Developmental Assessment and Care

The Developmental and Behavioral Services Resource Guide is solely intended to provide information to patients and their families about public and private agency resources which serve the needs of children with developmental and behavioral issues.  The Guide should not be considered an endorsement of any program or service.  Patients and their families are advised to carefully consider such resources in consultation with their personal physician.

Avenue HomeCare, Inc.
Address: 1230 W. Morehead Street, Suite 110 • Charlotte, NC
Phone: (704) 971-2800   Fax: (704) 527-6616

Sliding Scale: No   Medicaid: Yes   Insurance: Yes

Comments: Provide pediatric rehabilitation and therapy services including PT, OT, and respite care.

Blue Ridge Behavior Systems, Inc.
Professional: Madalyn Tyson, PhD
Address: 17206 Lancaster Highway, Suite 504 • Charlotte, NC  28277-2004
Phone: (704) 540-4291, Ext. 1   Fax: (704) 541-0319
Sliding Scale: No   Medicaid: Yes  Insurance: Yes

Comments: psychological testing; specializing in children and adolescents, all issues related to behavioral, emotional and educational issues; family therapy; parent training; adults for some issues related to adjustment and relationships; also specializing in persons with developmental disabilities, autism, asperger’s disorder, LD, ADHD, sexual abuse; custody and visitation issues/assessment.

Carolina Center for Development and Rehabilitation

Professional:  Ervin Batchelor, PhD, ABPP/CN, Diplomate, Am. Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology

Address:  1718 E. Fourth Street, Suite 702  • Charlotte, NC  28204

Phone:  (704) 372-5997  Fax:  (704) 372-2330

Sliding Scale:  No   Medicaid:  Yes   Insurance:  Yes

Comments:  Provides evaluation and treatment of children ages five and up with congenital abnormalities and acquired brain injury.  No longer performs ADHD or LD evaluations.

Carolinas Rehabilitation

Address: 1100 Blythe Blvd. • Charlotte, NC, 28203
Phone: (704) 355-4300   Fax: (704) 355-8837

Sliding Scale: No   Medicaid: Yes   Insurance: Yes

Comments: Services to patients from birth to adulthood. Provide inpatient acute physical rehabilitation and outpatient physical rehabilitation including OT, PT, ST, and psychology services, neuropsychology services, psychiatrist services, cognitive education, social work, clinical care management, individual and group treatments, recreation therapy and driver evaluations.

Charlotte TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related
Communication Handicapped Children) Center

Address: 5701 Executive Center Drive • Charlotte, NC 28212
Phone: (704) 563-4103   Fax: (704) 563-4112
Web site:

Sliding Scale: No   Medicaid: No   Insurance: No

Comments: Evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and training in autism. All ages are eligible for services. This is a state supported agency. Services are free for NC residents. Fees apply for out-of-state referrals. For out-of-state referrals, the initial screening is free. Fees apply for diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. Fees are payable in advance of sessions.
It is up to the family to apply for insurance reimbursement.

Child and Family Development
Professional:  Kim Ferguson, Psy.D., RPT-S Licensed Psychologist Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Midtown Address: 4012 Park Road, Suite 200 • Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: (704) 332-4834 Fax: (704) 372-9653

South Charlotte Address:  10508 Park Road, Suite 130 •Charlotte, NC 28210

(704) 541-9080 Fax: (704) 542-0699

Web site:
Sliding Scale: No Medicaid: Yes Insurance: Yes

Comments: Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological testing and psychotherapy, educational testing and treatment services; all ages birth-young adult; individual and group sessions; many specialty areas of expertise including ASD clinic, ADHD clinic, pediatric dietition; participate with many insurance plans and NC Medicaid; cash, check, credit card accepted.

Cyzner Institute
Address: 7022 Sardis Road • Charlotte, NC 28270
Phone: (704) 366-8260

Comments: Therapeutic center for children with special needs. Many services offered including weekday school, evaluations, training in academic skills, parent coaching, OT, case management, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and biomedical services.

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
Address: 5700 Executive Center Drive • Charlotte, NC 28212
Phone: (704) 566-6040
Sliding Scale: Yes   Medicaid: Yes   Insurance: Yes

Comments: Provide a wide variety of services for patient’s birth- adult. Services include group homes I and II, respite, personal care, day care center, OT, PT, ST, residential placement, developmental services.

Mecklenburg County Children's Developmental Services

Dr. Carlton G. Watkins Center
Address: 3500 Ellington Street • Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: (704) 336-7100   Intake: (704) 336-7130   Fax: (704) 336-2423

Huntersville Annex:  12105 Verhoeff Drive

Phone:  (704) 432-3063   Fax:  (704) 432-0748

For more information about early intervention in North Carolina:
Sliding Scale: Yes   Medicaid: Yes   Insurance: Yes

Comments: The Dr. Carlton G. Watkins Center is the local Child Developmental Services Agency (CDSA). The CDSA is responsible for Together We Grow, the NC Infant-Toddler program serving children birth to age three. The program provides child and family evaluation, service planning, and child service coordination for eligible children with a known or suspected developmental delay or disorder. The Watkins Center provides/administers the provision of treatment and family support services needed for each child. The program receives referrals from families and health care providers. Fees are not assessed to families for child service coordination or evaluation services. No one is denied service based on inability to pay.

Mecklenburg County Health Department Child Service Coordination Program
Address: 2845 Beatties Ford Road • Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: (704) 336-5458
Sliding Scale: No  Medicaid: No   Insurance: No

Comments: This program serves Mecklenburg County residents birth to age five that meet risk conditions determined by the State. The CSC staff provides teaching, guidance, developmental assessments and assists families in learning how to stimulate their children and help them maintain normal growth and development. Income is not a consideration for services.

Novant Health Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Professionals:  Barbara E. Kissam, MD, and Caitlin N. Rissler, NP
Address: 1900 Randolph Road, Suite 1014 • Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone: (704) 316-1155   Fax: (704) 316-1160
Sliding Scale: Yes   Medicaid: Yes   Insurance: Yes

Comments: Ages 0-22, 90 minute intake evaluations and close followup, coordination of services, medical management, behavioral counseling.  Services/conditions treated: autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety/OCD/panic, ODD, bipolar disorder, reactive attachment disorder, developmental delay, various genetic disorders (such as Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Angelmans, Prader Willi, etc.), NICU grads with developmental issues, behavioral problems.

Presbyterian Hospital Early Childhood Intervention
Address: 200 Hawthorne Lane • Charlotte, NC 28204

Comments: Provides early identification, referral and enrollment of infants and children aged birth to 36 months with developmental delays and established medical conditions in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County area at all three Presbyterian Hospital locations to the NC Infant Toddler program while increasing awareness, education and peer support of children with special needs.