Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child eligible for Harwood services?

Children are eligible for services through Harwood Center if they have a diagnosed developmental disability, are showing signs of delays, or if they considered at risk for development delay.

Where is Harwood located?

Harwood Center currently operates three locations in Memphis: Hope Church in Cordova, Aspire Hanley Elementary in Orange Mound, and Promise Academy Springhill Elementary in Raleigh.

How to I enroll my child at Harwood?

Please contact Harwood Center to inquire about openings and request a tour of our Center. If we do not have an opening, your child will be placed on our waiting list once we receive a completed application and application fee. For more information click here

How much does it cost to send my child to Harwood Center?

Please contact Brenda Gitter (brenda.gitter@harwoodcenter.org) for current tuition rates.

What disabilities does Harwood Center treat?

Harwood offers year-round, individualized educational & behavior services to students who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, prematurity, behavioral disorders, as well as many other developmental disabilities.

How do I find out if my child has autism or another behavioral disorder?

Harwood Center does not provide diagnostic evaluations as this time. We recommend consulting your child’s pediatrician to determine if your child is at risk, has a developmental delay and/or if further testing is needed.
We recommend children receive a psychological evaluation by a psychologist, developmental pediatrician, or approved diagnostician to determine an autism diagnosis.

Can my child receive services in our home?

Harwood Center provides behavior services to children in their homes and at their childcare facilities depending on staff availability.

Does Harwood accept insurance for ABA therapy?

We are currently working with an ABA Billing Service to become an approved ABA provider for multiple insurance companies. Please contact Harwood directly to find out if we currently accept your insurance for ABA services.  We highly encourage families to speak with their insurance providers first to determine what services are covered under their plans.

What are signs of autism and other behavioral issues?

If your child displays any of the following behaviors, contact Harwood Center for a Behavior Observation session and report:

Loss or lack of language
Social interaction problems
Repetitive behaviors
Poor play skills
Poor eye contact
Issues with parent-child relationships or sibling relationships
Attention problems
Sleep problems
Mealtime problems

What’s the background/history of Harwood Center?

Here are milestones of Harwood:

Founded in 1957, Harwood Center serves children from birth to age five with developmental disabilities.

In 1972, Harwood Center became a 501(c)(3) United Way agency.

From 1974 to 1994, Harwood Center assisted the Memphis City Schools special education department.

In 1992, Harwood Center spread its outreach to a second location at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Avenue, to serve more children and families.

In 1999, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) designated Harwood Center as an early intervention resource agency.

In 2003, TDOE selected Harwood Center to help develop a statewide training program on autism for early intervention providers.

In 2009, Harwood Center partnered with Les Passees, Inc. to fund Harwood’s location at Hope Presbyterian Preschool, 8500 Walnut Grove.

In 2010, Harwood became a private nonprofit and expanded its services by opening preschool classrooms for children ages three to five with developmental disabilities.

In 2011, Harwood entered into a partnership with Baptist Memorial health Care.

In 2013, Harwood implemented a center-based behavioral services program for children needing intensive one-on-one therapeutic services.

In 2015, Harwood expanded its program to serve children exiting preschool needing a transitional year of school to prepare for Kindergarten.