Community Advocacy, Support Groups and Schools

Community Advocacy, Support Groups and Schools

The Developmental and Behavioral Services Resource Guide is solely intended to provide information to patients and their families about public and private agency resources which serve the needs of children with developmental and behavioral issues. The Guide should not be considered an endorsement of any program or service. Patients and their families are advised to carefully consider such resources in consultation with their personal physician.

Address: 156 Wind Chime Court, Suite A • Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: (800) 541-4327 Fax: (919) 715-4093

Comments: Nonprofit organization that serves parents of children birth to age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing, providing emotional support and access to information.

Charlotte Mothers of Multiples
Phone: (704) 341-9979

Comments: Serves mothers of multiples or expectant mothers of twins, triplets and more. Services include parental programs, information and equipment exchanges, social support system networks, educational opportunities and scholarship programs.

Developmental Disabilities Resources (DDR), Inc.
Address: 9822 Albemarle Road • Charlotte, NC 28227
Phone: (704) 573-9777 Fax: (704) 545-6481

Comments: DDR provides services for people ages three and up. Provides CAP-MR/DD services (Home and Community Supports, Residential Supports, Personal Assistance, Respite and Day Supports), DD Respite, Personal Assistance, Family Living and AFL Crisis Respite. Provides State and Medicaid services. For more information, contact Devon Smith at (704) 573-9777, Ext. 6656.

Elon Homes and Schools for Children
Address: 1717 Sharon Road West • Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: (704) 369-2500 Ext. 519 Fax: (704) 688-2960
Web site:

Comments: Residential treatment I 12-18 years. Specialized foster care 2-18 years. Family Care 0-18 years.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
Address: 907 Barra Row, Suites 102-103 • Davidson, NC 28036
Phone: (704) 892-1321 Fax: (704) 892-5028

Comments: The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center is a state-wide, nonprofit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities. As the state-wide parent training and information center, ECAC provides a variety of services at no cost to parents. These include assistance with educational concerns, toll-free phone number, lending libraries, newsletters and workshops on a variety of topics. ECAC is a resource tool, not a provider of services.

Family Support Network of Mecklenburg County
Coordinator: Sandra Ringelstein
Address: Carlton G. Watkins Center • 3500 Ellington Street, Suite 23 • Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: (704) 336-7173 Fax: (704) 336-7112

Comments: Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources for families of children with special needs including premature birth, special healthcare needs, developmental disabilities, and families who have experienced the death of a child.

The Fletcher School
Address: 8500 Sardis Road • Charlotte, NC 28270
Phone: (704) 365-4658 Fax: 704-364-2978

Comments: The Fletcher School offers a comprehensive educational program designed to build the academic, social and emotional competence of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Cash or check accepted.

Infant Mental Health Training Series - Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Address: 5039 Airport Center Parkway, Bldg. K • Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 512-6523 Fax: (704) 512-6558

Comments: Offers an interdisciplinary Infant Mental Health Training Series aimed at healthcare providers concerned with maximizing the emotional, physical, psychosocial and cognitive well-being of young children and families.

The John Crosland School
Address: 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: (704) 365-5490 Fax: (704) 365-5087
Web site:

Comments: The school serves students with average to above average cognitive ability, but have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability or attention disorder. Cash, checks, money orders, credit cards and wire transfers accepted.

Manas Academy
Address: 6203 Carmel Road, Suite 101 • Charlotte, NC 28226
Phone: (704) 542-6471 Fax: (704) 541-2858

Comments: Manas Academy is a school, grades 4-12, for students with learning disabilities, attention issues and neurological deficits. Ratio 1 teacher to 5 students. Educational assessments, parent coaching and extended day enrichment programming included.

Mecklenburg County Health Department Child Service Coordination Program
Address: 2845 Beatties Ford Road • Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: (704) 336-5458
Sliding Scale: No Medicaid: No Insurance: No

Comments: This program serves Mecklenburg County residents birth to age five that meet risk conditions determined by the state. The CSC staff provides teaching, guidance, developmental assessments and assists families in learning how to stimulate their children and help them to maintain normal growth and development. Income is not a consideration for services.

Parents as Teachers
Address: 3803-B Computer Drive, Suite 205 • Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: (919) 571-8092

Comments: Parents as Teachers is a family education and support program for parents of young children. They provide free information to parents about their child’s development, as well as ideas and activities to promote learning.

Thompson Child and Family Focus
Address: 6800 St. Peter’s Lane • Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: (704) 536-0375 Fax: (704) 531-9266
Sliding Scale: Yes Medicaid: Yes Insurance: Some

Comments: Residential and day treatment services for children with behavioral and emotional disabilities. They offer community support services such as outpatient services, foster care, intensive in-home services and a 5-star child development center.

The Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Polliwog Projectserves children birth to 5 years of age whose challenging behavior places them at risk of losing their childcare placement. The Polliwog Project also serves children ages 3-5 whose therapeutic needs do not qualify for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Pre-K exceptional Children’s Program, as well as those who are 3 years of age and transitioning out of the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program. This project provides child centered behavioral therapy; group instruction for early childhood professionals and families; and specialized therapies including speech-language, occupational and physical therapy, for Mecklenburg County residents only.