Every child learns differently, and some kids need specialized support for the ways they learn and process information. In addition, some children have special needs beyond what a regular classroom can offer, so parents need to know all their options for finding special education resources.
Learning disabilities can range from mild to severe, and there’s help here in Los Angeles for whatever your child needs. Early intervention is very important to help overcome developmental disabilities, so that children can stay on track in school and not become discouraged.
Whether you’re looking for a special education program within your local school system, an entire school devoted to kids with special needs, or even a speech therapist or occupational therapist, this list should help you get started finding solutions for your kids.
Regional Centers in Southern California
Social and Behavioral Services
Special Needs Summer Camps
Regional Centers in SoCal
Regional Centers are non-profits and can provide diagnoses and assessment of eligibility for services and resources. They can serve families from birth and into adulthood. There are 21 Regional Centers throughout California.
These Centers help coordinate services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and were created by the Lanterman Developmental Services Act in 1966. They contract with the State of California, so there may be no charge to your family.
Westside Regional Center
5901 Greene Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230
Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance 90503
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
75 Rancho Camino Drive, Pomona 91766
North Los Angeles Regional Center
9200 Oakdale Ave, Chatsworth 91311
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
3303 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
1000 Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
2500 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles 90018
Social and Behavioral Services
Girls Athletic Leadership School
Type: Featured Charter Schools, Middle School, Public Charter School, Special Education Resources
GALS LA is a free all-girls public charter middle school serving students in grades 6-8 in the San Fernando Valley. GALS LA takes a holistic stance to development that recognizes the deep connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. Through the integration of a health and wellness curriculum addressing the physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs of female adolescents, GALS LA helps students to emerge as leaders of their own lives. The young women at GALS LA have the ability to pursue their strengths and passions, and to understand their responsibility to the local and global community.
The Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles envisions a world where all young women, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to access the skills, knowledge, and self-determination to succeed in secondary school, college, their communities, and the world.
Noted for Social Emotional Learning and Movement Based LearningConnect:
Leaps n Boundz
Type: Special Education Resources
Leaps n Boundz provides therapy, recreation and social programming for individuals with diverse abilities. We teach in therapeutic and fun environments that promote strength and growth in all aspects of life. Play and movement are used as tools to increase motivation, improve life-skills, build self-esteem and create opportunities for social interactions. Our programs enable individuals of all abilities, through individualized goals and objectives, to improve his/her quality of life. Through increased independence, our safe and supportive environments provide participants with unique experiences and creative learning opportunities.Connect:
Type: Elementary School, Featured Private Elementary Schools, High School, Homeschool Program, Middle School, Special Education Resources
Pacific Preparatory is an accredited K-12 school where students meet virtually with their teachers one-on-one, receiving real-time instruction. Curriculum is always interactive and our teachers adapt activities and homework to fit each student using both physical and virtual materials. We serve a wide variety of learners, including those needing an accelerated pace and those with complex learning challenges. With two decades of experience, we offer innovative school options for families who desire the highest quality educational programming in a non-traditional setup. Rolling admissions is offered with single course, part-time, full-time and transitional options.Connect:
Beach Cities Speech Therapy
Carrico Pediatric Therapy
LA Speech Therapy Solutions
Pediatric Therapy Playhouse
Thrive and Shine Speech Therapists
TLC Speech Therapy
Kids Therapy Made Simple
OT Studios LA
Personal Touch Occupational Therapy
Play to Progress
323. 782. 3331
Whole Child Therapy
Villa Esperanza Services
This website does not provide medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This directory is self-service and is not vetted independently by MomsLA. The directory is for informational purposes only and is not meant to imply an endorsement or recommendation for any of the providers listed.