Updated November 30, 2018

*Disclaimer! This list is updated frequently. It is not a list of all services available in Baton Rouge, just the ones that I know about.

Brenda L. Dawson, Ph.D
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
11505 Perkins Road, Bldg. 2, Ste. D
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Assistive Technology

Cell phone applications

Contact Information: Google SMS, CapturaTalk, Talk to text

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Speech to Text applications built into the phone

Cost: Free

Digitally recorded textbooks and other books

Contact Information: BookShare.org (Click on "Sign Up" you have to do this to download a form to be signed by a doctor attesting to a print disability (dyslexia))

Cost: Free with doctor’s verification of dyslexia

Digitally recorded textbooks and other books

Contact Information: LearningAlly.org

Cost: $99 per year

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Contact Information: www.nuance.com, www.amazon.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Speech to text program; get Dragon Home version and previous edition to save money.

Cost: $40-$50

Free Rice

Contact Information: www.freerice.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Vocabulary building

Cost: Free

Graphic Library

Contact Information: www.capstonepress.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Max Axiom Super Scientist Books

Cost: Varies but can add up; most get through libraries

Khan Academy

Contact Information: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Personalized learning resource for all ages

Cost: Free

Graphic Novels

Contact Information: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/graphic-novels-young-kids
(Scroll down and click on : Graphic Novels: Read the Pictures. Also, lists from the American Library Association.)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Ages 6-12 and up

Cost: Varies

Graphic Classic Novels

Contact Information: Amazon.com (Books ->Graphic Novels)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Great for literature books commonly assigned at school

Cost: Varies

That Tutor Guy

Contact Information: www.thattutorguy.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: For math

Cost: Free

Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative

Contact Information: 225.687.5400 ext. 2188 www.laticenters.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Targets all disabilities/ learning difficulties for students enrolled in a Louisiana school

Cost: Free

Read & Write Gold

Contact Information: www.readwritegold.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Text to speech program and speech to text used mostly by professionals.

Cost: $610

Reading pen/scanners

Contact Information: www.amazon.com, www.staples.com, www.quill.com

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Text to speech tool

Cost: $70 - $200

Tablet Computers: Amazon Kindle, iPad Mini, Nexus 7, Windows 8

Contact Information: Dyslexia.yale.edu/2014TabletComparison.html (for a review of these electronics)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Speech to Text

Cost: Varies

Typefaces for Dyslexia

Contact Information: These typefaces are generally easier to read: Trebuchet, Comic Sans, Century Gothic, Arial, Verdana, Calibri (for Microsoft Word). Geneva or Helvetica for Apple products. Also: Lexia Readable, OpenDyslexic, Dyslexie. Font size for all= 12 to 14 point.

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Typefaces

Cost: Ones listed are free.

Microsoft Learning Tools, including Immersive Reader

Contact Information: Already built into cloud-based Microsoft apps like OneNote Online, Word Online, Outlook on the Web. Office Lens for iOS and Microsoft Edge, or Office 365 on your PC

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Immersive reader reads aloud, simultaneous to highlighting text

Cost: Free

Educational Books for Parents and Children

Educational Books for Parents and Children

Contact Information: Barnes and Noble, Amazon

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: For Parents

Cost: $2- $25

The Dyslexic Scholar by Kathleen Nosek

Contact Information: Amazon, used book sellers

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Written in 1995, but still relevant to today
For Parents

Cost: $0.80- $12.70

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD* Learning Differences by Rhoda Cummings, Ed.D.

Contact Information: Free Spirit Publishing (https://www.freespirit.com)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Make sure it is the 2016 revision (has two children on the cover)

Cost: Available as ebook from Google Play for $9.99 Or regular book from Free Spirit Publishing for $13.99

Educational Consultants

Georgann Mire, Educational Consultant

Contact Information:
Cell: (225) 266-1148

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Works with all ages, through college

Cost: Varies


Dyslexia Explained: What’s it like being dyslexic by Nessy Learning Programme

Contact Information: YouTube

Cost: Free

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Contact Information: YouTube or Netflix

Cost: YouTube:Free; Netflix: Membership required

TED talks

Contact Information: You Tube; search for Dyslexia topic

Cost: Free

Max Brooks on Growing Up with Dyslexia

Contact Information: YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihLK9Z3p1NM)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Realistic and sensitive view on what it's like to be dyslexic by the by the author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and others

Cost: Free

Reading Therapy

Access to Better Communication

Contact Information:
Sheran Samuel-Benton, M.A., CCC-SLP
Lisa T. Suire, M.A., CCC-SLP
768 Chevelle Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Reading and language therapy ages PK-adult
Social Skills therapy

Cost: Don't know, but they accept most major medical insurance plans

Dynamics Therapy Specialists

Contact Information:
Stacy Levy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vicki Roy, M.S., CCC-SLP
6605 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Reading Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech-Language Therapy, Hearing Eval, Auditory Processing Interv., Behavior Management, Camp Dynamics, Parent Training and more

Cost: Don’t know, but insurance may cover part or all

Judy David, MA, CCC-SLP

Contact Information:
Chesney Center Therapies
5422 Superior Dr., Ste. B
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: All ages. Has some focus in reading comprehension issues

Cost: Varies; May be covered by health insurance

LSU Speech and Hearing Clinic (Auditory Processing Disorders Clinic)

Contact Information:
Hatcher Hall
LSU Campus

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: School age children

Cost: Varies based on service

LSU Reading Skills Summer Camps

Contact Information: http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/Pre-College-K-12/Reading-Skills-Program

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: K-12

Cost: $249 for ages 4-5 and $299 for all other ages. Early registration get $30 off. Scholarships available based on income

McMains Children’s Developmental Center

Contact Information: http://www.mcmainscdc.org/

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: http://www.mcmainscdc.org/

Cost: Sliding scale. Varies. May be covered by health insurance.

Janet Vosberg - Dyslexia Consultant & Certified Writing Instructor

Contact Information:
(832) 544-7798

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Research and evidenced based program (Barton) for problems with spelling, reading, and writing. Ages 5 1/2 and up. Twice a week

Cost: $40 per hour

Neurotherapy Specialists, Inc.

Contact Information:
Teri Wilton, L.O.T.R (Director)
Leslie E. Weidman, MS, CCC-SLP
11140 N. Harrell’s Ferry Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Reading and language therapy ages PK-adult
Also, physical therapy and occupational therapy

Cost: Varies; May be covered by health insurance

Abilities for Speech and Language

Contact Information:
18268 Petroleum Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Locations in EBR and Livingston parishes

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Speech language therapy, reading therapy, occupational therapy, academic tutoring, social skills

Cost: Varies, may be covered by health insurance

The Emerge Center (formerly Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Association)

Contact Information:
7784 Innovation Park Drive (former GSRI Road)
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: For children and adults
Reading and language therapy

Cost: Varies; Partly funded by United Way

The Learning Advantage

Contact Information:
Tricia J. Sparks
Certified Academic Language Therapist

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Reading therapy


St. Michael the Archangel

Contact Information: www.smhsbr.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Offers programs for students with dyslexia

Cost: About $8,500 per year; don’t know if additional fees for program

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High

Contact Information: http://www.cristoreybatonrouge.org/
NOTE: Might have to go through the Blessed Margaret of Castello Reach Program
Contact: Bethany Robichaux

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Offers programs for students with dyslexia

Cost: About $6,000 per year; don’t know if additional fees for program


Contact Information: BRCC, Rapides Parish Community College, etc.

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: A semester (or more) before college starts make an appointment and get an accommodation plan

Cost: No extra fee

Most Blessed Sacrament

Contact Information: Might have to go through the Blessed Margaret of Castello Reach Program
Contact: Bethany Robichaux

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Designated for dyslexia in Catholic system, grades K-8

Cost: Catholic school tuition plus might be an additional fee

University View Academy (previously Louisiana Connections Academy)

Contact Information: http://www.universityviewacademy
(Click "Learn More" for testimonials)
4664 Jamestown Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 225-421-2900

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Grades K-12. Has dual enrollment classes to get college credit.
Fully accredited. Must have "coach" to supervise--parent or other adult. Social activities available. They accommodate learning disabilities in instruction and testing

Cost: Free! It's a public online charter school.

Other Catholic Elementary Schools-Lab programs

Contact Information: Contact BLESSED MARGARET OF CASTELLO REACH PROGRAM (see below)
Bethany Robichaux

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Grades k-8 may offer special instruction which takes the place of elective class (es)

Cost: Catholic School tuition plus might be an additional fee

Blessed Margaret of Castello

Contact Information: http://www.CSOBR.org
Bethany Robichaux, director
1800 S. Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Diocese of Baton Rouge reach program for exceptional students (intellectual disabilities, autism, and dyslexia; they will tell you which school to go to, based on services needed

Cost: $200 assessment fee


Contact Information:Elearningk12.com
866-477-9444 (toll free)
Locations in Baton Rouge (on Tiger Bend Rd.), Thibodeaux, Houma, Denham Springs, Bayou Blue, Morgan City

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Started by Nancy Toups in Thibodaux in 1999. Brick-and-mortar online learning with support of educational coaches. It has a lot of flexibility and can be tailored to your child's needs.

Cost: Depends on online vs. on site, amount of time you want or number of courses you want, and child's grade in school.

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools

Contact Information: http://www.ebrschools.org/
louisianaschools.com for the "School Finder" with info regarding all public schools

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Grades PK-12

Cost: $0 But may need to supplement what they provide with a private speech-language pathologist. Cost about $100 per session. Insurance may cover some.

Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy

Contact Information: www.HopeAcademyBR.org
15333 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Grades K-12 and special classes through age 21; also serves autism and the intellectually disabled; has Bridges Learning Solutions on campus-do ABA therapy

Cost: $9,500 per year, accepts School Choice and Vouchers

Louisiana Key Academy

Contact Information: Cristy Davidson
3172 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Public charter academy starting grades K-3 for 2014 and adding one grade per year
*If you look them up on School Find website (louisianaschools.com), it will say rated "F." Misleading--the school does not give the test they use to rate children's progress.

Cost: $0

The Brighton School

Contact Information: www.thebrightonschool.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: K-12 grades; private school dedicated solely to dyslexia and dyslexia related learning differences

Cost: About $12,000 per year.

Mason’s Dyslexia Program

Contact Information: Meets at Blackwater United Methodist Church (in Baker or Central, LA)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: School age children

Cost: Free, but must commit to attend tutoring sessions

Nicholls State University

Contact Information: P.O. Box 2087
Thibodaux, LA 70310

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Has an actual program for students with dyslexia – doesn’t just provide accommodations like most colleges.

Cost: It is a public college, so I don’t think there is a fee

Office for Students with Disabilities

Contact Information: All colleges and universities

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: A semester (or more) before college starts make an appointment and get an accommodation plan

Cost: No extra fee

Other private schools: may accommodate based on severity

Contact Information: The Dunham School and most Christian schools do what they can with their resources

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Must supplement their regular education with privately paid tutoring, not usually included in tuition.

Cost: Varies

Jump Start Academy

Contact Information: Home school in Prairieville, LA (used to be located in Baton Rouge)
Jump Start Academy
36367 Perkins Road
Prairieville, La
Laurie Stockwell

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Grades K-8

Cost: About $1,100 per month

Social Agencies

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge

Contact Information: Karen Shupe
2356 Drusilla Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Targets all disabilities and all ages

Cost: Free

Families Helping Families of Jefferson

Contact Information: 201 Evans Road, Building 1, Suite 100
Harahan, LA 707123
504.888.9111 http://fhfjefferson.org/laptic

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Targets all disabilities and all ages

Cost: Free

Louisiana CPRC

Contact Information: 3132 Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
504.218.8922 www.pyramidparentcenter.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Provides information and training on special education and disability legislation

Cost: Free

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services Baton Rouge

Contact Information: 3651 Cedarcrest Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Contact them a year before graduation to see if your child is eligible for any assistance from them by way of money for college or technical training, equipment, or job training

Cost: No fee, but may be difficult to qualify

Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program

Contact Information: 225.275.0668

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities

Cost: Varies

Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services

Contact Information: www.GCSSLA.org
5850 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Social services organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for children to elderly with developmental disabllities. Other programs through them as well.

Cost: Not aware of a cost involved

Testing and Therapy

Brenda L. Dawson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Contact Information: Bldoffice@att.net
11505 Perkins Road, Bldg. 2, Ste. D
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-9103

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Evaluation/testing for dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD/ADD, Autism, Asperger’s, Depression, Anxiety
Therapy for depression, anxiety, anger, and stress
Ages 4-18

Cost: Testing: Full evaluation is $1,425 (with no insurance)
Insurance often covers at least part of the cost.
Therapy: $150 per hour, but insurance usually covers all except deductible/co-pay.

John Brun, Ph.D., D.Litt., Clinical Psychologist

Contact Information: 225-766-2822
7510 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Provides psychological evaluations for children/adolescents

Cost: Evaluation: $1775.00
Insurance not accepted

Mary Lou Kelley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Contact Information: mkelley@lsu.edu
7936 Wrenwood Boulevard, Ste. B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: All types of learning and developmental disorders

Cost: Intake is $200 and $150 thereafter

Alyson McCain, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Contact Information: 8235 YMCA Plaza Drive, Ste 401, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
225 767-3121

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: All types of learning and developmental disorders

Cost: Testing: Don't know

Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana

Contact Information: Dr. Jennifer Volz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP
4611 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Works with children experiencing academic difficulties from ages 2-18. Also offers parent and teacher training

Cost: Private Pay

Randall L. Lemoine, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Contact Information:650 Steele Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorder of learning, attention and/or psycho-social adjustment.

Cost: Full evaluation with written report: $850-$1050 (depending on scope)
Initial visit: $150
Treatment visits: $125
Insurance accepted

William B. Daigle, Ph.D., LLC

Contact Information: 7470 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Learning disabilities, ADHD, Mental illness

Cost: Testing: Psychological evaluation: $1,505.00
Counseling: $130/45-50 minute session



Contact Information: http://www.understood.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Group of 15 non-profits offer advice on learning and attention issues. I like "Through Your Child's Eyes" segment to build empathy and understanding.

Cost: Free

International Dyslexia Association, Louisiana Branch

Contact Information: http://www.ladyslexia.com/

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Information sheets regarding dyslexia

Cost: Registering for online newsletter is free. Joining costs about $45

LD Online

Contact Information: LDOnline.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Web based newsletter with good advice and updates

Cost: Free; They send each issue to your email, if you sign up

Reach Out and Read

Contact Information: ReachOutandRead.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Web based for all ages

Cost: Free

Reading Rockets

Contact Information: Readingrockets.org

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Web based, all ages

Cost: Free

Story Online

Contact Information: Storylineonline.net (and check out the story, “Thank You, Mr. Falker”.) Stories are read by recognizable actors from the Screen Actors Guild (such as Betty White, James Earl Jones, Kevin Costner and many more)

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: About ages 3-12

Cost: Free

Yale University Website

Contact Information: Dyslexia.yale.edu

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: All ages. Information from some leading researchers

Cost: Free

Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition

Contact Information: Ldhelp.org; Also a Facebook page

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Local grassroots group of educators, psychologists, and language therapists

Cost: Free Annual One-Day Conference usually in January or February, for parents

Best Colleges Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities

Contact Information: www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-learning-disabilities/

Disability Targeted/Services Offered: Good advice for obtaining accommodations in college, scholarships available for students with learning disabilities, smart phone apps

Cost: Free