= Private Autism Providers = Easterseals of Georgia = Autism Specialty Centers = Lekotek Play Centers = Babies Can’t Wait, Children 1st, and Children’s Medical Services
Don’t know where to start?
Contact HelpMeGrow: 888-HLP-GROW (888-457-4769)
- Check here for CDC’s milestones (PDF of checklist for 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months)
- Learn more about the CDC’s program, “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”
- Have an iPhone or Android? Download the Milestone Tracker App
Bright From the Start
- Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning offers support for inclusion through the Inclusion Program with inclusion coordinators available in every community. These inclusion coordinators link families, childcare providers, and others to community resources to ensure that children are successfully included in early care and learning environments. www.decal.ga.gov
Babies Can’t Wait
Georgia’s Early Intervention program provides supports and resources for children (birth to age three) with significant developmental delays or qualifying medical conditions and their families.
Children 1st is the single point of entry for all DPH Child Health programs and services for children, birth – 5 years old. All referrals made to DPH Child Health programs including Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), Children’s MEdical Services (CMS), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and 1st Care must be made through Children 1st.
A statewide, non-profit organization that provides support, information, and resources to parents of children with disabilities ages birth through twenty-six. 1-800-229-2038.
Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and a coordinator will get in touch with you. The coordinator will be able to work with you and your insurance plan to navigate your financials.
A comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia.
Georgia Medicaid financial aid services
- Amerigroup Community Care: 1-800-249-0442
- CareSource: 1-855-202-0729
- Peach State Health Plan: 1-866-874-0633
- WellCare: 1-866-231-1821
State and federally funded program which provides a statewide community-based, family-focused, care coordinated, culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of medical/ health care for eligible children, birth to 21, with chronic medical conditions. (404) 657-4855.
Provides eligible children with the opportunity to attend another private/public school.
Click the link above for a PDF containing information on Georgia’s Medicaid waivers, eligibility, services provided and more.
Information and resources for families regarding special education programs in public schools for children 3-21. Includes contact information for referrals to services.
This program will loan adapted and traditional toys to families to use at home and provides individualized support and resources. The program’s goal is to make play successful and interactive for children with disabilities via the use of adapted toys and computer equipment.
Information and Technical Assistance on the American with Disabilities Act.
Answers from the U.S. Department of Justice on common questions about the ADA.
Comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with children with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
Support group for families of children with disabilities and other special health care needs.
The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation. Its mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy.
Provides information and advocacy activities, program implementation, and funding and public policy analysis and research to influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
An interdisciplinary community collaboration among the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia State University College of Law to improve the health of low-income children and their families. Offers public health legal services to eligible families of children with health care issues.
Support and resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Listing of Georgia-based therapists, support groups, and other resources for children with disabilities and their families.
Training materials, resources, and research to support social and emotional development in young children.
Ideas for increasing children’s opportunities to practice social skills.
Tip sheets, brochures, videos, and other resources to help families understand the causes of common behavior problems and ways to teach young children self-control and critical coping skills.
Resource for ideas to support children with challenging behaviors at home and in early education environments.
Tip sheets, brochures, videos, and other resources to help families support social-emotional development in their young children.
Information and resources for families, early learning professionals, community members, and others on healthy child development, developmental monitoring, and developmental and behavioral screening.
Developmental information Families can complete an online Ages and Stages Questionnaire and have results and suggested activities emailed to them.
Brochures, videos, and other resources for families and early educators.
Information and resources for families to increase their knowledge and understanding of developmental milestones for children birth to three years old.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) promotes pediatrics and advances child health priorities in a variety of ways including developing policy, conducting research, lobbying Congress, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education. Learn more about the great work being done!
This kit was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism.
Provides research-based information and activities designed for use by parents and care providers to promote literacy learning by children with disabilities.
Resources for families and early educators related to developmental screening tools and early detection of communication delays. Click here to download a brochure explaining the First Words Project and explaining how families can participate.
Information and activities to support early literacy for preschoolers.
Reach out and Read believes all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine. They help integrate reading into pediatric practices, advise families about the importance of reading with their children, and share books that serve as a catalyst for healthy childhood development.
Real Dads Read (RDR) is a program by Fathers Incorporated aimed at elementary and middle school aged children (K-8) and their fathers/male caregivers. The program goals are to encourage children to develop a love of reading, improve children’s literacy skills and educational outcomes, and to strengthen bonds between fathers/caregivers and their children.
For families who have children with ASD
Gives tips for taking care of oral hygiene at home for children with ASD.
Guide for parents of children with ASD. Outlines suggested practices for ensuring that children with ASD engage in good dental care and ideas for planning trips to the dentist’s office.
For dental professionals
Describes the difficulties with dental care that autistic patients experience and suggests methods for improving clinical care.
Gives advice to dental professionals on how to take care of patients with autism.
Describes the challenges that people with ASD experience in obtaining dental care. Addresses dental treatment concerns for autistic patients. Gives advice to parents and dental care professionals on how to treat and help autistic patients.
For Dental Professionals: for further information on dental treatment for infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs, refer to AAPD’s The Reference Manual of Pediatric Dentistry: Definitions, Oral Health Policies, Recommendations, Endorsements, Resources and website (https://www.aapd.org/).