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Pat Bergmaier, CFP(R), ChSNC(TM)
Chartered Special Needs Consultant(TM)
161 Washington St, Suite 700
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP) and a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC), these designations have provided Pat with the knowledge and expertise to address the unique circumstances and requirements of planning for families that have dependents with special needs, the core focus of his practice. Special Needs Planning addresses these key areas of planning: protecting & maximizing government benefits, creating the correct estate planning framework and analyzing funding strategies to provide for lifetime care & quality of life in the most tax-efficient manner possible.


Contact Number: 215-317-4143

2 Be Social LLC.

Tara Trievel, M.Ed, CAS
617A Swedesford Rd
We implement the Social Thinking framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner. Lessons are developed based on a student's current level of social competency, family goals and individual goals. A free consultation is required to determine areas of need for either a social group or for individual sessions. Sessions are one hour in which 50 minutes is spent with clients and the remaining ten minutes is spent to wrap-up with parents/guardians. We do our best to promote consistency when learning vocabulary and concepts. We feel strongly that the continuity between home, school, and 2 Be Social is in place during the development of new social skills.

Consultation: Free Includes a 20-30 minute meeting with parent(s), immediate family members, and/or prospective client Children, teens and adults participate in group and/or individual sessions. All sessions focus on learning the tools and strategies in order to promote social and emotional competencies. Individual sessions are customized to progress from the individual's current level of social awareness and ability. Groups are formed between 2-4 social learners who present with similar strengths, needs and age.

2 Be Social offers weekly social learning camps throughout the summer. Each camp experience is as unique as the campers attending. The focus is on having fun while creating a safe, comfortable environment in which students are given the opportunity to increase their social awareness and ability to effectively work with others. Detectives: Ages 5-7 It takes important skills to become a social detective and œcrack the hidden social code! Superheroes: Ages 8-11 Campers will œunveil the Superhero within! It takes strength and power to overcome our impulses that sometimes hinder our social relationships. Dragons: Ages 11-16 Get ready to be immersed in the realm of Ryuu! Participants will evolve their own Japanese dragons through role play.
Contact Number: 484-318-8795

A Step Up Academy

Kelly Donohue
Head of School
520 Meetinghouse Road
Dr. Donohue brings more than 20 years experience working with children with Autism and developmental delays and has expertise in intensive home and school-based ABA programming.She directsA Step Up Academy, a new school providing integrative & inclusive education for Kindergarten & 1stgrade students with Autism in Jenkintown, PA.With a family-based, multi-modal approach, intervention is aimed at best outcomes. Dr. Donohue also treats clients with anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral difficulties at Child Study Institute, Bryn Mawr College.

Surviving and Thriving Support Group: Keeping the focus on your well-being. A group that helps you navigate what it's like to have a child diagnosed with autism. $30 Individual sessions, $40 couples sessions or 4 session package: $100/ individual and $140/couple....also free childcare with advance registration.

Contact Number: 215/885-1075

A Total Approach Therapy & Education Services

maude LeRoux
Clinical Director
9 LaCrue Ave
Glen Mills
Serves individuals with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia. The Total Approach team includes occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physical therapists working with each client in a holistic manner, believing that each client has the ability to learn in his/her own unique way.

Contact us for our unique way of developing social-emotional skill Online webinars - contact

Intensive programming as per individual needs. DIR/Floortime, Tomatis Sound Therapy, Interactive Metronome, Cellfield, Cogmed
Contact Number: 484 840 1529

Acting Antics

Cindy Schneider
3 Ravine Road
Social instruction through drama and music description: Acting Antics has a variety of programs for different ability levels and ages ranging from three to adult. Programs include acting, improvisation, musical theatre, dance, music and movement. The focus of all groups is developing socialization skills and building self-esteem.

Saturdays 8 weeks April 16 June 11 (No classes May 28, 29 Memorial Day Weekend) 9:00- 10:30 Movin & Groovin Ages 4-12 $ 250.00 11:00 -12:30 Adaptive Dance (Zumba, Hip-hop, Jazz, etc.) Ages 8 + up $ 250.00 1:00-4:00 Musical Theatre Ages 8-15 $ 375.00 Sundays - 8 weeks April 17 June 12 (No classes May 28, 29 Memorial Day Weekend) 1:00-3:00 Acting Antics Youth Ages 7 -13 $ 325.00 3:15-4:45 Actors in Action Ages 13 - adult $ 250.00 5:00-7:00 Teen/Adult Acting & Improvisation Ages 13 - adult $ 325.00 Friday Evening Social Nights 7:00-9:00 p.m. Teen/Young Adult Social Every second Friday. Check Social Calendar or email Ages 13+ $ 15.00/wk with RSVP

Contact Number: 610/942-4219

AGSpeech Language Potential, LLC

Ayesha Ganges
Speech Language Pathologist
600 North Jackson Street
AGSpeech is a private practice located in Media, Pennsylvania, providing speech and language evaluation and treatment services to the pediatric population. Comprehensive evaluation and treatment services are offered for a wide variety of speech and language disorders from a group of talented speech-language pathologists with specialties in the assessment and treatment of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Phonological Disorder, Language Disorders, Social/Pragmatic Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many of our speech pathologists are trained and have had experience in the use of PROMPT therapy techniques, as well as in the areas of Sensory Integration, DIRFloortime and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Services are provided within the clinic, in schools and in homes. Occupational and Physical Therapy services are also available at our Media office location.

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Alternative Choices

Robert Naseef
319 Vine Street, Unit 110
Founded by Drs. Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef, Alternative Choices is an independent psychology practice. We are a team of experienced, licensed psychologists and psychotherapists offering counseling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. Treatment strategies are tailored to address your unique needs. We also offer resources for parents, siblings, and caregivers of children and adults with special needs including Autism Diagnostic Evaluations, couples therapy, family therapy and individual therapy. Effective psychotherapy is empowering.

Social Groups for individuals on the spectrum.

Contact Number: 215/592-1333

Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting

Mary Cohen
200 S. Clinton St. Suite 201
Our goal is to support individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families throughout the lifespan. We focus on services that improve outcomes through early identification, education, inclusion, advocacy and increased independence. We provide comprehensive diagnostic, psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents and adults using evidence-based tools such as the ADOS and ADIR. We have social skills groups, facilitated play groups and Lego based social skills groups for children.Our practice provides sexuality education groups for adolescents and adults and classes on social literacy where individuals work with social mentors. Adult support groups discuss issues such as disclosure, workplace supports and interpersonal relationships. Educational workshops are provided for parents on topics such as college selection and supports for ASD students. The clinical team has more than 20 years of experience providing therapeutic support and promoting autism awareness and education in the Philadelphia community.

Sexuality Education Group Parent Workshops Lego Social Skills Social Literacy Classes After School Game Club Social Scholars Thinking Friendship Being Buddies

Contact Number: 215-230-3616

Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates

Brad Norford
14 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr
Psychological services for families with children and adolescents of all ages on the autism spectrum. Child/adolescent/parenting/family/sibling therapy and consultation. There are five doctoral level psychologists at Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates who are experienced in treating youth on the spectrum. A positive, effective approach is utilized to address anxiety, flexibility, social cognition, school difficulties, depression, adaptive behavior, and reducing stress at home. We are well-versed in connecting with children, adolescents, and young adults on the spectrum. We help families to navigate school, camp, and household challenges.

Contact Number: 610-525-4828

Camp Akeela

Debbie and Eric Sasson
1 Thoreau Way
Thetford Center
Camp Akeela is a co-ed, overnight sleepaway camp with locations in Vermont and Wisconsin. Within a well-rounded, traditional camp program, Akeela is a small, supportive community that helps campers improve their social skills. Our campers are bright, creative boys and girls ages 9 - 18 who have difficulty connecting with their peers. Many, but not all, of our campers have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or a non verbal learning disability. We offer top-notch instruction in dozens of activities, from swimming and boating to outdoor adventure, farm & garden, community service, athletics and an extensive arts program. Campers take comfort in the structure and predictability of the program, but also thrive when given a chance to pick their own activities. Akeela is an intentional community that values and celebrates each child and staff member. Campers make life-long friends, develop self-confidence, achieve independence, feel pride in their accomplishments, and leave camp with lasting memories filled with fun and spirit.

Vermont: Two sessions of 3.5 weeks each. Wisconsin: Three sessions of 2 weeks each.
Contact Number: 866-680-4744

Camp Pegasus/Art of Friendship Social Skills Program

Michael Fogel
678 Pont Reading Rd.
The Art of Friendship Social Skills Program (AoF) provides social-coping skills groups for children & teens ages 4-19. Mike Fogel's AoF curriculum (also used at Camp Pegasus) offers clear and memorable social-coping skills lessons. Participants and campers experience modeling & role play, conversation practice, team-building activities, free play or group projects, depending on the age and development level of the group. Great attention and care is given to ensure that children are placed with appropriate peers, ensuring maximum success. During the school year, girls groups & boys groups are available in Ardmore, Paoli, Plymouth Meeting & Center City. In summertime, Camp Pegasus provides a magical, transformational social experience.

Developmentally focused social thinking groups for children and teens between the ages of 4-19. Girls groups, boys groups, and co-ed groups are available. The program provides direct instruction in social-coping skills, modeling and role play, interwoven with conversation practice, team-building activities, play and/or group projects. A reward system and a positive social coaching approach make the groups a fun and comfortable place for children and adolescents to develop friendships and learn skills. Great attention and care is given to ensure that children are placed with appropriate peers in order to ensure maximum success. Locations: Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Paoli, and Ardmore, PA.

Camp Pegasus: The Original Social Skills Therapy Day Camp on the Main Line
Contact Number: 610/649-1080, ext. 4

Carousel Connections

Amy McCann
Program Director
P.O. Box 36665
Carousel Connections provides community experiences and training for teenagers and young adults focusing on ¿next steps¿ and building independence in the home, on the job, and on the go! At Carousel Connections, opportunities are provided to learn, maintain, and improve skills through participation in vocational training, independent living mentoring, and recreational activities. Programs include a six week residential summer experience based on the campus of Haverford College, adventure weekends to the Pocono mountains, and family and individual consulting to share resources related to the transition process and supporting program goals within the home. This fall, Carousel Connections launched community ¿crews¿ and volunteer day experiences to further develop vocational skills, build independence and self confidence, nurture relationships with organizations and community partners in the area, and foster inclusive living-learning experiences.

Using creative and positive techniques, Carousel Connections offers varied opportunities for individuals to learn. Program goals include: Opportunities that provide life skills training to further support independence and build self confidence, Opportunities that provide vocational training experiences that may be used in employment, Authentic and inclusive living/learning experiences and activities, Coordination with families and individuals during the transition process that connects individuals to community resources, An experience with community living on a college campus.
Contact Number: 215-948-2527

Carroll-Ratliff Counseling Services

Hattie Carroll-Ratliff
Licensed Professional Counselor
30 S. Valley Rd
Carroll-Ratliff Counseling Services provides individual therapy, family counseling, group counseling, home visits/ consultations, and evaluations. Services are individualized for the person and family being served. Parent support or counseling is available as well as sibling counseling.

Contact Number: 484-886-4214

Center for ADHD

Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS
26 Summit Grove Ave.
Bryn Mawr
Center for ADHD provides social skills programs for boys, therapy for self-regulation and social anxiety, a Summer Travel Program, Executive Function Treatment and individual Social Thinking instruction. We work with children, adolescents and young adults. The Center is filling a tremendous need in the ADHD/Asperger's/ASD populations as the only provider of social skills programs that are co-facilitated by two men. Our social skills programs are based on the Social Thinking methodology created by Michelle Garcia Winner. Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director has received a Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion. Please visit our website for information about our innovative programs.

Guy Stuff: A hygiene/pubertyeducation program for boys and their parents. Separate programs for 5th grade, Middle School and High School. How to Hang Out- a social recreational program to teach boys how to cultivate and friendships with other boys. Separate groups for middle school and high school. Executive Function Skill Building Day Trips-Held on school holidays and vacation days.

Center for ADHD is pleased to announce the launch of our 2017 Summer Travel Program for boys ages 12-15. The Summer Travel Program is designed to help boys improve their social thinking, self-regulation, executive function and age-expected independent skills through a fun, active program. Local day and overnight trips are the setting to help generalize these skills experientially. Please visit: for more information.
Contact Number: 484-278-1088

Center for Autism Research

Dana Weidig
Outreach Manager
3535 Market Street
The Center for Autism Research (CAR) is a collaborative effort between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the largest and most comprehensive autism research centers in the world, our mission is to understand the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order develop more effective treatments. CAR is also committed to serving the needs of families living with ASD through evidence-based education, guidance and clinical services. We developed the CAR Autism Roadmap ( to help families answer questions about life with autism and to connect them with resources in their community, whether they are new to the diagnosis or have lived with it for years. CAR also developed to connect families with studies that are a match for them! Families who participate in CAR research receive comprehensive assessment reports and are paid for their time and some travel expenses. Learn about CAR at

Contact Number: 267-426-7540

Continuum Behavioral Health

Matthew Cassano
Clinical Director, BCBA
PO Box 8308
Continuum Behavioral Health is committed to providing quality ABA services to help improve the lives of individuals and their families. The systematic method for assessment and intervention allows our staff to identify why an individual engages in maladaptive behaviors and develop the most successful strategies to teach new skills. With the use of behavior plans and consultation/training, parents and other professional are taught how to utilize ABA principles so an individual can be successful across environments and with those people in their life. Continuum contracts with families, schools, and multiple funding sources, including Tricare. We are currently providing services in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.


In-home summer services or support at summer camps

Education Alternatives

Karen Yednock
Admin Assistant
1001 W. 9th Ave. Suite C
King of Prussia
Ed Alt offers intensive, research-based behavioral treatment that yields best outcomes for children. We develop customized ABA therapy programs and equip each childs home, clinic and/or school team with the training and supervision necessary for high-quality, consistent teaching and behavioral intervention. Our plans are developed and monitored under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Services are intensive and the schedule and frequency of services is designed to meet each childs individual needs. We contract with many insurance providers who pay for all or some ABA therapy for children with autism.

Social support groups, respit parent nights

Contact Number: 610-831-1865

Families CCAN

Sara Crimm
340 Haverford Road
Families CCAN [Families Creating Communities for Adults with Special Needs] is a nonprofit founded and led by parents and family members of adults with disabilities. We assist families in developing innovative models of housing, employment and volunteer activities for their adult family members. We meet monthly for educational programs and networking opportunities for parents, family members, professionals and agencies.

Monthly Parent Meeting: December 5, 2016 Free of Charge! 7 pm Refreshments & Socializing 7:30 - 9 pm Program Topic: New Approaches to Lifesharing as a Housing Model for Adults with Disabilities Presenter: Christine Martin, COO & Co-Founder of Shared Support, Inc. Location: Mishkan Shalom 4101 Freeland Avenue, Phila. (Manayunk) Off-street parking available; the building is fully accessible

Contact Number: 2152802758

Fick Educational Services, LLC

Cris Fick
Educational Consultant
17 Turner Lane
West Chester
With over 18 years of experience, we are devoted to the educational needs of the children we serve. Through individualized learning plans, tutoring, and advocacy, we strive to insure that all children have access to the education they deserve by laying the foundation for a brighter future. Our team consists of certified math and reading specialists, elementary through high school tutors, and special education certified tutors.

Study Skills & Executive Function Social Skills Groups Parent Advocacy training Tutoring Cris has 20 years of experience providing curriculum planning and annual evaluation services to home school families. She possesses an understanding and appreciation for the unique needs, goals and educational philosophy for each home school program. Cris is qualified to evaluate all grade level students, special education programs, and planning and IEP goals. She is also approved as a high school diploma evaluater for PHAA. Please visit our website for more information.

Themed Summer camps for children of all abilities
Contact Number: 610-457-2199

Glazier, Steven Psychology Practice

Steven Glazier
201 N. Presidential Blvd.
Bala Cynwyd
Steve is a psychologist in solo practice specializing in children and adolescents with special needs. Individual psychotherapy, relationship-building small groups, facilitated play dates, parent coaching, and school consultations are offered for individuals across the range of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The approach is individualized to each child/adolescent and their family's needs and integrates strategies from various models of intervention (e.g. DIR/Floortime, Cognitive-Behavioral, Systems Theories, Sensory Integration).

Contact Number: 215-782-3160
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