapy Shoppe (Innovative games , supplies,  equipment geared towards helping children with special needs.  Owned & operated by an occupational therapist.  Addresses areas such as:  handwriting, fine/gross motor , oral motor & sensorimotor , vestibular & proprioception)  www.TherapyShoppe.com

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Theragifts (sensory regulation products, unique toys for children of all abilities)  www.theragifts.com

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Pocket full of Therapy (therapeutic & educational supplies...seat cushions, writing tools, and more)  www.pfot.com

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Special clothes for special children (weighted vests) www.weightedvest.com

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Logo charms for Autism  www.charitycharms.com

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NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities....personal responses to questions, referrals to other organizations, databases & library,  fact sheets on disabilities, resource guides for parents and students such as the IEP/504)  #1-800-695-0285   www.nichcy.org  

 

Music  &  Videos

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Time To Sing  & Time To Sing At Christmas by Michael Moriez (songs recorded at slower pace so kids with speech difficulties can sing along)  www.pittsburghsymphony.org/curtaincall or www.superduperinc.com

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Rhythms on Parade by Hap Palmer (songs about movement and instruments)

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Singing Sounds by Cathy Bollinger (songs for early speech sounds) www.superduperinc.com

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Happy to be Nappy and other stories of me  video featured on HBO and narrated by well -knowns such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mary J Blige, Harvey Fierstein, Melanie Griffith, Isaac Mizrahi and Rita Moreno.  (Special children become "empowered" by their uniqueness. Stories are shared  about how it feels to be blind or of a different race, how it feels to have "dwarfism" or cerebral palsy , what it is like to be the only boy in a dance class)     Can be specially ordered at Borders Books & Music

Websites & Organizations & Activities

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Welcome to Holland ( written by Emily Perl Kingsley, shares experience of raising a child with a disability)  www.nas.com/downsyn/holland.html

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NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities....personal responses to questions, referrals to other organizations, databases & library,  fact sheets on disabilities, resource guides for parents and students such as the IEP/504)  #1-800-695-0285   www.nichcy.org

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 www.pbsparents.org   click on "child development"

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www.autismspeaks.org

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Raising Special Kids (organization with parent-to-parent connections for families with special needs or chronically ill children.  Offers emotional support and information related to IEP/504 , advocacy training, resources, lending library, workshops etc.  ) #602-242-4366  #1-800-237-3007 www.raisingspecialkids.org

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Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center(support groups, resource library, workshops, IEP coaching, camp) #602-340-8717 www.autismcenter.org

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Melmed Center (experts providing support & strategies for working with children with attention and learning challenges, monthly support groups, workshops, counseling, social activities) #480-443-0050 www.melmedcenter.com

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The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies (serves children with autism spectrum disorder,  mental retardation, emotional and/or multiply disability, severe sensory impairment, or traumatic brain injury.   Sensory integration used as main therapeutic approach.   Locations in Glendale & Mesa)  www.thechildrenscenteraz.org

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Developmental Delay Resources  www.devdelay.org

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Center for Autism Research & Education /CARE (Physician and mother of 2 autistic children provides group & individual therapies, summer programs, after school programs, medical & nutritional assessments, Occupational, Speech, Music therapies, Relationship Development Intervention/RDI, Applied Behavior Analysis/ABA, IEP information)  #602-277-2273  www.center4autism.org/therapies.html

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Greater Phoenix Chapter Autism Society of America /ASA (resources in Arizona)  www.phxautism.org/    #480-940-1093

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Frogs Landing (nonprofit organization in Phoenix offering activities for autism spectrum children and families.  Fosters positive self-esteem while learning "life skills".  Also provides a family advocacy service)          www.frogslanding.org

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Asu Autism Research Program (great paper called:  Advice for Parents of Young Children with Autism)  www.eas.asu.edu/~autism/   #480-965-3316

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Autism website (by Jim Adams, father of girl with Autism, president of Phx. ASA, great article for newly diagnosed children) http://ceaspub.eas.asu.edu/cms/research/autism_overview.doc

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Autism website (created by ASU student, A. Lewis) http://www.public.asu.edu/~allewis1/home.htm

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Sensory Integration website   #1-888-357-5867 http://www.sensoryresources.com/index.asp

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ADD/ADHD websites    www.notmykid.org ,                                www.addclinic-az-nm.com, http://add.orgwww.chadd.org/ ,    www.help4adhd.org/

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Child & Family WebGuide    www.cfw.tufts.edu

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Hope Group (specializes in Autism, applied behavior analysis/ABA, habilitation, respite care) #480-610-6981 www.hopegroup.org

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Parenting Arizona (tips & training classes for parents... focuses on morals and praise techniques for parents of 2-12 yr olds, focuses on setting boundaries and establishing rules for parents of pre-teens and teens)   #602-248-0428,  #1-800-352-0528

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Family Voices (improving healthcare for children with special healthcare needs.  Focuses on increasing family leadership, sharing healthcare service information and supports partnerships between families and professionals) www.familyvoices.org

 

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Arizona Early Intervention  Program (AzEIP works with  DDD, federally  funded services, birth-3 years)                                                       #602-532-9960    www.de.state.az.us/azeip                                                                                If you have concerns about your child's development, a free developmental evaluation will be provided.  If child determined "at risk" or having "1 of 4 formal diagnosis", child will be referred to DDD

 

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Division of Developmental Disabilities(DDD)  state funded services

 (birth - 3 yrs)        should have received referral from AzEIP

 (age 3 & older)    Parents will have to provide their own  screenings (from school or privately) to determine if child is eligible for services

#602-277-8724  or online referrals at    www.de.state.az.us/ddd

 

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Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)  federally funded, by age of 6 child must have "1of 4 formal diagnosis" to receive ongoing services

            #602-417-7000

 

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(Deer Valley, Arizona) Head Start   (federally funded preschool program for families meeting or earning less than the specified Federal Family Income Guidelines) #602-467-6130 headstart@ce.dvusd.org  

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(National) Head Start (will help you find a program in your vicinity.  Certain Arizona residents may have to type in "Phoenix" as their city.   www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/ 

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Arizona Department of Education (school locations with maps, school & district report cards, special programs, financial services and more) #602-364-4015 http://www.ade.state.az.us/

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Deer Valley Developmental Preschool Screenings & Child Find Referral Forms  #602-467-6130 

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Busy Bodies Planned Play   (program for children 6 months to 5 years, parent participation welcome...bouncing, climbing, jumping, singing, dancing...be looking for birthday party packages, yoga, and special needs classes with trained therapists) #623-847-4090 www.busybodiesplannedplay.com

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Scribble 2 Script (improve handwriting skills)  13402 N. Scottsdale Rd- future locations in Arrowhead & Gilbert   #602-485-1400 www.scribble2script.com

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Baby signs (sign language for babies) #623-451-2421  www.babysigns.com

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Az on the Rocks (indoor climbing session available for autistic children ages 5-15 )  Scottsdale, #602-319-5445  www.AzontheRocks.com

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Horticultural Therapy(gardening as therapy through Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies) www.thechildrenscenteraz.org

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Sonoran Therapy Group,Inc. (early childhood therapy service offering screening, evaluation, and developmental speech/occupational/physical therapies) sonorantherapy@qwest.net

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Desert Therapies, Inc. (speech-language pathology services for children & adults with communication disorders) #623-362-8329 deserttherapies@cox.net

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Andrea's Closet (Would you like to donate toys to help cheer up children in local hospitals?)  #623-780-0206  www.andreascloset.org

 

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Arthritis

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Arthritis Foundation /Greater Southwest Chapter (physician referral list of rheumatologists,monthly support groups, free literature, educational materials, scholarships, social events,  camp)   #602-264-7679   www.arthritis.org 

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Local support group dates:    jamiemcs@yahoo.com

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American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO)/National Support            # 1-800-283-7800   www.arthritis.org

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Raising Special Kids (parent -to-parent connections for families having children with special needs or illnesses, parent workshops, resources, lending library & more)  #602-242-4366 #1-800-237-3007 www.raisingspecialkids.org

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Animal bean bags (can be put in freezer or microwave and placed on sore joints)  Found in  the stores:  Beauty Brands or Animal Ark                    www.warmwhiskers.com

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Massage Therapy (may be helpful in relieving arthritic discomfort)    contact: LaKisha R. Smith, massage therapist  #602-327-0872

 

 

     last updated  05/23/2013                                 Back Next