Resources for Children with Special Needs

We partner with a variety of organizations to guarantee that children with special needs and their families have the  resources they need. Below is a list of organizations in Tennessee, and Mississippi that you might find helpful.

Resources in Tennessee

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. 

Bodine School
Bodine School is the only school in Tennessee that is solely committed to teaching children with dyslexia and other reading-related learning differences to read and succeed. 
2432 Yester Oaks Drive
Germantown, TN 38139 
Phone:  (901) 754-1800 
FAX: (901) 751-8595

Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Phone: 901-448-6511
Fax: 901-448-7097

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
A comprehensive informational website about cerebral palsy, it provides support and access to reliable CP information to parents of children with cerebral palsy, including but no limited to information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles. covers all aspects of cerebral palsy. And all of the information is thoroughly researched and cited.

Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South
The Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South is a support group for parents, families and friends of persons with Down syndrome. It provides information to patients and professionals, conducts educational meetings, hosts social events, provides a networking outlet to families, advocates for the rights of individuals with Down syndrome and provides support to families of individuals with Down syndrome.   
2893 So. Mendenhall Rd.
Suite 3
Memphis, TN 38115
(901) 547-7588

Janna Hacker & Associates
At Janna Hacker & Associates , we partner with our patients and their families to help them soar to new heights. From speech therapy to physical therapy, our dedicated, close-knit team offers a one-stop shop of specialized services. Our therapists also team with teachers at many private schools and preschools/daycares to provide services and enhance the child’s success in the classroom.  We embrace the unique potential in every child, sharing in the joy and excitement with each new skill that’s mastered. For us, there’s no better reward than to help change our families’ lives for the better.


Lakeside Behavioral Health Systems
Since 1967, Lakeside Behavioral Health System has been the premier provider of specialized behavioral health and addictive disease services in the Memphis and Mid-South region. The 305-bed facility, located on a serene 37-acre campus in northeast Shelby County, serves as the setting for the treatment for children, adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors. Lakeside’s comprehensive programs treat disorders such as bipolar disorder, psychological trauma, depression and anxiety, mental illnesses, suicide intervention and addictive disease disorders such as alcoholism, drug addiction and substance abuse.    
2911 Brunswick Road
Memphis, TN 38133  
Phone:  901.377.4700

Le Bonheur Outpatient Rehab Services
We offer a variety of rehabilitation and therapy services for newborns to teens. This includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, feeding and swallowing therapy, early intervention therapy services and audiology. We have a location in the Memphis medical district and one in Germantown.     
Phone:  901-287-4300

LeBonheur Early Intervention and Development (LEAD)
LeBonheur Early Intervention and Development (LEAD) provides early intervention services for children ages: birth to 3 years. Services are provided in homes and community-based child care centers. LEAD partners with the Tennessee Early Intervention System and is designated as an Early Intervention Resource Agency by Tennessee’s Department of Education.
Phone:  901-448-6928/901-448-6511 

LINC/ 211, Community Information and Referral
2-1-1 LINC is a comprehensive database of human service resources in the Memphis area. It is updated by the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

Madonna Learning Center
Madonna Learning Center focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and physical developmental needs of children with disabilities. Students range in from 5 to 30 years of age. Building Independence Group is designed to be a transitional program for its participants, enabling them to learn and further develop independent life, employment and social skills. Madonna also provides individualized educational services.
7007 Poplar Ave
Germantown, Tennessee 38138
Phone:  901-752-5767
Fax: 901-752-5039

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf
The Memphis Oral School for the Deaf works to empower deaf children to listen, learn, and talk. At MOSD, no sign language is used. Instead, the school uses speech and language therapies, audiological services and preschool classes to help profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing children ages birth to 6 years old. These specialized techniques help the children develop the necessary listening and spoken language skills to become a part of, rather than apart from, a world of sound.
7901 Poplar Avenue
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone:  (901) 758-2228   Fax: (901) 531-6735

The Arc Mid-South
Mid-South Arc offers programs and services for individuals with autism,  cerebral palsy,  Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and other developmental and intellectual disabilities.
3485 Poplar Avenue
Suite 210
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone:  (901) 327-2473
Fax: (901) 327-2687

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children ages birth through 3 years with disabilities or developmental delay. Children with motor, communication, cognitive, social and adaptive delays may be eligible for special services.
Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0380
Phone:  1-800-852-7157

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a statewide clearinghouse of disability-related resources and multilingual helpline. A library connects families to resources in the following areas: advocacy and law, art and recreation, assistive technology, disability etiquette, disaster and emergency preparation, education, employment, health care, housing, mental health, religion and spirituality, support and transportation.

Transformations Autism Treatment Center
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services and support to families and individuals affected by Autism. Our mission is to aid individuals in reaching their full potential by providing ABA therapy which has been proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. 
6761 Stage Rd.
Bartlett, TN.   38134
Phone:  (901) 231-1931

         Resources in Mississippi

First Steps
First Steps, a program of the Mississippi State Department of Health, matches infants and toddlers who have developmental delays with professional resources within the community. The organization coordinates individual assessments and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).,0,74.html  
hone:  601-576-7400

Parkwood Behavioral System
Parkwood Behavioral Health System has been the provider of choice for behavioral health and chemical dependency services in the Mid-South since 1987..As treatment options and patient care innovations have continued to become available we to strive to provide the highest level of safety and quality care for our patients. At Parkwood, our caring staff focuses on providing compassionate care to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.
8135 Goodman Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654   
Phone:  (800) 477-3422

Project RUN
Project RUN, a program of the North Mississippi Regional Center, provides early intervention services to infants and children from birth to age 3 who are experiencing developmental delays, who have diagnoses known to be associated with developmental delay, or who have special needs that may delay their development.
Darlene Hoar
Phone: 662-513-7750