Academic Support Programs

Active Reading Center

Web: activereadingcenter.org
Email: officemanager@activereadingcenter.org
Phone: 925-944-5549

Active Reading Center is a non-profit Reading Revolution based program located in Walnut Creek.ARC teaching is based on the Reading Revolution™ method, a phonic, literature-based program which engages every  learning pathway through MULTI-SENSORY ACTIVITIES. These include: physical activities such as treasure hunts and races, interactive games, songs, manipulatives, and many other language opportunities.


Contra Costa Special Education Local Plan Area (CCSELPA)

Web: lafsd-ca.schoolloop.com
Email: ldomenico@ccselpa.org

Phone:  925-827-0949

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.


Education

Core Academy Education
Assistive Technology Assessment, Training, Implementation & Consulting
Web:  https://www.coreacademy.net
Email:  info@coreacademy.net
Phone: 925-457-3195

The CORE EDUCATION ACADEMY is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping 4th - 8th students with non-traditional learning styles 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.


Lafayette School District Early Intervention

Web: lafsd-ca.schoolloop.com
Email: ssheldon@lafsd.org
Phone: 925-286-0061

Lafayette School District Early Intervention Program for Preschool-age children 3 and up.


Orinda Academy

Web: www.orindaacademy.org
Email: janet@orindaacademy.org
Phone: 925-254-7563

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.


Wellspring Education

Web: www.wellspringeducation.org
Email: robinhaugeclinic.org
Phone: 925-788-0451

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.

Therapy

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Ahead

Web: www.ahopskipandajumpahead.com
Email: nan.arkwright@gmail.com
Phone: 925-930-6292

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.


The Speech Pathology Group

Web: speechpathologygroup.com
Email: jill@speechpath.com
Phone: 925-945-1474 x106

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

Email: tiffanytabbert@gmail.com
Phone: 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.


Cameron Speech-Language Center

Web: www.cameronspeech-languagecenter.com
Email: cameronspeechtherapy@gmail.com
Phone: 925-386-6256

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.


Child's Play Occupational Therapy Services, PC

Web: www.childsplayotservices.com
Email: christina@childsplayotservices.com
Phone: 925-954-4546

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.


Gail Gordon, OTR/L For Kids Only Occupational Therapy

Email: gailgordon72@gmail.com
Phone: 925-258-9935

Occupational Therapy services to treat the whole child through activity based treatment. Services include, but are not limited to: comprehensive assessments, preschool developmental programs,


Leslie Foge Psychotherapy, Judy Bensinger-Haynes

Web: www.lesliefoge.com
Email: jbenhaynes@gmail.com
Phone: 925-683-3274

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

Web: www.juvobh.com
Email: community@juvobh.com
Phone: 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.


Max-Ability

Email: maxabilityotr@yahoo.com
Phone: 925-253-1347

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.


PlayWrite Therapy East Bay

Web: www.playwrite.org
Email: debranipp@gmail.com
Phone: 925-998-9900

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

Web: questcamps.com
Email: drbobfield@questcamps.com
Phone: 925-743-2900

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.


Seeds of Awareness, Inc. DBA Fiddleheads

Web: www.seeds-of-awareness.org/about-fiddleheads
Email: mark@seedsofawareness.org
Phone: 510-788-0876 Ext. 703

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 form healing relationships with nature and make new friends, while absorbing social lessons and connecting more deeply to their senses and feelings.


The East Bay Mindfulness Center

Web: theebmc.com
Phone: 925-317-3179

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.


Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center

Web: xenophontrc.org
Email: danielle@xenophontrc.org
Phone: 925-377-0871

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.


Camps and Activities

City of San Ramon Therapeutic Recreation

Web: www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/therapeutic.htm
Email: jreaber@sanramon.ca.gov
Phone: 925-973-3272

The San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department welcomes and encourages the participation of children and adults with disabilities in all of our programs and services. To facilitate opportunities for participants with and without disabilities to engage in recreational pursuits together, the Parks and Community Services Department provides Inclusion Services.


Camping Unlimited- Camp Krem

Web: campingunlimited.org
Email: katiegiampa@campingunlimited.org
Phone: 831-338-3210

We provide respite services in the form of summer camp (12, 10 or 5 days) and weekend day trips and overnights.


UC Berkeley Social Skills Inclusion Camp

Web: recsports.berkeley.edu/social-skills-camps/
Email: jenn8@berkeley.edu

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.

Boy Scout Troop 1994 in Concord CA

Email: rowntreedavid@att.net
Phone: 925-695-5513

Providing Special Needs youth an opportunity to thrive in a traditional Boy Scouts of America program.


Boy Scout Troop 224 in Lafayette CA

Email: WWL.94549@gmail.comPartnership with an existing scouting program that is very experienced with scouting for special needs boys. Provide the special needs boy an opportunity to thrive in a Boy Scouts of America program. This is done through a year-round and shorter duration program. Not the scouting program offered by Dave and Sheila Rowntree.


Family Support

All In Need, Family Support

Web: allinneed.org
Email: Greena@allinneed.org
Phone: 925-257-4246

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

Email: annetteblackman@cs.org
Phone: 925-323-8814

I provide individual psychotherapy, family coaching, advocacy and group support for people on the autism spectrum.


Care Parent Network

Web: www.contracostaarc.org/html/care.html
Email: Dpenry@careparentnetwork.org
Phone: 925-313-0999 x107

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

Web: chaddnorcal.org

Email: judymarshall@comcast.net

Phone: 510-352-2103

CHADD: is a non-profit Organization which supplies scientific, researched based information to parents and adults with ADHD.  We offer parent and adult Support groups, classes for parents(PTP) and training for educators (T to T) in Northern California(www.chaddnorcal.org).


Spectrum Strategies

Web: www.spectrumstrategies.org
Email: lucia@spectrumstrategies.org

Grass Roots 501c3 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.


Support

Canine Companions for Independence

Web: www.cci.org
Email: kkcervantes@yahoo.com
Phone: 415-606-3011

Our organization provides service dogs free of charge to people with disabilities.


CommuniTech

Email: jlungerbergh@gmail.com

Provides assistive technology solutions for learning & communication, including Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). Systems & strategies support participation in the general ed & special education curriculum, & provide solutions that support motor, sensory, speech & language, & literacy needs.


Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project

Web: autismhealthinsurance.org
Email: Patty@mhautism.org
Phone: 925-388-0892, 510-289-0664

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

Web: norcal.dyslexiaida.org
Email: norcal@dyslexiaida.org
Phone: 650-328-7667

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.


Sports

Doug Senz Swim Lessons

Web: dougsenzswim.com
Email: dsenzswim@aol.com
Phone: 925-890-8088

I run a successful private swim lesson program out of my home in Pleasant Hill where I stress safety and proper stroke development for young and old, beginner to competitive. I have been trained to work with and welcome swimmers with special needs.
My pool is one of the warmest in the area and I am in the water for every lesson I teach. There is a never-ending supply of snacks (including otter pops) for all who come for take lessons here. I teach half hour or hour lessons one or two weekday afternoons and on "flexible" Saturdays.
I love to swim and I love to teach. I am lucky because I do these two things together. This is the journey that I am on. 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. Incredible but true, 2017 is my 50th year of teaching swimming. I get a lot of pleasure from teaching the children of many (over 50 now) of my former students. 
I am dedicated to the long term, healthy, safe and enjoyable development of all my swimmers. That is the journey that all of my swimmers are on. Give me a call or email me I am always glad to answer any questions that you might have about my swimming lessons, both the destination and more importantly, the journey.


East Bay Sea Serpents

Web: http://ebss.team/
Email: brian@ebss.team
Phone: 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.


Senz UCP HOOPS Special Needs Youth Basketball Camps

Email: dsenzswim@aol.com
Phone: 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!


Walnut Creek E-Soccer

Web: tom.kring@gmail.com
Email: soccer.e-sports.org/walnut-creek
Phone: 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 (e-sports.org) 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.


Oakland Ice

Web: http://www.oaklandice.com
Email: denisechristiansen03@gmail.com
Phone: 510-268-9000

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


Services

APEX PROaupair

Web: proaupair.com
Email: jane.smith@proaupair.com
Phone: 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.


Contra Costa Child Care Council Inclusion Project

Web: www.cocokids.org/learning-institute/inclusion-project/
Email: bridget.wellerstein@cocokids.org
Phone: 925-265-6469

The Inclusion Project offers support to parents and licensed childcare providers throughout Contra Costa for children requiring special accommodations in child care settings.


Cultural Care Au pair

Web: culturalcare.com
Email: camila.seim@lcc.culturalcare.com
Phone: 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.


Schmitt & Saini Pediatric Dentistry

Web: www.kidstoothdoctor.com
Phone: 925-837-8218

We are a pediatric dental practice and we provide a full range of services to our large population of children with special needs.


Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter

Web: scdlegal.com
Email: kday@scdlegal.com
Phone: 650-296-8420

We are a law firm focusing on planning for the future for families though trusts, estate planning, and public benefits.


Assessing Kids

Web: https://assessingkids.com/
Email: melissa@assessingkids.com

Psychoeducational testing for kids ages 6-13.  Services provided:
  • Evaluation of school-age children with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and giftedness
  • Parent and School Training on IEPs and 504s
  • School Observations
  • Support for Schools needing contract School Psychology and Program Specialist services


Faith Based Support

Camp Ramah in Northern California

Web: www.ramahnorcal.org
Email: tikvah@ramahnorcal.org
Phone: 415-688-4572

We are a Jewish residential summer camp and are proud to offer a two-week program for campers with special needs.  Our Amitzim program primarily serves campers with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Most campers in our summer camp program are roughly in grades 4-12, but the most important factor is fit not grade level.

Interested families should contact our Tikvah Director, Howard Blas, at tikvah@ramahnorcal.org for more information.


Faith Based Special Needs Support (Christian and Jewish)

Email:  jaime@lopc.org, maxabilityotr@yahoo.com, or rabbi.greninger@gmail.com
Phone: Jaime 925-283-8722, Lee Ann 925-899-5042, or Nikki 925-283-8575

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.


Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church / Young Life Capernaum Club

Web: diablovalley.younglife.org/Pages/default.aspx
Email: jaime@lopc.org
Phone: 925-283-8722

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.



SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by parent and community volunteers to benefit diverse learners in Lafayette, California.

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