Organization Name Contact Name Contact Email Address Contact Phone Number Organization Address Website Description of the Organization
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Ahead Nan Arkwright 925-930-6292 614 Ahwahnee Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Ahead is a pediatric occupational therapy clinic committed to helping children grow and develop skills for daily living. Sensorimotor, social, parent support, and self-regulation skills are emphasized.
All in Need, Family Support Autumn Green 925-257-4246 25-A Crescent Dr. #214, Pleasant Hill CA 94523 The mission of All in Need, Family Support is to provide support to families with children, ages 18 and under, that have special needs in the East Bay Area. By offering respite care in a nurturing and learning environment; promoting social interaction, gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere.
Annette Blackman PhD, LMFT Annette Blackman PhD, LMFT 925-323-8814 919 Village Center #2 Lafayette 94549   Provides individual psychotherapy, family coaching, advocacy and group support for people on the autism spectrum.
Parent support groups will be offered this summer.
APEX PROaupair Jane Smith 510-410-0264 PROaupair is the only au pair agency specializing in professional au pairs, highly experienced au pairs with degrees in childcare-related fields such as pediatric nursing, occupational and physical therapy, special needs education, and early childhood education and teaching. We are also the only au pair agency dedicated to families with children with special needs.
Assessing Kids Melissa Nolan 650-296-8420 Psychoeducational testing for kids ages 6-13
Boy Scout Troop 1994 in Concord CA Dave and Sheila Rowntree 925-695-5513 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Meeting Location) 4000 Clayton Rd. Concord CA 94521 Provides special needs youth an opportunity to thrive in a traditional Boy Scouts of America program.
Provides leadership opportunities and training young boys using Boy Scouts program materials in troop meetings, overnight camping, day activities and week long summer camp. This is done through a year-round program.
Boy Scout Troop 224 in Lafayette CA Bill Lew       Partnership with an existing scouting program that is very experienced with scouting for special needs boys. Provides special needs boys with an opportunity to thrive in a Boy Scouts of America program. This is done through a year-round and shorter duration program. Note the scouting program offered by Dave and Sheila Rowntree.
Cameron Speech-Language Center Lisa Cameron 925-386-6256 8 Camino Encinas, Suite 220, Orinda, CA 94563 Small, private, speech therapy clinic in Orinda, staffed by two SLPs (Lisa Cameron, MS, CCC-SLP, and Janel Kidd, MS, CCC-SLP). Assessments, individual, and group therapy sessions offered. Ms. Cameron has over 25 years experience in the field and collaborates with many local professionals, as well as shares an office with Db Pediatrics/Dr. Marianna Eraklis.
Camp Ramah in Northern California Howard Blas 415-688-4572 849 Almar Ave., Ste. C-487, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Tikvah is a Jewish residential summer camp and offers a two-week program for campers with special needs. Amitzim program primarily serves campers with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most campers in the summer camp program are roughly in grades 4-12, but the most important factor is fit not grade level.
Interested families should contact Tikvah Director, Howard Blas, for more information.
Camping Unlimited- Camp Krem Katie Giampa 831-338-3210 102 Brook Lane Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Provides respite services in the form of summer camp (12, 10 or 5 days) and weekend day trips and overnights.
Canine Companions for Independence Karen Cervantes 415-606-3011 Provides service dogs free of charge to people with disabilities.
Care Parent Network Deborah Penry 925-313-0999 x107 1340 Arnold Dr, Ste 115, Martinez, CA Family Resource Center serving Contra Costa County. Parent-to-parent emotional support and help navigating services for families of children (birth to 22 years) with developmental delays, developmental disabilities, and special health care needs and/or who are receiving special education services.
CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficient Disorder Judy Marshall 510-352-2103 CHADD: is a non-profit organization which supplies scientific, researched based information to parents and adults with ADHD. Offers parent and adult support groups, classes for parents (PTP) and training for educators (T to T) in Northern California.
Child's Play Occupational Therapy Services, PC Christina Lyons 925-954-4546 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd, suite 200 Lafayette, CA 94549 Child's Play Occupational Therapy Services, P.C. provides quality pediatric occupational therapy services in an environment of fun, love, acceptance, and support where children with a variety of developmental challenges will build the sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive capacities necessary for successful relationships and a positive sense of self. East Bay pediatric occupational therapy office is located in downtown Lafayette.
CommuniTech Judith Lunger, MA CCC-SLP/ Chris Toomey, MS, AT       Provides assistive technology solutions for learning & communication, including Augmentative/Alternative Communication ((AAC). Systems & strategies support participation in the general ed & special education curriculum, and provide solutions that support motor, sensory, speech & language, and literacy needs.
Contra Costa Child Care Council Inclusion Project Bridget Wellerstein 925-265-6469 1035 Detroit Avenue, Concord, CA 94518 The Inclusion Project offers support to parents and licensed childcare providers throughout Contra Costa for children requiring special accommodations in child care settings.
Contra Costa Special Education Local Plan Area (CCSELPA) Laraine Domenico 925-827-0949 2520 Stanwell Dr, Suite 270 Concord, CA 94520 The mission of the Contra Costa SELPA is Collaborative Planning for Student Success through participation of families, Local Education Agencies and other organizations.
Some of the services we provide: Special Education Expertise & Leadership; High Quality Professional Development Opportunities; Parent Support & Enrichment; Innovative Program Development & Support; Alternative Dispute Resolution Service.
CORE Academy lainie barbieri 925-457-3195 675 Ygnacio Valley Rd B201 Walnut Creek, CA 94596; CORE Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping 4th - 8th students with non-traditional learning styles to help them realize their full potential. CORE celebrates the diversity of ways in which students process, form, and represent knowledge. At CORE we empower our students through a customized academic program designed to develop their self-confidence and highlight their strengths. We recognize that every child is unique, and CORE strives to create an interactive, hands-on learning environment where our students can thrive.
Cultural care Au pair Camila Seim 925-586-8102 Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don't ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs are, what they do, and why more families than ever are joining our program.
Doug Senz Swim Lessons Doug Senz 925-890-8088 Provides private swim lesson program in Pleasant Hill with emphasis on safety and proper stroke development for young and old, beginner to competitive swimmers. I have been trained to work with and welcome swimmers with special needs. I offer half hour or hour lessons one or two weekday afternoons and on "flexible" Saturdays.
Whether you or your child are accomplished swimmers or are hesitant about putting your face in the water, I can help you out the way I have helped students for almost 50 years. Every child is special and I have the expertise, the experience and patience to teach anyone.
East Bay Sea Serpents Brian Wentzel 925-284-8111 EBSS is a member swim team with Special Olympics Northern California and runs both spring and fall programs in the Lamorinda community.
Faith Based Special Needs Support (Christian and Jewish) Jaime Polson (Christian), Lee Ann Williams (Christian) or Rabbi Nikki Greninger (Jewish) Jaime: or Lee Ann: or Nikki: Jaime 925-283-8722 or Lee Ann 925-899-5042 or Nikki 925-283-8575 LOPC: 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette; Hillside Covenant Church: 2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek; Temple Isaiah: 945 Risa Road, Lafayette We are a consortium of churches and synagogues that provide support for families with diverse abilities. Faith based support groups and Sunday School Buddies are available to assist families.
Gail Gordon, OTR/L For Kids Only Occupational Therapy Gail Gordon 925-258-9935 15 Altarinda Rd, Suite 209 Orinda, CA 94563   Occupational Therapy services to treat the whole child through activity based treatment. Services include, but are not limited to: comprehensive assessments, preschool developmental programs, Kindergarten readiness, fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual/visual motor skill development, sensory integration, intensive handwriting intervention and assistive technology/computer skills.
Judy Bensinger-Haynes Therapy, Registered Intern #81285 Supervised and employed by Leslie Foge Psychotherapy LMFT #23841 Judy Bensinger-Haynes 925-683-3274 954 Risa Road Lafayette,Ca 94549 Leslie Foge Psychotherapy supports individuals, families and adoptive families.
Leslie supervises two registered interns.
For the last 30 years I have provided consultation, mental health education and therapy for families who are supporting and loving their children with special needs. My pleasure and passion lies in working with you to :facilitate attachment from birth, newly formed adoptive relationships and family systems support for parents and siblings. Our work together is based on a holistic and optimistic therapeutic basis.
Juvo | Autism + Behavioral Health Services Jana Heimann 510-328-8337 We have spent over a decade empowering individuals with autism and other special needs to lead independent lives and achieve their full potential. Every day, our values guide us to provide high quality, evidence-based, individualized support at home, in schools, and in other community settings. We accomplish this by attracting an exceptional team that is dedicated to delivering skilled, consistent, and compassionate care.
We provide services designed to support children with autism and other special needs. Our services are delivered at home, school, camp, and other community settings.
Lafayette School District Early Intervention Samantha Sheldon 925-286-0061 3477 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549 Lafayette School District Early Intervention Program for Preschool-age children 3 and up.
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church / Young Life Capernaum Club Jaime Polson 925-283-8722 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette CA 94549 We are a faith-based community that provides a caring and loving environment for children with special needs and their families. We offer Respite Nights; Buddies for children during Sunday School and Worship; and Young Life Capernaum Club for teens with special needs.
Max-Ability Lee Ann Williams 925-253-1347 15 Altarinda Rd. #209 Orinda, CA 94563 Max-Ability provides pediatric Occupational Therapy services in Orinda to help children reach their potential in motor skills, functional skills and sensory processing, including self-regulation
Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project Patty Gish 925-388-0892 or 510-289-0664 346 Rheem Blvd, Ste 207 D, Moraga, CA 94556 We help families with children with ASD and other mental health conditions obtain medically necessary treatments through insurance. We write appeals, work with state regulators, and perform educational trainings in the community. We also work with mental health and autism providers and facilities when they encounter challenges with insurance. 2nd entry: We help families obtain insurance coverage for autism therapies.
Northern CA branch of International Dyslexia Association Glenn Ricafrente 650-328-7667 P. O. Box 5010, San Mateo, CA 94402 We are a branch of International Dyslexia Association. Our purpose is to bring awareness of dyslexia, put families and teachers in touch with resources to help students, and to promote research based teacher training. We offer a simulation workshop, Experience Dyslexia™, have 2 - 3 speaker events annually, and have a resource line for service providers.
Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice: Special Needs/Therapeutic Skating and Special Hockey Programs Denise Christiansen 510-268-9000 519 18th St. Oakland, CA 94612 Skating programs designed for athletes with special physical and developmental challenges. With the help of coaches and volunteers the program emphasizes fun and safety, improves balance, and enhances self-esteem.
Orinda Academy Janet Harrison 925-254-7553 19 Altarinda Rd. Orinda, CA 94563 Orinda Academy is more than just a school; it is a place where students from 8th to 12th grade can develop intellectually, discover themselves, and prepare for the future. It is our mission to provide a college preparatory education to empower each student to reach his or her full potential as a successful, confident, self-reliant individual, including those smart, creative students with learning differences.
PlayWrite Therapy East bay Debra Nipp and Karin Loar 925-998-9900 1661 Tice Valley Blvd, suite 100 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 PlayWrite Therapy is a family-centered pediatric occupational therapy clinic. We specialize in the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders, gross motor, fine motor, visual motor delays, and visual perceptual deficits. The experienced therapists at PlayWrite have advanced training in sensory integration and share a wealth of knowledge in the treatment of children.
Quest Therapeutic Camps Bob Field, Ph.D. 925-743-2900 907 San Ramon Valley Blvd. #202 Danville, CA. 94526 Quest provides a 7-week summer therapeutic program for children with mild to moderate emotional/social problems. Individualized treatment plans are utilized to facilitate change with all of the fun camp activities.
Schmitt & Saini Pediatric Dentistry Don Schmitt   925-837-8218 300 El Cerro Blvd, Suite #E Danville, CA 94526 We are a pediatric dental practice and we provide a full range of services to our large population of children with special needs.
SEED (Special Education Enrichment and Development Foundation of Lafayette) Elsa Troy P.O. Box 703 SEED is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteer Lafayette parents that provides support for children with special and diverse learning needs and their families. SEED helps fund educational seminars, teacher training, recess facilitation, enrichment programs for children, support groups, and socials for parents and teachers. Teachers and schools apply for grants from SEED to help with classroom needs and teacher training for the Special Needs classroom.
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Seeds of Awareness, Inc. DBA Fiddleheads Mark Khmelnitskiy 510-788-0876 Ext. 703 7 Fourth Street, Suite 46, Petaluma, CA 94952 Fiddleheads is a mindfulness informed social skills instruction and therapeutic support group set in nature. We foster self-awareness and growth in children through activities that promote sensory integration, emotional regulation and empathic connections. Children from healing relationships with nature and make new friends, while absorbing social lessons and connecting more deeply to their senses and feelings.
Senz UCP HOOPS Special Needs Youth Basketball Camps Doug Senz 925-890-8088 Special needs boys and girls (ages 6 and up) are exposed to modified dribbling, passing and shooting skills and team basketball concepts in a supportive, fun environment (usually at NorCal Courts in Martinez ) under the tutelage of high school coaches and players. No previous basketball experience is necessary!
Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter Kathleen Day-Seiter 925-252-8320 1 Northwood Drive Orinda, CA 94563 We are a law firm focusing on planning for the future for families though trusts, estate planning, and public benefits.
Spectrum Strategies Lucia Kanter St. Amour 2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 300, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 Grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Walnut Creek, CA providing Siblings Support Groups and Dog Matching for families with children with Autism. Our focus is on stress relief for the too-often marginalized family members living with Autism.
The East Bay Mindfulness Center Rachel Jaffe   925-317-3179 23 Altarinda Rd Orinda, CA 94563 The East Bay Mindfulness Center's mission is to provide cutting edge mindfulness based psychotherapy, assessment and professional training services for the East Bay community. We currently offer psychotherapeutic support for children, adolescents, individuals, and families experiencing special needs (ASD and other neuro-differences, Learning Differences, ADHD and more), as well as neuropsychological and educational testing and assessments.
The Speech Pathology Group Jill Walson 925-945-1474 x106 2021 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite C202 Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Our clinic-based services include comprehensive assessments, consultations, individualized therapy, and small group instruction. We are a unique practice in that we limit therapist caseloads, and thus devote more time to planning and implementing treatment programs, collaborating frequently with other professionals, involving parents/caregivers, and continually expanding clinical areas of expertise.
Tiffany Tabbert, MS, CCC-SLP Tiffany Tabbert 541-760-5887     I am a speech language pathologist providing in-home, child-directed therapy and parent training to families of children with speech and language delays. I am certified in early start Denver model (ESDM) intervention for children on the autism spectrum and several Hanen parent/teacher training programs.
UC Berkeley Social Skills Inclusion Camp Dr. Jennifer Selke UC Berkeley's Blue Camp, located on the UC Berkeley Campus, runs a one-of-a-kind social skills camp and leadership/work-skills program for youth entering 4th - 13th grade with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and similar social skill deficits. There is a teen leadership camp and an elementary age summer day camp; both programs are about 10% of our summer camp population, so the majority of the campers' time is with neurotypically developing youth.
Walnut Creek E-Soccer Tom Kring 925-325-0765     Walnut Creek E-Soccer is an inclusive sports program serving central and east Contra Costa county. The program partners typical and special needs kids alongside each other in soccer-related drills and activities. It is part of a larger organization named E-Sports ( that supports inclusive sports programs, including E-Soccer, E-Karate, E-Hoops, E-Dance and E-Fitness, across the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.
Wellspring Education Robin Hauge 925-788-0451 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA Small school-based program for children with special needs. Our mission is to provide relationship-based intervention for children with Autism and other related developmental challenges whose unique needs require a warm and transdisciplinary approach in order to access their full potential.
Wellspring Educational Services was founded to provide support to families who desire a developmentally integrative approach to educating their child. Our team will collaborate to address the complex constellation of each child’s strengths and challenges.
We believe parents and educators should be partners in nurturing the development and potential of children, regardless of their disability. We are passionate about helping students uncover their talents and strengths, and believe that children can be successful at learning and building healthy relationships.
Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center Danielle Coburn 925-377-0871 P.O. Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563 Xenophon provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy (physical & occupational therapy) to children with a wide range of disabilities in a safe and secure environment. Xenophon's mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of special needs children through the use of the horse. Xenophon focuses on enhancing each student's unique abilities. The instructors & therapists work with each student using the horse to improve flexibility, balance, posture, and muscle strength.