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Therapeutic Health Services for Children, Teens in NJ

In addition to the professional services below, see the Health & Family category for listings for Health Professionals, Children's Groups and Specialized Services for specific health needs including Asperger's, autism and ADHD.

New Jersey's Early Intervention System
New Jersey's Early Intervention System (NJEIS) under the Department of Health & Senior Services, implements a statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. If you have concerns about your child's development, call the toll-free referral number, 888-653-4463, or visit online for information.
         For children, birth to age 21, with special health care needs, call the Special Child Health Services (SCHS) case management unit in your county for information about services available
to you.

Project Child Find
Free public awareness and referral service, established by the New Jersey Department of Education, assists parents and professionals by identifying available programs throughout New Jersey for children 3-21 years of age with special health care needs. Local school districts can provide screening and evaluation.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network SPAN
SPAN, 35 Halsey St., 4th Floor, Newark, 973-642-8100, 800-654-SPAN. Non-profit training and information center funded by the U.S. Department of Education serves parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids
Website provides clear information about legal rights and advocacy, state agencies, and a directory of resources including educational consultants, psychologists, health care specialists, tutors, advocates, attorneys, parent support groups and more in New Jersey and for every state.

New Jersey Parent Caucus
Statewide family-driven organization works to help conceptualize, develop and deliver effective and timely services for New Jersey families who have children with special emotional and behavioral needs. Legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System are offered.

insurance education
New Jersey's Children's Specialized Hospital provides valuable information to help parents navigate insurance exchanges and select the best insurance product for their family.

877-914-6662. 24 hour, 7 day a week helpline coordinated by UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare features peer support, telephone assessments, a network of referral services and support groups for mothers of special needs children.

Advancing Opportunities
1005 Whitehead Rd., Suite 1, Ewing, 888-322-1918. Additional locations in Barrington, Budd Lake and Little Falls. Formerly Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, the organization serves people with all types of disabilities and offers school, in-home and work services, support and advocacy, housing assistance, technology lending and therapeutic services through fee-for-service programs.

Provides services to people of all ages with developmental disabilities, some free, some on a sliding fee scale. Early intervention program helps parents identify developmental delays in infant children. Visit the ARC New jersey website for local chapter info.
The ARC of Essex
  123 Naylon Ave., Livingston, 973-535-1181.
  Infant stimulation program, preschool classes, school for severely disabled, summer day camp, social work info and referral, respite care–in-home and out.
The ARC of Hunterdon County
  The Concourse at Beaver Brook, 1465 Route 31 Annandale, 908-730-7827.
The ARC of Middlesex
 219 Black Horse Lane, North Brunswick, 732-821-1199.
The ARC of Morris County
  PO Box 123, Morris Plains, NJ 07950, 973-326-9750.
  Early childhood enrichment, preschool activities, adaptive recreation, adult training and supported employment, parent support groups and supportive living.
The ARC of Somerset County
  141 S. Main St., Manville, 908-725-8544.
  Full range of SLP, OT and PT services for children. The center houses a developmental daycare, private preschool and preschool disabled program.
The ARC of Union County
  52 Fadem Rd., Springfield, 973-315-0000.
  Childcare and preschool in Cranford serving infants to 5 yrs., private school in Mountainside for ages 3-9. Summer day camp, recreation, after school program, Saturday program, hotel respite and in-home respite.

Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University
Early intervention program, serving suburban Essex County towns, provides services for families and their children from birth until age 3 who demonstrate developmental delays. To schedule an evaluation, call Special Child Health Services at 973-395-8836.

Bethel Ridge Learning Center
175 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-221-0801. Non-profit organization servicing the developmentally disabled population ages 14 and older in Somerset, Morris and Union Counties offers job placement and coaching, support and education services. Internet courses; homework club available for 14-21 yr. old students in school.

Children's Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ, 1-888-CHILDREN (244-5373).

Family Link Inc.
2333 Morris Ave., Suite A-204, Union, 908-964-5303. A network of services and supports for the families of children birth to 3 years old residing in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties. If your infant/toddler is having difficulty crawling, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, feeding, following directions or relating to other people, your child may qualify for early intervention services.

Family Resource Network
1 AAA Dr., Suite 203, Trenton, 800-376-2345. A network of programs, services, training, advocacy and events geared to families with special needs includes four affiliate organizations: Autism Family Services of New Jersey, Caregivers of New Jersey, Epilepsy Foundation New Jersey, and Family Support Center of New Jersey.

Metropolitan Speech & Language Center
66 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. 973-994-4468. Lillian Dollinger, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, NJ License: 41YS00083500. Email:
    We provide therapy for children with a variety of communication and feeding disorders: articulation, oral motor, apraxia, language, social skills, ASD, stuttering and auditory processing. We use the most advanced techniques such as PROMPT, iPad apps and more. We have FREE Parent & Baby Classes weekly. We co-treat with Positive Steps OT next door. All speech-language pathologists have ASHA certification, NJ licensure and are Blue Cross Providers. Serving Livingston and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Monday through Saturday hours. Free screenings by ­appointment.

Somerset Children's Center
377 Union Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-725-2366.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550. An innovative mental health facility for children with depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, ODD, bi-polar and other clinically based diagnoses. Programs include after school social skills, autism ABA, teen life, partial care and parents are teachers.

TeamHope, P.C.
231 US Hwy 206 South, Bedminster, 908-375-8237.
       A pediatric specialty practice that serves families with children who have a wide range of challenges. In addition to assessment and diagnoses, TeamHope provides individualized care plans and case management support for each child based on our Clinical Director's extensive experience. Therapies may address challenges in speech/language, feeding, TalkTools (oral motor therapy), PROMPT, orofacial myofunctional therapty, sensory integration learning/literacy/reading, home programs and ABA instruction. TeamHope offers a commitment to a developmental philosophy combined with education and training in behavioral analysis. TeamHope provides therapeutic services to the pediatric population with a focus on ASD, apraxia, motor speech disorders, feeding disorders, tongue tie, tongue thrust, fine and gross motor delays, and sensory disorders. Our academically based services address auditory processing disorders, literacy/learning disabilities, dyslexia, and executive dysfunction.