Special Needs Resources

Special Needs Resources

The Muscogee Moms Special Needs Resources page provides a list of community resources and healthcare providers for parents and children with disabilities in the Columbus, Phenix City & Fort Benning area.

UPDATED April 2013

Early Intervention

Babies Can’t Wait

705 17th Street, Suite 208
Columbus
Phone: 706-327-0189

Fort Benning Educational & Developmental Intervention Services

Cindy Falk, Program Manager
Fort Benning
Phone: 706-545-3835

Support Groups

Autism Hope Center (formerly MCASG)

P.O. Box 6028
Columbus
Phone: 706-604-6333

Chattahoochee Valley Autism Support Group

6100 Veteras Parkway Suite 12, Columbus
Info: Kathleen Haro-Black at cvasg@att.net.
Facebook:  CVASG on Facebook

Chattahoochee Valley Down Syndrome Support Group
Facebook:  CVDSSG on Facebook

Fort Benning Mended Little Hearts

Info: 321-507-6666
Note: This support group is dedicated for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease.

Diagnostics & Evaluations

Ona Graham, Psy.D, Clinical Neuropsychologist

1443 17th Street
Columbus
Phone: 706-317-2163

Angela Sims, Ph.D., Developmental Clinical Psychologist

Pastoral Institute
2022 Fifteenth Avenue
Columbus
Phone: 706-649-6500

Franciska Kocsner, Ph.D., Pediatric Clinical Psychologist

The Brain Center
4 Bradley Park Court, Suite 3A
Columbus
Phone: 706-221-0112
Fax: (706) 221-0114

Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D., Child Psychologist

Phenix City Childrens
3700 South Railroad Street, Suite A
Phenix City, AL 36867
Phone: (334) 644-0463

Rabia Subhani-Siddique, Psy.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Director, Neuropsychological/Psychological Services
Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: (706) 324-6112
RSiddique@CSHCGA.com

The Bradley Center

Mike Ellis, D.O.
2000 16th Avenue
Columbus
Phone: 706-320-3770

CPA Kids (Columbus Psychological Associates)

2325 Brookstone Centre Parkway
Columbus, GA 31904
(706) 653-6841
Note: CPA Kids is a division of Columbus Psychological Associates. Over 3 child psychologists on staff who specialize in individual and family counseling and psychological evaluations (for ADHD etc).

Academic/ Educational Services

Muscogee County School District - STEPS Program

Karen Wilson, Coordinator
151 30th Avenue
Columbus
Phone: 706-683-8863, ext. 101
Note: Provides Special Education services to preschool children ages 3-5 years.

Muscogee County School District - Woodall Program

LaNora Emziah, Director
4312 Harrison Avenue
Columbus
Phone: 706-748-3167
Note: Serves children from within and outside Muscogee County with suspected severe emotional or behavioral disorders. Parental consent for placement is required.

Muscogee County School District Military Student Transition Consultant

Darlene Register, Consultant
2960 Macon Raod, Rm 1104
Columbus
Phone: 706-748-2254
Email: Register.Darlene@muscogeee.k12.ga.us
Note: Contracted with the MIlitary Child Education Coalition (MCEA). The program supports the school district and military connected children as they face unique challenges relating to transitions, deployment, or reintegration of a military parent. The MSTC is available to assist military-connected children. 

Easter Seals West Georgia

2515 Double Churches Road
Columbus
Phone: 706-660-1144
Note: Day program for children, adolescents and adults with autism or other disabilities.

Bridges Academy

3845 Warm Springs Rd., Columbus
Phone: 706-561-5281
Note: Private educational and therapeutic school for children, ages 4-18, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Offers a summer program.

Brain Jogging – Camp Academia, Inc.

1507 Vernon Road, LaGrange
Phone: 706-884-4492

ABA Providers/ Behavior Specialists

May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Linda Morgan, military outreach coordinator
1921 Whittlesey Rd, Suite 400, Columbus
Phone: 706-571-7771 ext 100

Autism Learning Center, LLC.

Nicole Hilmes MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
6100 Veterans Parkway Suite 12
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: 706-221-8966

Agency for Behavioral Services, Inc.

7990 W. Homosassa Trail, Unit 2
Homosassa, FL
Phone: 352-621-0502

TLC Behavioral Services

Columbus, GA and surrounding areas
Phone: 770-310-9893 or info@tlcbehavioral.com

Marcus Autism Center

1920 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-785-6162

Occupational & Physical Therapy

Pediatric Rehab

705 17th Street, Suite 407
Columbus
Phone: 706-321-0930
Note: Occupational therapists have training in Sensory Integration techniques.

Easter Seals West Georgia- Therapy Dept

HPRC Pediatric Therapy
2515 Double Churches Road, Columbus
Phone: 706-660-5495
Note: Provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to both children at Easter Seals and outpatients. Insurances accepted include BCBS, GA and AL Medicaid (as well as Wellcare and Peachstate), Tricare.

Speech & Language Pathology

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: 706-324-6112
Email: info@CSHCGA.com

Easter Seals West Georgia - - Therapy Dept

HPRC Pediatric Therapy
2515 Double Churches Road, Columbus
Phone: 706-660-5495
Note: Provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to both children at Easter Seals and outpatients. Insurances accepted include BCBS, GA and AL Medicaid (as well as Wellcare and Peachstate), Tricare.

Autism Learning Center, LLC.

Nicole Hilmes MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
6100 Veterans Parkway Suite 12
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: 706-221-8966

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center

405 Bar Rest Ranch Road
Warm Springs
Phone: 706-655-2354
Note: A Premier Accredited NARHA-affiliated center.

Little Creek Farm

8051 McKee Road
Upatoi
Phone: 706-568-0390

Storybook Farm

Hope on Horseback program
300 Cusseta Road
Opelika, AL
Phone: 334-444-5966

Social Skills Programs

Pastoral Institute Social Skills Group

Angela Sims, Ph.D., Developmental Psychologist and Children’s Director
Pastoral Institute Campus
2022 15th Ave
Columbus
Phone: 706-649-6500

Individual & Family Counseling

Pastoral Institute

Angela Sims, Ph.D., Developmental Psychologist and Children’s Director
2022 Fifteenth Avenue
Columbus
Phone: 706-649-6500

The Brain Center

Franciska Kocsner, Ph.D., Pediatric Clinical Psychologist
6501 Veterans Parkway, Suite 2F
Columbus
Phone: 706-221-0112
Fax: (706) 221-0114

Summer Programs

Easter Seals West Georgia

2515 Double Churches Road
Columbus
Phone: 706-660-1144

Bridges Academy

3845 Warm Springs Rd.
Columbus
Phone: 706-561-5281
Note: Summer activities include ABA Therapy, Equestrian Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Music Therapy, Arts & Crafts, Academics and  Sports. June 10-Aug 2, 2013; Monday-Friday; 9am-3pm.

Additional Resources

Mentoring & Behavioral Services

Phone: 706.225.0101
Email: MentoringAndBehavioralServices@gmail.com

Parent to Parent of Georgia

3070 Presidential Pkwy., Suite 130, Atlanta
Phone: 770-451-5484 or 800-229-2038
Email: james@p2pga.org

Autism Adventure Travel

Elizabeth (Ashley) Berg, Agent-Special Needs Specialist
Phone: 941-979-2663
Email: ashley@peeksvacations.net

Champions for Children

2515 Double Churches Road, Columbus
Phone: 706.256.0413
Email: brittany@eastersealswga.org
Note: Provides financial assistance to qualifying families of medically fragile and special needs children who do not have access to or have exhausted all available resources for medical, therapeutic, and other support needs of their children; ages 0-21.