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Speech Therapy

Our skilled speech therapists provide treatment for:

  • Speech articulation
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Receptive and expressive language skills
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Stuttering
  • Social skills
  • Feeding/Swallowing
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

Occupational Therapy

Our skilled occupational therapists provide treatment for:

  • Sensory Processing
  • Feeding
  • Self-Help skills
  • Play and social skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perception skills
  • Reflex Integration
  • Behavioral/emotional regulation

Physical Therapy

Our skilled physical therapists provide treatment for:

  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased endurance
  • Sports injuries
  • Limited mobility
  • Balance and coordination
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Toe walking
  • Gross motor skills

Physical therapists can also recommend equipment, such as orthotics, gait trainers, and wheelchairs.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Evaluations and assessments are performed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication. Other collaborative members may include occupational therapists, vision specialists, special educators, and more.

  • Results – Many individuals have been enabled to overcome barriers in their day-to-day lives at home, in school, in the workplace, and in the community. A variety of alternative communication devices are available during assessment procedures and may be recommended for trial or extended use after the evaluation.
  • Training – We offer a unique therapy program for AAC users and their support team. Our program is catered to the needs of each individual, but typically includes six to eight follow-up therapy/training sessions constructed to provide functional communication opportunities for the user and programming support for caregivers.


Specialized training off-site for other members of the team can be arranged upon request.

Disclaimer: The Arc of the Ozarks and its employees do not have any financial relationship with, nor will receive any other gain from the manufacturer of any recommended devices or equipment.

Feeding Therapy

The ability to eat is one of our most fundamental yet complex needs. If a child is having difficulty eating or is refusing to eat, it can impact all other areas of their life.

Our Feeding Clinic staff includes speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists that are passionate about determining the best treatment options to improve feeding and swallowing habits, as well as quality of life. 

We often collaborate with physicians, dietitians, and other specialists to provide the most well-rounded treatment plan.

Feeding Therapy

Our skilled feeding therapists provide treatment for:

  • Fussy and/or picky eaters with overactive gag
  • Sensory-Behavioral feeding concerns
  • Poor weight gain or failure to thrive
  • GI tract reconstruction surgeries
  • Breastfeeding or bottlefeeding concerns
  • Tongue tie or lip tie concerns
  • Chewing and swallowing concerns
  • Neurological disorders: related facial muscle weakness, low tone, spasticity, and cerebral palsy
  • Prematurity
  • NG-tube or G-tube Feeders
  • Cranio-facial anomalies such as cleft-lip and palate

School Services

We offer contract services in public and private schools.

Our team includes the following:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants

We can serve your school by providing some or all of the following services:

  • Yearly screenings
  • Assistance with testing, including Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)
  • Therapy services to cover a medical/maternity leave
  • Ongoing therapy services for the entire school year

*If there is a service that you are looking for that is not listed, please contact us and let us know how we can help.

Satellite centers located at

The Arc of the Ozarks

Therapy Services - Joplin

(417) 605-7100

4722 E 32nd St, Joplin, MO 64804

The Arc of the Ozarks

Therapy Services - Branson

(417) 605-7100

290 Clift Ct, Hollister, MO 65672

I have nothing but the upmost respect for this group. The facilities are beautiful, kid-friendly and inviting. The staff greet you with a smile and make you feel welcome, not just another person walking through the door.

The materials I received were a wealth of information and I shared all of that with my team. I know where I can find the answers needed to help our families. You all take out the fear of the unknown.

- Sharon Perkins
OACAC Stone County

I am the mom of three-year-old twins. My experience at The Autism & Neurodevelopmental Center was amazing.  I don’t feel like I am crazy anymore.

They were super accommodating and I received test results very quickly. They humanized the experience for me and my kids.

- Brandy Herron-Agnew

How can we help you?

Connect With Us

At The Arc of the Ozarks Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center, we strive to provide a wide range of services to help you and your family. Our resource team specializes in helping your family navigate a diagnosis and provide community-based supports.

The resource team can provide guidance and help you prioritize next steps:

  • Diagnosis
  • Medical/Insurance Information
  • Education
  • Autism Services
  • Community Supports

Fill out the form here to get started or give us a call and say, “I’d like to speak with a family advocate.”