Special Needs Index

We are pleased to share an index, with Web links, for Duluth MN and Superior WI child-focused, special needs resources. This includes local providers, services, community events, and products. This is a growing list as our community is constantly expanding and evolving. I have included some Twin Cities providers that are heavily utilized by local families. If you know of resources not listed, or are looking for resource topics not listed, please email us at 3bluefireflies@gmail.com and we will do our best to expand this index! Note: We do NOT endorse any of the providers listed. We also reserve the right to not list a resource, if we so chose. In addition, we only post physical businesses, camps, and community activities at this time. We do not post blogs, articles, educational websites, etc.

​ABA Therapy MN Autism Center

Adaptive Community Opportunities Courage Kenny Rehabilitation InstituteStonehouse Martial Arts; The Gymnastics AcademyGreat Lakes AquariumMarcus TheatresNorth Country RideSeeds of Hope Youth RanchMinnesota Ballet Masonic Children’s ClinicThe ARC NorthlandAccess NorthTrue North; Choice UnlimitedArrowhead Soccer AssociationSalt and Light Dance Studio Notes: There are lots of places not listed that might offer adaptive sports and community classes. If you hear of ones not listed, please let me know. 

Advocacy Support Services and Opportunities Minnesota Disability Law OfficeARC NorthlandCity of Duluth Commission on DisabilitiesSt. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Advisory CommitteeMN Council on DisabilityMN Governor’s Council on Developmental DisabilitiesAccess North

Assistive Technology Access North

DBT Nystrom and Associates;  Amberwing

Disability Support Services (MA, waivers, PCA services) St. Louis County, Minnesota

Driver’s Education Access North

Durable Medical Equipment Bluefireflies (for custom covers); Midwest Medical EquipmentLake Superior Medical EquipmentNuMotionHeidi’s Mastectomy Shop

​Homeschool Organizations Northland COREMinnesota Homeschool AllianceMinnesota Association of Christian Home EducatorsWisconsin Parents Association

Job Support Services Choice Unlimited; DRCC; Vocational Rehabilitation/Duluth Workforce Center; Pinewood

Music Providers Hamlin MusicSchmidt MusicUniversity of MN-DuluthTwin Ports Guitar Studio

Pediatricians Essentia HealthSt. Luke’s Health System

Pediatric Developmental Pediatrician Essentia Health

Pediatric Eating Disorder Programs Human Development CenterThe Emily Program

Pediatric Genetics Providers Children’s MinnesotaGillette Children’s Specialty HealthcareUniversity of Minnesota

Pediatric Neurology Providers Essentia Health SystemGillette Children’s Specialty HealthcareChildren’s Minnesota

Pediatric Neuropsychology Providers Essentia Heath SystemNystrom & AssociatesUniversity of MinnesotaFraser ClinicGillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Providers Essentia Health SystemSt. Luke’s Health SystemMN Autism CenterCollege of St. Scholastica

Pediatric Orthopedic Providers Essentia Health System

Pediatric Physical Medicine Providers Essentia Health System

Pediatric Physical Therapy Providers Essentia Health SystemSt. Luke’s Health SystemIn Motion TherapyCollege of St. Scholastica

Pediatric Psychological Service Providers Arrowhead Psychological ClinicSt. Luke’s Hillside ClinicNystrom & AssociatesHuman Development CenterDuluth Counseling CenterAmberwingEssentia Health SystemArrowhead Psychological Clinic

Pediatric Sensory-Related Eating Therapy Service Providers Essentia Health System Notes: Eating therapy related to sensory issues can also be addressed through some occupational therapy providers

Pediatric Orthotics Providers Gillette Children’s Specialty Duluth ClinicEssentia Health SystemHanger ClinicNorthern Orthotic and Prothestic Center

​Pediatric Speech Therapy Essentia Health SystemSt. Luke’s Health SystemMN Autism CenterScottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language DisordersRobert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Pediatric Vision Therapy Bright Eyes Vision ClinicEssentia HealthMinnesota Vision Therapy CenterNorthern Minnesota Eye Care

​PCA Providers ARC NorthlandACCRADirections for LifeHeartland PCAAccess North

Playgrounds (Accessible) PACER playground list

Sensory Products Bluefireflies (MN/Family/Small Business!!); Therapy ShoppeAutism ShopEMS 4 KidsSmart Knit KidsSensory TreatWittFittCalming Clothing CompanyAlert Me BandsMove Play ThriveFun & FunctionSensory Goods

Social Group Opportunities Nystrom and Associates;  Access NorthARC NorthlandAmberwing

Special Education Advisory Council (SEACDuluth Public SchoolsNorthern Lights Special Education CollaborativeDuluth Edison Charter Schools Notes: Special Education Advisory Councils are required by state law. You can learn about how they can help your school, and in turn your family, by visiting http://www.mnseacinfo.org/. 

Special Transportation STRIDECustom CabACC MidwestNorthern AccessSenior Connections-WI

Support Groups and Resources Family Voices of MinnesotaARC NorthlandMinnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication DisordersDr. Susan Larson Kidd Consulting

Summer Opportunities Autism Society of MNLake Superior ZooGreat Lakes Aquarium

Tutoring/Learning Disability Diagnosing Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper WisconsinTutoring DuluthLearning Institute for ExcellenceDuluth Core LearningLearning Disabilities Association of America Notes: school districts and developmental pediatricians can also help identify learning disabilities