Washington, D.C. is a city of resources, whether they be cultural, medical, political or personal. Below are a few helpful outlets for families with special learning or developmental needs. – Allie Moore

Expressive Therapeutic Movement offers movement therapy to those with special needs. (Credit: etm-movements.com)

Expressive Therapeutic Movement

8136 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite 209A
Springfield, VA 22152
(703) 218-0751

Expressive Therapeutic Movement offers movement therapy to those with special needs. It offers individual sessions, weekend group workshops or any other frequency of session that are needed. ETM also provides consulting services for those who desire to learn more about movement and learning, including learning topics such as effective communication through team building, and rehabilitation and education for people with movement disabilities. The goal of the center is to promote movement and dance therapy as a means of creative self-expression for those with moderate disabilities, like ADHD, autism and Down syndrome, among others. For class schedules, contact Lynne Bauer at (703) 218-0751, or visit the Web site to fill out a registration form.

3201 New Mexico Avenue NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 237-7695

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is a center that specializes in treatment for those ages 5 to adult who struggle with symptoms of dyslexia, ADHD, hyperlexia and autism. One-on-one care and individual treatment programs focus on the need of each student, whether it be diagnostic evaluations or long-term treatment. Rather than focusing on instruction of classic school subjects, Lindamood-Bell uses a “process-based” form of instruction, centering on processing language before attempting comprehension. The center evokes the mood of a comfortable home, ensuring a pleasant learning environment. Financial assistance is available for those who need it through Your Tuition Assistance and SLM Financial. Lindamood-Bell also hosts an annual international conference for parents, researchers, educators and policy makers that brings light to the issues of dyslexia, hyperlexia and autism. To schedule an appointment, e-mail washingtondc.center@lindamoodbell.com.

CREATE Arts Center

816 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-2787

This private, not-for-profit arts center offers art classes, camps and therapy for children, teens, adults and families. According to its mission statement, CREATE Arts Center strives to promote and encourage creativity, expression and learning through art. Its short-term and long-term art therapy programs are designed for children and adolescents with autism where they can participate in individual or group sessions. For hours, contact create@createartscenter.org.