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 two locations in Memphis: A classroom at University of Memphis and Journey Community School in Orange Mound.

How do 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.

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

Please contact Rachel Lauletta (rachel.lauletta@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

How is Harwood combating COVID and keeping kids safe?

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Harwood Center has instituted various safeguards to ensure the safety of its clients, parents, and employees.  While some families have chosen to receive services provided virtually, there are some who have opted for in-home services.  Our behavior technicians are following CDC guidelines regarding cleanliness by masking, using hand sanitizer, and distancing.  Additionally, in our physical facilities temperatures are taken upon entry and an established cleaning procedure is followed as well.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this most important issue.