A Place to Grow: Pediatric occupational therapy in a home-based setting in Durham. Occupational therapist Amy Loesch offers sensory integration, DIR Floortime, social skills groups, and other therapies for children with ASD.

Jamie Allison, M.Ed LPA: Jamie Allison is a nationally certified school psychologist at Triangle Learning and Development Resource in Carrboro. She does autism / developmental delay evaluations, including the ADOS test and school observations. It can be hard to find therapists who have experience evaluating and diagnosing Asperger's / HFA in very young children, and Jamie Allison is one of the few who will evaluate preschool aged children on the high functioning end of the spectrum.

Autism Parenting Solutions: Co-founders Sheila Knapp and Lisa Townsend offer private home and phone consultations for teaching independence, social skills, school success, and more. They have a special emphasis on preparing for IEP meetings and working with schools.

Big Dog Pediatric Psychology: Susan Moschos, Ph.D. offers comprehensive autism evaluations, psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, behavioral consultations, school consultations, individual therapy, and social groups from her home office in the Briar Chapel neighborhood of Chapel Hill. Of special note is that she has social groups for girls.

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities: CIDD offers a number of services for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, Williams Syndrome, and Prader Wili Syndrome. Services include assessment, consultation, treatment, a behavioral medicine clinic, social skills, and transition services for young adults. Dr. Rob Christian is a developmental pediatrician and psychiatrist at CIDD who comes highly recommended.

Center for Mindful Development, PLCC: Dr. Caroline Hexdall in Hillsborough provides comprehensive psychological and educational evaluation, consultation, and therapy to children and adolescents and their families, with a specialization in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Her practice is positive, supportive, and centered around the needs of the child and family. Special services include mindful parenting classes and support groups for parents of children with disabilities.

MVP Transition Consulting: Peter Vierno, Ph.D. provides consulting to middle and high school students with disabilities and their families to assist them through the transition planning process. His primary services include conducting transition assessments to determine a student's vocational interests and abilities, as well as current skills in independent living and self-determination; and making recommendations for the student's post-secondary goals on the transition component of their IEP. In addition, MVP Transition Consulting provides families with information about the adult service agencies available in the community, helps them determine which agencies are most appropriate to help them based on their child's needs, and puts them in touch with individuals at those agencies with whom they can meet.

Nikki Cochran, M.Ed., CCC-SLP:  Nikki is a speech/language therapist at Achieve & Believe Therapy Solutions of Chapel Hill and Durham who uses an eclectic therapy approach individualized to maximize communication independence, develop and improve social skills, and develop cognitive/academic/literacy skills. She combines elements from the following therapy programs: Extraordinary Individualized Learning & Literacy, TEACCH/Structured Teaching, RDI, DIR/Floortime, Verbal Behavior/ABA, sensory integration, and others. She also provides feeding therapy services in the home to expand a child's repertoire of accepted foods, work toward more healthy eating behaviors, and minimize mealtime stress for families. She can be reached at

Developmental Therapy Associates: DTA is a private practice providing occupational and speech therapy since 1982. Clinic locations include Durham and Cary. Linda King-Thomas, MHS, OTR/L, C/NDT is the owner and director. DTA specializes in sensory integration therapy and also offers a variety of interventions, including treatment for speech apraxia and articulation, Astronaut Training, genuine Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT), bike riding lessons, Craniosacral therapy, feeding therapy, handwriting programs, Interactive Metronome, social skills, Therapeutic Listening, summer groups, and art therapy programs. Contact DTA at 919-493-7002.

Embrace Therapeutic Educational Program: A transdisciplinary staff of psychologists and behavior analysts with support from special and general educators, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Embrace offers social groups and home school support classes for children with autism, focusing on both social and academic skills using a wide variety of evidence-based practices. Located in Durham at the CAT (Collaborative Autism Treatment) Campus.

Emerge A Child's Place: Pediatric speech and occupational therapists. They have a location in Durham with a huge gym full of sensory integration equipment. Emerge specializes in sensory integration and social skills, and they also offer programs like Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, and Handwriting Without Tears. Emerge has a variety of special programs for social skills, handwriting, anxiety, and more during the summer.

Greenleaf Psychological & Support Services: Located in Durham, Greenleaf has several therapists/psychologists on staff who specialize in providing psychological evaluation and/or therapeutic services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In particular, Dr. Barbara Lowe-Greenlee has extensive experience working with this population, as does Dr. Sherron Leplin, who was the Senior Executive Director of the Exceptional Children Department at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools prior to joining the practice.

Kidscope: They offer a variety of services for children aged birth - 5, including developmental therapy and visits to schools or daycare providers for behavioral consultations. Kidscope is a contracted provider through the CDSA (Early Intervention), and they see other children as well. Kathy Eden, LCSW works with the child and parents in their homes. She uses a variety of methods, including Floortime, PCIT, and others. Kathy Eden also works privately with children and teens with autism, with an emphasis on promoting flexibility. She can be reached at 919-741-8429 for her private practice.

Kids On Up Psychotherapy: Solomon Kobes, LCSW offers therapy and social skills groups for children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum, with an emphasis on HFA / AS, as well as ADHD. Solomon does individual therapy sessions and also leads social skills groups. He is one of the few male therapists specializing in autism in Chapel Hill, which is a nice option since the majority of kids with ASD are boys. The practice also includes Lorie Lowans-Wells, LCSW and Laura Byrnes, LCSWA. In addition to individual counseling, Lorie and Laura partner to offer social skills groups especially for girls.

Stafford Behavioral Consulting, PLLC: Provides in-home intensive ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) based treatment for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. All treatment is overseen by Mark Stafford, MA, LPA, BCBA who is both a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Board Certified behavior analyst. Mark has been working in the field of ABA for over 30 years. An individual program is developed for each child following a skills assessment to address that child’s strengths and needs. They work with insurance companies when possible to help reduce the cost to the family. For more information visit their website or email them at

Let's Talk Speech & Language Services, Inc.: Co-owner Tracy Vail comes highly recommended for her work as a speech language pathologist and autism expert. Though the office is in Raleigh, several families from Chapel Hill find it worth the drive. They have also just opened a new office in Durham, called the CAT Campus. Let's Talk offers a wide range of speech, occupational therapy, psychological, and diagnostic services, including: Verbal Behavior / ABA (BCBA therapists on staff), DIR/Floortime, occupational therapy, feeding therapy, social skills groups, autism evaluations, and counseling. Families who work with Let's Talk report that they excel at helping non-verbal or minimally verbal children of all ages, as well as those who may exhibit behavioral challenges. Casey Palmer is an educational / autism consultant and a BCBA who is also available to help families with school issues and attend IEP meetings.

Meredith College Autism Program: Intensive full time year round 1:1 ABA program at Meredith College in Raleigh for 2 - 7 year olds. They also provide support to help the child transition out into community schools once the child has developed the necessary skills for classroom participation. Hilary Wilkinson is the Assistant Director / Consultant and she can be reached at 919-760-8080.

Elif Merkler, Ph.D: Elif Merkler is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Carrboro. She is well known around Chapel Hill as an expert in autism and Asperger's. She can be reached at

Jon Ross, Ed.D.: Psychologist Jon Ross specializes in providing services to kids, teens, young adults, and their families, including children with emotional and/or behavioral struggles or autism. Services at his Carrboro practice include therapy, social skills groups, and evaluations, including autism evaluations for preschool - teenaged children. He is also a full-time psychologist for the Wake Co. Public School System. A sliding fee is available for families who are unable to afford the full fee.

Victoria Shea, PH.D: Dr. Shea is a consulting psychologist at the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center. She also offers private services from her office on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Dr. Shea can be reached by phone at 919-929-0533 or email

Jo Teachman, MS OTRL: An occupational therapist in Carrboro who specializes in sensory processing disorder evaluation and treatment. She can be reached at 919-929-2219.

Triangle Behavioral and Educational Solutions: Shannon W. Bellezza, M.Ed., Ph.D. offers educational consulting services throughout North Carolina. Services include: educational advocacy (attending IEP, 504, and other school meetings), educational liaison services (develop and implement effective interventions, including follow up with teachers), school and home behavior, intervention, behavior coaching for parents, and academic interventions.

Katherine Tyson, Ph.D: Dr. Tyson is a licensed psychologist at Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent assessment and intervention. She specializes in autism spectrum disorders, social skills training, anxiety, depression, ADHD, family relationships, and behavior. She has a particular interest in ASD with comorbidities such as anxiety or mood disorders. Dr. Tyson is a member of the International Society of Autism Research and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Aurelie Welterlin, Psy.D: Dr. Welterlin is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is trained in both TEACCH and ABA and is great with kids. She is affiliated with Let's Talk Speech & Language Services in Raleigh and Orenstein Solutions, P.A., a psychology practice with offices in Chapel Hill and Cary.

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