Children with Special Needs and Behaviors

  • Boss Parent aims to make family life easier by teaching behavior management strategies and sharing child development information.

  • Phone: 770-891-3420

  • Email:

  • Babies Can’t Wait is Georgia’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. This organization works closely with physicians and healthcare providers to identify these children during infancy so that children and their families may receive the supports they need. This program is federally mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provides a framework for coordinating developmental, educational, and community supports for children under 3 years of age and their families.

  • Phone: 404-657-2850 or 888-651-8224  

  • The UGA CAARE Lab, led by Dr. Ashley Harrison, has a local list of resources in the Athens area that help children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and more.

  • Phone: 706-542-9712

  • Website:

Children's Medical Services

  • The Children’s Medical Services (CMS) program supports families caring for children with special health care needs. CMS works with health care providers and community partners to make sure children and youth with chronic medical conditions have access to timely and quality health care services.

  • Jennifer Brown, RN, MSN - Program Coordinator

  • 645 Meigs St. Athens, GA 30601

  • Phone: 706-389-6923 ext. 2703

  • Fax: 706-552-4536

  • Email:


  • Dr. Laura Hanson, D.C., D.I.C.C.P., NDT, is a board certified chiropractic pediatric diplomat, neurological developmental therapist, and has a Master’s in Nutrition.

  • Her primary focus is helping children with developmental delays and couples planning a family. Her goal is to educate parents and doctors in the areas of clinical pediatrics, neurology examinations, and patient management.

  • Phone: 678-787-3744

  • Email:

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

  • Help parents understand their child’s behavior, play therapy

  • Provides resources to help children and adolescents improve socially, academically, and emotionally.

  • Phone: 706-363-3352

  • Email:

  • Taylor K. Evans

    • Taylor works with children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and special needs. She regularly offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshops and Social/Life Skill Building classes for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum.

    • Phone: 706-391-8244

    • Email:

  • Michelle E. Herron

    • Michelle’s passion is helping children and families cope with living and adapting to life with a disability. She is a strong proponent of positive behavior supports, positive reinforcement strategies, school mainstreaming, and community involvement for children with disabilities in order to enhance social skills and long-term, independent functioning. She offers in-home behavior support, parent trainings, and school advocacy.

    • Phone: 706-391-8244

    • Email:

  • Meg L. Abbott

    • Through art therapy, Meg has helped clients with issues such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, behavioral issues, autism, psychosis, self-esteem, and substance abuse. Meg can provide support for these issues in individual and group art therapy, as well as in traditional psychotherapy counseling. Passionate about empowering children, adolescents, and adults to express themselves and heal through their own creative process, Meg incorporates several modalities when practicing art therapy and counseling, including CBT, DBT, narrative, mindfulness, and client-centered approaches.

    • Phone: 706-391-8244

    • Email:

  • Parenting can be very difficult at times, but especially when parenting kids with "hidden" diagnoses, or what we call Quirky Kids! This group currently has parents of kids with ADD, ADHD, Apraxia, Dyslexia,Asperger's/HFA and/or SPD. We welcome all parents of Quirky Kids to join in the discussion, share resources or even just vent to people who understand. Please feel free to add friends. Be sure to read and agree to our group guidelines once you join, too!

  • Facebook Link:

  • College of Education, Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

  • Phone: 706-542-4598

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