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Best Therapies for Kids with Special Needs

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Whether your child has an autism spectrum disorder, a behavioral disorder, or a learning disorder, there are many kinds of therapy around the Sound for you and your child. Here are some places that can help.

MUSIC THERAPY GROUP
Music Works Northwest,
14360 SE Eastgate Way, Suite 102
Bellevue, WA, 98007
425-644-0988
http://www.musicworksnw.org

These groups includes developmentally appropriate music making fun! It is designed for parents or caregiver and child to enjoy therapeutic music experiences that address social, cognitive, play, motor, speech and language goals. The adult is actively involved with their child to enjoy the music making process as well as receive ideas for home use of music that can focus on their individual child’s needs.

ASPIRING YOUTH
Ben Wahl, Director
206.517.0222
http://www.aspiringyouth.net

Activity-based social skills curriculum working on friendship skills, frustration tolerance, and flexible problem-solving. On-going programs and special summer programs. Serving middle school through young adult age groups. Special programs for young adults including community internships. Located in Seattle, Kirkland, and Bellevue.

THE LEARNING AND LANGUAGE CLINIC
9100 5th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206.526.2662
http://www.learninglanguageclinic.org

The Learning and Language Clinic in Seattle provides comprehensive, innovative, research-based diagnostic and intervention services for children and adolescents (grades K-12) who face learning and language challenges.

CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE
Bellevue, WA
http://www.cciseattle.org

A national nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

PUGET SOUND BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
Dr. Theodore Mandelkorn
2731 77th Avenue SE, Suite #202
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206.275.0702
http://www.psbmed.com

Diagnostic and medical management services to children and adults with attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders of childhood.

ART THERAPY WITH MINEKO TAKADA-DILL, MA, ATR
7048 27th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117
206.276.4915
ww.studiomene.com

Mineko Takada-Dill, MA, ATR, is an art therapist and mental health counselor in the Ballard area of Seattle who specializes in working with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. For more information call (206) 276-4915 or email info@studiomene.com.

SEATTLE THERAPY NETWORK
5021 Colorado Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.763.0352
http://www.seattle-therapy-network.com

Carey Goldenberg M.S. OTR/L offers occupational therapy, including using a sensory integration approach. Available to see children age birth-adolescence.

YOGA THERAPY
The Samarya Center
1806 E. Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
206.568.8335
http://www.samaryacenter.org

Tristan Elliott, Certified IMT Therapist provides Therapeutic Movement – Infants through young adults work on individual goals & challenges with therapist one on one, or small groups. Therapeutic movement is based on philosophy and principles from the clinical model of Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) using a mix of kung fu, tumbling, dance, yoga, self-defense and relaxation techniques to engage mind, body & spirit. Common challenges addressed include depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical challenges, autism, ADHD, eating disorders, bullying, self-esteem, addiction & learning difficulties.

PSYCHOTHERAPY
George T. Lynn, M.A., M.P.A., L.M.H.C.
1601 116th Avenue NE, Suite 104
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.454.1787
http://www.georgelynn.com

Depression and anxiety for adults and children; Grief and stress management counseling; Job and career stress counseling for persons with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome; Parenting strategies for parents of children with issues such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiance, Bipolar Disorder, or Asperger’s syndrome. You don’t have to struggle alone. Choosing to seek help through psychotherapy or counseling is a sign of strength and resourcefulness. Therapy is an investment in yourself and the lives of those who love you.

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