Center for Children with Special Needs

Your Visit

Making an appointment is not hard, but it does require some time. The first step in making an appointment is downloading, printing and filling out the intake packet that coincides with your child's age. 

If you have any difficulty in following the instructions listed on this page, please call our intake staff at: 617-636-7242. If appropriate, we can arrange for an intake visit with you, which will help you to complete forms, collect additional documentation, and select the best evaluations to meet the needs of your child. 


Download the intake packet for children under the age of 5 years.

Download the intake packet for children and youth aged 5 through 14.5 years.

The introductory packets include the following forms (in order), which you can learn more about here:

  • Location information
  • Parent intake form
  • Two-way release of information
  • School referral form (or any testing completed by early intervention)
  • Physician referral form
  • Independent observer report
  • Descriptions of evaluations and payment options

Additional payment information

Insurance payments

We accept most insurance plans for covered medical conditions. Almost all of the evaluation and treatment services that we offer are covered by most insurance plans. Some plans require prior authorization or may have other restrictions. Please consult our list of accepted insurance plans and communicate directly with your plan for additional information.

School pay and self-pay 

At the Center for Children with Special Needs, you also have the option of asking your child’s school team to cover the costs of evaluation services. School-paid evaluations can be justified through the Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) process – you can ask your clinician for more information at the time of your visit. You can also access information about the IEE process by visiting the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. School-paid evaluations are focused on your child’s needs at school only, and are not associated with any follow-up treatment services. Alternatively, you can pay for services privately (out-of-pocket).