NWA Special Needs Resources

Did you know there are many services available in Northwest Arkansas to help children with developmental delays, disabilities and special needs?  There is financial assistance and special waivers available to help meet the needs of your child(ren).  But, there is A LOT of work involved.  As a parent, you have to be willing to learn the system, find out what is available, fill out mountains of paperwork to apply for assistance, keep good records and closely monitor the services your child receives.

Below, you will find information with direct links to make a very difficult and time consuming process a little less stressful.

Arkansas Guide to Services for Children with Disabilities

ADVOCACY:
Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council
Disability Rights Center of Arkansas
Exceptional Advocacy Contact: Kimberly Parker 479-286-1434

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA):
Arkansas Autism Connection
Arkansas Regional Therapy Services
NWA Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Thrive Autism Solutions

ASSESSMENTS / EVALUATIONS:
Center for Professional Psychology
CoBALT Contact: Barry Allen MD 479-770-0700
Schmieding Developmental Center

AUDIOLOGY / HEARING:
Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic

AUTISM:
Autism Involves Me
Autism Speaks
Autism Society
Insurance Coverage for Autism
National Autism Association

CAMPS:
Arkansas Support Network KidsClub
Camp Aldersgate
Camp Barnabas
Champions Special Ministries

CHILDPROOF / SAFETY:
Car Seat Safety Buckle Guard/Chest Clip Guard
Door Monkey Door Lock/Pinch Guard
Quakehold! Museum Putty Secures breakables to almost any surface
Houdini Stop Chest Clip
Patio Door Guardian Sliding Patio Door Lock
Window Warden Window guard

CHURCHES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRIES:
Central United Methodist Church *Inquire about the "Access" Ministry
Christian Life Cathedral *Inquire about "The Incredibles" Program
Cross Church *Inquire about the "Ability" Ministry
Fellowship Bible Church *Inquire about the "One-2-One" Ministry
New Heights Church *Inquire about the "1-2-1" Ministry

CLOTHING:
Little Sleeper Keeper

COUNSELING (Behavior/Mental Health):
Alliance Counseling and Therapy
Center for Psychology and Counseling
Encompass Health
Fresh Roots
John Brown University's CARE Clinic
Mindworks
Northwest Counseling, Inc.
Oaks Counseling
Ozark Guidance Center
Professional Counseling Services of Northwest Arkansas
Psychology and Counseling Associates
The Joshua Center
Waterstone Counseling Center

DENTAL HEALTH:
Arkansas Children's Hospital Dental Clinic
Dr. Brent Caple Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics
The Smile Shoppe

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY:
Arkansas Child Care Services
Children's Therapy T.E.A.M.

DIAPERS:
(Diapers, pull-ups, and under pads are covered under Arkansas Medicaid for qualifying children over 3 years of age with a doctor's perscription.)
Habibis Durable Medical Equipment Contact: Geoffry 501-425-5553
Infant Formulas, Inc. Contact: Amy Page 501-753-3330

DOG ORGANIZATIONS / SERVICES:
Assistance Dogs International
Autism Service Dogs of America
Canine Companions for Independence
Dogs for the Deaf
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
Support Dogs Inc
Therapetics Service Dogs of Oklahoma
Wilderwood Service Dogs


DOWN SYNDROME
Arkansas Down Syndrome Association
Children's Mercy Kansas City Down Syndrome Clinic
Down Syndrome Connection of NWA
UAMS Down Syndrome Clinic


ENTERTAINMENT / RECREATION:
Jump!Zone (Special Needs Night- 1st Wednesday of every month from 5-7pm- Free!)
Northwest Arkansas Angels Pageant
Rising Phoenix Self-Defense
Sensory Friendly Films @ Select AMC Theatres
Sensory Friendly Movies
Special Olympics
Stretch-N-Grow of Northwest Arkansas
The Miracle League of Arkansas

EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY / HIPPOTHERAPY:
Autumn's ReRide Youth Ranch Contact: Rebecca Christians 479-273-2771
Equestrian Bridges  Contact: 479-409-8980
Horses for Healing  Contact: 479-795-0570
Personal Ponies  Contact: Dell Watkins 479-582-1071

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE / TAX CREDIT:
ArHIPP (health care reimbursement program for Medicaid/TEFRA clients)
Arkansas Autism Partnership  Contact: Karan Burnette 1-800-342-2923
Certificate for Developmentally Disabled Individual (Form AR1000RC5)
Certificate for Individuals with Disabilities (Form AR1000DC)
DDS Waiver  Contact: Renee Holmes 479-273-9011
Early Intervention Program (EI)  Contact: Artie Herndon 479-409-9576
TEFRA  Contact: 870-423-3351

FINANCIAL PLANNING:
Special Needs Planning Center

HAIRCUT
Pigtails & Crewcuts

MUSIC LESSONS / THERAPY:
Apex School of Music
Music Therapy of Northwest Arkansas

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY:
All Aboard Therapy
Arkansas Child Care Services
Cassady Children's Center
Children's Therapy T.E.A.M.
Cross Therapy Services
Imagine Pediatric Therapies
Jarvis Pediatric Therapy
No Limits Pediatric Therapies
POST
Thera-Play Pediatrics

ORGANIZATIONS:
99 Balloons
Ability Tree

PARENT EDUCATION:
Arkansas Disability Coalition Family-2-Family Program
Arkansas Disability Coalition Parent Training and Information Center
Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disability Council Family Leadership Project
Arkansas Support Network Parent Community Resource Center
Forever Families Foundation Contact: Joetta Schork 479-366-6939
UAMS and Arkansas Children's Hospital Center for Effective Parenting

PHYSICAL THERAPY:
All Aboard Therapy
Arkansas Child Care Services
Cassady Children's Center
Children's Therapy T.E.A.M.
Cross Therapy Services
Imagine Pediatric Therapies
Jarvis Pediatric Therapy
No Limits Pediatric Therapies
POST
Thera-Play Pediatrics

PLAY THERAPY:
Katherine Arkell
Ozark Guidance Center

RESPITE CARE:
rEcess
United Cerebral Palsy  (offers $1,200/yr worth of services to qualifying families.)

SCHOOL:
NWA Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Jones Learning Center | University of the Ozarks

SPEECH THERAPY:
All Aboard Therapy
Arkansas Regional Therapy Services
Cassady Children's Center
Children's Therapy T.E.A.M.
Cross Therapy Services
Imagine Pediatric Therapies
Jarvis Pediatric Therapy
No Limits Pediatric Therapies
Northwest Pediatric Therapy
POST
Thera-Play Pediatrics
Therapy Tree (Pediatric Feeding Disturbances)
University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic


SUPPORT GROUPS:
Arkansas Support Network -- Facebook Group
Autism Involves Me (AIM) -- Facebook Group
Down Syndrome Connection of NWA -- Facebook Group
Living in Holland -- Meets every 2nd Thursday at 7pm in the F'ville Prayer Room
Moms of ADHD Children -- Facebook Group

TRANSITION SERVICES:
Arkansas Independent Living Council
Arkansas Support Network
Barnabas Prep
Elizabeth Richardson Center
Pathfinders, Inc
SOURCES for Community and Independent Living Services, Inc
Working Disabled Program

TRUSTS, WILLS AND FINANCIAL PLANNING:
Elder Law Practice
Mitchell Williams Law
Special Needs Planning Center

TRANSPORTATION:
Medicaid offers reimbursement for gas used to transport a child to and from therapy appointments using a personal vehicle. Call 1-855-548-4517 for more information.

VISION HEALTH / THERAPY:
Advanced Family Eye Care
Centerton Family Eye Care
Henry Eye Clinic


PLEASE NOTE:  NWA Special Needs Resources was compiled by our family to make it easier for families researching different service options for their children. The organizations listed above are not associated with the Harmon family and their inclusion in NWA Special Needs Resources does not imply endorsement. It is the responsibility of the user to research the organization, its policies and/or activities to determine suitability for your individual needs.


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BOOKS:
{Parenting}
Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control by Heather Forbes
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
Parenting the Way God Parents by Katherine Koonce
Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian
The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis
The Way We Love Our Kids by Milan and Kay Yerkovich
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Wrestling with an Angel by Greg Lucas

{Sensory Processing}
Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel
Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller
The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh

{Special Education}
All About IEPs by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright, Sandra Webb O'Connor
From Emotions to Advocacy by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
Special Education Law by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright

{Financial Planning}
*planning for your child's future without jeopardizing their government benefits
Special Needs Trusts by Stephen Elias and Kevin Urbatsch
The Simple Guide to Special Needs Estate Planning by Jeffery G Marsocci
The Special Needs Planning Guide by John Nadworny and Cynthia Haddad