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 Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Sensory processing, Autism, language, developmental delays, cognitive, emotional, social, behavioral, attention
Year Founded 1977

Student Body

Total Students 40 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 6 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes We work with students placed by parents or in partnership with 20 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 50-60 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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