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Helping hands: New Orleans resources for families with autism 

The autism spectrum is broad, and for individuals with the most severe cases, some of these resources may not be applicable. Below are a few notable services.

Online resources

Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (ASGNO)
(504-464-5733; www.asgno.org)
ASGNO's website contains an extensive list of local, state and national resources.

Autism Speaks
(www.autismspeaks.org/early-access-care/first-concern-action)
Autism Speaks offers the First Concern to Action Tool Kit for families of children exhibiting signs of developmental delay.

Children's Hospital Regional Autism Resource Guide
(www.chnola.org/autismresources)
This resource guide for Louisianans includes a list of specialized schools.

The Autism Society
(www.autism-society.org)
This national database of information contains some local resource catalogs.

Diagnosis

Tulane Center for Autism and Related Disorders
(131 S. Robertson St., 504-988-3533; www2.tulane.edu/som/tcard)
Comprehensive diagnostic services for children with suspected intellectual disabilities.

Autism Center at Children's Hospital
(Calhoun Campus, 1040 Calhoun St., 504-896-7272; www.chnola.org/autism)
Three-week sessions of classes help caregivers support a child with ASD.

Pelts, Kirkhart and Associates
(1539 Jackson Ave., Suite 300, 504-581-3933; www.pkmandassociates.com)
Private evaluations

Family Behavioral Health Center (145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Suite 300, 504-309-4924; www.familybehavioralhealthcenter.com)
Private evaluations.

Early intervention

The Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) (504-595-3408;
www.dhh.louisiana.gov)
OCDD is the leading government agency for services available to individuals with ASD.

Crane Rehab Center, LLC
(8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 100, 504-866-6990; www.cranerehab.com)
Comprehensive pediatric therapies for writing, social skills, feeding intervention, speech remediation and sensory integration, among others.

School

504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
(www.doa.la.gov).
Sets goals for students to show evidence that the accommodations are helping them succeed.

Connections Academy
(www.connectionsacademy.com)
Online, tuition-free, fully accredited school for pre-k through 12th graders.

Behavior and symptom maintenance

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
(www.bacb.com)
Behavior modification therapy focuses on eradicating inappropriate behaviors and replacing them with positive behaviors.

Recreation

NOLArts Learning Center
(1215 Prytania St., Suite 424, 914-844-5053; www.nolartslearningcenter.com)
After-school and weekend programs stimulate the creativity of kids with special needs.

Elmwood Palace 20
(1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 504-733-2029; www.amctheatres.com)
Elmwood Palace 20 offers sensory-friendly films sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans.

Miracle League of Greater New Orleans
(www.gnomiracleleague.com)
Miracle League is a volunteer-run athletics club for children with special needs. It offers baseball, basketball and soccer annually for $10 per season.

The Studio School of Dance
(3225 Danny Park, Suite 201, Metairie, 504-941-7345; www.thestudionola.com/twinkle-toes)
Studio School of Dance offers a weekly ballet class for children with physical or developmental disabilities. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 19.

Celebrity Cruises; Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line
(www.royalcaribbean.com; www.celebritycruises.com)
These lines offer cruises for families with special needs children.

Support groups

Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana
(201 Evans Road, Building 1,
Suite 100, Harahan, 504-888-9111; www.fhfjefferson.org; 7240 Crowder Blvd., Suite 200, 504-943-0343; www.fhfsela.org)
This nonprofit group serves Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes.

Financial assistance

Flexible Family Funds
(Metropolitan Human Services District, 1010 Common St., Suite 600, 504-599-0245)
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities supplies stipends for families of children with severe developmental disabilities.

Autism Support Network
(www.autismsupportnetwork.com/resources/autism-grants-United-States)
This national nonprofit offers grants to support families of children with autism.

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