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Neurodiversity & Special Education Corner


Welcome to our Special Education & Neurodiversity Corner!

The Loyal Heights Elementary Parent-Teacher Association is here to support families and students who participate in special education programs and/or are neurodivergent. With feedback from parents and staff, we decided to create a section on our website with resources and tools to help the LHE community navigate the complex world of special education and to narrow our invisible neuro-cultural divide. We hope this page serves as a starting point to build community among parents, students, and staff at Loyal Heights, and to advocate for equitable and inclusive education for all.

We also invite you to join our PTA and take advantage of the various inclusive programs and events planned throughout the year, in particular those centered around neurodiversity. Hope you can join us!

If you would like to participate in the Special Education Family Affinity group, please email

In partnership,
Shirley Rivadeneira
Neurodiversity and Special Education Chair LHE-PTA



Recent Neurodiversity Events

Autism/ADHD Info Night - April 2023   Download Presentation

A Guide to Special Education - June 2023  Visit Website

Neurodiversity and Special Education Resources for Families

For informational purposes only. This list does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Loyal Heights Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (LHE-PTA) and Loyal Heights Elementary (LHE) of any of the providers, services, products or opinions of the entities or individuals included herein. LHE-PTA and LHE bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. If you wish to submit other resources or suggestions to this list, please e-mail

Kawena Begay, Ph.D., NCSP

Licensed Psychologist
Kawena PLLC

Under One Roof
4915 25th Ave NE Suite 102W
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 257-0134

UW Autism Center
Jessica Greenson, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services
(206) 221-6806

Karen Toth, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Child Psychology
2150 N 107th St., Suite 504

Seattle, WA 98133
(360) 220-6040

Karen Barnes, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Child & Adolescent Psychological Services of Seattle (CAPSS)

7222 Linden Ave N. Suite A

Seattle, WA 98103

Natalie Swanson, M.S., CCC-SLP Swanson Speech Therapy
(425) 270-8239


Amy Begley, MS., CCC-SLP
(206) 331-2761


Emily Byers Speech Language Therapy Services


Learning and Language Clinic

9100 5th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115-2861


Rosemary White
Pediatric PT & OT Services
20310 19th Ave. NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
(206) 367-5853

Rehab Without Walls - Seattle
20818 44th Avenue W
Suite 270-H
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 672-9219

Therapy Services for Children
11320 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 362-9169


Seattle Therapy-Skills for Life
2815 Eastlake Ave. E
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 322-5433

Steven Behling, PhD, ABPP
Licensed Psychologist Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
3417 Evanston Ave N #308
Seattle, WA 98103
p. 206-849-6737 f. 206-420-8404

Scott Wiener
305 111th Ave NE, Suite B Bellevue, WA 98004
(206) 785-1015

Life Stance Health - Ballard
1448 NW Market Street, Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98107
(253) 752-7320

MEBE Seattle - Bellevue
13333 Bel Red Road, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 437-3304

13010 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 644-6328

Magnolia Behavior Therapy
3213 W Wheeler Street, Suite 302 Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 453-4882

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

Cross River Therapy

11 Ethical Alternatives to ABA Therapy for Autism

Recovering from ABA Therapy

Sensory Fridays

Seattle Bouldering Project (Fremont)

Seattle Children's Theater
Sensory-friendly performances on Sundays

Pacific Science Center
Inquire about Exploration for All - a sensory-friendly experience

Children's Museum of Tacoma
Low Sensory Hours on Thursday mornings

Pump It Up Lynnwood
Inquire about Sensory Jump Night

Museum of Flight
Sensory Days

Imagine Children's Museum (Everett)
Sensory Time

Hands on Children's Museum (Olympia)

Kids Quest Children's Museum

Kraken Community Iceplex

Sensory-Friendly Public Skate Days


Seattle Children's PlayGarden

Tot Lot Park (in Kirkland)

Miner's Corner Park

Arc of King County

Decoding Dyslexia Washington

Partnerships for Action, Voices for

Empowerment (PAVE)

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Washington Autism Alliance

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Seattle Special Education PTSA

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Office of the Education Ombudsman

The Explosive Child

Amazon Link

Lost in School

Amazon Link

The Sensory Sensitive Child

Amazon Link

Taking Charge of ADHD

Amazon Link

12 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD

Amazon Link

All Cats Are On The Autism Spectrum

Amazon Link

The ABCs of Autism Acceptance

Amazon Link

Tilt Parenting Podcast


1800 seconds on Autism


Not Neurotypical with Laura Zdan


The Neurodiversity Podcast

Temple Grandin

Jack of the Red Hearts

Miracle Run

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close


Lilo and Stich

Life, Animated

The A Word


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