Resources for Parents

Everyone needs help! Below is a collection of resources throughout Tallahassee-Leon County and Florida for parents with children of all developmental stages.

As always, parents are encouraged to call IMPACT Tallahassee to find out more about IMPACT Preschool, IMPACT Academy, and IMPACT Therapy’s services and availability. The front desk can be reached at (850) 325-6301 or you can email [email protected].

Psychological Evaluations and Autism Diagnosis

Capital Psychology Consultants (Dr. Marie Guilford) | (850) 224-5801


Capital City Psychiatry | (850) 205-0189


FSU Multi-Disciplinary Center | (850) 644-2222

Takes CHP for ASD and ADHD + Private pay options


Hopebridge (Autism evaluations/diagnosis for children under 7 years old) | (850) 706-5445


Agencies & Associations

Community Resources

Success for Occupational Area Readiness (SOAR)

The Success for Occupational Area Readiness (SOAR) Program is an initiative of Lively Technical College and The Leon County School District. The SOAR Program will be a collaborative partnership between the school district, Lively Technical College and community partners (Vocational Rehabilitation, Capital Region CareerSource, KEYS Big Bend). This partnership will provide inclusive post‐secondary technical education in state-approved career certificate programs for persons with intellectual disabilities. The ultimate goal will be that 100% of students who enroll in SOAR will be able to secure gainful employment in their related industry.

The program will provide direct support for students with trained personnel to assist with social skills, technical skills, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills. In addition, students will receive additional assistance for skills specifically related to their program of study. To ensure student success, students will have access to support structures designed to help the student meet his/her goals. Students will have access to the SOAR Program Coordinator as well as Student Services Staff, VR case manager, and/or relevant community support agency personnel. Students will create unique student success plans with the SOAR Program Coordinator designed to ensure student success.

Learn more on their website, including which certificate programs are available for students to enroll in and how to apply.

Project Lifesaver

If you worry about your child wandering off without supervision, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has recently partnered with the Alzheimer’s Project on Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who are likely to wander due to autism, Down syndrome, and other related cognitive conditions. As part of the program, Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification, and support to law enforcement and other public safety organizations or community groups throughout the country.

To find out more about how Project Lifesaver works, including how to get a FREE device, please contact Emily Brann at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at [email protected] or call (850) 606-3391.


i-Enable is serving people with disabilities in Leon and Wakulla counties who need help with transportation by offering low-cost rides with vetted professionals using a flexible model designed to meet the service needs of each individual rider.

i-Enable’s mobile application provides a parent or guardian of a rider the ability to trace the trip in real time, during all points of transport, with the capability of viewing the driver assigned to the trip along with the other passengers in the vehicle. Drivers are credentialed through a Level II background check and drug testing both prior to joining and randomly throughout their employment, in addition to routine safety audits and regular training.

Rides start at $3 for in-county trips and $5 for cross-county trips for ambulatory and non-ambulatory riders.

For a rider application or or questions regarding this project, please visit i-Enable’s website or email [email protected].

Capital City Music Therapy

CCMT’s board-certified music therapists visit homes, schools, and facilities to work with clients of all ages and abilities. After assessing areas of strength and need with clients and their families, CCMT will build out an individualized plan of care to help reach goals inside the music therapy session that transfer to everyday activities.

CCMT also offers the Little Ditties Early Learning program for young children and families to support developmental milestones, family relationships, and social and emotional learning through play.

To learn more, visit CCMT’s website.

Special Needs-Focused Sports Programs

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Information About Age of Majority and Transfer of Rights

Since 2006, IMPACT has worked to create a community where all children, especially those with special needs, could thrive.

IMPACT was founded in 2006 to provide families with a central location for children to receive first-rate therapeutic treatment from expert, individually licensed therapists. By 2012, services had expanded to include a wide variety of therapy types, including speech, music, and physical therapy, as well as the addition of IMPACT Academy and IMPACT Preschool.

Started by parents with a need for specialized programs, IMPACT is focused on building a community for all children, especially those with special needs. IMPACT serves children aged 6 weeks to 22 years old with varying disabilities, including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Autism, and is the only full-service, comprehensive private education center in the region.

Over the last 15+ years, IMPACT has grown but remained focused on empowering and educating all children with a model that utilizes therapeutic intervention to provide a solid foundation for each child to have positive social, emotional, physical, and academic success. Whereas traditional schools cannot provide individualized care for each student, IMPACT understands that every child has the potential to succeed and deserves quality educational opportunities based on their individual developing strengths.

I am proud to be a part of a team that puts others in front of themselves.
Lawrence Mvrica
IMPACT Foundation Board Member
The positive energy the staff brings to the center every day, helps you know your little one is being well taken care of. Everyone at the center have truly become a part of our family now and we will be forever grateful for each and every one of them. Everything is so great that now we are also looking forward to their after school program!
Caitlin Huard
I can’t say enough great things about The Summer Escape program! Trusting people when you have a child with special needs is often a scary thing. You want to make sure the people surrounding your little one are kind, caring, and able keep them safe. We are so lucky to have found this program and love all of the people who help run things.
Caitlin Huard
The most comforting aspect as a parent, is knowing that my son is in an environment where he can learn and is understood. I am very thankful for the school's mission to educate kids with learning differences and the teachers and administrators that make this happen every day.
Shacarra Sigler
We struggled with the school placement decision, because we wanted to find the right school that would be a good fit for our son. I am so glad that we chose IMPACT; they are so helpful, caring, and understand my son’s specific needs. They have accommodated his needs on so many levels, which I believe would have been unmet at other schools.
Shacarra Sigler
Our son has a rare genetic syndrome, delayed development and learning disabilities. We have been bringing him to IMPACT Tallahassee since he was 1-year-old and he will soon be 10. The staff in the office, the teachers, the aides are all amazing with the children; I'm very impressed with their professionalism and compassion. I personally recommend IMPACT to people on a regular basis.
Teresa Corbet
IMPACT Tallahassee and their staff have become such an important part of our lives over the last 9 years. We couldn't imagine not being there on a weekly basis.
Teresa Corbet