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Young Children with Special Needs

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a range of services for infants and toddlers up to age three who are experiencing a delay in some area of their development.

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) & Hattie Larlham Central Ohio Services

Provides residential and recreational services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They also provide half-day, year-round childcare for children ages 1-5 living in the North Linden (43224) area. During the school year, they offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as early intervention services, early childhood education and social work services.

  • Administrative Office
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 486-4361
  • Addventures
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 291-9411, ext. 516
    Transportation line: (614) 783-4132
  • Preschool at Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center
    3675 Walford Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 447-0606
  • Community Connections
    250 West Dodridge Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202
    (614) 342-5137
  • Columbus Residential Services
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 607-7780
  • Franklin County Recreation
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 486-4361, ext. 751

hattielarlham.org

BOLD Beginning!

Anyone with young children in their life can use this website to learn about Ohio’s state early childhood programs, resources and agencies. There is helpful information about developmental milestones, screenings, emotional wellness tips, healthy pregnancy and more.
boldbeginning.ohio.gov

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933
childhoodleague.org

Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP)

CHIP provides free educational services to students ages who are deaf or hard of hearing in Columbus and thirty-five central Ohio school districts. The program includes parent support groups, preschool (Alexander Graham Bell School) programs, academic and life skills programs, vocational and career training, transportation and extracurricular activities.
1545 Huy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 365-5977
ccsoh.us/ColumbusHearingImpairedProgram.aspx

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Provides programs for children and adults, including speech and occupational therapy, career and job training, sign language classes, hearing evaluations, hearing aid services, assistive devices and more. They offer screening, evaluation and treatment of children with speech and language delays and autism. They accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 429-1382 VP
columbusspeech.org

Disability Rights Ohio

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Easterseals provides autism, disabilities and special needs services, including early childhood education, pediatric occupation, physical and speech therapies; adult day and in-home services, respite care for families who need a break from caring for their child with autism, and social skills groups. They also offer afterschool programs, summer day camps, vocational services, transportation and more.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523
easterseals.com/centralohio

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Performs evaluations on children ages 3 to 6 in the county to determine special educational needs. They also provide early childhood centers for children with special needs residing in the Licking County school districts.

  • Flying Colors Central-Newark
    119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-1629
  • Flying Colors Southwest-Etna
    927-B South Street, Etna, Ohio 43062
    (740) 927-5437

flyingcolorspreschool.weebly.com

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for children from birth to age 21 who have developmental delays and disabilities. They provide these services in collaboration with all of the Franklin County school districts. Services include early childhood education and home-based services, developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and more.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
fcbdd.orgFCDBB Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory

Marburn Academy

Provides schooling for students in grades 1-12 with learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. Financial aid and tuition loan programs are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822
marburnacademy.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD)

Provides evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities and autism; and comprehensive care focusing on evidence based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other disorders on the autism spectrum. They also offer classes for parents and siblings of children with autism, Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, covering a wide range of topics:

  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-7500
To sign up for a class: (614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/autism

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Occupational, Speech & Physical Therapy Programs

Developmental occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy services are provided at the main hospital, as well as many locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21. Visit the website for a list of all their clinic locations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2200
Occupational Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/speech-and-language-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/physical-therapy

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers comprehensive services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric services and more. They also have a Toy and Technology Library and early intervention programs. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

  • Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955 Toll-free
  • Adult Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6705
  • Child Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6704
  • Dental Program: (614) 685-3197
  • Developmental / Autism Clinics: (614) 685-6701
  • Early Childhood Education Preschool: (614) 685-3191
  • National Core Indicators: (888) 685-0984
  • Neurodevelopmental Dual Diagnosis Clinic: (614) 685-6701
  • Ohio Health and Disability Program: (614) 688-2928
  • Research Unit: (614) 688-4656
  • Special Education / Transition Services: (614) 685-3185

nisonger.osu.edu

Ohio Early Intervention (EI)

Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system that provides services to parents of eligible children under the age of 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their child evaluated at no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of language, feeding, walking, handling of toys, seeing or hearing. A service coordinator and service provider will work with families in the home or other places to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line: (800) 755-4769
ohioearlyintervention.org

Ohio Head Start Association

Use their county directory map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
7810 McEwen Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
(937) 435-1113
ohsai.org/directory

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

Help any licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

Ohio School for the Deaf

Provides education to Ohio’s deaf and hard of hearing students. At the Alice Cogswell Center they serve deaf and hard of hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, siblings of deaf children and children who have deaf parents. Deaf and hard of hearing children with an IEP are eligible for the preschool program at no cost. They also offer year-round after school programs, summer programs, family events and more. Their website provides an in depth list of local and national resources for parents.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-4030 or (614) 728-1424
ohioschoolforthedeaf.org

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides mental health prevention, intervention and treatment services to youth ages 2-21 and their families who have emotional and behavioral challenges. Their specialized behavioral health treatment services include: outpatient and inpatient services, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential and respite services and more. They provide the same services to Hispanic / Latino children. They also have a foster care program.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA
    7215 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
    (614) 224-1142
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Community Park YMCA
    402 North Hamilton Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 224-1142
  • Delaware Recreation Services
    500 East Lincoln Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • Van Buren Shelter
    595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 715-2030
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Provides behavioral health, early childhood, traditional and therapeutic foster care, pre- and post-adoption support and community respite services for youth and families around the central Ohio region.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 610-4191
  • Client Satisfaction or Grievances: (614) 285-3761
  • Billing or Payment: (614) 285-3752
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 258-9927

yasohio.org