About Us

Helping Hands Center for Special Needs is a non-profit organization located in Columbus, OH with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


The parents of Helping Hands Center for Special Needs share their experiences in this touching video conceived by the center’s PTO and produced by Brainstorm Media.

Helping Hands Center approaches education from a holistic perspective and utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which have been found to be one of the most effective treatments for autism. Teacher-to-student ratios throughout the center range from 1:1 to 1:3 and provide an unprecedented opportunity for learning. All students benefit from a range of therapy services in the center. More than twenty highly-qualified and certified therapists provide services to both the students enrolled in the Education Center as well as those who come to the Therapy Center strictly for therapeutic services. No other organization in central Ohio offers this number of therapies under one roof.

• The Speech Therapy department uses a variety of strategies to ensure each child has access to communication.
• The Music Therapy department helps children attain social language and communication as well as other developmental skills through active music making.
• The Occupational and Physical Therapy departments work with students on everyday skills, (e.g. holding a pencil/tying shoes) to skills related to play and recreation.

All four departments integrate seamlessly into the school day as well as collaborate with each other and the classrooms, providing a strong foundation for learning.

Upcoming Events and Activities

September 1
Helping Hands Center Closed – No School or Therapies

September 11 & 12
Picture Day – watch for specific details from your classroom

September 12
Fall Festival at Helping Hands Center– details TBA

October 3
Staff In-Service Day – No School or Therapies

October 12
Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Huntington Park

October 23
Practice Trick or Treat

November 2
Autism Awareness Activities at COSI, 9am – 12 noon

November 19-20
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December 8
Bookfair – more details TBA

December 22
Winter Break, thru January 2 – No School or Therapies