A parent’s guide to outpatient services for kids in Birmingham: occupational and speech therapy, tutoring and more

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Does your child need extra attention in specific areas of learning and development? Whether your child struggles with handwriting, speech, dyslexia or Autism, guidance and support is within reach. To help your child succeed and live their best life, here’s a helpful guide to outpatient services around Birmingham.

Mitchell’s Place

Address: 4778 Overton Rd., Birmingham, AL 35210
Contact: 205.957.0294
Hours: M-F – 7AM-5:30PM

Learning and discovery through occupational therapy. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Mission: To provide comprehensive research-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment.

Occupational therapy can help kids strengthen hand muscles and coordination to perform important tasks like zipping zippers and buttoning buttons. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Through comprehensive research-based education, social and therapeutic services, Mitchell’s Place provides children, adolescents and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Services include:

  • Applied behavioral analysis
  • Interdisciplinary diagnostic clinic
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Speech therapy

Child’s Play Therapy Center

Address: 3057 Lorna Rd., #220, Birmingham, AL 35216
M-F – 8AM-6:30PM

Sensory bins and social interaction. Photo via Child’s Play Therapy Center’s Facebook

Through a fun and lively environment, Child’s Play Therapy Center provides comprehensive pediatric therapy services under one roof. Services include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Special programming
  • Counseling/play therapy

Children’s of Alabama

Address: 1601 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Contact: 205.638.9174

Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama provides medical service to children in need. But they also offer many outpatient programs to help with a broad range of needs, such as behavioral health and speech delays and motor delays.

To help address these needs, Children’s of Alabama features a variety of services, including:

  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nutrition
  • Children’s Behavioral Health

Learn more about Children’s of Alabama’s Outpatient programs.

The Bell Center

Address: 914 Oak Grove Rd., Homewood, AL 35209
Contact: 205.879.3417; info@thebellcenter.org

A future artist in the making. Photo via The Bell Center

The Bell Center is dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delay. Using the Hawaii Early Learning Profile 0-3, highly-trained professionals are able to assess your child’s strengths and areas where they could use extra help across five developmental domains, including:

  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Expressive and receptive language
  • Cognition
  • Emotional/social

To address your child’s specific needs, The Bell Center offers many programs, including:

  • Bright Beginnings
  • Little Leaps
  • All About Me
  • My Friends
  • Explore Every Day
  • Munch Bunch
  • Listen and Learn
  • Kindermusik
  • Peer Models

Learn more about some of the amazing things happening recently at The Bell Center.

Alabama Game Changers

Address: 1815 Patton Chapel Rd., Hoover, AL 36226
Contact: 205.914.3027; intakecoordinator@alabamagamechangers.org

Does your child need help with reading, spelling, writing or math? Alabama Game Changers provides assistance through a variety of tutoring programs.


  • Education opportunities
  • Evaluations/testing
  • Screening
  • Support
  • Tutoring and referrals
  • Advocacy

Puzzle Piece

Address: 3140 Cahaba Heights Rd., Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Contact: 205.969.8080; puzzlepiece@aol.com

Just as its name suggests, Puzzle Piece in Vestavia Hills is designed to help children put life’s important “puzzle pieces” together to learn and develop. Here you’ll find highly-trained therapists who are experienced in treating children with a variety of needs, including:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Apraxia
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder


  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social skills
  • Dyslexia
  • iLs Integrated Listening
  • iLp Integrated Language

Lakeshore Foundation

Address: 4000 Ridgeway Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact: 205.313.7400
Hours: M-F – 5:30AM-8:30PM; Sat. –8AM-4PM

Art is a blast! Photo via Lakeshore Foundation

To enable children with a physical disability and/or chronic health conditions to lead healthy, activities and independent lifestyles, United Way offers a variety of adapted programs, including:

  • Recreation
  • Aquatics
  • Fitness and athletics

Pediatric Therapy Associates

Address: 700 Century Park S., Birmingham, AL 35226

Learn and grow through play. Photo via Pediatric Therapy Associates

Pediatric Therapy Associates provides outpatient pediatric physical and occupational therapy to children and teens with:

  • Special needs
  • Sport-related injuries
  • Medical/pain issues
  • Education challenges

Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy Services (Greater Birmingham area)

Address: 240 Commerce Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
Contact: 205.314.2165
M-F – 8AM-4:30PM

Photo via Easter Seals of the Birmingham area

Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy Services helps create solutions that change the lives of children with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Services include:

  • Speech-language therapy
  • Pediatric feeding therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sensory room therapy

United Ability

Address: 100 Oslo Cir., Birmingham, AL 35211
Contact: 205.944.3900; info@unitedability.org

Photo via United Ability

United Ability provides innovative services that connect those with disabilities to their communities and empower individuals to live full and meaningful lives. They do this through a number of services, such as:M

  • Ability clinic (outpatient therapy)
  • Hand in Hand Early Intervention
  • Hand in Hand Early Learning Programming

Learn more one of United Ability’s founders.

Milestones Behavior Group, Inc

Address: 200 Cahaba Park Cir., Birmingham, AL 35242
Contact: 205.253.6903; therapy@milestonesaba.com

Learning through play makes a difference in kids lives. Photo via Milestones Behavior Group, Inc.

Milestones Behavior Group—located in Birmingham and Springville—provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech and language services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental and communication disorders. Services include:

  • In-clinic therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Speech and language therapy

What other places in the greater Birmingham area provide excellent outpatient services to kids? We want to know!

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