Specialized Resource Guide to Parenting in Lake Guntersville


We know all kids are special, but specialized resources are sometimes hard to find. Something we here at Lake Guntersville Mom strive to provide is a resource for all things parenting. Whether it is Autism, ADHD, Downs, Dyslexia, Giftedness, 2e, or the spectrum of abilities in-between, we hope the specialized resources in Marshall and Jackson County listed below will help make parenting easier for you in Lake Guntersville.

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Transportation services, service dogs, wheelchairs, and Independent Technology services in Lake Guntersville

Service Dogs of Alabama | 334-676-3733 | Facebook

Kind Hearts Dog Training Center | 256-881-5700

Huntsville TN Valley AMBUCS | 256-520-5194 | Facebook

Mobility Works of Huntsville (also serves Albertville & Boaz) | 256-217-9672

UCP Assistive Technology | 256-859-4900

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) | 800-826-1675
Provides legal services to Alabamians with disabilities to protect, promote and expand their rights and is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).

Alabama Psychological Services Center | 256-533-9393
Huntsville & Madison locations offer testing for ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, and learning problems in children and adolescents.

AL Special Education Consultations and Advocacy Services in Huntsville | 256-797-4442 | cavb@knology.net
Helping families in North Alabama obtain appropriate educational services for children with special needs.

Ability Plus | 256-489-4696
Maintains residential homes and day habilitation for individuals in North Alabama with intellectual disabilities.

Autism Support of Alabama | 1(877)428-8476
Alabama’s premier state agency for autism awareness, advocacy, and resources.

Autism Foundation of Gadsden, Alabama | info@asdofgadsden.org
Spreading awareness and support for people with autism spectrum disorder by creating community involvement to increase independence, employment, purpose, and improved quality of their life through fostering an environment of love and happiness, where they are understood, included and where their voices are heard, and their talents are developed.

Children’s Rehabilitation Services of Alabama  | 334-293-7500
A statewide organization of skilled professionals providing quality medical, rehabilitative, coordination and educational support services for children with special health care needs and their families. Every county in Alabama is served through a network of 14 community-based offices.

Family Services of North Alabama | 256-878-9159
Family Services of North Alabama (FSNA) seeks to teach, empower, advocate, and liberate through education, resource networking, and providing advocacy for victims of sexual assault.

The Gallini Group | 888-719-0080
The Gallini Group is the only law firm in Alabama dedicated entirely to the field of special education law, representing children with disabilities whose families disagree with their public school districts. They are dedicated to obtaining individualized educational services for students with special needs throughout Alabama.

Holly’s Home | 256-660-1575
mental health services

Hope 2 Joy Advocacy, Carol Woodard | 256-489-7560
A great local advocate for kids with special needs and their families.

Madison Behavior Therapy | Madison: 256-325-0433 | Huntsville: 256-489-8660
Provides high quality, effective programming in Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals with autism and related disorders, as well as other behavioral diagnoses. Offers transition programming services in the classroom.

Marshall-Jackson 310 Agency | 256-574-1149 (Jackson Co.) 256-582-7528 (Marshall Co.)
The Marshall- Jackson 310 Agency is a non-profit agency that was established in 1985 by the Alabama Department of Mental Health Act 310. The agency’s purpose is to promote the general welfare of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Marshall & Jackson counties, offering Early Intervention Service Coordination & Special Instruction for children (birth- age 3), Support Coordination/ Targeted Case Management for adolescents (ages 4- 18) & Adults (age 19 and up), and Community Referral Services All individuals are provided services free of cost.

Making Connections | 877-428-8476
A parent-led networking group for families and professionals in Madison County, Alabama, and the surrounding region. We strive to improve the lives of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Marshall County Arc
The Marshall County Arc is a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities.

NAPA (North Alabama Psychiatric Associates, P.C.) | 256-322-6272
Individual outpatient psychotherapy services provided by an experienced independent clinical social worker.

United Cerebral Palsy Huntsville | 256-852-5600
UCP offers a variety of program and services to best serve clients of all ages and abilities. They offer therapy, support groups, rehab, early interventions, advocacy & many more services. (Serves Jackson and Marshall County)

Sports, camps, activities and recreation for kids of all abilities.


Adonai School of Ballet | 256-325-3720
Three different ballet classes serving children ages 5 – adult.

 | 424-221-7910
Soccer program for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities.

City of Huntsville Special Populations Department | 256-564-8026
A city program dedicated to offering recreational programs to the physically and mentally challenged from preschool through senior citizens.

Master Mary’s Taekwondo Academy | 256-509-3502
Martial Art training for children with Autism. Class sizes are kept small to help the student focus, and get more individualized attention.

Merrimack Hall Happy HeARTS | 256-534-6455
Weekly classes for students ages 3-12 with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other disorders. Classes include dancing, yoga, tumbling, physical fitness, and more.

Miracle League of North Alabama | 256-316-1594
A non-profit organization focused on providing a safe and enjoyable team sport experience for kids and young adults with physical & mental disabilities regardless of his or her experience level of ability. Players of all ages are welcome.

Next Step Farms | 256-679-0963
A day program for adults with cognitive disabilities. Programs include everything from planting food and raising animals to mechanical skills, computers, basic finance and general life skills.

North Alabama TOPSoccer | 256-489-2849
This program is designed specifically for children between the ages of 4-18 with physical, mental, or emotional challenges that have a desire to play and learn the game of soccer.

Special Olympics of North Alabama | 334-242-3383
Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world face.

Huntsville TN Valley AMBUCS | 256-509-2370
Biking & tryking across Madison County, this group is active in parades and special events all over Huntsville.


Camp Frog | chenique@autism-alabama.org
ASA’s  Camp FROG Family Weekends, held at Camp ASCCA and located on beautiful Lake Martin, offer families the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities in a supportive and adaptive environment, as well as, fellowship with other families from across the state. Fall Camp FROG is open for ages 6 – 13 years of age. Spring Camp Frog hosts ages 14 and up. Please contact chenique@autism-alabama.org for additional information. Open to Alabama families affected by autism.

Summer Reading Camp | 256-799-6100
Half day camp at Greengate School for grades 1-6 that will help strengthen language, math, art, and study skills for children with reading difficulties using Orton-Gillingham instruction.


Everybody Can Play Splashpad
Address: Brahan Springs Park, 500 Drake Avenue, Huntsville (map)
Water fun for the hottest summer days for kids of all abilities.

SNAP Playground & Splashpad
Address:406 Nance Ford Road, Hartselle AL (map)
Water fun for the hottest summer days for kids of all abilities.

Kidtopia Playground
Address: 401 Park Rd, Grant AL (map)
All-inclusive space, perfect for mobility and sensory needs

Civitan Park
Address: 1198 Sunset Dr. Guntersville (map)
All-inclusive space, perfect for mobility and sensory needs

The Maker’s Child Playground
Address: 309 East Main Street, Albertville (map)
All-inclusive space, perfect for mobility and sensory needs
Featured equipment accessible for all kids:
Zip line
Ten Spin
Inclusive Whirl (accessible merry go round)
Buddy Rocker
Glide Along
Momentum Corridor
Large roller slide


The Maker’s Child

The Maker’s Child Respite program serves special needs children and adults on the second Friday night of every month from 6 – 8:30 pm. This is an opportunity for families to leave their special needs child and siblings with us for a night of games, music, lessons, sensory play and activities while parents or caregivers enjoy a respite.

Sensory-Friendly Performances at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre & Academy

Sensory Friendly Performances make space for audiences with special access needs. Visual and sound effects are lowered, fidget toys and other sensory assistance tools will be distributed, and house lights will stay dimly lit to accommodate first time patrons with sensory disabilities. This new sensory friendly season is part of Fantasy Playhouse’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, one of the first initiatives of its kind to take place in Alabama. Tickets are on sale to the general public to these special performances.

Sensory-Friendly Films in Huntsville | 256-882-1202
AMC Valley Bend 18 offers a Sensory Friendly Film Program for any family with children who find it difficult to sit quietly in the dark through an entire film. Family-friendly films are shown on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Snead Farmhouse | 205-807-2549
Farm tour is free for children on the spectrum. All tours must be prescheduled.

Spencer’s Friends
Sensory-friendly fair

These schools and programs work with students that have specialized learning abilities.

Greengate School at Randolph
Phone: (256) 799-6100
Greengate School at Randolph serves students in grades 1-8 using an Orton-Gillingham approach to provide a specialized program of instruction that meets individual learning needs, while also offering students with dyslexia a full complement of co-curricular and extra-curricular school experiences.

Hope United Academy
Address: 980 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
Phone: 256-947-9802
Hope United Academy exists specifically for bright students who learn differently. Students who are twice exceptional, have ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, executive functioning deficits, or processing issues benefit from our individualized and multisensory approach. We use innovative, research-based practices so students can thrive today while setting their sights on the future God designed for them.

Huntsville College Preparatory School
Address: 4217 9th Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-513-8700
Huntsville College Preparatory School (HCPS) is a k-12 nonprofit private school, serving children with learning differences in Huntsville, Alabama.  Our student body includes students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD, Anxiety and students who simply need an individualized learning experience.

The Riley Behavioral & Educational Center
Address: 306 Wynn Dr., Huntsville
Phone: (256) 882-2457
The Riley Center seeks to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children and their families faced with autism.  Our staff implements the most current research-proven treatments and educational practices in a caring and supportive environment.

UAH Rise School/Early Learning Center
Address: 4503 University Dr. NW, Huntsville
Phone: (256) 824-4750
The UAH Rise School provides the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with developmental disabilities and children without disabilities. This program provides children 9 months up to 6 years of age with a firm foundation for their next educational experience.

Perfect Praise Music
Email: info@PerfectPraiseMusic.com
Phone: 256-348-6634
Perfect Praise Music offers piano lessons, bucket drumming lessons, recorder lessons and private and group instruction.

Medical Services/Practices that specialize in treating special needs and/or providing therapy for children.


Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates
24 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL 35758 | 256-772-7373
4001 Balmoral Drive, Huntsville | 256-539-7447
6727 Highway 431, Owens Crossroads | 256-693-8900
2699 Sandlin Road, Decatur | 256-280-9755

Little Critters Pediatric Dentistry
11521 US Hwy 431, Suite V, Guntersville | 256-505-8954

Madison Pediatric Dentistry
8311 HWy 72 W, Madison | 256-890-4005


Kids R US Pediatrics
121 Golfview Dr. NE, Arab | 256-931-5437

Compass Pediatrics
141 Business Park Drive, Albertville | 256-279-5755

Smart Start Pediatrics
460 AL Hwy 75 N, Albertville | 256-891-0300

Kids Klinic
3683 US HWY 431, Albertville | 256-849-0436


Ability Plus
100 Jetplex Blvd., Madison 35824

Alabama Psychological Service Center
4800 Whitesport Circle Suite 2 in Huntsville and 100 Essex Court, Suite A in Madison
Huntsville: 256-533-9393 | Madison: 256-325-3288

Applied Behavior Concepts, Inc.
100 Spenryn Dr Madison, Al 35758

Austin Physical Therapy
2089 Cecil Ashburn Drive Huntsville, AL 35802

Center For Speech & Language
1106 Gleneagles Drive SW Huntsville, AL 35801

Child’sPlay Therapy Center
4890 University Square, Suite 7, Huntsville

Covenant Counseling & Consulting
1634 Slaughter Road, Madison

Effective Communication Speech Therapy
285 Chateau Drive, Huntsville

Enhanced Therapy Services
2325 Henry Street, Guntersville

Everything on the Spectrum
2117 Metro Circle SW, Huntsville

Huntsville Behavior Associates
805 Madison St. SE, Huntsville

Madison Behavior Therapy
230 Hughes Road, Suite F, Madison
475 Providence Main Street, Suite 201, Huntsville
Madison: 256-325-0433 | Huntsville: 256-489-8660

Madison Speech Associates
103 Intercom Drive, Suite C, Madison

More Than Words Speech Therapy, LLC
Brooke Sorrells, M.S., CCC-SLP (Owner)
Phone: (256) 213-7477
Fax: (256) 517-9528

NAPA (North Alabama Psychiatric Associates, P.C.)
953 Jeff Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Pediatric Therapy Link of North Alabama
97 Hughes Rd Suite H, Madison

The Autism Clinic at Hope
5767 Cove Commons Drive SE, Brownsboro

The Pediatric Therapy Center
125 West Main Street, Albertville

The Riley Center
306 Wynn Drive, Huntsville

The SpOT Clinic
327 Old Hwy 431 South, Ste C, Hampton Cove
(256) 517-9277

200 Lime Quarry Road, Madison
(256) 542-1970

Silver Linings Neurodevelopment
185 Chateau Drive, Suite 102, Huntsville

Summit Health Services
3407 Triana Blvd, Huntsville

United Cerebral Palsy
2075 Max Luther Dr NW, Huntsville

Valley Christian Counseling
5151 Research Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Finding support for both parents & kids is so important, and we hope these groups can help.

Bringing Up Down Syndrome

UCP Special Needs Kids & Parent Support Group


Kids and Kin Program – specifically designed to meet the needs of relative child care providers and to raise their level of awareness about the importance of their roles. Educational workshops, resources, support activities, and a quarterly provider newsletter are offered to relative care providers which impact the quality of child care available in our communities.

Early Childhood Services


Exceptional Aggies Cafe
700 Motley Street, Albertville
Exceptional Aggies Cafe provides supported employment in a Cafe run by individuals with disabilities.

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