Providers and Services

Categories

Adult Care

Providers who can offer supervised activities or respite care services for adults

Advocacy and Legal

Organizations, advocates and attorneys who can explain your rights, and support or represent you

Advocacy Organizations

Organizations that support your rights

Attorney, Disability Rights

Attorneys that specialize in disability law

Attorney, Family Law

Attorneys that specialize in family related issues, such as divorce, child custody, paternity, adoption, dependency and child neglect, and protection from abuse

Attorney, Guardianship, Estates, and Trusts

Attorneys who specialize in the legal transfer of responsibility in the care of a person and their assets when they are not able to make legal decisions for themselves

Attorney, Special Education

Attorneys that have a professional license to provide legal advice and counsel regarding a child’s educational rights.

Educational Advocate

Educational Advocates can assist families with decisions involving the choice of school programs and a child’s educational needs, which can include developing and reviewing the Individual Education Plan (“IEP”), observing a child’s performance in school and monitoring the implementation of the IEP.

Assistive Technology

Includes communication devices and tools, equipment lending libraries, computer and technology training centers, adaptive equipment, agencies that provide assistive technology products, and assistive technology funding sources.

Assistive Technology Assessment and Consultation

Assistive Technology Products

Autism Training

Companies or individuals who offer training about autism spectrum disorders or who develop programs for people with autism. The subcategories are the target audiences.

College Professors

Employers

Individuals with Autism

Medical Professionals

Parents

Teachers, early childhood education

Teachers, elementary education

Teachers, secondary education

Autism Waiver Providers

Providers that are contracted to provide services through Maryland’s Autism Waiver program

Behavior Support

Organizations, people, and products that help manage behavior challenges and promote positive behaviors.

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

Organizations and specialists who evaluate behavior challenges and devise plans to change those behaviors.

Behavioral Products

Software, toys, and other aides designed to help promote positive behaviors or discourage undesired behaviors.

Psychologist, Adult

Specialists who help people work through problems, psychological distress (such as anxiety), and behavior challenges. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications.

Psychologist, Child

Specialists who help people work through problems, psychological distress (such as anxiety), and behavior challenges. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications.

Biomedical Interventions

Interventions that may include vitamins, probiotic diets, a gluten-free casein-free diet, medications, the Feingold diet and others

DAN Healthcare Practitioner

DAN! doctors are trained in the "DAN! Protocol," an approach to autism treatment based on the idea that autism is a biomedical disorder.

Diet/Nutrition

Organizations that provide specialized food or diet resources, and nutritionists.

Other Biomedical Interventions

Organizations and providers that may offer vitamins, supplements, and other biomedical supports and therapies

Camps

Day and overnight camps for children and adults in Maryland and nearby states.

Inclusive Approach to Care - Day

Camps that are open to children and adults with our without disabilities

Inclusive Approach to Care - Overnight

Camps that are open to children and adults with our without disabilities

Special Needs Only Approach to Care - Day

Camps that specialize in working with people with disabilities. They are not typically open to people without disabilities.

Special Needs Only Approach to Care - Overnight

Camps that specialize in working with people with disabilities. They are not typically open to people without disabilities.

Childcare / After School Care

Programs, after school care, and agencies that maintain lists of childcare providers.

Day Program

Centers that offer daytime services that may include functional life skills and community based socialization

Disability and Family Navigators

Specialists in navigating the local and State system to obtain needed supports for your child and family.

Early Intervention

Infants and Toddlers, Preschool Partners, Family Support Network, Preschools, and other organizations that focus on children age Birth-3 (may include up to age 6).

Education

College and Post Secondary Education

Colleges and services that support students on the autism spectrum, including colleges and supports outside of Maryland.

Educational Products/Software

Toys, products and software programs with an academic or learning component.

Homeschooling Resources

Homeschooling curriculums, homeschool scholarship programs, services providing homeschooling support, homeschooling advocacy organizations, and contacts for state and local homeschooling groups and up-to-date laws.

Private and Non-Public Education

Schools that accept private pay and those that are funded through the student’s local school system.

Tutor

People and organizations that provide educational help outside of the classroom.

* For local public school systems, please use the Local Public School Systems category.

Estate and Financial Special Needs Planning

Estate and Financial planning as it relates to protecting government benefit eligibility and properly funding special needs trusts.

Family and Individual Support Services

Services to support a family to keep a member with a disability at home

Getting Diagnosed

Where to go to get evaluated for Autism Spectrum Disorders
* We recommend that you extend your search to 50 or 100 miles since you may only need to go once or twice and, some providers have long waiting lists, and not all may take insurance.

Grants and Funding Sources

Organizations offering funds for autism-related services, such as ABA and other therapies, health care, sensory products, home modifications, etc.

Holistic Health Services/Homeopathic

The practice that the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit.

Acupressure

An ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key body points, with intent to stimulate the body's natural curing abilities.

Acupuncture

An alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body with intent to relieve pain or promote health.

Chiropractic

A health care practice that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.

Home Program Consultants

Work with individuals with autism in their homes, or teach the caregiver the therapeutic techniques used.

Applied Behavior Analysis

A methodology based on the principles of operant and respondent conditioning. A key focus in ABA is to change behavior and increase communication by using two components: teaching (utilizing Discrete Trial Training or DTT) and behavior modification.

Floortime

Floortime does not seek to teach specific skills; the goal is to develop the child’s sense of pleasure in relating to others.

Other

Pivotal Response Training

PRT seeks to teach central skills, such as self-management, turn taking, and joint attention, which can then be used to facilitate communication, improve behavior, and improve social skills.

Relationship Development Intervention

This step-by-step program focuses on building and learning to generalize skills.

SCERTS

The SCERTS curriculum provides a systematic method that ensures that specific skills and appropriate supports, stated as educational objectives, are selected and applied in a consistent manner across a child’s day.

TEACCH

TEACCH curriculum strives to develop communication skills and to pursue social and leisure interests. TEACCH is used primarily in school or work settings.

Verbal Behavior

VB teaches a child to request a desired item or activity, so that he or she learns that words have the function of getting their wants and needs met.

Housing

Includes home-buying and rental assistance agencies, local housing authorities, and Department of Housing, contacts.

Local Public School Systems

Contact information for Special Education office, Child Find, Partners for Success, Independent Facilitators, Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committees (SECAC), Preschool Partners, Infants and Toddlers, Transition Coordinators, and Maryland State Dept. of Education (MSDE) Family Services.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore City

Baltimore County

Calvert County

Caroline County

Carroll County

Cecil County

Charles County

Dorchester County

Frederick County

Garrett County

Harford County

Howard County

Kent County

Montgomery County

Prince George's County

Queen Anne's County

Saint Mary's County

Somerset County

Talbot County

Washington County

Wicomico County

Worcester County

Medical

Physicians in all fields and dentists

Allergist

A physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders including primary immunodefeciency disorders.

Audiologist

The primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.

DAN Healthcare Practitioner

DAN! doctors are trained in the "DAN! Protocol," an approach to autism treatment based on the idea that autism is a biomedical disorder.

Dentist

Includes pediatric dentists, dentists serving adults, and dentists who accept Medicaid.

Dermatologist

The medical experts for skin problems.

Developmental Pediatrician

Pediatricians, particularly those with a subspecialty in the field, that are highly trained and experienced in identifying and diagnosing a whole range of developmental and behavioral differences.

ENT

ENT stands for “Ear, Nose and Throat”. Also known as an Otolaryngologist.

Family Practice

Primary care physicians who treat patients of all ages (hence the term “family medicine”) from pediatrics through geriatrics.

Gastroenterologist

Internal Medicine Physicians who specialize in the digestive system.

Gynecologist

Doctors who specialize in the female reproductive system.

Inpatient Care

The care of patients whose condition requires admission to a hospital.

Internist

Doctors that focus on comprehensive adult health care.

Miscellaneous Health Services

Neurologist

Doctors who specialize in the brain and nervous system.

Neuropsychologist

Specialists who study the structure and function of the brain related to specific psychological processes and behaviors.

Optometrist/Ophthalmologist

Doctors who specialize in eye and vision care.

Oral Surgeon

Doctors who correct problems or damage to the mouth, teeth and jaw.

Orthodontist

A dental professional who prevents or corrects misaligned teeth and jaws.

Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Providers that specialize in difficulties with eating or drinking that may affect weight or nutrition.

Pediatric Neurologist

Pediatric doctors who specialize in the brain and nervous system.

Pediatrician

Doctors who care for children from birth to early adulthood.

Pharmacist

People who are professionally qualified to prepare medicine, fill prescriptions, and advise on the proper use of medications.

Podiatrist

Doctors who specialize in the treatment of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

Primary Care

A health care practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems and focuses on preventive care.

Psychiatrist, Adult

A physician (a medical doctor--either an MD or a DO) who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications.

Psychiatrist, Child

A physician (a medical doctor--either an MD or a DO) who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications.

Psychologist, Adult

Specialists who help people work through problems, psychological distress (such as anxiety), and behavior challenges. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications.

Psychologist, Child

Specialists who help people work through problems, psychological distress (such as anxiety), and behavior challenges. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications.

Mental Health and Counseling

Certified Sex Educator

Clinical Social Worker

Counselor

Life Coaching

Psychiatrist, Adult

Psychiatrist, Child

Psychologist, Adult

Psychologist, Child

Military Family Resources

Resources and services specifically available to military families.

Miscellaneous Services and Products

Barber or Hairstylist

Religious Education and Resources

Includes churches that offer special supports during their church services, classes, etc.

Shoe Store

Specialized Clothing

Includes stores that offer clothing for people with heightened sensitivities to touch and clothing.

Recreation and Social Groups

Includes inclusive and disability-only sports teams, Boy Scouts, adult social groups, dance and music groups/ classes, theater groups, art classes, parks & rec centers, horseback riding, martial arts, sailing classes, ice skating, swimming lessons, gymnastics, cheerleading, and many other activities and opportunities.

Residential Support

Includes Community Supported Living Arrangement (CSLA), Alternate Living Units, Group Homes.

Respite Care

Organizations and people who provide short-term, temporary relief to caregivers.

Safety

Includes personal GPS devices, emergency preparation resources, products and trainings for emergency responders, medical ID items, personal identification tattoos and gear, home safety products, fences, resources related to wandering and running away.

Sensory Products and Toys

Specialty toys, products and software programs that include weighted vests and blankets, adaptive equipment, therapy balls, vibrating pillows and stuffed animals, Body Sox, swings, etc.

Social Services and Other Community Support Programs

Includes government, nonprofit and private programs

Social Skills

Specialists and groups that teach people to communicate, relate, and socialize with others.

Adolescents

Adults

Children

Support Groups

Includes groups that assist friends and families of children and adults with autism, and support groups for individuals with autism.

Adults on Spectrum

Parents

Siblings

Spouses

Therapies

Applied Behavior Analysis

A methodology based on the principles of operant and respondent conditioning. A key focus in ABA is to change behavior and increase communication by using two components: teaching (utilizing Discrete Trial Training or DTT) and behavior modification.

Art Therapist

Someone trained to practice psychotherapy using art as the form of communication. Art therapy is not a recreational activity or an art lesson.

Cognitive Behavior Therapist

Help patients identify the relationships between unhealthy thinking patterns, disruptive behavior, and negative emotional responses in upsetting or impairing situations.

Floortime

Floortime does not seek to teach specific skills; the goal is to develop the child’s sense of pleasure in relating to others.

Movement Therapist

Someone trained in the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.

Music Therapist

Music therapists use music along with other techniques such as counseling, behavior modification, and physical activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

Natural Environment Teaching

Teaching the student away from the structured teaching setting, and in the student’s typical environment.

Occupational Therapist

Someone certified to help individuals develop skills used to perform purposeful activities including work, play, and self-help skills.

Other

Physical Therapist

Specialists that perform assessments and develop goals and techniques to maximize a person’s movement.

Pivotal Response Training

PRT seeks to teach central skills, such as self-management, turn taking, and joint attention, which can then be used to facilitate communication, improve behavior, and improve social skills.

Relationship Development Intervention

This step-by-step program focuses on building and learning to generalize skills.

SCERTS

The SCERTS curriculum provides a systematic method that ensures that specific skills and appropriate supports, stated as educational objectives, are selected and applied in a consistent manner across a child’s day.

Speech/Language Therapist

Specialists that focus on a person’s ability to understand language, the ability to expressive language, and the mechanics of speech. Some speech therapists may also teach social skills.

TEACCH

TEACCH curriculum strives to develop communication skills and to pursue social and leisure interests. TEACCH is used primarily in school or work settings.

Verbal Behavior

VB teaches a child to request a desired item or activity, so that he or she learns that words have the function of getting their wants and needs met.

Therapy and Companion Dogs

Organizations that train and place dogs who serve as companions or assist people with socialization and calming, funding sources for therapy dogs, activities that teach children to be safe and responsible around dogs.

Toileting / Toilet Training

Providers and products that assist with toilet training or toileting needs.

Diapers

Toilet Training Products

Toilet Training Providers

Transportation

Includes agencies that provide specialized transportation services, transportation safety classes, vehicle loan (monetary) assistance programs for people with disabilities, and driver’s education.

Driver's Education

Transportation safety classes, driver’s evaluation and training programs.

Transportation Services

Maryland Mobility Services, and vehicle loan (monetary) assistance programs for people with disabilities.

Vacation

Includes agencies that offer autism-friendly vacation packages, autism-friendly vacation destinations, and airline contacts for special requests.

Vocational / Employment Support

Includes job coaches, job training, supported employment services, vocational assessments and evaluations.

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