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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
Educational Director
520 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown
PA
19046
Marybeth Harmer is the Educational Director 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]rg 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

Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting

Mary Cohen
Dr.
200 S. Clinton St. Suite 201
Doylestown
PA
18901
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

Lego-based Social Skills Group Summer Session in Doylestown, PA - Openings for Children Ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, and 13-15 Lego-Based Therapy, or Lego-Club as it called by group members, is an evidenced based treatment where children develop skills through collaboration on group projects through the use of Lego. Group members collaborate on building sets, free style projects, and creating and producing short stop-action films. Groups are developed based on the child's age, language abilities, and goals for the group.
Contact Number: 215-230-3616

Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates

Brad Norford
Psychologist
14 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr
PA
19010
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 a variety of 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
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 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
Philadelphia
PA
19107
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
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

Center for Autism Research

Dana Weidig
Outreach Manager
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research- CHOP
Philadelphia
PA
19146
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 (www.carautismroadmap.org) 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 www.autismMatch.org 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 www.centerforautismresearch.org.

Find a full listing of our upcoming events at http://www.centerforautismresearch.org/newsandevents/

Contact Number: 267-426-7540

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

Education Alternatives

Karen Yednock
Admin Assistant
1001 W. 9th Ave. Suite C
King of Prussia
PA
19406
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

Fick Educational Services

Fick Ed Services
Cris Fick, Founder
Embassy Court 17 Turner Lane
West Chester
PA
19380
We specialize in functional reading and math skills, social skills groups, executive functioning skills courses, and advocacy services. Services are provided in any of our three offices: West Chester, Downingtown, and Media. All services are offered as individual or group sessions. Our staff of certified teachers individualizes each session tailored to the client's needs and goals. Fick Educational Services, LLC specializes in serving both young children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The main office is at 17 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380 with newly opened satellite offices in Media and Downingtown.

Weekly Hour Small Group Sessions Multiple types of approaches weekly to teach social skills with generalization for everyday life. Sessions tailored specifically to suit childs needs. End of session parent talk with strategies for home. Excellent resources given to practice new skills at home and school.

Don't want your kids sitting around all summer long? Hoping your child doesn't lose his desire to learn over the next few months? Want to continue addressing some of those IEP goals throughout the summer in a relaxed setting? Check out our summer camps and courses to see which one works best for your child. Fick Educational Services (FES) offers themed half day camps for kids ages 4-14. This year's themes include: Space Exploration, Minecraft and Modding; Little Picasso and Mini Monet, and Lego Camp, among others! In addition to our half-day themed camps, we also offer a Study Skills camp, an SAT/ACT prep course, and a Math Refresher course. With over 20 years of experience, we continiue to provide support for children with all learning styles and needs. Our staff can work on specific IEP goals and incorporate them into camp activities upon request.
Contact Number: 610-457-2199

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

Hill Top Preparatory School

Meredith R. Fitzpatrick
Director of Enrollment Management
737 South Ithan Avenue
Rosemont
PA
19010
Hill Top Preparatory School educates students in grades 5-12 with diagnosed learning differences. Often these students find traditional school challenging because they have difficulties with nonverbal learning issues including anxiety, and navigating social situations. HTPS supports students with accommodations including an individualized curriculum complemented by counseling support and mentoring program. Visit hilltopprep.org to learn more. Hill Top Prep: Exceptional Teachers for Extraordinary Students.

School Year Clubs: Thorncroft Equestrian Riding Club ArtWorks is Hill Top's after school creative arts and music program designed to ignite and expand meaningful artistic connections. Activity period during the day includes Student Government, National Honors Society, House Band, Performing Arts, Robotics, and many more opportunities!

Hill Top Summer Adventures (Grades 2-9) Summer Camp is a traditional day camp and travel program designed for students with predictability and consistency in a daily program. Hill Top Summer Innovators (Grades 10-Post Graduate) The Summer Innovators program gives high school students the opportunity to develop employability , transition, and interpersonal skills while having fun and building their resume. Pathways to Independence (Grades 11 - Post graduate) P2I offers teens an extraordinary and interactive learning experience. Please contact: Brian Betteridge, Summer Camp Director 484-222-2825 [email protected]
Contact Number: 610/527-3230

JAFCO

Rebecca Salus
234 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr
PA
19010
The JAFCO mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities in the Jewish community while working in partnership with families in the entire community. JAFCO was established in South Florida in 1992 and expanded to the greater Philadelphia community in 2014. Our vision is to provide a privately funded, model child welfare program which can be replicated by other communities around the country. While JAFCO was created to meet an unmet need in the Jewish community, it is our privilege and our responsibility to serve any child or family in need, regardless of their religious affiliation. The JAFCO Northeast Communities offices provides services including Family Strengthening (featuring clinical case management, in-home support and on-call crisis support), Foster Care and Adoptive family recruitment and licensing/home studies, Supervised Visitation, Kinship Caregiver support services and support services for families raising a child with a developmental disability, including a specialized support group for typical siblings of children with special needs. JAFCO works in collaboration with existing local agencies to provide an immediate, cost-free response to families in crisis while creating an additional safety net for children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.



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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 11 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

Kesselman Clinical Associates

Paul Kesselman
Clinical Psychologist
237 W Lancaster Ave
Devon
PA
19333
Kesselman Clinical Associates is a group private practice that provides psychological counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families. We provide individual therapy , family therapy, group therapy and parent consultation. We see patients who are on the spectrum, those with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, school issues, learning issues , ADHD, and various other issues. We also provide a social skills group for children in age ranging from 6-13. We also have a teen group for individuals ages 15-18 that provides a supportive atmosphere in which teens discover themselves, learn social and coping skills, and empower each other to make healthier decisions. In addition we offer an expressive arts therapy group and a back to school group to help children adjust back to the start of the school year.

Teen Group: A group where teens learn and practice social skills while processing their own social emotional experiences in their day to day lives. The focus of the group is in empowering teens to increase their social competence and confidence. This is a social skills group that helps to empower children and teach them how to increase their social skills and abilities. Specific skills focus on self-esteem building, problem solving, dealing with special issues such as bullying and teasing, and stress coping. Role playing is used in group to help children learn and practice skills. Each child receives a binder with useful materials theirs to keep. The Back to school group helps children transition back to school.

Expressive Arts Therapy Group for children 8-10 and 10-13 years old. Children will have the opportunity to use the creative arts to express their inner emotions. Children will use drawing, writing, and other forms of creativity to improve communication, increase social skills and enhance their self-esteem. Each child is given a binder of wonderful resources to Social skills group (8 week summer group) This is a social skills group that helps to empower children and teach them how to increase their social skills and abilities. Specific skills focus on self-esteem building, problem solving, dealing with special issues such as bullying and teasing, and stress coping. Each child receives a binder of therapeutic materials .
Contact Number: 610-687-8200

Main Line Social Learning

Colleen Barry
Colleen Barry
30 S. Valley Rd.
Paoli
PA
19301
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.



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Rogers Behavioral Health

Andrea Picariello
National Outreach Representative Philadelphia
1 Winding Drive
Philadelphia
PA
19131
A unique program focused on treating anxiety, mood, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders among youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is available in Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago. Kids with ASD often also deal with anxiety, mood or OCD and related disorders that co-occur with their autism. Due to the social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties that can result from this combination of disorders, parents can often feel overwhelmed. It can be difficult to know where to go for help, particularly given how challenging it is to find specialists who understand the unique needs of kids with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions. Rogers experts understand and are here to help. Thats why we offer an intensive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) foundation of care plus related therapies exposure therapy, behavioral activation, and elements of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) that are supported by family and social skills coaching, experiential therapy, psychiatric assessment, and medication management.



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