Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD)

Tel: (425)336-3260
We help children move from feeling despair to feeling hopeful and skilled.
We help children move from feeling despair to feeling hopeful and skilled.
  • CHILD is a three-component 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic day-school services, pediatric clinical therapy services for students and private clients (ages 3 - 18), and support and training for parents and professionals.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSensory processing, Autism, language, developmental delays, cognitive, emotional, social, behavioral, attention
Year Founded1977

Student Body

Total Students44 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by GradeChildren's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesWe work with students placed by parents or in partnership with 25 school districts in the Puget Sound region.

School Notes

  • CHILD is a regional specialty school for children with emotional, social and behavioral challenges. Founded in 1977, we have successfully educated children with a range of conditions that interfere with learning including: Sensory Processing Disorders, Behavioral difficulties, Inability to self-regulate, Anxiety, Impulsivity, Disorganization, Communication deficits and Inflexible thinking.
  • Since 1980, CHILD has been approved by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide contracted therapeutic services to students from public school districts whose resources cannot adequately serve them.
  • CHILD serves approximately 60-75 full-time students placed by parents or in partnership with up to 25 school districts that live in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties and commute daily to our campus.  All of  the students who attend CHILD receive Special Education Services.
  • In addition to academics and integrated therapeutic supports, CHILD specializes in teaching self-regulation, social emotional learning skills and coping tools to children with special needs.  Small class size and very low student to teacher ratio ensures focused instruction. Classroom lessons and integrated mental health supports are customized based on each child's strengths and challenges. Individualized instruction builds lagging skills to work through challenging behavior, so students can learn, grow and succeed.
  • Why Choose CHILD? Using an empathy-based approach we repair trust, boost self-esteem and practice skills. We help students grow beyond the struggles that block their readiness for learning and to connect with their world.
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