Search local services, support groups, activities, schools and more for children and families with special needs by clicking on the categories below. All area codes are (501) unless otherwise noted. Advertisers are shaded in yellow.

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ADD/ADHD

Learning Disabilities

Advocacy

Legal and Financial Services

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Medical

Behavioral Issues

Mental Health

Blind or Visually Impaired

Nutrition

Deaf or Hearing Impaired

Recreation

Dental

Residential Services

Disability Groups

Speech and Hearing

Education

Support

Evaluation/Assessment

Therapy

Insurance

Vision

 


ADD/ADHD

Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic at Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
The ADD/ADHD Clinic provides initial assessment and on-going consultation for children whose primary problem is inattention, disorganization, distractibility, disruptive behavior, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

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Advocacy

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
1400 W. Markham St., Suite 306, Little Rock
371-9678
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families’ mission is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities they need to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential.

Arkansas Department of Human Services-Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N505, Little Rock
683-0870
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services advocates for the needs of those with developmental disabilities and works to protect their constitutional rights. The division also has a variety of programs to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Arkansas Disability Coalition
1501 N. University Ave., Suite 268, Little Rock
614-7020
ADC helps families and individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information, support, resources and training.

Arthritis Foundation
10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 220, Little Rock
664-7242
In Arkansas, 2,700 children are diagnosed JA or other rheumatic conditions. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld an unwavering promise to assist children and their caregivers. It’s leading the JA fight, ensuring easy access to life-changing resources, community and care.

JDRF-Greater Arkansas Chapter
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 16, Little Rock
217-0321
JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes through the support of research. It is committed to improving the lives of those with type 1 diabetes by curing, treating, and preventing the disease. JDRF offers support and information to children and adults living with diabetes and their families.

March of Dimes
1501 N. Pierce St., Suite 106, Little Rock
663-3100
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Arkansas Autism Research & Outreach Center
322 Main St., Suite 501, Little Rock
454-8542
The AAROC’s mission is to provide hope, direction and support to families of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

• Arkansas Children’s Hospital Autism Multi-Specialty Clinic
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-4000
This clinic provides multi-specialty treatment services for children with a formal diagnosis of Autism/Asperger/PDD-NOS. The pediatric specialty services at the clinic include gastroenterology, nutrition, genetics and genetic counseling, neurology, sleep disorders, and other specialists as needed.

Autism Resource Center of Arkansas
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
The Autism Resource Center of Arkansas is dedicated to serving children and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and the individuals who work with them. Resources include a library, a parent’s guide, a summer camp, a young adults group, and education/support workshops.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
This clinic is for children from infancy to adolescence. It provides families a comprehensive evaluation, medical management and educational strategies for children with suspected or previously diagnosed autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger’s syndrome.

Easter Seals Arkansas Autism Classroom
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3600
Easter Seals Arkansas’ Little Rock developmental preschool has a classroom to help children with autism and prepare them for kindergarten. If your child has autism, he or she can attend this special classroom to learn good social skills, develop compliant behavior, manage obsession and enhance language proficiency. The special education teacher, along with a speech therapist, work together to provide an effective program for a child with autism. The STEP program which stands for Structured Teaching Using Evidenced-Based Practices is an innovative curriculum to help children with special needs like autism.

Pathfinder Academy
2611 W. Main St., Jacksonville
982-0528, Ext. 1500
Pathfinder Academy provides students with autism an education with appropriate positive behavior reinforcement in a learning environment that enhances skills development. It is a place where students with autism can demonstrate their full potential every day, as well as a place where they can learn and grow academically and socially in a safe environment with peers.

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Behavioral Issues

Ascent Children’s Health Services - Day Treatment and Outpatient Clinic
3214 Winchester Drive, Benton
326-6160
Ascent Children’s Health Services is a day treatment and outpatient program that provides therapy services including speech, occupational, and physical, and mental health services for all ages. Ascent also provides day treatment and nursing services for medically fragile children. Its mental health services include individual, family therapy, group therapy, case management services, and medication maintenance for people of all ages.

Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas
10 Corporate Hill Drive, #330, Little Rock
954-7470
Therapists provide outpatient therapy for children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors. Treatment focuses on a variety of emotional and behavioral issues and work, school or family problems.

Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Little Rock
12111 W. Markham St., Suite 440, Little Rock
891-5570
The Brain Balance Center works to help thousands of kids struggling with learning or behavioral issues.

•  The BridgeWay
21 Bridgeway Road, North Little Rock
771-1500
The BridgeWay offers a continuum of services designed to help children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing behavioral, emotional or addictive problems that can fracture lives.

Centers for Youth & Families
6501 W. 12th St., Little Rock
666-8686
Centers for Youth and Families offers pediatric mental wellness prevention, intervention and treatment programs. From outpatient counseling, to a day treatment school and full-time residential care, it has a program to fit your child’s mental, behavioral and emotional special needs. It also offers a Parent Resource Center to guide families who are in need of all types of parenting information and/or parenting classes.

John Brown University CARE Clinic
8114 Cantrell Road, Suite 240, Little Rock
219-9245
The CARE Clinic offers services for individuals, couples, families and children. Play therapy is provided for children in need of a unique approach that is geared toward their level of communication and understanding.

Methodist Family Health
1600 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
661-0720
Methodist Family Health provides quality, comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health care to children and families of Arkansas.

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services
100 Rivendell Drive, Benton
316-1255
Rivendell Behavioral Health offers many services for adults, adolescents and children including inpatient hospitalization, long-term inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient services.

Youth Home Inc.
20400 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock
821-5500
Mental health provider offering adolescent residential and community based treatment, day treatment, school-based services, addition of counseling for adolescents and young adults, and outpatient services for individuals of all ages at Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas.

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Blind or Visually Impaired

Arkansas Department of Human Services: Division of Services for the Blind
700 Main St., Little Rock
682-5463
The division serves people who are blind or severely visually impaired. DSB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of blind and severely visually impaired persons of all ages.

Arkansas Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
900 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 100, Little Rock
682-1155
Arkansas citizens unable to use regular print material may borrow or download popular books and magazines in audio or Braille format free of charge.

Arkansas School for the Blind
2600 W. Markham St., Little Rock
296-1810
The Arkansas School for the Blind offers educational programs and resources to students who are blind or visually impaired, birth through 21.

World Services for the Blind
2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock
664-7100
World Services for the Blind seeks to empower adults who are blind or visually impaired to achieve sustainable independence through life skills and career training. WSB offers a complete personal adjustment program, career training courses, a vision rehabilitation clinic, an assistive technology learning center, job placement assistance and a summer college preparatory program for rising high school juniors and seniors.

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Deaf or Hearing Impaired

Affiliated Audiology Center
10310 W. Markham St., # 207, Little Rock
224-6910
Affiliated Audiology Center offers an array of services related to prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. AAC’s goal is to provide the best possible hearing care for every client, based on individual need and budget.

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Audiology Department
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-4000
The Audiology Department provides comprehensive audiological services including identification and measurement of hearing loss, parent counseling and rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment from birth through age 21.

Arkansas Relay Services
900 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
221-1285
This free public service aids communication between standard callers and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.

Arkansas School for the Deaf
2400 W. Markham St., Little Rock
324-9506
The Arkansas School for the Deaf provides academic programs for children ages 3 to 18, as well as a full-service audiology program, counseling, educational psychological evaluation, health care, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

Little Rock Audiology Clinic
500 S. University Ave., Suite 405, Little Rock
664-5511
Little Rock Audiology Clinic offers solutions for people who are having difficulties hearing. The clinic services include clinical audiology, hearing aid sales/services, dizziness evaluations and hearing conservation.

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Dental

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-1816
This hospital-based pediatric clinic provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with significant medical and/or developmental problems (siblings are also eligible for dental care). Referral from a primary care physician is required.

Central Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry
8000 Hwy. 107, Suite 18, Sherwood
517-8020
Central Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry provides specialized dentistry to people from ages 1-21 and has the latest technology that detects potential problems earlier, and makes a child’s visit more interactive and fun.

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Disability Groups

Arkansas Down Syndrome Association
P.O. Box 55675, Little Rock
223-3696
The association promotes and enhances the overall health and well-being of people with Down syndrome and their families through the initiatives of public awareness, lifelong resource development, community building, social networking, education, advocacy, funding and support for Down syndrome interests regionally and statewide.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
525 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock
296-1600
The Arkansas Rehabilitation Services aims to prepare disabled Arkansans to work and lead productive, independent lives by providing training and career preparation programs.

Best Buddies Arkansas
10310 West Markham Street, Suite 211, Little Rock
975-1040
Best Buddies offers job training, one-to-one friendships and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. The organization helps to provide the necessary tools for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become more independent and more included in the community.

Central Arkansas Muscular Dystrophy Association
204 Executive Court, Suite 208, Little Rock
227-7098
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a nonprofit health organization that provides initial diagnosis, follow-up medical care and therapies through clinics at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. It also has equipment available for registered families in need to loan. Additionally, the association offers a free summer camp for children.

Cook and Son Construction
16 Wincrest Circle, Sherwood
425-3309
Cook & Son Construction specializes in accessible housing design and construction, especially of wheelchair ramps. Services include: modular ramps, aging-in-place home modifications and home evaluation.

Easter Seals Arkansas
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3600
The mission of Easter Seals Arkansas is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. Some of the services Easter Seals Arkansas offers are developmental preschools in the Little Rock and Stuttgart areas, pediatric speech-language, physical, and occupational therapy and an adult center for training & wellness which assists adults with finding jobs.

Independent Living Services
615 East Robins, Conway
327-5234
Independent Living Services supports the needs of more than 200 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in central Arkansas. Their services include health and wellness, transportation, therapy and residential services.

Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas
P. O. Box 23514, Little Rock
666-8777
The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of adults, professionals and parents of children with learning disabilities.

UA Partners for Inclusive Communities
Mann Building, 322 Main St., Suite 501, Little Rock
682-9900
Partners for Inclusive Communities assesses the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addresses those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information.

United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas
9720 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
224-6067
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities.

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Education

A Child’s Place Preschool
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3600
A Child’s Place Preschool provides quality early childhood and special education instruction, ancillary medical services and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies to children ages three months to five years, with or without disabilities.

•  Academy at Riverdale
1600 Riverfront Drive, Little Rock
663-6965
Academy at Riverdale provides a strong academic learning environment for children who have a variety of special educational needs, including students who have learning and physical disabilities or special needs beyond those that mainstream school programs serve.

•  The Allen School
824 N. Tyler St., Little Rock
664-2961
At the Allen School, the early childhood teachers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals work closely with physical, speech and occupational therapists to develop a program that incorporates the perfect balance of education and inspiration.

Aspire Christian Academy
12410 Cantrell Road, Suite 200, Little Rock
224-1418
ACA is a Christian school created for bright and gifted students with normal limit and above IQ who learn differently. It offers a 1:6 teacher student ratio using evidence based multisensory curriculum for students with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities who require explicit teaching to excel.

Kids Unlimited
2792 South 2nd St., Suite B, Cabot
941-3500
Locations in Cabot, Searcy, Farmington, and Fort Smith provide quality early childhood and special education instruction, ancillary medical services and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies to children with diverse abilities in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.

Lonoke Exceptional Development Center Preschool
207 W. Plaza Blvd., Cabot
628-5580
The programs offered are designed to provide skills and opportunities for individuals that have developmental disabilities that will enable them to increase their ability to make choices that will lead to a useful, purposeful, and self-sufficient life.

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Evaluation/Assessment

•  ACCESS
10618 Breckenridge Drive, Little Rock
217-8600
Expanding individual potential through innovative instruction, ACCESS offers comprehensive diagnostics, outpatient therapy and full-time education to individuals with language and learning disabilities.

Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
The DDC specializes in the assessment of developmental conditions that result in delayed milestones, inability to communicate effectively, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, learning problems and atypical social interactions.

Easter Seals Outreach Program
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3600
Easter Seals Arkansas’ Outreach Program travels statewide providing evaluations, consultations, equipment loans and in-service training to meet the needs of students with disabilities ages 3-21.

First Connections
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N504, Little Rock
(800) 643-8258
First Connections offers individualized supports to families of infants and children up to age 3 experiencing a developmental delay or disability. Early intervention assists caregivers in supporting the child’s learning and development to help young learners be active participants in home and community activities.

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Insurance

ARKids First
700 Main St., Little Rock
(888) 474-8275
ARKids First health insurance provides two coverage options for Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without.

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Learning Disabilities

AEDD Children’s Learning Center
1300 W. 18th St., North Little Rock
907-5716
Sammie Gail Sanders Children’s Learning Center provides developmental day treatment services for children ages 6 weeks-5 years. Services are provided by licensed and certified special education teachers. The services include transportation, small group classroom instruction, speech, occupational and physical therapies, nutrition, nursing, and service coordination.

Aspire Christian Academy
12410 Cantrell Road, Suite 200, Little Rock
224-1418
ACA is a Christian school created for bright and gifted students with normal limit and above IQ who learn differently. It offers a 1:6 teacher student ratio using evidence based multisensory curriculum for students with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities who require explicit teaching to excel.

Beyond Speech
2024 Arkansas Valley, Suite 106, Little Rock
944-5968
Beyond Speech provides evaluation and treatment to children of all ages with speech, language and literacy deficits. It provides services to children to improve their literacy, written expression, articulation, vocabulary, spelling, social skills, and overall communication abilities. Services are provided on-site and at local schools and homes.

Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Little Rock
12111 W. Markham St., Suite 440, Little Rock
891-5570
The Brain Balance Center works to help thousands of kids struggling with learning or behavioral issues.

Helping Hand
4901 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock
791-3331
Helping Hand provides occupational, physical and speech therapy services to children on an outpatient basis for those up to age 21, as well as in a developmental preschool setting for those up to age 6. Helping Hand also offers kindergarten transition classes that can give a child the tools to make starting school a big success.

Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas
P. O. Box 23514, Little Rock
666-8777
The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of adults, professionals and parents of children with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Testing-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
Learning disability testing offers assessments to determine specific learning disabilities and helps provide documentation for families to get appropriate services in their community for children ages 6-12.

Pediatrics Plus Learning and Diagnostic Center
1900 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
821-5459
The Center offers psycho-educational assessment services. The assessment process involves collaboration of a multidisciplinary team including a neuropsychologist, licensed psychological examiners, a speech language pathologist and an occupational therapist. The assessment team specializes in dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD/ADD and learning differences.

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Legal and Financial Services

Bank of the Ozarks
17901 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock
978-3500
With more than $1 billion in assets managed or administered, Bank of the Ozarks ranks among the largest trust organizations based in Arkansas. Its experienced financial planners manage more than 50 special needs trusts.

Disability Rights Arkansas
1100 N. University, Suite 201, Little Rock
296-1775
Disability Rights Arkansas provides protection, advocacy, and free legal services to individuals with disabilities in Arkansas.

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Medical

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-1100
As Arkansas’ only children’s hospital, ACH proudly provides world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas. ACH has 500 physicians and 95 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties including childhood cancer, pediatric cardiology, pulmonary, endocrine, neurology, neonatology, pediatric orthopedics and more.

Arkansas Epilepsy Program, PA
2 Lile Court, Suite 100, Little Rock
227-5061
The Arkansas Epilepsy Program was founded for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and features a comprehensive program using anti-epileptic investigational drug trials, innovative monitoring devices and surgical techniques.

Arkansas Hospice Inc.
14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock
748-3333
Arkansas Hospice cares for terminally ill patients of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Under a new option called concurrent care, families with seriously ill children ages 20 and younger can continue to pursue a cure for their children while, at the same time, also benefiting from the comfort of hospice care. This nonprofit serves patients and families in more than 30 counties, with eight offices located statewide.

GI Elimination Disorders-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
This clinic helps children and teenagers with psychological aspects of coping with management of abdominal pain, cystic fibrosis, colitis, encopresis and enuresis.

Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluations-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
Neuropsychological evaluations include sophisticated tests to help pinpoint more subtle areas of concern in a child’s psychological profile.

Pinnacle Pointe Hospital
11501 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock
(800) 880-3322
Pinnacle Pointe Hospital offers psychiatric services for children and adolescents. It is the only Tricare-certified residential facility in the state. It serves children of military families from the United States and abroad.

•  Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory
625 N. University Ave., Little Rock
664-2624
Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory provides the most appropriate level of technology for all patients, striving to restore the highest level of mobility and function possible for each one.
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Mental Health

•  The BridgeWay
21 Bridgeway Road, North Little Rock
771-1500
The BridgeWay offers a continuum of services designed to help children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing behavioral, emotional or addictive problems that can fracture lives.

Centers for Youth & Families
6501 W. 12th St., Little Rock
666-8686
Centers for Youth and Families offers pediatric mental wellness prevention, intervention and treatment programs. From outpatient counseling, to a day treatment school and full-time residential care, it has a program to fit your child’s mental, behavioral and emotional special needs. It also offers a Parent Resource Center to guide families who are in need of all types of parenting information and/or parenting classes.

John Brown University CARE Clinic
8114 Cantrell Road, Suite 240, Little Rock
219-9245
The CARE Clinic offers services for individuals, couples, families and children. Play therapy is provided for children in need of a unique approach that is geared toward their level of communication and understanding.

Life Strategies Counseling
1719 Merrill Drive, Little Rock
663-2199
LSI offers counseling services to children, teens, adults, couples and group psychotherapy in a safe, supportive environment. Services are offered for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, childhood abuse and trauma, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, and addiction recovery.

Methodist Family Health
1600 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
661-0720
Methodist Family Health provides quality, comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health care to children and families of Arkansas.

NAMI Arkansas
1012 Autumn Road, Suite 1, Little Rock
661-1548
NAMI Arkansas offers support, education and advocacy services dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. NAMI offers support groups and provides a warm line for calls.

NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge
15000 Highway 298, Benton
(800) 697-5350
NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge offers a continuum of community-based, inpatient treatment and supported living programs for children and adults with brain injury and other neurological challenges.

Pinnacle Pointe Hospital
11501 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock
(800) 880-3322
Pinnacle Pointe Hospital offers psychiatric services for children and adolescents. It is the only Tricare-certified residential facility in the state. It serves children of military families from the United States and abroad.

Youth Home
20400 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock
821-5500
Mental health provider offering adolescent residential and community based treatment, day treatment, school-based services, addition of counseling for adolescents and young adults, and outpatient services for individuals of all ages at Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas.

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Nutrition

Arkansas Children’s Hospital COACH Clinic
16101 Cantrell Road, Suite 114, Little Rock
364-4000
The COACH Clinic (Center for Obesity and Its Consequences in Health) offers comprehensive prevention, treatment and maintenance of weight management issues. At this clinic, kids will get the care they need from the area’s most committed team.

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Clinic
16101 Cantrell Road, Suite 114, Little Rock
364-8957
The clinic provides care for children and adolescents with eating disorders. The program uses a multidisciplinary team approach.

Feeding Problems Clinic-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
This clinic provides assessment and therapy for children with a wide variety of feeding problems. It serves children from infancy to 12 years, including children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders.

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Recreation

Acts Jr.
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
ACTS Jr. is a unique program designed to integrate children ages 7-17 with and without disabilities through the performing arts. This program is offered in Conway and Russellville in the spring and fall.

Camp Aldersgate
2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
225-1444
Camp Aldersgate offers year-round camping experiences for people who have medical, physical and intellectual special needs. Hundreds of campers and volunteers come each year from across Arkansas and from surrounding states to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

Camp Connect
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459
Camp Connect is designed for children ages 9-13 with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS. Camp participants must be able to function safely within a small group setting, without one-on-one assistance. The camp’s focus is to provide an exciting experience with an emphasis on collaborating with peers, building relationships, and working together to think dynamically in the “real world.”

Community Connections
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
Community Connections provides extracurricular activities for children with special needs and support for their families. Programs include soccer, art, music, theatre, cheerleading, golf, martial arts, flag football, and autism resources.

Community Connections Art
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
This free art class for children ages 3-18 is offered in Conway and Little Rock. Each week students have the chance to explore a new artistic medium, including acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, crayon, charcoal and craft materials.

Community Connections Golf
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459
Community Connections partners with the First Tee of Arkansas to offer a special needs golf program.

Community Connections Music
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
Community Connections Music is offered in fall and spring and is designed to allow children with special needs to express themselves and learn through the use of music. The program is available in Little Rock and Conway.

Community Connections Martial Arts
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
This is program is offered in the fall and spring and is designed to introduce children with special needs to martial arts. Kids of all functioning levels have the ability to graduate on to typical classes. Siblings are welcome.

Faithful Explorers
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
Faithful Explorers is for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. This group meets at I Can! Arts & Resource Center and faithfully explorers opportunities for encouragement and support, as well as opportunities to give back to the community.

Freedom Reins
17706 Interstate 30, Suite 3, Benton
315-4414
Freedom Reins offers hippotherapy, where the movement of a horse is used as part of a treatment strategy, when used by physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Special Gifts Ministry
12400 Interstate 30, Little Rock
351-2232
The mission of the Special Gifts Ministry is to share God’s love for the disability community by making Geyer Springs a place of welcome and of defining people by their abilities rather than their disabilities. The church provides various opportunities for involvement with activities including Sunday school, Parents’ Night Out, adult outings, the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” Prom, holiday events, Heart Camp, adapted Vacation Bible School, Superhero Walk for Awareness, and community outreach.

Hearts & Hooves
2308 Kellogg Acres Road, Sherwood
834-8509
Hearts & Hooves uses the power of the horse to increase self-confidence and improve living skills for individuals with disabilities through partnership with horse and staff.

I Can! Art
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
Held at I Can! Arts & Resource Center, classes allow children to explore their creativity and encourages self-expression through a variety of art mediums.

I Can! Dance
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
I Can! Dance is a class for children with disabilities including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism and Down Syndrome. Call for details about class locations.

I Can! Music
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
Classes are held at the I Can! Arts & Resources Center and introduces participants to the four families of the orchestra. Participation with rhythm instruments, listening activities and musical games will also be incorporated.

I Can! of Arkansas
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
I Can! of Arkansas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with special needs by offering extra-curricular activities.

Junior League of Little Rock
401 S. Scott St., Little Rock
375-5557
The Junior League, together with Camp Aldersgate, offers Kota summer camps, in which disabled and non-disabled youth participate together.

Little Rock Parks & Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation
7201 Dahlia Drive, Little Rock
570-1131
Therapeutic Recreation is a purposeful intervention designed to bring about positive emotional, social, physical or cognitive changes in individuals with disabilities.

Miracle League of Arkansas
P.O. Box 7372, Little Rock
940-3405
A recreational baseball league for children and adults that have special needs and/or disabilities. Games are played on a barrier-free field, and players are assisted by “buddies” who help them bat and “run” the bases.

Showstoppers Cheerleading
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
Showstoppers is a cheer program for children ages 4-18. Participants learn routines and then perform at TOP Soccer and RUFL Football games, cheer competitions and at local events. The program is offered September-May in Conway and Russellville.

Special Olympics Arkansas
2115 Main St., North Little Rock
771-0222
Special Olympics Arkansas is an organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the state. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Arkansas is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

The Crossing at Angel Court
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140
This fully-accessible playground features inclusive play equipment and a wheelchair-friendly surface. The playground is the first of its kind in the central Arkansas area and is situated next to the I Can! Arts & Resource Center.

The First Tee of Central Arkansas
1 First Tee Way, Little Rock
562-4653
Community Connections has partnered with the First Tee of Arkansas to offer a special needs golf program in the summer. Golfers age 7-17 spend time each day in the classroom learning the rules and etiquette of golf then take their skills onto the course to put the learning into action.

TOP Soccer
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
TOP Soccer is an adapted soccer program for children with special needs, ages 3-17. The sport is offered in Conway, Little Rock and Russellville in the spring.

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Residential Services

Cook and Son Construction
16 Wincrest Circle, Sherwood
425-3309
Cook & Son Construction specializes in accessible housing design and construction, especially of wheelchair ramps. Services include: modular ramps, aging-in-place home modifications and home evaluation.

Easter Seals Arkansas
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3600
Easter Seals Arkansas offers four apartment communities in the Little Rock area for people with disabilities. These 1 or 2 bedroom apartments have an on-site manager and inspire a life of independence that is also accessible, affordable and safe for residents.

Independent Living Services
615 East Robins, Conway
327-5234
Independent Living Services supports the needs of more than 200 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in central Arkansas. Their services include health and wellness, transportation, therapy and residential services.

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Speech and Hearing

Affiliated Audiology Center
10310 W. Markham St., # 207, Little Rock
224-6910
Affiliated Audiology Center offers an array of services related to prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. AAC’s goal is to provide the best possible hearing care for every client, based on individual need and budget.

All Children’s Therapy
12410 Cantrell Road, Suite 200, Little Rock
224-1418
All Children’s provides occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy to children from birth to age 21.

Arkansas Department of Health-Healthy Hearing Program
4815 W. Markham St., Slot 20, Little Rock
280-4740
Healthy Hearing is dedicated to implementing a system to screen newborns for hearing loss by age one month, identifying infants with hearing loss by three months and making sure infants receive early intervention services by age six months.

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Audiology Dept.
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-4000
The Audiology Department provides comprehensive audiological services including identification and measurement of hearing loss, parent counseling and rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment from birth through age 21.

•  Arkansas Relay Services
900 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
221-1285
This free public service aids communication between standard callers and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.

Better Hearing Care
307 E. Collin Raye Drive, DeQueen
(870) 518-4004
Arkansas Audiology treats children and adults for hearing problems by providing hearing tests and hearing aids.

Beyond Speech
2024 Arkansas Valley, Suite 106, Little Rock
944-5968
Beyond Speech provides evaluation and treatment to children of all ages with speech, language and literacy deficits. It provides services to children to improve their literacy, written expression, articulation, vocabulary, spelling, social skills, and overall communication abilities. Services are provided on-site and at local schools and homes.

Little Rock Audiology Clinic
500 S. University Ave., Suite 405, Little Rock
664-5511
Little Rock Audiology Clinic offers solutions for people who are having difficulties hearing. The clinic services include clinical audiology, hearing aid sales/services, dizziness evaluations and hearing conservation.

Speech/Language Assessment-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
Assessments performed for a variety of speech and language disorders in children ages 12 and younger.

UALR/UAMS Speech & Hearing Clinic
5820 Asher Ave., Suite 600, Little Rock
569-3155
The UALR/UAMS joint clinic provides a full range of clinical services to individuals with communication, literacy and hearing disorders.

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Support

American Childhood Cancer Organization of Arkansas
P.O. Box 3854, Little Rock
376-4567
ACCOAR aims to help families struggling with the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. It serves any child in active treatment for pediatric cancer in the state.

Arc of Arkansas
2004 Main St., Little Rock
375-7770
The Arc of Arkansas provides support, housing, advocacy, education and leadership to people with disabilities and their families.

Arkansas Autism Research & Outreach Center
322 Main St., Suite 501, Little Rock
454-8542; (800) 342-2923
The AAROC’s mission is to provide hope, direction and support to families of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Arkansas CHD Coalition
This network supports and connects Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) patients, their families and medical care providers. The coalition supports other organizations with similar goals, and organizes awareness and fundraising events for CHD causes.

Arkansas Department of Human Services-Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N505, Little Rock
683-0870
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services advocates for the needs of those with developmental disabilities and works to protect their constitutional rights. The division also has a variety of programs to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Arkansas Hospice Inc.
14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock
748-3333
Arkansas Hospice cares for terminally ill patients of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Under a new option called concurrent care, families with seriously ill children ages 20 and younger can continue to pursue a cure for their children while, at the same time, also benefiting from the comfort of hospice care. This nonprofit serves patients and families in more than 30 counties, with eight offices located statewide.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
525 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock
296-1600
The Arkansas Rehabilitation Services aims to prepare disabled Arkansans to work and lead productive, independent lives by providing training and career preparation programs.

Arkansas Support Network
6836 Isaac’s Orchard Road, Springdale
(479) 927-4100
The Arkansas Support Network helps people of any age that are living with disabilities in the community. This is done through programs for family support, school support and an enrichment center.

Arthritis Foundation
10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 220, Little Rock
664-7242
In Arkansas, 2,700 children are diagnosed JA or other rheumatic conditions. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld an unwavering promise to assist children and their caregivers. It’s leading the JA fight, ensuring easy access to life-changing resources, community and care.

Autism Resource Center of Arkansas
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627
The Autism Resource Center of Arkansas is dedicated to serving children and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and the individuals who work with them. Resources include a library, a parent’s guide, a summer camp, a young adults group, and education/support workshops.

Bereavement and Loss-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
This clinic helps young children learn skills for coping when they have experienced a significant family death or loss resulting in an onset of emotional problems.

Coping with Chronic Illness at Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
Supportive and behavioral counseling is available for children who have a chronic illness such as Type I or Type II diabetes, cystic fibrosis or cancer.

First Assembly of God: COOL Kids
4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock
758-8553
The COOL Kids and COOL Teens programs provide an opportunity for kids with special needs to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially, while their caregivers attend church services.

First Connections
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N504, Little Rock
(800) 643-8258
First Connections offers individualized supports to families of infants and children up to age 3 experiencing a developmental delay or disability. Early intervention assists caregivers in supporting the child’s learning and development to help young learners be active participants in home and community activities.

Friendship Community Care
1301 Russell Road, Russellville
(479) 967-2316
Friendship Community Care serves individuals with developmental disabilities providing support and services to individuals and families that will allow them to be independent and productive citizens.

Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Special Gifts Ministry
12400 Interstate 30, Little Rock
351-2232
The mission of the Special Gifts Ministry is to share God’s love for the disability community by making Geyer Springs a place of welcome and of defining people by their abilities rather than their disabilities. The church provides various opportunities for involvement with activities including Sunday school, Parents’ Night Out, adult outings, the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” Prom, holiday events, Heart Camp, adapted Vacation Bible School, Superhero Walk for Awareness, and community outreach.

•  ICM Inc.
1525 Merrill Drive, Little Rock
228-0063
ICM provides supports to persons with developmental disabilities. With clients in across the state, ICM serves individuals in their home, no matter where they reside. Its services include case management, direct care services, supported employment, respite, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, environmental modifications and personal care.

JDRF-Greater Arkansas Chapter
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 16, Little Rock
217-0321
JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes through the support of research. It is committed to improving the lives of those with type 1 diabetes by curing, treating, and preventing the disease. JDRF offers support and information to children and adults living with diabetes and their families.

Mended Little Hearts of Little Rock
This national, volunteer-based organization has community groups around the nation to connect parents, families and caregivers of children affected by congenital heart defects. Groups offer services to families in the areas in which they serve including: peer-to-peer support, educational programs, accredited visiting programs, connection to resources, and social events.

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Therapy

•  Academy at Riverdale
1600 Riverfront Drive, Little Rock
663-6965
Academy at Riverdale provides a strong academic learning environment for children who have a variety of special educational needs, including students who have learning and physical disabilities or special needs beyond those that mainstream school programs serve.

•  ACCESS
10618 Breckenridge Drive, Little Rock
217-8600
Expanding individual potential through innovative instruction, ACCESS offers comprehensive diagnostics, outpatient therapy and full-time education to individuals with language and learning disabilities.

AEDD Children’s Learning Center
1300 W. 18th St., North Little Rock
907-5716
Sammie Gail Sanders Children’s Learning Center provides developmental day treatment services for children ages 6 weeks-5 years. Services are provided by licensed and certified special education teachers. The services include transportation, small group classroom instruction, speech, occupational and physical therapies, nutrition, nursing, and service coordination.

All Children’s Therapy
12410 Cantrell Road, Suite 200, Little Rock
224-1418
All Children’s provides occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy to children from birth to age 21.

•  Allied Therapy & Consulting
1500 Wilson Loop, Ward (941-5630)
5532 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock (588-3211)
Allied Therapy & Consulting provides physical, occupational, speech and development pediatric therapy for those who have a medical diagnosis or developmental delay.

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Department of Rehabilitation
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-4000
The rehabilitation department houses the physical therapy, occupational therapy and prosthetics/orthotics sections. The medical staff works with patients and their families to establish goals and desired outcomes.

Arkansas Children’s Therapy Group
2701 T. P. White Drive, Jacksonville
241-0410
ACTG uses a child-centered, sensory integration approach to provide speech, occupational and physical therapy to children and families with a variety of life challenges. It has a strong team of therapists who love what they do.

Ascent Children’s Health Services - Day Treatment
4107 Richards Road, North Little Rock
955-2220
Ascent Children’s Health Services treats children with developmental disabilities through a day treatment program or through outpatient services, depending on the individual needs of the patient.

Ascent Children’s Health Services - Day Treatment and Outpatient Clinic
3214 Winchester Drive, Benton
326-6160
Ascent Children’s Health Services is a day treatment and outpatient program that provides therapy services including speech, occupational, and physical, and mental health services for all ages. Ascent also provides day treatment and nursing services for medically fragile children. Its mental health services include individual, family therapy, group therapy, case management services, and medication maintenance for people of all ages.

Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas
10 Corporate Hill Drive, #330, Little Rock
954-7470
Therapists provide outpatient therapy for children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors. Treatment focuses on a variety of emotional and behavioral issues and work, school or family problems.

Beyond Boundaries
2195 Peyton St., Ward
941-1522
A nonprofit center that uses horses as a therapy tool to increase specific motor, sensory, speech and behavior/social responses. There is also hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.

Centers for Youth & Families
6501 W. 12th St., Little Rock
666-8686
Centers for Youth and Families offers pediatric mental wellness prevention, intervention and treatment programs. From outpatient counseling, to a day treatment school and full-time residential care, it has a program to fit your child’s mental, behavioral and emotional special needs. It also offers a Parent Resource Center to guide families who are in need of all types of parenting information and/or parenting classes.

Charles A. Bussey Child Development Center
1410 W. 14th St., Little Rock
375-7811
Speech, physical and occupational therapies are provided to children on an individual basis when prescribed by their physicians. A preschool is also on location.

Easter Seals Arkansas Outpatient Therapy
3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock
227-3678
Outpatient therapy services consist of physical, occupational and speech therapy for children on an outpatient basis as well as providing therapy in our preschool programs.

First Step Inc.
407 Carson St., Hot Springs
624-6468
First Step aims to reach children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities by offering therapies and services to help each individual reach his or her full potential.

Freedom Reins
17706 Interstate 30, Suite 3, Benton
315-4414
Freedom Reins offers hippotherapy, where the movement of a horse is used as part of a treatment strategy, when used by physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Hearts & Hooves
2308 Kellogg Acres Road, Sherwood
834-8509
Hearts & Hooves uses the power of the horse to increase self-confidence and improve living skills for individuals with disabilities through partnership with horse and staff.

Helping Hand
4901 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock
791-3331
Helping Hand provides occupational, physical and speech therapy services to children on an outpatient basis for those up to age 21, as well as in a developmental preschool setting for those up to age 6. Helping Hand also offers kindergarten transition classes that can give a child the tools to make starting school a big success.

John Brown University CARE Clinic
8114 Cantrell Road, Suite 240, Little Rock
219-9245
The CARE Clinic offers services for individuals, couples, families and children. Play therapy is provided for children in need of a unique approach that is geared toward their level of communication and understanding.

KIDSource
17706 Interstate 30 N., Benton
315-4414
KIDSource offers comprehensive speech, occupational and physical therapy for children with special needs, focusing on independence and overall family well-being.

Life Strategies Counseling
1719 Merrill Drive, Little Rock
663-2199
LSI offers counseling services to children, teens, adults, couples and group psychotherapy in a safe, supportive environment. Services are offered for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, childhood abuse and trauma, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, and addiction recovery.

NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge
15000 Highway 298, Benton
(800) 697-5350
NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge offers a continuum of community-based, inpatient treatment and supported living programs for children and adults with brain injury and other neurological challenges.

OnSite Therapies Inc.
400 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock
687-2000
OnSite Therapies is a locally owned provider of occupational, physical, and speech-language therapy services.

•  Pediatrics Plus
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459
Pediatrics Plus is an established provider of services for more than 500 children with special needs and developmental delays in several cities in the central Arkansas.

Social Behavior-Dennis Developmental Center
1301 Wolfe St., Little Rock
364-1830
This clinic offers cognitive behavioral therapy designed to decrease anxiety and improve social skill challenges associated with developmental and behavioral disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.

•  The Allen School
824 N. Tyler St., Little Rock
664-2961
At the Allen School, the early childhood teachers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals work closely with physical, speech and occupational therapists to develop a program that incorporates the perfect balance of education and inspiration.

UALR/UAMS Speech & Hearing Clinic
5820 Asher Ave., Suite 600, Little Rock
569-3155
The UALR/UAMS joint clinic provides a full range of clinical services to individuals with communication, literacy and hearing disorders.

Youth Home Inc.
20400 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock
821-5500
Mental health provider offering adolescent residential and community based treatment, day treatment, school-based services, addition of counseling for adolescents and young adults, and outpatient services for individuals of all ages at Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas.

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Vision

•  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Eye Clinic
1 Children’s Way, Little Rock
364-4000
The eye clinic offers ophthalmology, orthoptics, optometry, oculoplastic and neuro-ophthalmology care. The center also offers regular eye care services including contact lenses.

Arkansas Department of Human Services: Division of Services for the Blind
700 Main St., Little Rock
682-5463
The division serves people who are blind or severely visually impaired. DSB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of blind and severely visually impaired persons of all ages.

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