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Pat Bergmaier, CFP(R), ChSNC(TM)
Chartered Special Needs Consultant(TM)
161 Washington St, Suite 700
Conshohocken
PA
19428
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.

Workshops

Contact Number: 215-317-4143

A Step Up Academy

Marybeth Harmer
Head of School
520 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown
PA
19046
Jamie Jenkins is Head of School at A Step Up Academy (ASUA), a private, not-for-profit school for children with autism. ASUA has two locations, one in Jenkintown that services Kindergarten through 6th grade, and a second location within the Meadowbrook School in Meadowbrook, PA which houses a preschool and a learning center designed for high levels of inclusion opportunities.

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. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Contact Number: 215-885-1075

A Total Approach Therapy & Education Services

Maude Le Roux
Clinical Director
9 LaCrue Street, Suite 103
Glen Mills
PA
19342
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 Number: 484-840-1529

Camp Akeela

Debbie and Eric Sasson
Directors
1 Thoreau Way
Thetford Center
VT
05075
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: Two sessions of 2 weeks each.
Contact Number: 866-680-4744

Camp Pegasus/Art of Friendship Social Skills Program

Michael Fogel
Founder/Director
600 Haverford Rd. Ste G-101
Haverford
PA
19041
The Art of Friendship Social-Coping Skills Program (AoF) provides social-coping skills groups for children & teens ages 4-19. Groups focus on the unique needs of participants: social cognition, anxiety, impulse control, frustration tolerance/anger management, conversation, play, social media, navigating unstructured situations. Mike Fogel's AoF curriculum (also at Camp Pegasus) offers clear and memorable social-coping skills lessons. Participants 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 Paoli, Plymouth Meeting, Haverford, & Center City. In summertime, Camp Pegasus provides small groups with low staff ratios, social success, friendships, and fun.

Developmentally focused social-coping 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, Plymouth Meeting, Paoli, and Haverford, PA.

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

Carroll-Ratliff Counseling Services

Hattie Carroll-Ratliff
Licensed Professional Counselor
30 S. Valley Rd
Paoli
PA
19301
Carroll-Ratliff Counseling Services provides expert counseling for people on the spectrum. Parent coaching and sibling support are also provided. Some services offered are individual therapy, family counseling, group counseling, home visits/ consultations, and evaluations. Services are individualized for the person and family being served.



Contact Number: 484-886-4214

Communiverse, LLC

Susan Paul
Speech/Language Pathologist
1958 Butler Pike
Conshohocken
PA
19428
Speech production involves the intricate coordination of the entire vocal tract including the respiratory system and all of our articulators. Our evidence-based, multi-sensory approach therapy is utilized to treat a multitude of speech disorders. As defined by the American Speech and Language Association (ASHA), a language disorder is "an impairment in comprehension and/or use of a spoken, written, and/or other communication symbol system." The therapists at Communication Imaging use our optimal knowledge and expertise to facilitate our clients linguistic needs

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Contact Number: 610/564-1127

Connect Plus Therapy

Wendy Lax
301 City Ave
Bala Cynwyd
PA
19004
High- quality ABA therapy for people of all ages on the Autism spectrum with a focus on natural environment teaching, pivotal response training, social skills and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Connect Plus is able to provide services in our center- based programs in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ as well as ABA at home, in schools and in the community. We offer weekly formal parent training and events as well as an array of social programs.

"Growing Green" social skills group

Camp Connect 10 week summer program
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Glazier, Steven Psychology Practice

Steven Glazier
Psychologist
201 N. Presidential Blvd.
Bala Cynwyd
PA
19004
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

Jeffrey Naser & Associates

Terry Peura
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
1137 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn
PA
19132
I am a pediatric nurse practitioner who provides initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management to kids age 5 years to 21 years of age. I also have a 13 year old son who is on the Autistic Spectrum. This has allowed me a special affinity for kids on the spectrum along with having relationships with various other practitioners who work with kids on the spectrum providing social skills, occupational therapy and other supports. Feel free to contact me at 610-647-3959 ext. 102

I am also interested in continuing to collaborate with professionals or parents in developing various social situations and opportunities for kids on the spectrum. Feel free to contact me at 610-647-3959 ext. 102

Contact Number: 610-647-3959 ext. 102

Main Line Social Learning

Colleen Barry
Colleen Barry
230 Sugartown Road
Wayne
PA
19087
The goal of Main Line Social Learning is to teach adolescents and adults the skills needed to achieve social success as they transition from school settings to adult environments. Our collaborative approach helps those with social learning challenges learn the skills and build the confidence to successfully navigate the social world. Even casual conversations are complex, quick, unpredictable, and dynamic. It is not uncommon for individuals to thrive in academics and flourish in innovation, but struggle to understand how small talk is so small- when it can feel so big. Main Line Social Learning serves bright teenagers and adults who feel isolated, out of sync, and overwhelmed with social demands. Direct skill instruction using Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum and individualized sessions are developed in conjunction with clients and their families in order to develop the skills needed and to generalize these skills into community settings. Prosocial behavior is a foundation for independence and autonomy in school, colleges, employment settings, family gatherings, friendships, and social relationships. We believe it is never too late to learn these skills.



Robin Tate LLC

Robin Tate, MA, MS
Autism / Asperger Coach - Neurodiverse Couples Coach
Greater Philly Area
PA
Autism / Asperger Coach Neurodiverse Couples Coach As a Coach, Robin understands the impacts of living with an Asperger Profile in a neurodiverse world. Robin provides a client-centered, strength-based approach to working through obstacles and solving problems that are related to an Asperger Profile. Often a persons struggles are rooted in their neurological differences which impact communication, executive function, and regulation. Robin provides individualized coaching services to persons displaying an Asperger Profile. She may also be hired to coach family members of an adult with an Asperger Profile, either together or separately. Robin provides coaching services to people in neurodiverse marriages/relationships. In a neurodiverse relationship, one or both people identify as having an Asperger Profile. Robin uses strategies centered on understanding each persons unique neurological perspective and provides skills to build communication and emotional intimacy. Robin meets with partners both together and individually to help them learn skills to bridge their neurological differences. Robin has ten years of experience working in special education. Robin is a committed life long learner who has earned both a Masters of Arts in Counseling degree and a Masters of Science in Reading Education degree. Robin is trained through the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) as an AsperCoach. She has received training in using AANEs proven LifeMap Curriculum. Robin has completed Neurology Matters in Couples Counseling Training 101 and is becoming certified by The Peter M. Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute to coach neurodiverse couples. Robin easily collaborates with other professionals and family members to provide the most individual client-centered solutions to a variety of life challenges. Robin provides coaching sessions in person (Greater Philadelphia Area) or via online video call. She meets within an office space, clients homes and other natural environments to best facilitate, observe and problem-solve life and relationship goals.

Philadelphia Area Neurodiverse Asperger Partner Facebook Support Group Further plans for groups and planned meet-ups.

Contact Number: 267-935-9032

Summit Clinical Associates LLC

Kristina Vacha, LCSW, MSS, MA Applied Behavior Analysis, LBS
Therapist, Behavior Support Specialist
36 East Front Street
Media
PA
19063
Above all else I am a good listener. I will give you the time and space to share your story and together we will explore your concerns and how you would like to address them. Using evidence based interventions including behavioral interventions and/or cognitive behavioral therapy I can assist you and/or your family member with ASD with issues related to anxiety and depression, life transitions, relationships, family dynamics, self-care/caregiver burnout, work/employment stress, and improving your overall well-being. I can help you understand the diagnosis and address related concerns such as accessing services, comorbid diagnoses, school truancy, transition to independent living, contact with law enforcement, and sexuality. I have additional training in trauma-informed care, LGBTQ, and suicide prevention. I also offer therapy to successful professionals with social anxiety and/or Asperger Syndrome. I am available for private therapy appointments at Building Bridges in Media PA. I am available for home and community behavioral support and/or counseling services for transitioning teens and adults 21 and up either through private pay arrangements (sliding scale available) or under state funded waivers through several approved provider agencies. Look for me on Instagram at autism_over_21

Adults with Autism Support Group, Parent Support

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The Pathway School

Diana Phifer
Director of Admissions & Marketing
162 Egypt Road
Jeffersonville
PA
19403
The Pathway School is an approved private school serving students age 5-21 with Autism, significant learning, executive functioning and mental health needs. Staff utilizes evidence based tools to provide a multi-sensory learning environment in a therapeutic setting. Related service professionals support an interdisciplinary approach towards our mission of increasing independence in students.



The Pathway School provides a 6-week Extended School Year program allowing students to enjoy time with their existing friends and make new ones while developing skills that will increase their independence academically, socially and emotionally. Themed learning promotes creative thinking, flexibility and problem solving through hands-on learning and community integration.
Contact Number: 610-277-0660 ext 289

The Quaker School at Horsham

Alex Brosowsky
Head of School
250 Meetinghouse Rd
Horsam
PA
19044
For over thirty years, The Quaker School at Horsham (TQS) has been a haven for children with social, emotional and academic challenges. Our peaceful Quaker community is a place where children who have not previously experienced school success blossom socially, academically and behaviorally. With a 4:1 student to teacher ratio and an emphasis on community building, students can increase their social skills and develop a positive self-image. All of our classrooms are sensory friendly, while language, social skills and integrated occupational therapy are built into every lesson. Students at TQS receive a personalized education and love school because they feel included and successful. Parents love TQS because their children are happy. Please visit our website (www.quakerschool.org) for more information or call 215-674-2875 to schedule a visit.



Our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is designed for children with learning disabilities who need help retaining and reinforcing skills in language arts, mathematics and social skills. Each child will receive individualized enrichment and reinforcement taught in very small groups. Our program is designed with academic enrichment in the mornings and recreational activities in the afternoons, including swimming, art, drama, music, wood shop, technology and weekly field trips.
Contact Number: 215-674-2875