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Local Resources

DAN! Practitioners


  • Dr. Lynn Mielke
    Developmental Spectrums
    4363 Stoneridge Drive, Suite A
    Pleasanton, CA 94588

  • Dr. Kenneth Stoller
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic of Sacramento
    1936 Stockton Blvd, Suite A
    Sacramento, CA 95816


Diet & Nutrition Resources

  • Christina Karle's Homemade Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Products
    Christina has a gluten-free kitchen and serves family and friends with home-baked goods by referral and pre-ordering only. Her products are made from organic ingredients whenever possible. Her original recipes include gluten-free whole grains and other wholesome ingredients to produce great-tasting baked goods and mixes. All products are gluten-free and dairy-free. For more information call 530.647.1821 or email
    [email protected]. ORDER ONLINE

  • GFCF Recipes- http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GFCFrecipes/
    Welcome to our recipe and support group for those needing to cook a gluten-free, casein-free diet, and sometimes multiple others free (corn, soy, artificials, etc.). Parents needing cooking support, food questions and who want to swap recipes for all kinds of GFCF cooking. Plain and Fancy, Snacks and Family dinners. All are welcome.

  • GFCF Sample Menus - NEW!
    Intended for families new to the diet or those looking for inspiration and new ideas, we've provided sample menus from local families. These menus are from their children's GFCF diets including where to buy items locally, recipes for favorite items, and more! See Other GFCF Favorites for more ideas...

  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet Info & Recipes - http://www.pecanbread.com/

Innovative Therapies

  • Montessori Autism Programs & Services (MAPS) - http://www.mapsautism.com
    MAPS provides social skills training through Integrated Play Group (IPG) Therapy at locations throughout Northern California. Known as MAPS, the program emphasizes the gifts and challenges we all have, combining children with developmental delays with their typically developing peers. The group therapy focuses on the social and communication skills that are critical to a child's social development and aids them in forming friendships and becoming active members of a community. MAPS is vendorized by ALTA California Regional Center.

Message Boards / Groups


  • Special Needs Moms - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialneedsmoms/
    Moms & kids from Sacramento, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Rescue, and environs. Do you need a place where you don't have to explain anything about your child, where his or her quirks are accepted, where you can let your guard down?Are you trying to figure out the next step in your child's education or therapies? Then consider joining us! This group is a combination of playdates and playgroups, monthly activities, exchange of information, and really, just support and friendship with other.

  • Sacramento Bio Medical - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/sac-autism-biomed/
    This group is intended for parents in the Sacramento and Northern Californian areas to discuss biomedical treatment options for their child with autism or similar condition. This is not intended to be medical advice.

Other Resources

  • Alta Regional Center - http://www.altaregional.org/
    Alta is one of a network of 21 regional centers in California established by the Lanterman Mental Retardation Services Act of 1969. Alta is a private non-profit corporation working under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. Alta California Regional Center creates and maintains partnerships to support all persons with developmental disabilities, children at risk, and their families in choosing services and supports through individual lifelong planning to achieve satisfying lifestyles in their own communities.

  • Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) - http://www.feat.org/
    FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community. FEAT's website provides information about Autism which is comprised of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders of Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's Disorder (AS), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Autistic Disorder.

Recreational Resources

  • El Dorado Hills Taekwondo
    El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center provides a Quality Martial Arts program for the whole family and is now offering a private group, special needs class in conjunction with Talk About Autism! Taekwondo is the ancient Korean art of self-defense with over 1400 years of tradition and history. It is known for its practicality and dynamic kicking techniques. We train physically to be in shape, defend ourselves and live long, productive lives. Mentally we train with respect, discipline, self control, courtesy and perseverance. Taekwondo can be practiced by anyone of any age or physical condition. Contact Kristin Kudler at 916.939.3803 to arrange a free trial session.

  • Educational Adventures (formerly Take Flight Arts) - www.illuminatetoeducate.com
    Educational Adventures has been meeting the needs of children and young adults in El Dorado County since 1998. We recognize and respect the uniqueness of each child and young adult and celebrate the threads that bind us. The primary mission of Educational Adventures is to discover and illuminate each child's full potential. Our approach skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics and artistic endeavors. Now offering "Art on the Spectrum" - a class that is focused on creating a welcoming and engaging environment for children who are on the autistic spectrum or have other special needs along with any child that's up for a truly fun and amazing experience! 

Have a local resource not mentioned above that you'd recommend to others? Email us at [email protected].