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.

4Paws for Ability - Autism assistance dogs.

ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy - Generally an intensive and in-home therapy program for students with Autism that works on targeted skills. For students with Medicaid, The Autism Society is the main provider and can be reached at the numbers above or 919-865-5077 for ABA specific calls. For students with private insurance there are several providers in the area including Whole Child Behavioral Interventions (they take most insurance plans but they do not take Medicaid).    Office: 919-742-0919. If you prefer a center based approach outside of the home, Carolina Center for ABA

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.

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. CIDD can do autism evaluations and medication management. Contact 919-966-5171, email:

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.

Collaborative Autism Treatment Campus (in Durham): A multidisciplinary group of professionals that work together providing a wide range of therapy services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. 919-213-9840

Meredith Dangel, LCMHC-A: Meredith is a certified rehabilitation counselor with a private practice in Durham. She treats autistic adults and family members of children or adults with autism. and through Spectrum Services website.

Family Advocacy Network (FAN) - Through the Family Advocacy Network (FAN), Freedom House provides critical assistance to parents raising school-age children with emotional/behavioral issues, mental illness, learning differences, substance abuse problems and other challenges.  FAN also offers group support, advocacy and parenting skills training, all to help families navigate challenges at home and in school. The Family Advocacy Network is now partnered with Freedom House. FAN Office: 1-919-942-2803. No income requirements. 

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.

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. 

Elif Merkler, Ph.D.: Dr. 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

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.

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.

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.

Therapeutic Riding Center: I head wonderful things about the therapy program here which allows students with disabilities to ride horses (with one on one adult supervision and support). Many students in the community go here for lessons and therapy. The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) empowers children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and social challenges to create more active, healthy and fulfilling lives through equine assisted activities and therapies.

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.

Alex Unwin, LCMHC: Alex is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Durham. He specializes in psychotherapy for individuals age 5 through young adulthood with high-functioning autism and their families. and through Spectrum Services website.

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