Resources in Utah

Some Resources in Utah That May be Helpful to Those with Learning Disabilities.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this website has been compiled for your convenience. The Learning Disabilities Association of Utah (LDAU) does not represent or endorse any particular point of view, program, organization, business or professional. It is up to the parent or individual to decide which program or professional that would best suit your’s or your child’s needs. LDAU makes no warranties about the accuracy, helpfulness or completeness of any information contained below:


Private Testing

Jennifer R. Cardinal, PHD; Bountiful UT; Phone: (801) 683-1062; Website: www.neurobcg.com

The Neurobehavioral Center for Growth offers services focused on fostering each child, teen or young adult’s development. The underlying belief being that despite weaknesses in the structure or chemistry of the brain, with the right diagnosis paired with effective psychological and behavioral treatments including identification of unique strengths every person can achieve their full potential.


The appropriate diagnosis informs our recommendations and development of a treatment plan that focuses on each client’s growth. We are passionate in our advocacy for patients and based on individual needs provide behavioral and cognitive therapy and or follow up consultation and referrals to help foster optimal functioning in the academic, social and work environment.


Edward A. Martinelli, Jr., PH.D; TestEd, LLC; Phone: 801-228-8311; Website: www.utahtested.com

Dr. Martinelli is currently the Director for Learning Disability Assessment at Utah Valley University. He has also worked in the disability offices for Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. He graduated in 2005 with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and has been licensed in the state of Utah since 2007. He has presented on disability issues in college settings at state, national, and international conferences. His rate for an evaluation is $600 which includes cognitive ability and achievement batteries. Emotional concerns, ADD/ADHD, and other issues can be ruled out or included in the evaluation. Specialties include post-secondary accommodations, as well as reports for ACT and other high stakes testing situations (GRE, LSAT,GMAT, etc.).


Dr. Martinelli cannot do evaluations for individuals looking to come to UVU, as doing the evaluation and then determining their status at UVU would present a conflict of interest.

Educational Assessment and Evaluation

BYU Comprehensive Clinic; Phone: 801-422-7759; Website: www.comprehensiveclinic.byu.edu

The Clinical Psychology program also provides Psychological, Developmental, and Neuropsychological Assessments for $50 – 100. Typical assessment referral questions include: Intelligence Assessment, Learning Disability, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism or other pervasive developmental disorders, assessment of functioning following brain trauma, and most other psychological or emotional disorders.


Child Development Clinic; Utah Department of Health; Phone: 801-584-8510; Toll Free: 800-829-8200 Website: http://www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/index.html

The Child Development Clinic provides consultation, assessment and case management services for children from infancy to their 7th birthday (birth to 18 for Developmental Pediatrics) with special health care needs such as: Medical and Physical Challenges, Speech and Language Delays, Developmental Delays, Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Associated Emotional/Behavioral Difficulties. Services include a team assessment for children with challenging behavior and/or development that is delayed, unusual, or difficult to diagnose. Clinic provides assessments, psychology, speech and language, social services, nutrition, hearing, physical and occupational therapies. Services are provided and billed based on a sliding fee scale. Consultations offered may include developmental pediatrics, psychology, speech and language, social work and audiology.


Educational Assessment and Student Support Clinic; Phone: 801-581-6068; Website: clinic.ed.utah.edu

The Educational Assessment and Student Support Clinic at the University of Utah serves children, adolescents, and adults in the Intermountain area. The Clinic works with schools and other agencies to provide neuropsychological, psychological, and psychoeducational assessment; educational consultation; and academic or behavioral intervention by trained graduate students and University faculty.


The Clinic offers specialized assessment in specific areas, such as neuropsychological assessment of individuals with learning disabilities, head trauma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Psychological assessment of mood and behavior disorders is also offered. Interventions available include individual therapy with children and adolescents; parent training; group and individual social skills training; and academic planning and consultation with the schools regarding a student’s educational plan.



Dyslexia Center of Utah; Phone: 801-756-1933; Website: www.dyslexiacenterofutah.org; Email: dyslexiacenterofutah@comcast.net

Our mission is to help children who struggle with reading, writing and spelling succeed in academics and life challenges. We are committed to providing mult-sensory instruction of the highest quality, increasing the literacy skills of our students in a positive, fun, safe and unique learning environment. Academic needs CAN be met. Students CAN be successful. Students CAN receive the tools they need for being successful.


DCU is a not-for-profit organization. We offer group and private tutoring. Tutoring scholarships are available based on family financial qualifications.


Literacy Action Center; Phone: 801-265-9081; Website: www.literacyactioncenter.org

The Literacy Action Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization since February 1985, transforms English-speaking adults, who enter our program with limited reading, writing, or math skills, into skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, writers, and mathematicians! We specialize in English-speaking adults whose reading, writing, or math skills are below a fifth grade level and live in Salt Lake County or Davis County in Utah, USA.


Our instruction is delivered in two ways: small group instruction by paid professionals and a core of volunteers with expertise and passions in specific areas and one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers. Why both? These adults need the advantages that come with both delivery methods; each method provides program elements that the other method cannot provide.


PACE: Salt Lake, Murray, Orem, and Grantsville Utah; Contact: Jennie Gibson; Phone: 435-884-0563 or 801-913-3487; Website: www.processingskills.com

Free evaluation and then tutoring. PACE has rapidly become the leading cognitive training program in the USA. Over 700 professionals in more than 350 schools, clinics, hospitals, and training locations have participated in the development, testing, and clinical use of the PACE program to date. Pace uses a very intensive research based reading and spelling program called Master the Code. Student are frequently accessed during the program ensure they are making progress.


The purpose of the intense PACE program is to produce significant changes quickly so that the student sees the changes and stays motivated to learn. The program is now offered in Utah by licensed therapists and educators and is available for both adults and children. Jennie Gibson is Associate Director at the Utah Parent Center and a former English Teacher.


Rite Care of Utah Salt Lake City: Phone: 801-486-0579; Ogden: Phone: 801-627-8878; Website:www.ritecareutah.org

Rite Care of Utah(The Scottish Rite Children’s Learning Centers) assist families of children with language and learning disabilities without charge. They are dedicated to helping children become more successful in their home and school settings by empowering them to reach their full educational and social potential. Children and parents who qualify for one of our programs are paired with a therapist for a weekly 30 minute session. Parents attend tutoring sessions with their child and receive practical suggestions for use at home. In addition to the weekly session, parents are expected to work with their child at least 30 minutes every day. RiteCare of Utah has been helping children for almost twenty years.


U of U Reading Clinic; Murray, Utah; Phone: 801-265-3951; Website: www.uurc.utah.edu

The U of U Reading Clinic offers Reading Assessment and Intervention, Professional Development, Mobile Reading Clinics, and Consultation Services. Helping students become successful readers. Resource for parents, teachers, and struggling readers-especially those students in grades one through three. Children who qualify for services are placed on a waiting list and enrolled on a “first come, first served basis” when space is available.


Disability Lawyer

Disability Law Center, Address: 205 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84103; Phone: (801) 363-1347; Toll-free: (800) 662-9080 Website: www.disabilitylawcenter.org

The Disability Law Center is a private, non-profit organization designated by the Governor to protect the human and civil rights of people with disabilities (including learning disabilities) in Utah through legal advocacy. Their services are statewide and free of charge.

Their efforts to improve educational opportunities for students with disabilities include:

  • Special education eligibility and evaluations for students.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) development and implementation.
  • Educating disabled students with students who are non-disabled to the maximum extent, where appropriate.
  • Assisting students with disabilities in receiving the assistive technology and training required for their success in school.
  • Ensuring that students are not disciplined, restrained or secluded because of a disability.
  • Assisting students in receiving the transition services needed to prepare for life after school.
  • Raising awareness among parents, advocates and policy makers so they have all the information they need to ensure the successful education of students with disabilities.
  • Advocating for students when rights under IDEA are violated.

Lillian Meredith; Meredith Law Office, Lehi, Utah; Phone: 801-874-4983; Website: www.meridthlawoffice.com

Ms. Meredith is a licensed attorney in Utah (2007) and California (2001). She holds several degrees including J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University; and B.A. from Brigham Young University (Provo). She is admitted to practice before Utah and California State and Federal courts including Federal Bankruptcy Courts. She started her private practice in 2001 in California. Her professional experience includes working for bankruptcy trustees, the family law facilitator’s office in California, and as professor at Whittier Law School. Currently, she is in private practice in American Fork, Utah.


Education and Support For Parents

CHADD of Utah; Email: info@chaddorutah.com; website: www.chaddofutah.com

“CHADD” stands for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. CHADD is a non-profit national, state and local organization dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating for those affected in some way by AD/HD. CHADD of Utah is the name of the local chapter.

Chadd of Utah offers Parent to Parent training opportunities, monthly support group meetings and annual conferences for teachers, parents, adults or anyone interested in learning more about AD/HD.


Utah Parent Center; Phone: (801) 272-1051 or Toll Free in Utah: 1-800-468-1160; Website: www.utahparentcenter.org

The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing accurate information, empathetic peer support, valuable training and effective advocacy based on the concept of parents helping parents.


Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and Utah Parent Center are implementing a series of statewide activities designed to provide information, training, outreach, and referral services for transition-aged youth and young adults (ages 15-26) with disabilities and their parents.


Mental Health

Allies with Families; Phone: (801) 433-2595 or (877) 477-0764; Website: www.allieswithfamilies.org

Allies with Families, the Utah Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health offers practical support and resources for parents and their children and youth who face serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. As a family controlled non-profit organization, Allies prides itself in its positive relations with Utah’s child servicing agencies, and participates and/or chairs many state-level committees that can affect policy changes statewide. Allies receives referrals from state and local child servicing agencies, to mediate when issues cannot be resolved. Allies staff provides training and consultation to various state agencies on parent/professional collaboration, child case management, systems of care, and wraparound.


Family Resource Facilitators, Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health; Phone: (801) 538-3939; Website: www.dsamh.utah.gov

Family Resource Facilitators (FRFs) Work with families and youth who have complex needs to build a plan that incorporates both formal supports (e.g. mental health/substance abuse treatment, educational assistance, juvenile court engagement, etc.) and informal supports (family members, community groups, clergy, etc.) that will help the child and his/her family exit the mental health system to live full and productive lives. There are 59 certified FRFs statewide (including all 35 Mental Health Early Intervention funded FRFs). Family Resource Facilitation and Wraparound is accessible in 24 of the 29 Utah Counties. For a list of family resource facilitator in your area click here.


NAMI-UTAH(The Utah Chapeter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness); Phone: (801) 323-9900; Toll-free: (877) 230-6264; Website: www.namiut.org

NAMI -Utah is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers,families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain. NAMI- Utah’s mission is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy.


Primary Children’s Behavioral Health; Address: (Main Campus) 81 N. Mario Capecchi Dr., Phone: 801-662-3600, Salt Lake City; Wasatch Canyons Behavioral Health Campus 5770 S. 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah Phone: 801-313-7711; Website: intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/primarychildrens/Pages/home.aspx

Primary Children’s offers acute inpatient psychiatric care for children in emotional crisis, longer-term residential treatment for children with severe emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse problems, eating disorders, day treatment/partial hospitalization, and outpatient services for medication management, psychological or neuropsychological testing, and individual group therapy.


In addition to psychological and psychiatric services, Primary Children’s offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition Services, Sleep Medicine and other medical services listed For a complete list click here.


University Neuropsychiatric Center; Address: 650 Komas Drive, Suite 208, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; Phone: 801-585-1212; Website: www.healthcare.utah.edu/uni/services/childbehavioral.php

University of Utah’s NeuroPsychiatric Center (UNI) also offers various forms of treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mental Illness, and Eating Disorders. Services include individual and family out patient therapy, parent education/consultation, classroom observations and support, behavior management, social skills, anxiety management, and sibling support/education, and day and inpatient treatment for children and adolescents.


Therapeutic Services

Child Development Clinic; Utah Department of Health; Phone: 801-584-8510; Toll Free: 800-829-8200 Website: http://www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/index.html

The Child Development Clinic provides consultation, assessment and case management services for children from infancy to their 7th birthday (birth to 18 for Developmental Pediatrics) with special health care needs such as: Medical and Physical Challenges, Speech and Language Delays, Developmental Delays, Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Associated Emotional/Behavioral Difficulties. Services include a team assessment for children with challenging behavior and/or development that is delayed, unusual, or difficult to diagnose. Clinic provides assessments, psychology, speech and language, social services, nutrition, hearing, physical and occupational therapies. Services are provided and billed based on a sliding fee scale. Consultations offered may include developmental pediatrics, psychology, speech and language, social work and audiology.  

Easter Seals Goodwill -Utah; Address: 720 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; Phone: 801-536-7016; Offices also in Saint George, Cedar City, Price, Provo, and Ogden. Website: www.easterseals.com/esgw/

Easter Seals-Goodwill provides a variety of high quality services for children, adults and seniors living with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions. They provide free information and referral services, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, social skills training, handwriting classes, intervention services, sib-shops, educational programs and durable equipment loans, They also include families as active members of any program, and offer the support families and caregivers need.


Primary Children’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department; Offices in Salt Lake City (Phone: ) Taylorsville (Phone: 801-840-4360), Saratoga Springs (Phone: ) Sandy (Phone: 801-575-3081), Ogden (Phone: 801-387-2080), and Bountiful (Phone: 801-292-8665); Logan (Phone: ) and St. George (Phone: ) Website: www.intermountainhealthcare.org/services/pediatricrehab/Pages/home.aspx

The PCMC Outpatient Rehab Department offers speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy services at their outreach therapy sites. They offer comprehensive evaluation services and address each child’s individual priorities in may areas including : communication, self care, social skills, sensory integration, eating, play skills, and more!


University of Utah Health Care Life Skills Clinic; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phone: 801-585-6837; Website: http://healthcare.utah.edu/life-skills-clinic/

The Life Skills Clinic is committed to creating a supportive and collaborative experience that enhances participation in life for clients with occupational challenges, life skills needs, or physical, cognitive, and mental health impairments.

Through client-centered, strength-based interventions, such as mastering meaningful movement, low vision service, and pediatric occupational therapy, the Life Skills Clinic helps clients address goals ranging from basic self-care related activities to more complex return to work and life participation ones.


Utah State Services

Utah Center for Persons with Disabilities, Logan, Utah; Phone: 435-797-1981; Toll-free: 1-866-284-2821 Website: www.cpdusu.org/

The Center for Persons with Disabilities Clinical Services offers a strong interdisciplinary approach to assessment/evaluation and treatment services for children, youth, and adults with suspected learning or attention problems or developmental disabilities. Cost management support (sliding fee scale, reduced fee) is available. Referrals for services come from community agencies, school personnel, physicians, and private individuals.


Utah Center for Assistive Technology, Salt Lake City; Phone: 801-887-9380; Website: ucat.usor.utah.gov

UCAT not only helps individuals who are visually, and physically disabled and choose adaptive devices to meet their day to day needs. They also teach individuals, professionals, and parents of children with with learning disabilities how to access information more completely by utilizing modern technology.


UCAT offers consultations by appointment at their Salt Lake Office on various computer hardware and software applications and maintains a lending library allowing individuals to try out certain technologies for 30 days. They also frequently give workshops discussing various technologies useful to individuals, professionals, and parents of children with learning disabilities.


UCAT has individuals who work with teams of professionals in the public schools throughout Utah to help children find the most comfortable and effective ways to communicate with teachers, family, and peers. Under a contract with the Department of Education, UCAT loans augmentative devices and adaptive equipment to teachers and therapists on these teams. If your child needs assistive technology at school you may request a UCAT professional come to your school, evaluate your child, and suggest possible technology to help your child.


Utah State Office of Education, Special Education Services; Phone: 801-538-7587 Website: www.schools.utah.gov/SARS/

The Utah State Office of Education, Special Education Services provides leadership and support for educators, parents,and students with disabilities receiving special education and related services throughout Utah public schools and communities, in an effort to improve educational outcomes.

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