Friday, August 22, 2014

2013 Special Needs Directory

2013 SPECIAL NEEDS DIRECTORY


ABA THERAPY (APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS)

Michele B. Allen, LCSW

Applied Psychology Center

Biloxi, MS

228-388-9303


FACTS: Families Advocating Collaborating Teaching Supporting

Gulfport

228-831-5151

 

Dr. Roderick Fields, O.D.

19084 Pineville Rd

Long Beach

228-868-2639

 

www.bacb.org

To find an ABA therapist in your area, log onto this website and type in your zip code.

 

ADAPTED TOYS

Toy Library and Technology Learning Center

The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Campus

730 East Beach Blvd.

Long Beach

228) 214-3400

 

www.blindchildren.org

www.cerebralpalsytoysandplayaids.com

www.FunAndFunction.com

www.giantleap.com

www.playabilitytoys.com

www.playworks.net

www.specialneedstoys.com

www.superduperinc.com

www.wonderbaby.org

 

ADHD/ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

8181 Professional Place, Ste. 150

Landover, MD 20785

1-800-233-4050

www.chadd.org

www.help4adhd.org

 

ADD Clinic

Grad Flick, PhD

Counseling services for children with ADHD. Dr. Flick is the author of a nationally renowned book, ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit that is available in area book stores.

983 Howard Ave.

Biloxi

228-435-2673

www.the-add-clinic.com

 

Dugger Children’s Clinic for Behavior and Development

Dr. David L. Dugger

1800 Government St

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

228-818-2450

FAX 228-818-2451

www.attentiontherapy.com

 

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center Region XIII Commission for Mental Health - Mental Retardation

Serving Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone Counties

1600 Broad Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39501-3603

228-863-1132

 

Memorial Behavioral Health

Memorial Hospital Campus

4500 Thirteenth Street

Gulfport, MS 39501

228-831-1700 or 1-800-831-1700

 

Memorial Behavioral Health Main Campus

11150 Highway 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-831-1700 or 1-800-831-1700

 

Memorial Behavioral Health Outpatient Office

12266 Ashley Drive

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-831-1700 or 800-831-1700

 

Russell Barkley is the preeminent researcher and author on the nature and management of ADHD in this country. You can access his information on his website, www.russellbarkley.com.

Chris Dendy is a special educator who has made it her life’s work to study and treat ADHD using classroom modifications. She has several good books especially devoted to teens and young adults with ADHD. Her recent book, and companion DVD, A Bird’s Eye-View is a compilation of interviews with teenagers who have ADHD. www.chrisdendy.com

 

ADOPTION OF A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Log onto www.adoption.org and type in your state to find private adoption agencies as well as laws pertaining to adoption in your state.

Go to www.mdhs.state.ms.us for adoption through the MS Dept. of Human Services

 

ADVOCACY SERVICES

Mississippi Department of Education

www.mde.k12.ms.us

Go to MDE Directory, click on Departments and Phone Numbers, scroll down to Special Education, on the left click on For Parents. The Parent Hotline is 1-877-544-408. You can also download a form to formally issue a complaint.


Mississippi Families as Allies for Children’s Mental Health

Biloxi

1-800-833-9671

Provides support, advocacy, lobbying, and respite care. A trained volunteer can attend an IEP conference with you.

 

Disability Rights of Mississippi

1-800-772- 4057 or 601-968-0600

210 E. Capital St.

Jackson, MS 39201

The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment. (formerly known as Miss. Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled)

 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

USM Institute for Disability Studies has a variety of programs to assist individuals with disabilities and their families with priority areas such as housing, early intervention, inclusive child care, assistive technology, recreation, health, education, and family support. www.usm.edu/ids

 

Institute for Disability Studies Technology Learning Center (TLC)

730 East Beach Boulevard

Long Beach, MS 39560

228-214-3400

 

AUDIOLOGY SERVICES

Your pediatrician, family medicine physician, or nurse practitioner is able to do a hearing evaluation in their clinic known as tympanometry. School clinics and Head Start agencies also test children’s hearing, usually by age 5yrs.

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM SERVICES

Carolyn M Buttross MD Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

2112 Bienville Blvd STE G

Ocean Springs

228-875-8851

 

www.autismspeaks.com

www.futurehorizons.com

www.parentsunitedtogether.com

 

AUTISM BEHAVIORAL/EDUCATIONAL HELP

The Autism Assessment Clinic

Univ. of Southern MS Gulf Coast

Gulfport, MS

228- 214-3224

Public school districts are legally obligated to provide services to children with autism ages 3-21yr. Services vary per district. Contact your school district’s administrative office and ask for the Program Developer, which is the title given to the person in charge of special education services.

 

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT/OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

Memorial Behavioral Health Main Campus

11150 Highway 49

228-831-1700 or 1-800-831-1700

 

BLINDNESS, VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Gulf Coast Chapter, Mississippi Council of the Blind

10:00 a.m. first Saturday, Ocean Springs Library.

Details: Mr. Vincent, 228-818-8713

 

Mississippi State University has the research, rehabilitation & training center for low vision and blindness.

http://www.blind.msstate.edu

 

National Federation of the Blind

www.nationalfederationoftheblind.org

The leading resource center for information and management of visual impairment.

 

Mississippi School for the Blind

Jackson
601-984-8203

Home-based early intervention services for children under 3yr. Residential services for school-age children, as well as day student services for those in the Jackson area. Established in 1986 by the Jackson Central Lions Club, the Low Vision Clinic provides low vision consultations for children whose vision is not correctable by conventional prescription glasses or contact lenses. The Low Vision Clinic provides special services to any child from birth through secondary level who is currently enrolled in an educational program in the state or who is a legal resident of Mississippi. Our highly-trained staff collaborates to provide a comprehensive functional assessment of the visually impaired child. Staff members include a Doctor of Optometry with specialized training in low vision; specialists in orientation and mobility for evaluation of distances; a classroom teacher for evaluation of near aids in the classroom setting; and a school counselor. They are open on Wednesdays during the school year. Call 601-984-8210.

Each public school district is legally obligated to provide services to children ages 3-21yrs with a visual impairment. The services must be offered in the least restrictive environment.

 

Lion’s Club of Mississippi assists with the purchase of eye glasses. The state office is located at

431 Katherine Dr.

Flowood, MS 39232

601-420-5752

www.lionsofms.org

 

Diamondhead Lions Club

228-586-2636

 

Gulfport Lions Club

Contact club president Billy Bragg for more information. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Orange Grove Lions Club

831-4574.

 

InfantSEE

Optometrists around the state who provide free vision assessment to babies 6-12 months old.

1-888-396-3937

www.infantsee.org

 

CAMPS

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all camps to make reasonable accommodations (such as the installation of wheelchair-accessible ramps) so that kids with special needs can attend. So, camps that previously couldn't host kids with special needs might now be on your list of possibilities.


Country Acres scheduled to provide camp for children with Down Syndrome summer 2013.

25022 Loren Ladner Road

Kiln, Mississippi 39556-6234

228-255-2660

 

Hope Hollow year-round Christian camp serving children and young adults with disabilities. Located on 20 acres in Madison County on Catlett Rd. 4 day summer day camp sessions which include arts & crafts, music, outdoor play, gardening and more. Throughout the year we offer: a part-time day program for young adults, afternoon arts program, overnight camps, karaoke nights and fun family events.

www.hopehollowms.org

601-859-5290 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The City of Biloxi offers camp for children with disabilities. For more information contact:

Dept. of Leisure Services

377 Hiller Dr.

Biloxi, MS 39531

www.biloxi.ms.us

 

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING

1-800-222-8000 or contact your county Department of Human Services at www.mdhs.ms.us You can provide an anonymous report.

 

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Lynn Meadows Discover Center offers programs for children with special needs. Please contact for more information.

www.lmdc.org

246 Dolan Avenue

Gulfport

228-897-6039

 

CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

http://www.disability-resource.com/ adaptive-clothing/index.php lists a variety of websites which offer unique clothing.

www.special-clothes.com. They offer clothing for children with gastrostomy tubes, clothing with Velcro closures, and even customized clothing for unique needs.

 

CPR-INFANT AND CHILD

American Red Cross

Register online to take a class near you.

http://mississippi-redcross.org/take-a-class-2

 

DEAFNESS AND HARD OF HEARING

De l’Epee Deaf Center, Inc.

www.deafms.org

A full service Deaf center providing Sign Language interpretation, case work, food pantry, social gatherings for a community of the same culture and language and spiritual programs.

1450 North Street

Gulfport, MS 39507

228-897-2280

 

Mississippi School for the Deaf

1253 Eastover Dr.

Jackson, MS 39211

601- 984-8000

www.msd.k12.ms.us

Home-based early intervention services for children under 3yr., known as the Ski-Hi Program. Residential services for school-age children, as well as day student services for those in the Jackson area.

Every public school district is legally required to provide a free and appropriate education for children ages 3-21yrs with hearing impairments.

 

DEAF AND BLIND

www.hearmore.com has an extensive selection of devices for the home. Please check with your child’s therapist or teacher before you buy to make sure it’s something your child can use.


The University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

1-800-264-5135 or 601- 266-5135

Provides training and assistance to families and educators for children ages birth to 22yr who have both visual and hearing impairment. Services are funded through a federal grant and are free to families.

www.ums.edu/msdb

 

DISABILITY RESOURCES

www.disabilityresources.org lists a wide variety of organizations, private and government.

 

Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

www.msccd.org

 

DIVORCE

www.divorcecare.com: support groups, education and guidance classes for children and adults, offered through area Baptist churches. Log on and type in your zip code for programs offered in your area.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS

MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

www.mcadv.org

Call for location of a shelter.

1-800-898-3234

M-F, 8-5

1-800-799-7233 after hours

 

Mississippi Center for Violence Prevention

Pearl, MS

Their staff attorney will walk the abused person through the legal system and can refer to pro bono attorneys in the community.

601-932-4198 or 1-800-799-SAFE

http://mscvp.org

 

Crime Victim Compensation Program

Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Victim Assistance Program. Services include medical expenses and mental health counseling, transportation, funeral expenses, and court related costs to name a few. All other financial options must be used first. For more information, contact 1-800-359-4144, or 601- 359-6766. www.agjimhood.com

 

DOWN SYNDROME

Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 654

Gautier

228-623-3331

 

EARLY INTERVENTION

The First Steps Program is the statewide system of early intervention for children birth to three years with special needs. Contact your local Health Department or 1-800-451-3903. www.msdh.state.ms.us, then click on Services and Programs, then Women and Children, then Early Intervention.

 

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

National Resource Directory provides resources to help you learn about your child's special needs, train to provide care, apply for financial assistance and government benefits, and find support groups.

https://www.nrd.gov/family_and_caregiver_support/children_and_youth/children_with_special_needs

 

Special Needs Resource Project

http://www.snrproject.com/Resource/Links/MISSISSIPPI

 

GRIEF

Theravive

Find a counselor or grief support program in your area.

http://www.theravive.com/

 

HOME SCHOOLING RESOURCES

Special Needs Homeschool

http://www.specialneedshomeschool.com/

 

Mississippi Home Educators Association seeks to enable, equip, and encourage families committed to teaching their children at home. MHEA accomplishes this goal through its annual conferences and through its affiliated local support groups. www.mhea.net

 

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

The Arc Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world’s largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families. www.arcms.org

 

INTERPRETERS (foreign language and for deaf)

Major hospitals in the state have lists of interpreters from various countries.

 

De l’Epee Deaf Center, Inc.

www.deafms.org

A full service Deaf center

1450 North Street

Gulfport, MS 39507

228-897-2280

 

LEARNING DISABILITIES

Mississippi Association for Children with Learning Disabilites

www.ldams.org

Information, support, advocacy and public awareness.

 

MEDICAL SERVICES

Garden Park Medical Center

15200 Community Road

Gulfport

228-575-7000

 

Gulfport Memorial Hospital

13th Street

Gulfport

228-867-4000

 

Hancock Medical Center

100 Drinkwater Road

Bay St. Louis

228-463-8939

 

Singing River Hospital

2809 Denny Avenue

Pascagoula

228-509-5000

 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center Region XIII Commission for Mental Health - Mental Retardation

Serving Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone Counties

1600 Broad Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39501-3603

228-863-1132

 

Memorial Behavioral Health Main Campus

11150 Highway 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-831-1700 or 1-800-831-1700

 

NAMI: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

1-800-357-0388

Support group and educational resources for ADHD, bipolar disorder, ODD, anxiety.

www.nami.org

 

Mississippi Families As Allies for Children’s Mental Health

1-800-833-9671 or locally at 601-981-1618

Support, advocacy, lobbying, respite care.

www.msfaacmh.org

 

Mississippi Department of Mental Health website lists the community mental health centers around the state. Every county has access to mental health services for adults and for children 5-18yrs.

 

MUSIC THERAPY

American Music Therapy Association

301-589-3300

www.musictherapy.org

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Gulf Coast Rehabilitation, Inc. therapeutic listening, sensory integration therapy, outpatient physical & occupational therapy, specializing in pediatrics birth to 21 years, specializing in pediatrics, Sipt certified, interactive metronome, birth to 21 years.

1706 Bienville Blvd,

Ocean Springs

228-818-9164

 

PARENTING/ PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS/ ORGANIZATIONS

AIDS Action in Mississippi

601-944-1403

 

AIDS/HIV Information

601-713-4357

 

AIDS/ HIV Positive Help & Support

601-936-6780

 

American Cancer Society

601-362-8874

 

American Diabetes Association

1-800-342-2383

 

Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities

601-982-1180

 

Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Mississippi

601-854-6225

 

CHADD: children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

1-800-233-4050

www.chadd.org

 

Chromosome disorders:

www.rarechromo.org

www.rarediseases.org (The National Organization of Rare Disorders)

www.understandingdwarfism.com

 

Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi

601- 936-5222

 

Learning Disabilities Association of Mississippi

601-362-1667

www.ldams.org

 

National Organization of Rare Disorders

203-744-0100

www.rarediseases.org

 

Mended Little Hearts of Mississippi

1-888-432-7899

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center

1-800-721-7255

www.mspti.org

 

Mississippi Society for Disabilities

601- 982-7051

 

Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Parent Support Group

Kris Roberts 601-984- 2707

 

Parenting Classes and Responsible Fathering Classes

Free of charge and are offered through Families First Parenting Resource Center of Harrison, Jackson and George Counties together with YMCA. Contact Michelle Ford, M.Ed., LPC, RTC at 867-1952 for location and schedule.

 

Spina Bifida Association of Mississippi

601-957-2410

www.spinabifidams.com

 

Special Connection

Small group for parents of special needs children. Christian based. Sunday nights 5:30-7:30in “The Den” at Pine Lake Baptist Church, Brandon. Contact Beth Barham at beth.barham@gmailcom or 601-750-6175.

 

Adams Oliver Syndrome

www.aosupport.org

 

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

www.laughawaysma.org

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Gulf Coast Rehabilitation, Inc.

Therapeutic listening, sensory integration therapy, outpatient physical & occupational therapy, specializing in pediatrics birth to 21 years, specializing in pediatrics, Sipt certified, interactive metronome, birth to 21 years.

1706 Bienville Blvd

Ocean Springs

228-818-9164

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center Region XIII Commission for Mental Health - Mental Retardation

Serving Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone Counties

1600 Broad Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39501-3603

228-863-1132

 

Memorial Behavioral Health Memorial Hospital Campus

4500 Thirteenth Street

Gulfport, MS 39501

228-831-1700 or 1-800-831-1700

 

RECREATION

See Sports and Recreation

 

RESIDENTIAL CARE

South Mississippi Regional Center Community

Group home and institutional services program

1170 West Railroad Street

Long Beach

228-868-2923

www.smrc.state.ms.us

 

RESPITE SERVICES

In-Home Respite Nursing Management, Inc.

Serving Southern Mississippi

228-385-9196

www.nminursingmgt.com

 

SCHOOLS

There are special schools for students with disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and other conditions. Most of the special needs schools are run by the state with free tuition.

The schools listed below are for students with disabilities. Call the school for more information on how to register.

 

Exceptional School

Pascagoula School District

Special education for students with developmental, mental or physically delayed. This includes birth defects, emotional problems, and physical problems.

4311 Hospital Street

Pascagoula, MS 39581

228-762-1457

Tuition is free.

 

Mississippi School for the Deaf

Provides K-12 education to students who are deaf. Each student gets an individual educational plan (IEP). Support services include language and speech therapy, auditory therapy, physical therapy, psychological counseling and more. The school provides interpreters and captioned film as necessary. High school students receive vocational guidance and preparation. High school students are graded according to their individual progress. The school is both a residential and a day school.

1253 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

601-984-8000

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.msd.k12.ms.us

 

Mississippi School for the Blind

Residential and day school for K-12 students who are blind.

1252 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

601-984-8200

 

Gulf Oaks Therapeutic Day School/Biloxi Campus

Gulf Oaks partners with public schools to provide therapeutic intervention for students with emotional disability. To enroll your child, she or he must be a special education student with an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Call for more information on how to get a referral to Gulf Oaks.

180-C DeBuys Road

Biloxi, MS 39531

228-388-0679

Group counseling, individual counseling, family therapy and academics, adolescent in-patient unit.

 

SENSORY INTEGRATION

Gulf Coast Rehabilitation, Inc.

Therapeutic listening, sensory integration therapy, outpatient physical & occupational therapy, specializing in pediatrics birth to 21 years, specializing in pediatrics, Sipt certified, interactive metronome, birth to 21 years.

1706 Bienville Blvd

Ocean Springs

228-818-9164

 

SOCIAL WORK SERVICES

Hancock County Department of Human Services

228-467-4100

 

Harrison County Department of Human Services

228-897-5790

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Every school district is charged with identifying and serving children ages 3-21yrs. who meet the state’s criteria for disability. Contact the Program Coordinator in your school district for information, or contact the State Dept. of Education at 601-359-3089.

www.mde.k12.ms.us

 

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Saad Healthcare

Mississippi Office

10598 D’Iberville Blvd, Suite B

D’Iberville

228-432-8855

 

The University of Southern Mississippi, Dept. of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Offers Speech & Hearing Clinic, The Children’s Center (birth to 5 years), and The DuBard School for Language Disorders.

http://www.usm.edu/speech-hearing-sciences

601-266-5216

 

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Mississippi Coast Special Needs Soccer Association

Allen Pilcher

228-860-3903

www.mcsna.org

 

Buddy Baseball

Long Beach

Mike and Carolyn Crawford

228-860-9055

 

STATE AGENCIES

Mississippi Department of Mental Health

www.dmh.state.ms.us

 

Mississippi Division of Medicaid

www.medicaid.ms.gov

 

Mississippi Department of Human Services

www.mdhs.state.ms.us

 

Mississippi Department of Education

www.mde.k12.ms.us

 

Mississippi Department of Health

www.msdh.state.ms.us

 

THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP

Gaits to Success

Carolyn Rhodes, Director

228-255-5368

7552 Kiln-Picayune Road

Kiln, MS

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TRANSPORTATION

All people with Medicaid are eligible for free transportation to and from their health care provider. This service is provided by a company called LogistiCare Solutions, LLC. Patients are to call 1-866-331-6004 at least three days in advance of the appointment.

 

TUTORING

Sylvan Learning Center

4341 Gautier Vancleave Rd, Ste 4

Gautier

228-497-2343

The principal at your child’s school usually knows the names of people in your area who are willing to tutor.

 

WyzAnt Tutoring can help you find a special needs tutor in your area.

www.wyzant.com

 

Adapted for the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Andrea Moreau, MLIS, NBCT

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