If you have a child with special needs your search for a school and church can take a different path.  While some kids do well in a “regular” school with specific tutors or programs, others need to be a a program that is focused on their needs.  Here are some options in the area, recommended by the moms.  For more reviews check out the Mom Support Groups post for some special needs support groups.


Sensory Day at Special Kids & Families

Pre-School Kids

Tennessee Early Intervention Systems (TEIS)
Free services for children with delays up to age three.   EMM Review

Shelby County Schools
preschool programs throughout the city for children with special needs beginning at age 3 (free).

SRVS Kids & Families Play Do Learn Preschool
18 months – 5/6 years
Formerly know as Special Kids and Families
My son went to school there and we loved it! It’s an inclusive preschool and they now take children from 18 months to 5/6 in the preschool program.

Lindenwood Christian Childcare Center
6 weeks – 4 years
I’m the Director at Lindenwood Child Care and we welcome children with special needs! We were the first child care in Memphis to form a partnership with LeBonheur to help us care for children with daily medical needs. Our teachers are really passionate about helping each child progress at their own pace and be successful. We also have an Inclusion Facilitator on site who supports children with special needs and their teachers. I would love to give them a tour!

Le Bonheur Early Intervention and Development (LEAD) program
up to age three
How old is the child? Have them call le bonheur early intervention and development. We have a program that places kids with special needs to day cares! 901.287.4900 ask to speak to Beverly Cannon.

SEED Program at Buntyn Preschool
The S.E.E.D. (Spectrum Educational Enrichment & Development) is for children 3-6 years old. Children may be diagnosed with autism, display undiagnosed symptoms of autistic behavior, or are traditional children in need of behavioral support in the classroom setting.

The Angel Program at Holy Rosary
Preschool for kids with autism, ages 3-7

Harwood Center
children from birth to three years of age with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, prematurity, behavioral disorders, and spina bifida.

Germantown United Methodist Preschool (GUMP)
2 – 5 years
GUMP will begin offering its first class for children with special needs beginning in August 2016. The program, called GUMP Recognizes All Can Excel (GRACE), will partner with Le Bonheur’s Early Intervention and Development (LEAD) service to provide teacher support along with hands-on specialists in the classroom.

School-Aged Kids

The Bodine School
dyslexia and other reading-related disabilities, school and an after-school program

The Phoenix School
Grades 1-12
all types of learning disabilities (A.D.D., A.D.H.D., and verbal Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Shady Oaks School
Ages 7-14
ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties

The Bowie Center
Grades 1-12
Focused on issues related to reading, including Dyslexia

St. Francis of Assisi Plus Program
Multi-sensory approaches including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning

St. Benedict High School Plus Program
Grades 9-12
The program serves students with a diagnosed learning disability and an average to above average intelligence in preparation for college.

Madonna Learning Center
individualized academic and therapeutic education to students and young adults with intellectual disabilities starting at age 5

Churches with Special Needs Ministries

Special Needs Activities


Ages 5 – 19
Free program for children with physical and or intellectual disabilities to play the game of soccer. Part of the Germantown Legends organization.

Old West Special Trails
The Trail Blazers class is specifically designed for children with special needs.

Camp Conquest
A Christ-centered, week-long, overnight camp for children and adults (ages 6-60) with special needs and disabilities