Special Needs Resources

Gifted and Talented

TAG /Challenge/Gifted Programs
Most major metropolitan school districts off programs for the talented and gifted. Homeschoolers are eligible to participate in these programs. Contact your local school district.

College for Kids
Meramec Community College
11333 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63122-5799
Contact: Janet Turnbaugh
Enrichment classes for gifted and talented students grade k-8 in multiple disciplines such as art, math, language, drama, science, and history. Classes are offered during 8-day camps during the summer and Saturday mornings during the winter session.

Gifted Programs

Duke, Talent Improvement Programs (TIPs)
1121 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701-2028
Talent Improvement Programs (TIPs) are nationwide programs that operate by region–each region is associated with a specific university.  St. Louis is in the Duke University TIP.  TIPs make special services available to gifted students, to include “out of level” testing–using EXPLORE, ACT and SAT tests as information for parents of gifted children.  For example, the EXPLORE test is designed for 8th graders, and you may take it at 5th or 6th grade, to evaluate the gifted child’s strengths and weaknesses.  With a “normal” achievement test (Iowa Basic Skills and the like), a gifted child may just “ace the test” across the board, giving a parent no real information about the child’s abilities.
Other features of TIPs include distance learning, special weekend programs, and summer camps for gifted students.  They usually have newsletters and other information for students and parents.  There is the ability to use services in other TIP regions, for example, St. Louis based students could also be eligible for Northwesterns TIP, which may be geographically more accessible.  This varies by TIP, but it’s a good idea to check them all out, if you are looking for specific programs.

Gifted Resource Center
357 Marshall Avenue Suite 6, St. Louis, MO 63119
Contact: Susan Flesch
Enrichment classes and camps for gifted and talented students grade k-8 in multiple disciplines such as art, math, language, drama, science, and history. Classes are offered Saturday mornings during the winter session. Parent workshops are offered during student programs.

Project MEGSSS, Inc.
2 CityPlace Dr., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63141
Our mission is to discover, inspire, and develop the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. We provide “above level” mathematics testing, rigorous summer enrichment programs and our well known, three year after-school mathematics program for qualified students. We serve students with a high level of aptitude and interest in math, whether they test as gifted or are failing math due to sheer boredom!
Nominations of 5th/ 6th grade students, made by parents or teachers, are accepted beginning in January of each year. Parent information meetings are held prior to registration for our unique testing event, which assesses mathematical reasoning ability. After testing, qualified candidates may take the two week summer program which introduces the student to formal logic and operational systems. Classes may continue during the school year one evening per week, or the student may return the following summer for MathJam, enrichment classes focused on STEM/STEAM-related activities.
The program is tuition-based, but need-based scholarships or payment plans are available. For almost 35 years, Project MEGSSS has operated as a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation serving the St. Louis region’s most talented middle school students.
Programming is available to all qualified students regardless of race, color, gender, creed or national origin. The current Executive Director is a former home schooler and may be reached at nomination@megsss.org. We put the “M” in STEM!

MENSA St. Louis Chapter
Local chapter of Mensa, an international organization for the gifted and talented.
Site provides information links and area contacts.

St. Louis Association for Gifted Education (SAGE)
P.O. Box 4739, St Louis, Missouri 63108
Contact: Jaime Rhoades, President
A nonprofit organization whose primary focus is to provide information and support for parents, educators, students, psychologists, and others who work with talented and gifted students. They also sponsor parent/educator workshops and a lending library.

Gifted Counseling and Testing

Duncan, Laurie
636-532-2374 (home)
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Psychology Department

Louise Frohlichstein

Gremmelsbacher, Gery
314-842-9109 (home)
314-409-7218 (cell phone)
St. Louis University
Psychological Services Center
314-977-2278 (office)

Meyo, Agnes
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Community Psychological Service
Psychologist specializing in intelligence and disability testing and general psychologist specializing in the giftedness and disabilities. She can also be contacted through the Gifted Resource Council.

Preusser, Karen
636-256-0600 (office)
Washington University
Psychological Service Center
314-935-6555 (office)

Learning Disabilities

Informational Resources

Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
Springfield, MO
Offering information, support, annual conference and seminars on Aspergers and Autism.

Center for Hearing & Speech
9835 Manchester Road; St. Louis, MO 63119
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a non profit organization that offers evaluations and therapy to children of all ages with a variety of disorders including speech and language delays, stuttering, language and articulation disorders and auditory processing disorders.  Financial scholarships are available.

Christian Homes and Special Kids ( CHASK )
A Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to providing encouragement to families raising and educating children with special needs.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
P.O. Box 3000
Purceville, VA 20132
HSLDA also provides extensive on-line resources to the home school community, including information on special needs. Dianne Craft offers a free 21-page resource guide with information about identifying and addressing learning disabilities. http://www.hslda.org/docs/hshb/68/Specialneedsoffer.pdf

MIND – Midwest Institute for Neurological Development
144 Chesterfield Commons East Rd, Chesterfield, MO  63005
Contact: Meghan Finnegan, Program Director
(636) 537-9800
Midwest Institute for Neurological Development (MIND) is the Midwest’s first and only brain-based treatment and educational center dedicated to the evaluation and management of Neurobehavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders. In a collaborative effort to bridge the gap between the medical arena and our educational system, the MIND has selected experts in the fields of neurology, neuroscience, neurological rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, special education, reading specialists and psychological examiners. Our evidence-based approach applies the most current research from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, to provide the most comprehensive and individualized brain-based educational plan for each child.
Conditions addressed at the facility include, but are not limited to; learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder(s), Asperger’s Syndrome, sensory integration disorder(s), dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder(s) (PDD-NOS), obsessive compulsive disorder(s) (OCD), Tourette Syndrome and motor tics.

Miriam Learning Center
Contact:  Anne Tolan, Program Manager
Miriam Learning Center is designed for students ages 4 through 18 who have average to above average cognitive ability but require support because of difficulties related to speech, listening, reading, math, sensory or motor skills, as well as other specific challenges.  We offer tutoring with certified special education teachers, speech/language and occupational therapies, social skills classes, therapeutic enrichment classes and evaluations.  Our website is www.miriamlearningcenter.org

NACD – National Association for Child Development, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1639, Ogden, UT 84402-1639
Local contact person is Linda Strobel @ 314-406-7594.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network NATHHAN,
P.O. Box 39, Porthill, ID 83853
e-mail: NATHANEWS@aol.com
A Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to providing encouragement to families home educating children with special needs. Web magazine available.

St. Louis EXPO –  homeschool convention
Each spring area homeschool support groups come together and host an area wide conference.  Included are speakers and resources for the specials need’s group.  They even host a special needs section at the convention with numerous booths dedicated to providers of services to the special needs community.  For more information go to:  http://www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com/

Service Providers – General

Autism – informational website and resource list for autism related issues, hosted by Jean Lash, a former West County home schooling mother

Good Shepherd School for Children
Contact: Laura Max, Program Director
e-mail Lmax@goodss.org
Offers specialized support (specifically in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech/Language Therapy). They provide an alternative to families that may not qualify or want services through their local school districts. They accept several insurances, Medicaid, and private pay for services, as well as being a vendor for St.
Louis Regional Center’s Autism Project and Family Directed Support funds.
Good Shepherd offers outpatient therapy services through age eighteen here at our center in Creve Coeur. (They are actively reaching out to the home school community).

Blooming Kids Software, LLC.
36 Lincoln Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Blooming Kids Software (BloomingKids), a company that creates computer programs designed to teach children who have special needs, such as Autism, PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay) and others who require early intervention. They have created 29 new educational programs for professional educators and parents. The programs include instructions for children who need help with listening, identifying, matching and auditory processing skills. BloomingKids’ programmers can incorporate any personal pictures, voices or music into all 29 programs. BloomingKids will use them to construct a learning tool customized to meet any child or student’s needs. Many of them also offer testing and reporting capabilities so parents can monitor the children’s success. All of the programs use colorful animations, pictures and music to help children to learn with enthusiasm and attention. Each exercise in the program rewards and encourages and every correct answer earns positive reinforcement

Relationship Development Intervention™
The St Louis Consultant is Barbara Duckett who works at St. John’s Child Development Center. She can be reached at 314-569-6000.

Victory Speech Therapy and Autism Consulting, LLC
9700 Mackenzie Rd.  Suite 110, Affton, MO 63123
Email: jan.butler@victoryspeechtherapy.com
Victory Speech Therapy and Autism Consulting is a God-centered business focused on providing quality speech-language therapy, social skills training, and autism consulting to children in a compassionate, loving, and encouraging atmosphere.  In addition to weekly therapy sessions, Zebra Camp, a week long social skills camp, is held during the summer.  Ask about a special discount for homeschool families!


The Fontbonne University Speech and Language Clinic
Fontbonne College
6800 Wydown, St. Louis, MO 63105
Provides evaluation and treatment of both children and adults in the following areas:
Articulation, phonology, language/reading, voice disorders, stuttering, hearing impairment, augmentative communication, accent reduction, aphasia, dysarthria, paraxial, and cognition.

Giant Steps
800 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite B, St. Louis, MO 63017
e-mail giantstp@concentric.net
Giant Steps offers an Academic Therapy program for children with autism. It is a multi-sensory teaching approach to meet each student’s individual style of learning. They also offer summer camp programs.

Play 2 Learn
Mid-America Therapy Services,LLC
14360 South Outer Forty Drive, Town and Country, MO 63017
Contact: Marla Shyken OTR/L
(314) 434- 5410
Play2Learn provides developmental enrichment to young children in our community. We are devoted to helping kids that need that extra push. We offer sensory exploration, social engagement, fine and gross motor activities, education to parents and a feeling of success in a fun and playful environment. In addition, we provide individual occupational and speech / language therapy. Our program gives families the opportunity to better understand sensory integration as well as speech and language development.
We are certified in Listening Therapies to address attention and concentration, sensory processing, autism spectrum and auditory sensitivity. Also, we provided classes using the Handwriting Without Tears, a multi-sensory approach to learning handwriting. Check us out on Facebook for more information!

The Walker Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic, St. Louis, Inc.
Contact:  Laura Rose, Clinic Co-Supervisor
3632 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 533-7415/FAX (314) 533-7503/ (800) 358-5656
The Scottish Rite Clinic has provided speech and language therapy to St. Louis children, ages two through six, who have significant communication impairments, but have otherwise normal physical, mental, and emotional development. Services offered for free.

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Speech-Language-Hearing Center
The Center provides diagnostic and treatment services to individuals who with a variety of communication problems.

The Speech Spot
Elizabeth Dunn M.S., CCC- SLP
3284 Ivanhoe Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63139
(618) 791-8271
I have a dedicated therapy room in South Saint Louis and specialize students up to age 14. I can provide therapy services, 2nd opinions or full evaluations for parents seeking profession guidance for their students needs.

St. Louis University Speech/Language/Hearing Clinic
3750 Lindell Blvd-McGannon Hall, St. Louis, MO
Provides speech and language therapy. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

Tip of the Tongue Speech and Language LLC
958 Kehrs Mill Road, Ballwin, MO  63011
Contact:  Rhonda J. Banford, M.A.T.,
Provides speech-language therapy to children ages 3 and older.  Particular emphasis on articulation and expressive language.  Experienced with childhood apraxia of speech and reading difficulty.  Also provides tongue-thrust therapy and foreign accent reduction services.

University of Missouri-St. Louis – Pupil Project
One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
(314) 516-7000
UMSL offers various testing and evaluation services:
Cognitive Testing (Intelligence Testing): To determine strengths and weaknesses in processing skills (auditory, verbal, visual, motor) – IQ testing. Which is followed by a summary report and suggestions. The Special School District accepts these reports, which can save several months time in the SSD process.
Academic Achievement Testing: To determine current levels of academic functioning in reading, mathematics, and written expression and to identify specific deficits.
Behavioral Assessment: To examine any concerns with attention, concentration, hyperactivity, or emotional factors.
The Pupil Project which is a multidisciplinary team of optometrists, school psychologists, special educators and physical therapists. The Pupil Project provides optometric, psychological and educational clinical evaluation, diagnosis and remediation for children with learning related vision problems. They also provide dyslexia testing. When a problem is fined, they also offer vision therapy services. The vision therapy offered at UMSL is more than half the price of therapy offered in private practices and is offered at both their main campus and in St. Charles County. All of this can be set up through the college of optometry at 314-516-5131. http://www.umsl.edu/~optomety/clinics/cecpage.html

Victory Speech Therapy and Autism Consulting, LLC
9700 Mackenzie Rd.  Suite 110, Affton, MO 63123
Email: jan.butler@victoryspeechtherapy.com
Victory Speech Therapy and Autism Consulting is a God-centered business focused on providing quality speech-language therapy, social skills training, and autism consulting to children in a compassionate, loving, and encouraging atmosphere.  In addition to weekly therapy sessions, Zebra Camp, a week long social skills camp, is held during the summer.  Ask about a special discount for homeschool families!

Co-ops and Learning Centers

Promise Christian Academy
1809 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Contact: Meredith Wiggers Heintz, Administrator
Office 636 449 0647
Fax 636 449 0648
Offering enrichment classes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for two 14-week semesters for children who have differences in learning style, differences in physical and cognitive ability, and differences in approach to solving problems.  Additionally,  5-week Winter Session on Wednesday afternoons will include Art being incorporated with OT and SLP.

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