THE ASHEVILLE LIST

The place to find providers and programs to support your child in the Asheville area. This list has been vetted and contributed on by local providers and families.  If you have anyone to add to the list or are interested in speech therapy services, Contact Me.

Autistic Voices

Actually Autistic Blogs is a list of blogs created and maintained by adults who have been diagnosed with ASD.

We Work With Autism is an online community run by and designed for autistic adults. 

Adults/Teens

Asheville Parks & Rec Therapeutic Recreation Lori Long LLong@ashevillenc.gov

Launch Pad   Linda Tatspauch,  828-251-2635

Coach young adults who are struggling with the transition to independent adulthood. Assist with entry to and success in college and the workforce, social skill development, and independent living skills. 

Feed the Need is a year-round, prevocational training program for teens and young adults (ages 16 and up) on the autism spectrum and similar behavioral needs. At Feed the Need, participants have the opportunity to work on prevocational, social and daily living skills as well as community networking.

Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs

WNC Source provides Children, Transportation, Housing, and Adult services.

Advocacy

Advocating for Students with Autism article discussing advocacy in schools.

Wrights Law: Reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Cynthia Almond, Attorney, Asheville, NC.   Tel: (205) 523-0198 Email: cynthia@almondattorneys.com

Heather Goldstein and Brian Lawler 828-844-7169. Special needs attorneys/guardianship

Agencies

Autism Society of WNC connects families to resources and provides training to help you become your child’s best advocate. 

Arms around Autism Spectrum Disorder provides services for people on the autism spectrum regardless of age, ability or income AND their families, care providers, support staff and other professionals (teachers, doctors, nurses, therapists, etc) who work with them. 

Family Preservation Services exists to empower children, teens, and adults to live life to their highest potential. We provide ongoing support & services to those in need, for as long as they need.

North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI)  The Infant-Toddler Program provides support and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. 

Augmentative Communication

PrAACticalAAC  supports a community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties. Strategies and videos to learn about AAC and how to implement it in your home or practice.

North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association (NCACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and support to individuals with complex communication needs, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Emily Anne Bennett Lacey, CCC-SLP at Huff Center Therapies 828-213-1725.  Emily provides evaluation and treatment for children needing augmentative devices.

Assessments and Testing

Appalachian Counseling and Psychological Services

Asheville Testing specializes in evaluations of ADHD and learning disorders. Chris Mulchay  828-515-1379

Grandis Evaluation Center provides comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments for people of all ages.    828.299.7451

Huff Center Therapies provides outpatient pediatric audiology and occupational, physical, and speech therapy    828-213-1740

Matone Counseling & Testing offers a variety of counseling and testing services for children and adults. 

St Gerard’s House, Hendersonville, provides a wide array of support, training, and consultations to families, caretakers, teachers, therapists, and others who are integral parts of the life of an individual with autism. 

TEACCH Autism Program include diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning and implementation, education, consultation, training opportunities, and research.  919-445-7020

Audiology/Hearing Services

Asheville Audiology Services 828-348-1690 

Asheville Head, Neck and Ear Surgeons 

828-254-3517 Buncombe; 828-698-2350 Henderson; 828-884-6702 Transylvania

Carolina Pediatric Therapy – Pediatric Audiology  828-670-8056

Mission Children’s Audiology  828-213-1725

Case Management

FIRST WNC connects the dots between families, schools, and government agencies to create the best network of support around each of our clients.  Janet Price-Ferrell, Director 828-277-1315

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center: ECAC Western NC office: (800) 962-6817 ecac@ecacmail.org

Care Reach  Linking people to resources that help maintain their health, including medications, transportation, food, healthcare, legal services, and more.

Chiropractic Care

AlignLife Chiropractor & Natural Health Dr. Christopher Boyhan & Heather Boyhan (Craniosacral Bodywork) 828 – 481- 9027

Coaching Services

GRASP, the Global and Regional Autism Spectrum Partnership, is an Autistic and Neurodivergent led 501(c)3 non-profit seeking to improve and enrich the lives of our Autistic peers. 

Gifted and Growing – Gordon Smith offers Gifted counseling, Gifted Coaching, and Improv Comedy 

Counselors – Adults/Parents/Caregivers

Asheville Counseling & Wellness Center 

Erin Vandermore, MA, LPCS 

Kathryn (Ryn) Arrants, MA ET, LPC, RYT, LCAS https://www.mountainhearttherapy.com/

Lauri Burmeister, MA, LPA http://autismpsychologist.com/

Black Mountain Counseling Center 

Full Circle Counseling and Wellness, Matt Snyder. Adult & Adolescent services. Hendersonville.  828-222-0401

Counselors/Psychologists/Social Workers

Amanda Sullivan, TEACH Autism Program. (828) 251-6319

Asheville Child Counseling. Lauren Hufnagel, LCSW, clinical social worker, recommended as a play therapist.

Asheville Holistic Health – Kris Hanvey provides a holistic approach to psychiatric medication management. We believe that people are complex, and their treatment needs to be comprehensive and uniquely constructed.

828-333-7064  hanvey.kris@gmail.com

Crossing Point Counseling – Amber Kilkenny, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus in child and adolescent mental health. 828-527-6129

Danielle Maxon, LCSW, MSW, Therapy for Spirited & Extraordinary Children CONTACT

Narron MD – Dr Greg Narron and associates (828) 274-1415

Karan Kuretsch, LCSW experience working with preschoolers, children adolescents and adults.  (828) 548-1062

Jennifer Ann Harr, Clinical Licensed Social Worker   (828) 277-1315

Pisgah Institute provides consultation, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. (828) 254-9494

Roots Psychology, Robb Durr, Ph.D.

Steven Love, PhD and Elsa Berndt, MA, LPA at Olsen Huff

Crisis Stabilization

Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center: Daymark Recovery Center is a facility-Based Crisis Service for children and adolescents, ages 6-17, is a service that provides an alternative to hospitalization for an eligible child or adolescent who presents with escalated behavior due to a mental health, intellectual or developmental disability or substance use disorder and requires treatment in a 24-hour residential facility. 

C3356 Comprehensive Care Center is a treatment and resource center for mental health services, substance use/addiction recovery support, and support for individuals who have behavioral health needs and co-occurring developmental disabilities.   828-254-2700

Mission Health Program 

Dentists/Orthodontics

ABC Dental Center  Hendersonville 828-692-9075

Black Orthodontics

Dennis R. Campbell DDS 828-254-7291

Great Beginnings  828-274-9220

Equine Therapy

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center 828-675-5814 Burnsville

Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding and Education 828-883-3375

Harmony Through Horses Transformative Counseling 828-337-8468

Housing

Blue West Opportunities provides residential, vocational, and supported employment services that offer persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities meaningful experiences focused on the whole person.

Creating an Autism Friendly Home
https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/sensory-friendly-home-modifications-autism-sensory-processing-disorder

Eliada Homes

Davidson Family Services – Swannanoa. LINCS is a day program for adults, 18 years and older, with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). It is a place where individuals come to develop their habilitation skills to be more independent and to pursue their goals and interests. They receive assistance with their social skills to build friendships as well.

Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/renters-rights-and-housing-assistance-for-people-with-disabilities

WNC Source provides Children, Transportation, Housing, and Adult services.

Hair Stylists

Sandy at Custom Cuts and Color (828) 298-2887

Veronica Coit at Westside Shears 828-329-9391

Casey Smith at Westside Shears 828-329-9391

Integrative Health Care

Catherine Faherty Autism services, advocacy, and training. Consultations for professionals and families. 

Insight Integrative Medicine – Dr. Susan Bradt is wonderful with nutrition consults.  

WNC Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Janet Opila-Lehman, ND, OTL.(828) 424-0078

LGBTQIA+

Tranzmission was formed with a mission: to make the lives of nonbinary, transgender and gender nonconforming people in western North Carolina happier, healthier and safer through education, advocacy and support.

Youth Out RIght we engage and support LGBTQIA+ youth ages 11-20 to be confident, resilient and compassionate community members.

Occupational Therapist

Andrea L. Jacobson, MOTR/L, BS ED. otandreajacobson@gmail.com  720-833-8016

Carolina Pediatric Therapy – specifically Shea Ferretti

Higher Ground Pediatric Therapy, Rich Brown, OTL   

Janet Opila-Lehman, OTL.   www.WNCNaturopathicMedicine.com  

Joy Cadelina, OTD,OTR/L 650-380-0600

The Family OT Kayla Bryant 828-475-8822

Play Spark Therapy Kylie Jeffery 828.606.8866

Other

Autism and Travel  https://www.thezebra.com/traveling-autism

Planning a Move with Autism
https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/moving-with-autism

Sleep: Guide to Better Sleep for Kids with Autism
            https://www.sleepjunkie.org/autism-and-sleep

Weighted Blankets:  Project Linus, Jennifer Alle Haines, a non-profit organization, we provide homemade blankets to children in need. 

Pediatricians

Blue Sky Pediatrics Dr. Harold Kowa 

Olsen Huff Therapies through Mission Hospital

French Broad Pediatrics John Templeton, MD

Asheville Behavioral Health  Melissa Thingvoll, MD and Mona Venzon Rice, MD

Prospect Pediatric Behavioral Health  Paul Trombley, MD

Programs and Groups

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) – programs for special needs kids, edu@ashevillescience.org

Arms Around ASD – for Autistic children and families offering Yoga, Meditation, Naturopathic Medicine, Zumba, Massage, Social groups.  Contact: Michele Louzon 828-775-8622

Autism Society of North Carolina offers workshops, support groups, advocacy, and services. 

Autistics United Asheville based organization celebrating neurodiversity. They host spectrum-wide and all age events throughout the year, provided BY Autistics and FOR Autistics

Eliada Homes offers high level intervention and prevention services for children and adolescents that focus on social and emotional well being, life skills development, career readiness, and trauma informed treatment. 

Family Support Network is a free library, mentoring, workshops, support groups. 

Key Autism Center – Asheville Clinic.  I have personally spoken with the director of this center and feel that their approach aligns with our desire to support the strengths of our autistic children.  They provide in-home and center based services.

Open Hearts Art Center Open Hearts Art Center provides the unique opportunity for differently abled adults to express themselves using a variety of creative avenues.

P.L.A.Y Project provides autism resources for parents in the Asheville, North Carolina area. We provide training and support for families of young (18 months to 6 years) children with autism right in their home. 

St Gerard’s House, Hendersonville, provides a wide array of support, training, and consultations to families, caretakers, teachers, therapists, and others who are integral parts of the life of an individual with autism. 

TEACCH Autism Program include diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning and implementation, education, consultation, training opportunities, and research. (828) 251-6319

Vaya Health  As part of whole-person care, we support members in finding safe, reliable housing. We also believe every individual, regardless of ability, who seeks employment deserves work with dignity. 

WeRocktheSpectrum is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Located on Hendersonville Rd. 

WNC Source provides Children, Transportation, Housing, and Adult services. Headstart and NC PreK programs.

Recreation/Exercise/SUMMER CAMPS

Blue Ridge Treks is a community of mental health therapists dedicated to enhancing health and wellness in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina. Our team utilizes a holistic approach that is strengths-based and relationship-centered.

Asheville Parks & Rec Therapeutic Recreation Lori Long LLong@ashevillenc.gov

ARC of Buncombe County offers afterschool and summer programs. 

Camp Lakey Gap is a week-long residential camp for people with autism. We serve both children and adults, grouped together by age and assigned to different weeks.

Camp Tall Tree provides a traditional overnight summer camp experience. Our program aims to serve kids and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, as well as their siblings and neurotypical peers.

Connect Program is a summer camp in Hendersonville focused on building and polishing social skills for ages 6 to 19. Connect promotes wellness support for all children, regardless of diagnosis, whether the child has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum or other developmental needs.

Full Spectrum Farms, Sylva, NC  We are a thirty-four-acre farm where individuals with ASD can live, work, and explore in a safe and encouraging environment.  

OSEGA – climbing, falling, bouncing, sensory input

Talisman Camps: summer camps for neurodiverse children

Respite Services

ARC of Buncombe County  828-253-1255 

Caring for Children offers mental health counseling focus and respite services.

Contact Amy Hobson, amy.hobson@caring4children.org; Executive Director at CARING for Children

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)   828-407-2066 Buncombe; 828-698-0674 Henderson & Transylvania; 828-689-1528 Madison 

School resources

Buncombe County Schools Autism Support Services 

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

Asheville City Schools Phone: (828) 350-6128

Buncome County Phone: 828-255-5921

Anne McGuire (25+ years retired from TEACCH) annemcguireasd@gmail.com

WNC FIRST: PLAY project

Speech Therapy

Asheville Speech Associates

Play-Spark Therapy – Serena Murison – 828.606.8866

PlayTalk&Grow Chrissy Thompson  chrissy@playtalkandgrow.com 425-495-2554

VanDyke Speech Therapy – Sharon vanDyke    Sharon@vandykespeech.com

Supported Employment Options

Autism Society of NC Employment Support 

Vocational Solutions  Allen Jones, Hendersonville

Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs – article

Swim Lessons

KJ Schroer (678) 525-4284 Swim Gently

Vision

Asheville Eye  Dr. Bashinsky

Todd Eyecare  Dr. Elizabeth Todd – Hendersonille.  

A special thank you to Kara Nash, RN and Dr. Janet Opila-Lehman, ND, OTL for the initial creation of this list. 

This list was compiled from shared experiences within my community either personally or from my colleagues.