Autism/Asperger’s Resources in Savannah/Bluffton area
On Feb 11-12, The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world.
Her life, with all its challenges and successes, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling.
Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also authored “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships”; “Animals Make Us Human”; “Animals in Translation”; “Thinking in Pictures”; and “Emergence: Labeled Autistic.”
Savannah Community Event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin
“Different Kinds of Minds”
Followed by book signing
(Books will be available for purchase)
7pm Friday, Feb. 12 2016
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm St. Savannah, GA 31401
To purchase tickets, click here.
Savannah, GA 31405
About The Matthew Reardon Center
MRCA was founded by native Savannahian Kim Reardon and is named for her son. In 1993 when he was in kindergarten, Matthew Reardon contracted viral encephalitis, which caused permanent brain injury and epilepsy. At that time, Savannah had did not have facilities to treat children with serious illness such as his. The Reardon family and friends donated money to Memorial Health University Medical Center, which made medical care for neurological impairment available locally. Through their experiences, the Reardons learned that children suffering from neurological disorders have many needs beyond those that are physical. It was from this realization that the Matthew Reardon Center was born. As the incidence of autism increased dramatically, The Center refocused its resources specifically on the unique needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism operates the only year-round, day school in southeast Georgia for children with ASD. Furthermore, it promotes outreach and advocacy through forged partnerships with existing medical, educational, and community services in order to help these children reach their full potential and enhance their quality of life as well as that of their families.
MRCA also serves the broader community and region through its Advocacy and Outreach programs, having provided services to citizens in more than 32 Georgia counties.
This year, MRCA will expand enrollment in its day school as well as aggressively augment its outreach and advocacy programs. The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is funded in part by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, but relies heavily on the support of private individuals and organizations who share its passion and vision for children and families affected by autism.
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and relies on support of those who share our passion and vision. For more information, visit www.matthewreardon.org.
The Matthew Reardon Center, 6602 Abercorn St., Savannah, tel: 912-355-9098, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.matthewreardon.org
Learn more about the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism in Savannah here.
The May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder offers a comprehensive set of educational and behavioral services to children and their families, private agencies, and public schools in the Savannah area. The Center also provides services to military families stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.
Working closely with the families they serve, the May Center’s behavior specialists use developmentally appropriate practices based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), the methodology universally recognized as critical for teaching children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other behavioral or developmental disabilities. Their state-of-the-art programming addresses all areas of a child’s development including language, peer interactions, and behavior.
5710 Ogeechee Road, Suite 200, #280
Savannah, GA 31405
Suzette Rosario, Program Director
Learn more about The May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Savannah here.
Connects parents, educators, families, individuals, therapists, and anyone else in the Savannah, GA area who is affected by ASD.
On Facebook here.
The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication provides Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Therapy services for individuals ages 18 months to 22 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related social learning challenges.
The Howard Center also provides training, consultation, and evaluation services for schools, agencies, and organizations.
Sarah Murphy, BCBA is an in-network provider for Tricare’s Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration and is an approved ABA provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Aetna Behavioral Health, and Optum/United Behavioral Health.
For questions regarding new client enrollment, call (912)385-2927. To download a program application, visit www.thehowardcenterforscc.com.
Effingham County Navigator Team is a nonprofit organization for children and adults with any disabilities. ECNT includes support and recreational activities people with disabilities and all family members.
They are a parent led support group for parents and their special needs children and their siblings. They meet every second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Learning Treehouse located at 250 Goshen Rd in Rincon, GA .
Their goal is to provide children with disabilities of Effingham County and surrounding areas a better quality of life through community awareness, support, resources, training, and recreation.
Learn more about Effingham County Navigator Team here.
Autism Support Corner, Inc.
A nonprofit, 501 (c)(3), organization that provides a line of local resources to families affected by the autism spectrum disorder. The group’s mission is to work together with the community and schools to provide a better knowledge and understanding of autism.
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month
Location: St. Anne’s Holy Hall, 10550 Ford Ave., Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Time: 6:30 – 8 PM
Contact: Jeanette Orr
*Child care is available upon RSVP
The Lowcountry Autism Resource and Support Group
Meets monthly usually at 6:30 PM on the last Monday of each month at the Kicklighter Resource Center, located at 7215 Seawright Drive, Savannah. For meeting date and time, email: email@example.com. Facilitators of the group are Ann Shipley, behavior consultant and Linda Fruin, Occupational Therapist and owner of Live Oak Children’s Therapy. The group’s goal is to provide resources and support for those whose lives are affected by autism and work together in the quest toward autonomy for those with autism spectrum disorders.
The Mindspring Center in Pooler
1147 U.S. 80 W.
Offers a social skills group for children with Asperger’s and other disorders. It’s led by a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Call 912.748.6463.
ADHD Support Group Meeting meets at 6:45 PM on the third Thursday of every month at The Mindspring Center, 1147 U.S. 80 W., in Pooler. Call 912-748-6463.
Autism Support Group meets 7 PM third Thursday of every month, Liberty County YMCA board room, Hinesville. Open to families with autistic children. Call 912-876-5777.
Asperger’s Support Group meets monthly in Effingham. For meetings date and times, call 912-826-5300.
Chatham Academy in Savannah
Helps children with various learning differences including Asperger’s.
Kicklighter Academy , Savannah
Kicklighter Academy is an early education facility for children 6 weeks to 6 years with and without disabilities. The school offers a year-round, full day program with curriculum starting at age 1. The special needs programs are created and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Education plans are strictly based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods. Kicklighter Academy also has a GA Lottery funded Pre-K program on site.
The majority of Kicklighter students are typically developing children that provide age appropriate models of play skills and social behavior for our children with disabilities in a classroom setting. All children benefit as they learn to value diversity. Kicklighter Academy is at 7219 Seawright Dr., across from South Coast Medical Center on Eisenhower Dr. 912.355.7633.
The Kicklighter Resource Center is a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of children and adults with autism, mental retardation and other developmental disabilities through effective programs, encouraging progressive legislation, community education, advocacy and support. Kicklighter operated several programs including the Kicklighter Academy, an early education facility for children 6 weeks to 6 years with and without disabilities; The Chatham Association of Residential Services (CARS) a housing program providing safe, affordable, hazard-free group homes or semi-independent apartments for adults with disabilities; a monthly respite program on the 2nd Saturday of each month which is free for children 12 and under with disabilities, and a community education program providing students and organization information about the needs and rights of these special people. For more information about the organization and how you can help. 912.355.7633.
Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area autism resources
This is a local, volunteer based, non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with autism in Beaufort County, Jasper County, Hampton County, Colleton County and surrounding areas.
60 Main Street, Suite H
Hilton Head, SC 29926
Comprehensive Therapy Center in the Bluffton area.
Part of the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc. The Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Comprehensive Therapy Center (LAF-CTC) will offer an Early Childhood Development program for children with and without developmental delays with embedded ABA, speech, and occupational therapies. After school social skills groups are also offered. Reduced fees available for all services.
Call for more info.
The Lowcountry Community School
This school offers a half-day preschool for children with autism and related disorders. Each child is assessed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and taught according to their individual goals. The Lowcountry Community school is offering ABA services for students with Autism Spectrum disorders. We now accept Tricare and soon PDD waiver. Call 843-338-3812 for more information.
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