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Des Moines Performing Arts Sensory Friendly Performances

Sensory friendly performances are geared towards those on the autism spectrum, individuals with other sensory sensitivities and their families. These dedicated performances will contain all the joy of a typical theater setting with alterations to light and sound, a variety of seating options, an environment that will encourage movement and breaks when needed, ASL interpretation, and inclusive staff.

Dance Without Limits

Dance Without Limits is held at School of Classical Ballet and Dance,1721 25th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa. These ballet classes that are especially designed for children with special needs who really enjoy dance. Each class is 45 minutes and offers a volunteer to child ratio of 1:1.



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Service Providers

Dr. Deann L. Nerem, PSYD
13300 Hickman Rd Suite 110
Clive, IA 50325
Phone: 515-337-8689
Fax: 515-222-2241

Kavalier and Associates
1003 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Tim Vermillion, DO
5148 E. University Avenue
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Des Moines Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
2555 Berkshire Pkwy Suite A
Clive, IA 50325

Dr. Cal Seda-Psychologist
Waddle & Associates
2500 82nd Place
Urbandale, IA 50322

Great Financial Information for Parents

UnitedHealthCare Grants

Grants for Children’s Health Care

Families who need help paying for children’s health care costs not covered by insurance are invited to apply for grants from a national foundation.

The UnitedHealthCare Children’s Foundation is offering grants of up to $5000. The foundation said the money may be used to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses, and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at

The foundation is affiliated with United Healthcare, which is the nation’s largest health insurer. In a press release, it said that last year, it awarded more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.0 million, for treatments associated with disabilities, including autism.

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