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Update: Readers Share Local Autism Resources

A list of resources in our area for kids on the spectrum and their families.

 

Updated May 12, 12 p.m.

Every Sunday at noon, Patch publishes a call for your recommendations of autism resources in our area. Readers can submit suggestions throughout the week, and we publish them every Saturday at noon. This is what we have so far:

Therapy:

Metro Therapy Providers, 3760 LaVista Road, Tucker, offers speech, physical and occupational therapy and more. They also come to your home or your child's school.

Therapy Works  provides occupational, physical and speech therapy. They have four locations, according to their website: Lawrenceville, Norcross, Decatur and Thompson Mill. A reader who uses the Lawrenceville location off Sugarloaf Parkway says: "They've been awesome working with my son, who's 8 and goes there for OT."

Parkwood Farms: Provides horseback therapy (not technically hippotherapy) and other treatments for all kinds of special needs kids.

Resource Websites:

Parent Mentor Partnership: Information provided by the Georgia Department of Education.

Sports:

TOPSoccer: A soccer program open to ages 5-18 for special needs children.  They play at the Parkview Soccer Field on Sunday afternoons. A very caring couple runs the program. Mostly older participants play there now, a reader says, and more younger kids would be welcome. For more information contact Kathy Bender at kathy.bender@gsasoccer.com or call 770-381-1600.

Grayson Athletic Association Special Populations Program: A sports program for children and adults with disabilities. They offer baseball basketball, cheerleading and bocce.

Aquatherapy and swimming lessons are available with therapists through the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department. Contact theresa.waldrop@patch.com for more information.

Support Groups:

Spectrum Autism Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month. Spectrum offers summer and winter break camps and activities such as a social skills class (two Saturdays a month). It also has a listserv to share information. See the website for more details.

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) is a non-profit parents-helping-parents group supporting families living with Autism. TACA meets monthly, with speakers and info, and holds monthly Coffee Talks. The organization also sponsors family events, including a recent night at the Gwinnett Gladiators, a night at the Harlem Globetrotters, and the upcoming family picnic. 

Other Resources:

Summer Camps: The Special Guide - a great resource itself - has a list of camps around the metro area.

Total Learning Conceptsat 4140a Five Forks Trickum in Lilburn, offers tutoring for special needs students.

Music lessons: Laura Nadine, an adult musician with Aspergers, teaches music to special-needs children in Lilburn. Click here to see her website.

Emory Autism Center offers a 20-25 hour Family Bridges program which is tailor-made specifically for your child's needs and designed to train the parent. A reader said: "We worked with Charlie Coleman and he was absolutely phenomenal. Price was actually pretty reasonable, considering the time and the individualized attention they offered." For more information, click here.

Babies Can't Wait: For 0-2 year-olds exhibiting a developmental delay, contact Babies Can't Wait for an evaluation. Click here for more information.

Marcus Autism Center offers four webinars on the basics of autism and treatment. The website has a lot of information to help families, and the center has an excellent early intervention program.

Sensory-friendly movies: AMC movie theaters offer viewings of just-released movies for kids with sensory issues once a month. The closest to Lilburn is Discover Mills. The sound is turned down, the lights are turned up, and kids can move around or talk or whatever they need to do, and you're allowed to bring your own gluten-free and casein-free snacks.  Click here for more info.

Read-Able LLC provides reading instruction, attention and behavior training for kids with autism and other disabilities. 4851 Lula Street, Old Town Lilburn. 678-697-6049.

Mike Tumlin March 04, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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Janie Ruth March 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
This is awesome! Keep sending your autism resource suggestions, everyone!
Theresa Waldrop March 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Thanks for letting us Georgians know about this, Mike. I just joined the site to check it out, and I like the forums.
Marcus Kabel March 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The TOPSoccer program is great, based on our first expereince today. I took our 8-year-old ASD daughter today for the first time and she really enjoyed it. They kept her engaged and playing along for the full hour of warm-up, drills and practice. We're signing up for the rest of the season, thru the end of April.
Theresa Waldrop April 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Thanks to the reader who shared the info on music teacher Laura Nadine!

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