Harwood Center

Harwood Center is an early intervention agency for children with special needs located in Memphis, TN, providing services to children 18 months to six years of age.


Mission: To enable children with special needs reach their full potential

Operating as usual


Harwood Center

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Last Tuesday was a service day for Briarcrest Christian Middle School. We had the pleasure of hosting 13 8th graders and educating them on special education and ABA. We played games like telephone and charades with a twist. We used autism facts for our game of telephone to dispel myths about developmental disabilities and autism. We played charades so they could experience life without verbal language. They all will agree that it can get frustrating communicating without verbal language.

We hope that each young lady learned that it is okay to be different. Embrace the difference because everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Reminder: Harwood will be closed 27th-29th. We will resume classes December 2nd. Please be safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving break.

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Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Technology is changing the world! See the latest technology tool that has helped people with disabilities become more independent.

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"This is a life-changer for everybody." Brad's parents raised him to work hard for the life he wants and what Brad has always wanted was to have a home of his own. With the support of Enabling Technology, a job, and a house near his parents, support staff, and work in Northeast Tennessee - his vision for his life is now a reality.

Scroll down for a list of some of Brad's technology and a brief description of how they support him in his new home.

Core Services of Northeast Tennessee SimplyHome: Empowered by Technology National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Ingles Markets Google Ring

Some of Brad's Enabling Tech:
β€’ Ring.Com Video Doorbell 2 (front and back door) - This allows Brad, his parents, and support staff to monitor, record, and screen visitors to his home.
β€’ Electric Stove Sensor - Used to detect the length of time the stove is on.
β€’ Panic pendant and sensor - For Brad to push in case of an emergency.
β€’ Smoke detector - Alerts staff/Brad in case of a fire.
β€’ Battery Backup - Allows technology to function if power goes out.
β€’ Rate of Rise Heat Detector - Alerts staff/Brad to a fire in the kitchen.
β€’ Induction Stove - Allows Brad a safer method of cooking.
β€’ iPad - Brad can use this to communicate his needs/wants and talk to his support staff or family.
β€’ Front door camera - to monitor outside of Brad's home.

To learn more about Enabling Technology and how it supports people with disabilities to reach their independence goals, check out our website: https://www.tn.gov/didd/for-consumers/enabling-technology.html

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Kalin Bennett, Division I basketball recruit diagnosed with autism, plays for Kent State in opener

Shoot that ball! πŸ€ Check out this awesome read this week! Kalin, thank you for believing in your talents and inspiring others to do the same.

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cnn.com Kalin Bennett says he wants kids to believe in themselves "first and foremost" -- and he's hoping he can be an example.

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It’s Fri-YAY and your smile should look something like this!

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Watch this newly adopted baby with Down syndrome and try not to smile. 😊❀️ https://bit.ly/2Wwc5jx


Sensory-Friendly Santa 2019 | Autism Speaks

Wow, what a great way to be inclusive! Read this story to learn more about sensory-friendly Santa. πŸŽ…

*Additional note: Autism Resources of Mid South will be having a Sensory Free Santa at Hope on Saturday, November 23rd from 9am - 12pm in South Hall. You must rsvp to [email protected]*

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autismspeaks.org Santa welcomes people of all ages and abilities! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Cherry Hill Programs again this holiday season to provide sensory-friendly Santa Experiences for families, now in more premier destinations than ever before! All families with children with autism and ot...

Happy Tuesday!

Reminder: The ABA clinic will be closed Friday November 15, 2019. Our education classrooms will remain open for the day. Please plan accordingly.

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To the brave men and women:

Thank you for your service and sacrifices so we can have freedom. Today and everyday, we are grateful.

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On Monday November 11th, 2019 we are closed in observance of Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who have served. Enjoy this three day weekend and be safe.

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Looking for an internship? Come see us on the 2nd floor of the University of Memphis Psychology building. Takiiah will tell you how to apply TODAY! We are here until 5:30pm today.

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We would like to say thank you to Pfizer for their continuous generosity. Today makes the 4th year that Pfizer has gifted 2 of our students with a scholarship. We cannot begin to describe the astounding impact that they have made on the lives of our families. Thank you for including us and making us feel more than welcome in your home.

Also, Congratulations to the winners of the Chili Cook Off. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ

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We would like to say thank you to FedEx for bringing us supplies for our programs. Your kind gesture is deeply appreciated.

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Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒ Please be safe as you partake in the many festivities the city will have tonight.

Our Halloween went something like this...



Wheelchair Superman costume

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SUPERMAN!
Check out this creative costume!

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reddit.com Posted in r/pics by u/kdanson β€’ 8,429 points and 96 comments

Turtles and bunnies and goats, OH MY!

Thank you so much Happy Times Farm! Our kids really enjoyed the petting zoo.

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WREG News Channel 3

How great are your friends? Check out this cool post this week!


TRUE FRIENDS: These boys help their friend in a wheelchair make a basket, then celebrate his score 😭https://cbsn.ws/2pGmKeQ

It is truly a JOURNEY working with children with disabilities, but you all DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ in the process. We are so grateful for our staff and we appreciate every single one of you!

Can you guess what decade?

If you guessed 80’s you are correct! Check out these awesome outfits! πŸ’œπŸ§‘πŸ’–πŸ’›πŸ’™


This week is our baby guessing contest at Harwood. The top three people will win a prize on Friday.

Join us in the fun!



Today we stand in solidarity with many against bullying. Teach kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely. If you see something, say something. Be an Upstander to bullying and take action.

#StompOutBullying #TogetherWeCanChangeTheWorld

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'The Voice': John Legend Duets With Amazing Autistic Singer

We hope you all had a GREAT fall break. It is so nice to see all of our smiling faces!

Here is something to make you smile even more! Check out this amazing duet with John Legend.


etonline.com The singer was brought to his feet by Will Bremen's musical talents on Monday's season 17 premiere.


Administration is pushing back the starting time due to tornado warnings in the Mid-South area. The Hope location will open at 9:30am today.

Please be safe as you travel today.

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[10/11/19]   ATTENTION:

Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our Harwood families, our Administration has canceled the Memphis Zoo trip for today. We will keep you informed on the rescheduled date.

ALL locations will remain closed for today. Enjoy your break!

[10/10/19]   Reminder:

Fall break is October 14th-18th. We will resume classes and therapy on Monday October 21st. Have a safe and fun break! πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸ

During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome. This month, we celebrate their ABILITIES to be the AWESOME individuals they are.


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Jersey day was a success! We really enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces.

We would also like to say congratulations to the winner of the raffle this week. We hope you enjoy your hour lunch break and gift card!

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For the entire month of October we are showing our staff how much they are appreciated! We kicked off the month with Chick-fil-a breakfast and speakers from United Way. Cathlyn and Angela spoke about their own stories with their kids and how they benefited SPED services and ABA.

THREE words, TWO programs, ONE mission!

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We would like to take time this Friday to remember our mission.

Our Mission: To enable children with developmental needs to reach their full potential.

Both of our programs are working hard to make sure that this mission is complete through individualized education or ABA therapy.

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Will Smith Surprises Students Behind Anti-Bullying Viral Video: 'No Way I’m Letting This Pass'

Have you ever chose the road less traveled? Be an encourager! The world has plenty of critics already. Check out these Memphis natives on Ellen’s show making a difference.

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people.com A heartwarming video of high school students went viral after two boys gifted new clothes to a classmate they overheard being bullied

β€œAutumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go”. We are falling into FallπŸ‚πŸƒπŸ‚. Happy Monday! 😊

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Snow White shares heartwarming moment with special needs child at Disney World

Is it us, or does this not make you like Disney World 10X MORE? Check out this great read this week!

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fox13news.com A mother was left emotional during a trip to Disney World when one of the park’s characters went above and beyond for her son, Brody, who has autism and is non-verbal.

"This is my hand.
My hand will do
A thousand loving things for you
And you will remember
When I am tall...
That once my hand
Was just this small."

The school year has just started and our kids have grown so much already! We are off to a great start! Thank you to all of our supporters who help us make this possible.

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We would like to thank Christian Brothers University for their service. CBU places an emphasis on service during the month of September and Harwood was Day 16! We enjoyed having the volunteers and we look forward to next September!

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We hope you have β€œFUN”tastic Friday! We are enjoying our Friday with friends and puzzles.

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8500 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
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