Directory of South Florida Resources for Special Needs Families

Prepared for (but not an endorsement by) Progressive Behavioral Science


Abi’s PlaceAbi’s Place is dedicated to building the skills of children with autism and complex disabilities, and creating a foundation for lifelong success. It does this through the delivery of highly individualized education, outpatient services, community involvement and family support.

1710 N. University Drive, Coral Springs 954-753-4441


Deliver the DreamDeliver the Dream provides free structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis. The organization does this through a three-day, two-night retreat geared toward a specific illness/crisis such as autism, death of a loved one or cancer

3223 NW 10th Terrace, Suite 602, Fort Lauderdale 954-564-3512


The Dan Marino FoundationThe foundation has been a leader in innovation and change for more than 24 years. It empowers individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities through funding, programs and individualized services.

400 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale 954-368-6000


The Arc of Palm Beach CountyThe Arc works with people with all levels of developmental disabilities, from autism to severe cognitive and physical restrictions. The nonprofit works to ensure clients are progressing and developing by offering after school programs and fitness trails to tutoring and adult employment training opportunities.

1201 Australian Ave., Riviera Beach 561-842-3213


(The) CJ Foundation for Children in Need

3600 S. Congress Ave., Suite D

Delray Beach, FL 33426

Telephone: 561-364-2001, ext 1115

Volunteer to help support our causes in fighting Autism, Cancer, as well as raising funds for Educational Programs. The CJ Foundation is a national non-profit charity focusing on children in need. We need volunteers for event planning, fund raising, grant writing, sponsorship programs, advertising, marketing, networking, administrative duties, web work, etc. You are the secret to our success… help us “Create a World of Good for Life’s Challenges”



Artists With Autism

Artists with Autism, Inc provides self-employment opportunities and training for aspiring artists with autism to become self-sufficient, independent entrepreneurs.


Autism Society Of Broward, 954-465-4700

The Autism Society of Broward is a volunteer organization of parents who have children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. They offer parent support groups, educational guest speaker nights and workshops, luncheon for moms, as well as other social, recreational and educational opportunities.


Autism Speaks

Autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


Center For Autism & Related Disabilities

Miami-Dade: University of Miami, 5665 Ponce De Leon Blvd., P.O. Box 248768, Coral Gables. 305-284-6563,

Broward: Nova Southeastern University, 6100 Griffin Road, Davie. 954-262-7111,

Programs provide support, information and training for families with children who have autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.


Easter Seals South Florida

1475 NW 14th Ave., Miami, 305-325-0470

Easter Seals provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so people with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.


Florida Autism Treatment Centers

8001 SW 36th St., #9, Davie; 954-577-7790

9220 SW 72nd St., #101, Kendall; 305-273-3773

Programs provide state-of-the-art services to individuals with autism and related disabilities; to provide and advocate for humane and clinically-effective behavioral treatment; and to conduct and disseminate research to achieve these goals


Lauren’s Kids or, 786-288-5045

Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum is specialized lesson plans that specifically cater to the needs of children with special needs. The curriculum includes engaging lesson plans that incorporate visual aids to educate children about the importance of body boundaries and personal safety and encourage children to develop a handful of trusted adults with which they can share things that make them uncomfortable. The framework integrates with current autism models and focuses on the children recognizing facial cues and situational circumstances to determine what action should be taken to protect themselves.

Autism Society Of Broward County

10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise,, 954-465-4700

Family support, children’s programming, public outreach and autism awareness campaigns to all interested in the betterment of life for individuals and families living with autism.


Swim With Mr. Blue

11401 NW 56th Drive, Coral Springs

8200 Peters Road, Plantation, 954-956-9955

Private and group lessons for children of all abilities, plus Children with Autism and Down Syndrome swim lessons.

Joey’s Outback Adventure

10670 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, 561-204-4554

During Special Needs Days, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, parents can bring their children with autism or other special needs to play at a discounted rate with specially trained employees.  Priced with or without dinner.

Palm Beach School For Autism

8480 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, 561-533-9917

The mission of The Palm Beach School for Autism is to provide a developmentally appropriate education using intensive behavioral strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.


Special Olympics Young Athletes Program

CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex, 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561-966-7072

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a fun sports play program for young children ages 2 –7  with Intellectual Disabilities, such as Autism and Down Syndrome, focusing on their physical, social, intellectual and developmental needs. Young athletes have fun participating in physical activities like dashes, games, songs and lead up sport skills; and while having fun, they are developing motor skills, coordination, balance, strength, sportsmanship, teamwork, social and language skills. Children and families play together, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved in our free Saturday morning Young Athletes program.


Surfers For Autism

7491 N. Federal Hwy, C5-180, Boca Raton

Notprofit dedicated to the introduction of the sport of surfing to children with special needs.

United Cerebral Palsy Of South Florida

1411 NW 14th Ave., Miami; 305-325-1080

3117 SW 13th Court, Fort Lauderdale; 954-584-3151

3595 Second Ave., Lake Worth; 561-357-7779

Serves infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, prematurity, hearing, intellectual disabilities and speech delay) at more than 60 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Mid-Coast counties.


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center

2900 S. Commerce Parkway, Weston, 954-385-6200

Comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with special needs, including autism, speech/language, behavior, as well as support groups, sports medicine and neurosurgery consultations.


The Carrie Brazer Center For Autism And Alternative Approaches

Sunset Campus: 7530 Sunset Dr., Miami 305-271-8790 (Preschool and Elementary)

South Dade Campus: 16905 SW 100th Ave., Miami; 305-234-0490

Individualized programs to meet specific educational, developmental and emotional needs for  the child and family. Services include full-day therapy programs, behavior modification, speech, language, occupational and physical therapy, psychotherapy, support groups, diet and nutrition, summer school, field trips, and music, dance and massage therapy.



Abby Wilentz, DDS

7400 NW 5th Street

Plantation, FL 33317

United States

See map: Google Maps

954 581 7883


Dentistry for Children & Those with Special Needs

1233 NW 18th Street

Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

United States

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954 435 4100


Ernie Prieto, DDS

8500 SW 92 St. #103

Miami, FL 33156

United States

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305 271 3301

English/Spanish, Does not accept Medicaid, Accepts some insurance, Uses laughing gas


Family Dentistry & Orthodontics

13840 SW 56 St.

Miami, FL 33175

United States

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Contact Email:

[email protected]


Grossman Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics

4401 S Flamingo Rd. Suite 109

Davie, FL 33330

United States

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954 236 3434

Contact Email:

[email protected]


Jack Leff, DDS

817 S. University Dr. #103

Plantation, FL 33324

United States

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954 424 6500


K. Randall Groh, DDS

336 Alhambra Circle

Coral Gables, FL 33134

United States

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305 442 1177


Family Practitioners

FIU Embrace

Modesto Maidique Campus, 885 SW 109th Avenue PG-5, Suite 131

Miami, FL 33199

United States

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305 348 3627

FIU Embrace is a comprehensive, integrated program of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine that provides medical and behavioral health care to adults with ASD. Our faculty and treatment team bring years of expertise in understanding and treating the specific needs of these individuals. Services and treatment involve interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of care among various providers.


Live Well- Therapy Group

11050 N Kendall Dr. Suite 102

Miami, FL 33176

United States

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786 332 4478

Contact Name:

Sasha Dimitrjevitch

Contact Email:

[email protected]

Live Well Therapy Group (LWTG) is a counseling practice with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families & couples. At LWTG, we strongly believe in the support, confidence and hope a therapeutic relationship can provide. Our empathetic and motivating therapists are dedicated to working with you and your family to help you achieve balance, personal growth and overall well-being.


University of Miami School of Medicine

1601 NW 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

United States

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305 243 6631

Contact Name:

Xiomara Derqui

Contact Email:

[email protected]

The University of Miami is renowned for its expertise in diagnosing and treating autism and related disorders. Based at the Mailman Center for Child Development, our Interdisciplinary Evaluation Services program conducts comprehensive evaluations and devi


Vitality Health & Wellness

2999 NE 191st Street Suite 905

Aventura, FL 33180

United States

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305 466 1100

Contact Name:

Andrew Levinson, M.D., F.A.A.P. and David Berger, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Contact Email:

[email protected]

Autism Now Protocol, detoxification, functional medicine, integrative psychiatry, and nutrition. Does not accept insurance.


Vitality Health and Wellness

801 4th Street

Miami Beach, FL 33139

United States

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305 466 1100 ext 6

Contact Email:

[email protected]

Autism Now Protocol, detoxification, functional medicine, integrative psychiatry, and nutrition. Does not accept insurance.