Pierce County Resource Guide to Services and Supports for Individuals
Who Experience Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
(section links below).
Please call our office at 253.564.0707 to make arrangements to pick up your copy!
This Pierce County Resource Guide is dedicated to the hard work and commitment of those who have endeavored
timelessly over the years to “keep the promise.”
We want to acknowledge the generous support of Pierce County Human Services, Developmental Disabilities
Program, in providing the funds to update and print this important comprehensive guide to services and supports
for individuals who experience intellectual/ developmental disabilities. This important tool will assist you in
navigating the public and private programs and services available throughout Pierce County and beyond.
The Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2) welcomes the opportunity to assist individuals
and families in finding the services and programs that best meet your needs. We are here to answer your calls
if you need further assistance. Whether you are an individual who experiences an intellectual/developmental
disability, have a family member who experiences an intellectual/developmental disability, work within the disability
field, or are in the general community, we welcome your questions and concerns.
We acknowledge that, when compiling this complex list of resources, there are changes that can occur during the
production process. Please know that every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of agency
APPLE Consulting values an optimistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to service delivery. We emphasize cross-disciplinary team collaboration and coordination to produce meaningful outcomes for individuals with autism and related disorders across the varied environments in which they live, play, and learn. With the science of behavior analysis as our foundation and evidence-based practice across the disciplines as our toolbox, we cultivate a comprehensive and individualized learning program for our students that opens doors of opportunity that may have seemed out of reach in the past. By guiding students through the acquisition, fluency, maintenance, and generalization of skills, APPLE’s programming focuses on the individual’s abilities to incorporate skills and strengths into everyday life. Grounded in an enduring respect for those which whom we work, our team of accomplished and attuned professionals offer personalized family based services that show that every individual can and will learn. Comprehensive services for autism spectrum and related disorders. For the child. For the family. For the school. For the community.
ARK Institute of Learning (Applied Research Knowledge)
ARK Institute of Learning is a non-profit agency dedicated to diminishing the impact of learning disorders in the lives of individuals. ARK educational therapists evaluate and instruct children and adults in their desire to overcome learning challenges. ARK has assisted hundreds of students with a variety of learning challenges including dyslexia, language disorder, nonverbal learning disorder/visual-spatial processing disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and specific learning disorder or disability. ARK also assists students who have no formal diagnosis but who would benefit from interventions in reading, written communication, math, oral and reading comprehension, and/or handwriting. Other ARK services include training educators to effectively teach the atypical learner, offering summer small group classes, and providing consultations with ARK's school psychologist.
C.A.S.T. "Catch A Special Thrill" for Kids Program
C.A.S.T. for Kids was designed to create an environment where children (ages 6-18) and adults could benefit, sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise get to experience. Children’s groups from the local area are hosted at a local site and supplied with fishing rods & reels, a t-shirt, hat and tackle box, partnered with a volunteer experienced angler (guide), and escorted onto a motorized boat, where, along with their caretaker, are shown the proper techniques of fishing and are educated on natural resources. They all then return from their morning fishing excursion to a BBQ lunch and awards ceremony. Call or visit the website for more detailed information or find out how you can host an event in your local area.
Imagine has been serving families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities and behavior challenges in the state of WA since 2011. Initially established to serve children supported by the Children’s Intensive In-Home Behavioral Supports (CIIBS) waiver, we branched out into comprehensive autism services in 2013 providing treatment under the new ABA Medicaid benefit. Today we work with all major funding sources including private insurance, Tricare, Medicaid and Developmental Disabilities Administrative (DDA) waivers to support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, providing comprehensive programming, targeted skill development and individualized behavior interventions in center, home, community and school settings. We are committed to providing effective, evidence-based treatment in a supportive and engaging environment through the use of family friendly methods, consistent family involvement and state of the art procedures.
Facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members, and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment, small business opportunities, and related subjects.
The LEARN Clinic provides evaluations and consultation addressing a variety of learning, attention, and behavioral problems experienced by children, adolescents, and adults. Most commonly, we conduct comprehensive evaluations that include a thorough clinical interview and administration of an individualized battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests and behavioral questionnaires, with the goal of obtaining a comprehensive assessment of cognitive functioning across a variety of domains of functioning, and to identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as any specific learning and/or attention problems. Clients then participate in a feedback session where test results, impressions, and recommendations are provided. A comprehensive written report documenting these findings and recommendations is then finalized and distributed to clients.
The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington promotes and provides services and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attention disabilities. Provides an information & referral service that is free to families, adults, and professionals concerned with learning disabilities. The program includes information, support, and professional resource information by phone or by visiting our website.
The acute needs of hospitalized children require extremely specialized, skilled care providers. This special kind of caring is always available at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital - to all children, regardless of their family's ability to pay. When your child stays at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, their care team includes specially trained pediatric nurses and a wide range of board-certified pediatric specialists - including our full-time inpatient pediatric physicians who serve as extension of your child's regular doctor and are available onsite 24 hours a day. Our specialists work closely with local pediatricians and primary care providers, making sure children receive the care they need. With our family-centered care philosophy and recognized medical excellence, we provide services and accommodations for families in a child-friendly environment - a place where kids get better quicker.
We work with children from birth through 18 years of age with suspected intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, suspected autism spectrum disorder and complex attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Our neurodevelopmental program provides evaluations for very young children (birth to 3) for children from birth to age 3 with developmental delay or concerns about developmental delays. Our team also provides medical consultations to other providers, recommends follow-up care and coordinates appropriate resources for patients and their families. A referral from your child's primary care provider is required to make an appointment with us. Once we receive a referral, our nursing staff reviews it to determine the appropriate next steps and resources.
Adjusting to a new diagnosis or an ongoing, chronic illness can be difficult for both children and their families. Mary Bridge Children's Psychology Services works in partnership with your child's other providers to help patients and families cope with psychological challenges related to a medical diagnosis or condition. Typical referral concerns include adjustment to illness, non-adherence to medical treatment protocol, anxieties related to procedures and suspected psychological factors affecting an illness. Treatment can include cognitive-behavioral, solution focused and behavioral family therapy. Our pediatric psychology experts offer outpatient psychotherapy to patients and families, as well as consulting services for patients at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. The services we provide include: inpatient consultation, outpatient consultation, outpatient therapy, and biofeedback.
Pediatric Psychology & Psychiatry Services
MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Psychiatry
Mary Bridge Children's Psychiatry Services works closely with other providers to help evaluate and create treatment plans for Mary Bridge patients with complex mental health conditions. Our program requires a referral from another Mary Bridge or MultiCare medical provider and is only for patients being seen or treated within Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or other Mary Bridge Children’s clinics. Services we provide include: diagnostic evaluations for complex mental health conditions, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism and comorbid conditions.
Since 1986, Rainier Behavioral Health has provided the community with a multidisciplinary clinical staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and certified mental health counselors. We treat children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families. Our clinicians are experts in their fields and we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality clinical care. Rainier clinicians are skilled and experienced in a wide array of mental health concerns including: serious mental illness involving hospitalization, depression, grief, anxiety, anger, life transitions, relationship difficulties, job-related concerns, coping with medical illness, learning disabilities, PTSD, school problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD/ADHD, and stress disorders. We take Medicare.
Free service providing talking books and braille books by mail or download, including locally produced titles of Pacific Northwest authors and interests. The collections are also available for loan to agencies serving eligible patrons. Youth services include a summer reading program and special events throughout the state.
Wilson Clinical Services provides specialized services to the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and late deafened population throughout the state of Washington and the United States. These services are available to community centers, private individuals, group homes, prisons, courts, schools, and other places that are in need of specialized care.