Dr. Karen Carter opened Augusta Developmental Specialists in May 2009 after having a clinic at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) for nine years. We strive to provide the best healthcare for children and adults with developmental disabilities. We provide developmental assessment and follow up care, care coordination, equipment assistance, prescription refills, wheelchair clinics, and patient advocacy services. New for 2018, we are adding an Augmentative Communication Lab! We are here to help you!
1303 D’Antignac St
Augusta, GA 30901
Dr. Gangarosa-Emerson and associates work primarily with children, adolescents, and parents. Dr. Gangarosa has expertise in neuropsychological and psychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, child development, behavior management, attachment issues, Play Therapy (PT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and treating disorders of anxiety and depression. CNC is developing new programs to remediate neurocognitive weaknesses and promote health and wellness. We believe your child can be successful at home and school.
302 Baston Road
Martinez GA 30907
Jaime Henle is a licensed psychologist and provides psychological evaluations and individual and family therapy with tweens, adolescents, and young adults (aged 10-25 years old) and psychological evaluations (aged 5-18). She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). These are both evidence based treatments for trauma. During the pandemic, Dr. Henle is providing telehealth sessions and accepts BCBS (PPO), Tricare, Aetna, Cigna, Cempatico, and GEHA.
427 N Belair Rd
Evans, GA 30809
The Families Forward team focuses on providing the best quality therapeutic services to the children, adolescents, and adults that entrust us with their care. Each of our providers use evidence-based practices while focusing on the individual or family’s needs. Please read about our clinicians in more detail below.
Amy Holsten, PhD
Amy Holsten is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbus State University, her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Augusta State University and her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Holsten has received extensive training in residential and outpatient psychiatric facilities, the private practice setting, and non-profit agencies. She was an associate professor of psychology at North Georgia College and State University and adjunct faculty at Augusta University for many years. She has served as President of the local Mental Health Association, was the director of the Child Advocacy Center and currently is co-owner of Families Forward.
Her expertise is in the area of trauma to include sexual assault, traumatic grief, and abuse. She is committed to evidence-based treatment and collaboration with schools and other agencies that work with children to achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Holsten also has extensive training and experience treating Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, anxiety, school refusal, depression, sexual behavioral problems, and behavioral disorders. She is committed to parent education and supports active parental involvement in treatment. Dr. Holsten is committed to providing competent and compassionate therapeutic services that focus on helping children and families work through whatever difficulties they may be facing.
3506 Professional Circle
Martinez, GA 30907
Dr. Stephanie Northington, Ph.D.
In addition to providing assessment, diagnosis, and psychological intervention, Dr. Northington is an avid researcher and advocate for children with developmental concerns. She consistently presents research at national and international conferences, and she is asked to speak to parent support groups and professional groups. Her passion for providing quality services is clear! She is the only provider in the CSRA trained in PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment), and one of the few providers in the area trained to administer the ADOS-2, which is required for most ASD assessments.
While considered an expert in ASD and developmental concerns, the impact of these conditions is something Dr. Northington deals with personally as well as professionally. If anyone can understand the care, support, and advocacy you and your child or family may need, it is Dr. Northington!
2945 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30909
The Georgia Autism Center (GAC) is highly committed and eager to assist individuals and families of children or loved ones with an autism spectrum and other related neurodevelopmental disorders to receive proper diagnoses, aid in the development of their individualized treatment plans, enhance independence, and foster the utmost quality of their lives.
Dr. Fox, the former proud owner of Georgia Pediatric Psychology, routinely performs evaluations on children as young as 12 months through early adulthood to detect signs of neurocognitive or developmental delays. Dr. Fox also assesses adults with disabilities in need of obtaining home and community-based services. Assessments are performed to determine the need for community-based services and financial support that would help increase an individual’s independence and quality of life while also helping to reduce some of the financial burdens which they or their families endure while providing for their needs.
There will be several forms to be completed pertaining to the client’s development including prenatal, medical, educational, social, family, and psychiatric history. You and your child, depending on his or her age, will be asked a number of questions as it pertains to your concerns and your child’s developmental and psychosocial history. Depending on the age, your child will be observed at the initial visit for 1-2 hours in a play or interactive setting and several tests will be administered to assist in obtaining more comprehensive information and developing the most appropriate testing battery. Following this appointment, the client may be scheduled to return for a formal testing battery.
Georgia Autism Center
4046 Wetherburn Way, Ste. 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Marcus’ evaluations help to determine whether or not children meet the criteria for autism, using the highest standard of care in diagnostic assessment. In addition to determining a diagnosis, the evaluation process helps to identify a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses and guides appropriate recommendations for treatment and intervention. At Marcus Autism Center, caregivers benefit from having multidisciplinary care and support services under one roof.
Children 2 and younger are seen by a multidisciplinary team for a one-day evaluation. This evaluation includes:
This appointment lasts about 3 hours and a full written report summarizing our findings will be provided to you after the evaluation.
Preschool and School-Age Evaluations
Diagnostic evaluations for children ages 3 and older consist of two appointments:
The diagnostic interview appointment is a one-hour interview with parents. During this parent interview, the clinician will gather detailed information about your child’s development and current symptoms. You may also be asked to complete parent rating scales, and be given forms to be completed by your child’s teacher or other caregivers. It is important that your child be present for this appointment.
Many children are scheduled for a testing appointment after the diagnostic interview. This testing appointment usually occurs several weeks after the diagnostic interview and includes an assessment of the following:
This testing appointment lasts for about 5 hours and includes:
A full written report summarizing these findings will be provided to you after the evaluation.
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Who We Serve
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other undiagnosed disabilities.
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month opening 2 hours early. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun-filled visit. The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
Chuck E. Cheese
3435 Wrightsboro Rd.
Augusta, GA 30909
Great Oaks provides equine assisted activities that promote the physical, emotional and psychological health of individuals with special needs. Located in Aiken, South Carolina, Great Oaks serves individuals with a range of ages and needs.
1123 Edgefield Highway
Aiken, SC 29801
P.O. Box 1288
Aiken, SC 29802
Regal’s My Way Matinee gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down. This becomes a safe space where our guests are free to express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking or shouting while enjoying Hollywood’s latest films! All screenings for our sensory friendly movies will begin at 10:30am on the second and fourth Saturday of the month for a special discounted ticket price!
Regal Augusta Exchange & IMAX
1144 Agerton Lane
Augusta, GA 30909
New sensory friendly jump time for our special needs community only, every First Sunday of the month from 10am-12n (time/date varies per location).
No flashing lights, no whistles, low music level, and less crowded. We invite you and your families to join us! Reduced rates available (varies per location). Open to sensory-sensitive individuals, their siblings and caregivers only.
Urban Air Adventure Park
207 Robert C Daniel Junior Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
Augusta Autism and Disability Support Group offers families support and monthly activities the whole family can enjoy. Check them out on Facebook and keep up with all the upcoming events on their calendar.
For more information about the Augusta Autism and Disabilities Support Group, including meeting times, email Lee at email@example.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/ateam.chog/
This program provides coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) services for individuals under the age of 21. ASD coverage is provided for assessment and treatment services according to severity and is based on medical necessity.
*We also work with Georgia Medicaid CMO’s: Caresource, Amerigroup, and more…