Professional Member Services Directory
Welcome to our Professional Directory
This directory is provided as a service to our community, connecting parents, educators, and professionals as we work in partnership to improve the educational experiences of students on the autism spectrum. Professionals and nonprofit organizations listed in this directory have joined us in our commitment to serving students on the autism spectrum and their families by becoming professional members. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute an endorsement.
10810 Darnestown Rd., Ste 201, North Potomac, MD 20878
Contact: Linda Quinones: firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide innovative, fun and effective social and behavioral interventions to children and adolescents! Our empathetic and highly skilled clinicians guide families to become empowered with a tool box of skills that children, teens and caregivers can apply to everyday circumstances. We enjoy consulting with school administrators and teachers to help students reach their potential, and we provide 1:1 student support when additional guidance is needed for students to become independent in school and community settings. In our summer program our #1 goal is for children to have fun while learning vital social and emotional skills.
Programs offered throughout the DMV.
Services: Social Skills; recreational support; performing arts support
ArtStream offers performance opportunities to people with IDDs – including autism - of all ages. Classes, workshops, and performances are available throughout the DMV. ArtStream’s programs encourage collaboration and engage people in lifelong learning opportunities. Through ArtStream’s classes, performances, social skills workshops, and other programming, participants gain skills and confidence to engage with the world. There is a role for everyone at ArtStream.
Bass Educational Services, LLC
3403 Olandwood Ct, Suite 101 Olney, MD 20832
Contact: Judy Bass; email@example.com
Bass Educational Services, LLC provides an array of educational services for students with learning differences, ADHD, ASD, and other special needs. Our educational consultants offer guidance and structure throughout the college and postsecondary planning process, provide assistance in gap year programming and assist families in facilitating local K-12 school placements. Our trained, experienced tutors provide online and in-home, one-on-one SAT/ACT test prep and subject tutoring. Additionally, we provide assistance in obtaining SAT/ACT accommodations when appropriate.
Suzanne Keith Blattner and Associates
Services: Educational consulting; Advocacy; Academic tutoring/coaching
Ms. Blattner and her associates are highly skilled and experienced professionals who have provided supports to families of students with special learning needs for over 30 years. They offer a range of supports including tailored consulting, advocacy, specialized tutoring and academic coaching. A complete description and details of the services offered through this practice are outlined on the website. Ms. Blattner offers a free 1/2 hour consultation to families to learn about their needs and to point them in right direction to get started.
Matthew B. Bogin, Attorney at Law
Matthew B. Bogin has been helping families with special needs members throughout the D.C. metropolitan area for over thirty-five years. He is well respected for his championing the varying rights of special needs clients. Currently his particular focus is ensuring that families with special needs members complete and review planning to ensure a successful future for these children. Because that calls for specialized knowledge and expertise, Matthew is ideally suited to assist clients in the area of special needs trust, estate planning, and guardianship.
Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change (CABC)
50 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Services: Psychological counseling; Social skills therapy; Behavioral therapy
The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, with offices in Rockville, Maryland and McLean, Virginia, is a private treatment center that is dedicated to reducing the suffering of individuals living with anxiety and related disorders through state-of-the-art, evidence based, behavioral treatment in the context of a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment. These services are provided through individual, group, and family therapy. In addition, we provide professional training, consultation services, and public outreach as core aspects of our shared mission.
Center for Assessment And Treatment (CAAT)
8401 Connecticut Ave., Ste. 1000, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
The Center for Assessment And Treatment (CAAT) was created to improve the lives of children, teens, and adults. Their team consists of compassionate clinicians who are dedicated to identifying the obstacles that interfere with an individual’s performance and creating personalized treatment plans to help the individual reach his or her full potential. CAAT provides extraordinary service through a uniquely integrated and continuous approach to evaluation, treatment, and support. We are committed to helping people reach their potential through careful evaluations of strengths and weaknesses and providing individually tailored, empirically-based interventions.
Center for Communication & Learning
The Center For Communication and Learning is a comprehensive pediatric speech and language private practice that provides evaluations and therapy to children diagnosed with communication challenges secondary to autism, social pragmatic language disorders, speech and language delays, apraxia and oral motor/feeding difficulties. Staff collaborate with educators and therapists in order to provide an integrated approach to services for your child. Family participation is welcomed. The dynamic Be Social Kids programs assist children in developing social thinking skills to enhance their ability to navigate the social world at school and at home.
Chesapeake Center, ADHD Learning & Behavioral Health
6430 Rockledge Dr, Suite 500, Bethesda, MD 20817
The Chesapeake Center is an ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Health clinic that offers a broad range of services to people across the lifespan. We provide individualized and integrated care all in one location using a team-based approach. Our services include: developmental and behavioral pediatrics, psychotherapy, psychiatry / medication management, a comprehensive array of assessments including neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing, tutoring and study skills support, executive functioning coaching, specialized career services, school consultations / observations and therapeutic placement services. We believe in treating the whole person taking a strengths-based and solution-focused approach.
CSahm Foundation for ADHD
7920 Longridge Ct, Cabin John, MD 20818
Contact: Candace Sahm; firstname.lastname@example.org
The CSahm Foundation for ADHD Educational Services and Support, Inc. helps low–income youth with ADHD and Autism. We offer coaching support for their organization and time management skills. We have top academic tutors to help with coursework. We also offer counseling and guidance for assessment, IEPs and 504s.
DC Peers is a nonprofit providing innovative free/low-cost social learning and social coaching programs to teens and young adults. Our programs bring typical and autistic peers together to learn how neurological differences affect social interactions. We're committed to raising neurodiversity awareness in our organization and our community.
Disability Rights Maryland
1500 Union Avenue Suite 2000, Baltimore, MD 21211
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) envisions a world where people with disabilities are fully included in the workplace, neighborhoods and all aspects of community life. We help people with disabilities pursue opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of community life, and champion their rights to self-determination, dignity, equality, opportunity, and freedom from discrimination and harm. DRM may represent Maryland residents who have a disability and a legal issue within the scope of our Advocacy Services Plan.
Contact: Marci Skigen; 847-903-5600; email@example.com
Enhance EFS provides executive functioning coaching within the context of individual and family treatment serving clients ages eight through adulthood with learning differences such as but not limited to ADHD, Autism, and Twice Exceptional (2e). Enhance EFS strives to provide its clients with EF coaching that elevates their executive functioning skills providing tools embedded in their daily lives, whether at school or work. It also offers an array of educational guidance as families navigate the 504 and IEP terrain. Assistance is also given to students needing support with subject tutoring.
Exceptional Educational Solutions
701 Hyde Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Exceptional Educational Solutions finds educational solutions for bright K-12 students with learning differences in the D.C. metro area. As an educational consultant and founder of Exceptional Educational Solutions, Stephanie Frumkin helps parents of bright students with learning differences gain clarity and find educational solutions so their child will thrive. She specialize in students with autism, ADHD, mood disorders, behavioral challenges, and other learning differences. Many of her students are gifted/twice exceptional. Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in the field of education. In addition to earning a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Leadership in Teaching, she has completed both the COPAA Special Education Advocacy Training 2.0 coursework and the Master IEP Coach Mentorship. She is an associate member of the IECA—Independent Educational Consultants Association.
Fitness for Health
11140 Rockville Pike, Ste. 303, Rockville, MD 20852
Fitness for Health strives to build self-esteem and self confidence, and to make a difference in the lives of the children with whom they work. Combining state-of-the-art equipment with innovative approaches to exercise, Fitness for Health helps people of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of physical activity while having fun. Featured in O Magazine, Fox News, and The Today Show, founder Marc Sickel is fulfilling his dream of helping children maximize their physical potential. By using specialized equipment and unique methods, Marc has created an exciting, safe environment where children can develop the motivation and confidence to learn new skills and take on new challenges. They offer a non-intimidating, relaxed environment where children can feel comfortable. Therapeutic fitness, and Occupational and Physical Therapy services are available.
Family Legal Advocacy Group (FLAG Family Law)
The attorneys at FLAG are former educators with years of experience working with disadvantaged and special education students. We combine our knowledge of the intricacies of the special education process with the advocacy skills of an attorney. Given that skill set, we are uniquely able to help families determine if an IEP or 504 is appropriate, explain the legal framework, and get children the help they need.
Geneva Presbyterian Church Disability Ministry/Mission Team
This new ministry team has formed at Geneva to explore ways we can partner with disabled or special needs individuals and find a role in the disability support community. The Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac is known as "the little church with the big heart."
Brian K. Gruber, P.C., Law Office
6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 220, Rockville, MD 20852
The Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C., represents students and their parents in matters related to special education, access to appropriate accommodations under section 504, and students who are facing long-term suspension or expulsion. By developing and maintaining strong relationships with public school agencies in Maryland and DC, the office is often able to help achieve a positive outcome for clients without the need for litigation. Our staff of attorneys have handled hundreds of due process hearings and mediations across Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC
4711 Sheridan St., Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., is a parenting coach, certified RDI consultant, and a special needs care navigator at Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC. Her work as a parenting coach involves working closely with families to figure out which parenting strategies are best suited to their family - taking the profiles of both the caregivers and the child into account.
As an RDI™ consultant, Dr. Wayland works with parents to show them how to teach their children the essential skills that make relationships work. She teaches them how to identify problems, and through a highly customized program that takes both their profile and their child’s profile into account, they learn how to teach the missing skills. She also work with teens and adults to help them learn the skills necessary for making and maintaining meaningful relationships.
Her Special Needs Navigation Services are designed to help parents learn how to access resources and knowledge so they can confidently and effectively help their children. She knows how to effectively navigate clinical care and educational systems, how to evaluate reports, and how to help prioritize.
H2D Counseling, Sumaiya Olatunde
Contact: Sumaiya Olatunde; firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: Educational advocacy; educational consulting; admissions services; Serving students ages Pre-K through graduate school.
H2D Counseling provides educational advocacy and K-12, college and graduate school admissions services for all students. We participate in IEP and 504 meetings, connect families and students with resources, and help identify needed supports in the areas of education, mental health, therapies, and other needs as they arise. Our approach is very individualized and student-centered with a focus on balancing short-term needs with long-term goals.
Heads Up Consulting, Jane Snider
Contact: Dr. Jane Snider; email@example.com
Services: Special education law including consultation, representation at IEP meetings, conflict resolution, mediation and due process hearings; educational consulting.
Dr. Jane Snider and her team at Heads-Up Consultants transform nonprofit organizations, schools, and families whose children struggle with learning differences like dyslexia and ADHD. Dr. Snider is the Founder of The Summit School in Edgewater, MD.
Jane is an entrepreneur and expert in school and nonprofit management. She has worked with heads of schools across the country to refine their special education programs and build support for students with learning differences. Specialties include: guiding parents to appropriate schools; advocating with Admissions Directors for student placement; interpreting diagnostic assessments.
Jean Hickey, M.Ed.
Silver Spring, MD
Contact: 240-460-5306; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Hickey has worked with children and adolescents with significant learning needs for more than 30 years. Jean works with children ages 3-21 and her experience covers the range of academic skills in addition to community, vocational, and life skills instruction. For the past 21 years, Jean has worked one-on-one with students to build skills in all areas. Jean works out of her office and in student homes and private schools. Jean has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum as well as with children with Fragile X, Down Syndrome, Myotonic Dystrophy, Kabuki Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and significant learning delays. Jean develops a hands-on, fun and individualized approach for each child and provides parents with information and skills to support their child. In addition to individual instruction and parent support, Jean also consults with team members and coordinates the focus of support among school-based and private therapists and teachers. Jean also develops home-based instruction for a team approach and has delivered presentations and led workshops for the xMinds community.
HLD Advocates are dedicated to assuring our students are given the resources and support they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. We assess the particular needs of each child and work with the family and school to assure that the school system provides appropriate free education support to the student. We strive to educate and inform parents about the special education process and relevant legal issues so they can become a more effective advocate for their child.
Integrated Living Opportunities
5603 Potomac Avenue NW, North Entrance, Washington DC 20016
Integrated Living Opportunities is a non-profit organization that is devoted to helping families with special needs build supportive, integrated communities that enable safe, productive, independent living options for their young adults with developmental disabilities. ILO helps families create networks of support for adults with disabilities by developing teams of paid and unpaid individuals for our self-advocates as they move out of their family houses into their own homes.
The Ivymount School and Outreach Programs
11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD 20854
Ivymount School and Programs provide school- and community-based services for children and young adults with special needs from throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
The school serves more than 200 students, ages 4–21, with speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, health impairments, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The classrooms are structured to serve students with a range of academic and cognitive abilities, including, in some cases, those who have the potential to obtain a high school diploma.
Steven Kane, Ph.D.
Steven Kane provides psychotherapy to children and adults with diverse neurodevelopmental profiles. He has worked in special education, residential and private practice settings for over 30 years with a primary focus on autism spectrum disorders.
The Language Link
Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Joanna Lhulier
Dr. Joanna Lhulier is a licensed psychologist in MD and DC, and has been in private practice for over 15 years. She provides individual psychotherapy and psychological consultations to both adults and adolescents who are either on the autism spectrum or who have a loved one on the spectrum (parents, siblings, spouses etc.)
Link Education Resources
Our philosophy is to provide children, parents and educators the greatest chance of success by offering the necessary supports, education, and skills for both the individual and group setting. In a group setting, a classroom, daycare or homeschool environment, LinkEducation Resources offers parents and educators research based training and development of strategies for student’s mindfulness, executive functioning and behavior modification as well as the underdeveloped student skills that often accompany and lay as the root of these behaviors. This multi-tiered and collaborative support approach partners parents, teachers and students to work as a team towards the shared goal of student success. On the individual level, LinkEducation Resources offers support for both typical and exceptional students in understanding and developing underlying academic areas weakness and identifying strengths. This is done using an individualized tutoring approach combining research based programs such as Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Handwriting Without Tears, and Framing Your Thoughts. Additionally, LER integrates strategies that will enable students to problem solve, stay organized and master challenging academic environments independently.
MOCO Movement Center
5268-A Nicholson Lane, Kensington, MD 20895
MOCO Movement Center is a fully inclusive pediatric therapy practice and athletic movement center. We offer movement classes for children of all ages and abilities and provide therapy services to support their function. MOCO's proprietary method, Applied Functional Therapy, takes evidence-based physical, occupational and speech therapy out of the clinic and integrates it into real life activities to help your child achieve better functional outcomes. MOCO Movement Center is committed to excellence and puts our patients and families first! That means staying on the cutting-edge of medical research and education, truly understanding your child’s goals, and adapting therapy to meet their specific needs. Showing families how to interact and grow in a real-world environment is our way of showing you that MOCO’s commitment does not end at our doors.
10605 Concord St., Ste. 102, Kensington, MD 20895
Monica Martinez is a special education advocate working with families in Montgomery County, MD. Through her seven plus years of involvement in Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds), Monica developed an in-depth understanding of how Montgomery County Public Schools educates students on the autism spectrum and how to navigate the district’s special education system. Monica’s areas of expertise are services and accommodations for students on the autism spectrum, as well as those with ADHD and/or co-morbid mental health issues. Monica also works to help parents and guardians understand the educational rights of their children. Monica has attended Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training and completed the yearlong Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) 2.0 through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).
Pediatric Development Center, LLC
15850 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 150, Rockville, MD 20855
12520 Prosperity Drive, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Contact: Amy Wetherill; email@example.com
At the Pediatric Development Center (PDC) everything we do is centered around play and practical experience. We believe that all children learn best by fully engaging in stimulating, hands-on activities. Through our captivating, play-based model, PDC provides skilled, collaborative speech-language, occupational, feeding, and physical therapy services. We partner with families to ensure that what the child learns with us transitions well to their home environment. Our bilingual office staff is here to help you get started, and our dedicated billing team will help you get the most out of your insurance benefits. We have physical offices in Rockville and Silver Spring, and the PDC Virtual Clinic lets us help children all across Maryland via teletherapy. PDC is truly the place where EVERYONE can discover what is possible. (Now in-network with BlueCross, United Healthcare, TRICARE, and Maryland Medicaid.)
Reach Every Voice
11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 110, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: Lisa Mihalich Quinn; firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Every Voice is a multi-faceted practice created and staffed by experienced teachers. REV provides communication instruction to nonspeaking or unreliably speaking individuals, hosts in-person group programs that build communication practice and provide opportunities for socialization, offers online courses for non speakers, and provides consultation, training, and coaching for families and schools working to improve their communication practices. REV is a nonprofit organization.
Rebecca Resnik & Associates
5602 Shields Drive, Ste. A, Bethesda, MD 20814
Dr. Rebecca Resnik and Associates, LLC, in Bethesda and Rockville offers neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment, psychotherapy, consulting, and speaking. For our clients with ASDs, we focus on helping each individual realize his/her potential and find the path for his/her own success story. Our Licensed Psychologists conduct custom-designed psychological evaluations personally (we never use techs or students in our practice). Our testing psychologists incorporate their expertise in brain-behavior relationships, emotional development, and evidence-based educational 'best practices' together to create a data-based action plan. Our licensed psychotherapists offer cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, play therapy, parent coaching and insight oriented treatments to promote wellness. We also offer a Medical and Dental Desensitization program for children with sensory issues. Our highly experienced clinicians are committed to making your work with us a positive, meaningful experience.
Naomi Rubinstein LLC
14202 Silent Wood Way, North Potomac, MD 20878
SCI Educational Consultants,Inc.
8800 Quiet Stream Ct., Potomac, MD 20854
Dr. Iseman, with 50 years' experience in the area of special needs, provides services to students and their parents to achieve appropriate educational programming and/or placement in public and private schools. Consulting services include case management, IEP development, support at all meetings, and referrals for evaluations and community services.
Shefter Law, PA
shefterlaw.com; 110 N Washington St, Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Frances Shefter; email@example.com; 301-605-7303
Services: Special education law; Educational consulting
Shefter Law, PA is a law firm dedicated to helping families have a Stress-Free IEP experience. Parents of Children with Special Needs have a ton of demands on their time and energy. Learning the complexities of how to get your child’s school to meet his or her unique needs is just one more thing you do not need on your plate. As a former Special Education teacher, Frances Shefter is uniquely able to mix Education and the Law to help take the stress out of the IEP or 504 process. She aims to empower families with the knowledge and resources needed to help bring peace and harmony to their home.
Spectrum Transition Coaching, LLC
Contact: Beth Felsen; firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: Coaching; College assistance; Grades 9–12 and transition ages (18–21)
Spectrum Transition Coaching, LLC provides college readiness coaching for autistic high school students and their parents as well as one-on-one coaching for autistic young adult clients 18 and older. College readiness for autistic high school students focuses on the non-academic skills needed for college success: self-advocacy, executive function, social communication and life skills. One-on-one coaching after high school can focus on academic, social, organizational, life, and employment goals. Services are provided virtually. Private pay only. Navigating life with autism can be really difficult – working with a coach can make it easier.
DC, MD, and VA
Speech Kids provides holistic, developmental, attachment-based pediatric speech therapy serving DC, MD, VA. Raising Orchids is the parent education division of SpeechKids that offers parent education and parent support groups for parents of neurodiverse children (global, online), along with a monthly subscription service that past participants can opt into.
Starobin Counseling, LLC
18213 Hillcrest Ave., Olney, MD 20832
Starobin Counseling offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. In individual & family counseling for people on the autism spectrum individuals learn relationship skills and tools for thinking with greater flexibility, have a space for exploring their identity as an autistic person, and receive support and counseling for mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Family members learn to interact with greater ease and compassion with their loved ones and learn how to provide support and scaffolding for their autistic family member. Starobin Counseling provides the MoCo PEERS® social skills program for teens and young adults in collaboration with Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C. The MoCo PEERS® groups help participants practice and generalize relationship skills with their peers, families, and communities. Starobin Counseling also facilitates support group programs called Parents Together and Siblings Together. The parent groups offer parents information, resources, emotional support, and connection to other parents with similar experiences and aims to strengthen the capacity of parents to navigate the maze of services for their children, adolescents, and young adults. Siblings Together offers a supportive and therapeutic space for children and adolescents who have family members living on the autism spectrum.
The Stixrud Group, LLC
8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 606, Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-0534; http://stixrud.com
Contact: Dr. Salya Namazi; email@example.com
Services: Educational Testing; Neuropsychological Testing; Educational Consulting
The Stixrud Group is a group of neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists who specialize in the evaluation of children, adolescents and adults with learning, attention, social or emotional difficulties. We are committed to the alleviation of suffering for our clients and their families by removing any blocks to their experiencing happiness and fulfillment in life. We believe this is accomplished by helping our clients understand themselves. Our goal is to use our professional knowledge and skills to help people achieve educational and professional success, emotional healing and interpersonal harmony in their relationships.
The Treatment and Learning Centers
2092 Gaither Rd., Ste. 100, Rockville, MD 20850
TLC annually serves nearly 2,000 children and adults with a wide range of special needs. Our mission is to improve the lives of and to expand possibilities for these individuals through offering a family of services within one organization. We offer speech-language and occupational therapy, evaluations and summer programs for children; comprehensive psychological and educational testing, tutoring and counseling for students with learning challenges.