Transformations Autism Treatment Center helps individuals with autism-spectrum disorder to reach their academic, social, and emotional potentials. The organization employs applied-behavior-analysis therapy, which aims to build skills by encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones, and provides one-on-one attention from behavior technicians and board-certified behavior analysts. Families can take advantage of services including music programs, therapeutic art classes, dance and physical-education classes, and social-skills training. The organization also strives to keep costs low, offering classes for free and less than $20 when the resources are available. Transformations supports nearly 50 families each week.
Bensinger's Fine Cleaners handles dry-cleaning emergencies with a wide range of services. The skilled staff of dirt exorcists unsoils, unsullies, and unblemishes items such as men’s shirts ($2.55) and pants ($6.20), women’s slacks and skirts ($6.20 each), blouses ($6.30), and chainmail pantaloons. Fragile silk, linen garments, comforters, bedspreads, tablecloths, and newspaper hats are handled with fragile silk gloves, and shirts are hand-finished and pressed instead of being recklessly tossed under passing steamrollers.
Catering to the unique health and social needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS and their parents, Hope House offers a welcoming respite for families whose lives have been torn apart by illness. Among their many services, staff members support children aged 6 weeks to 5 years with therapeutic daycare and preschool lessons and aid parents with rental-assistance programs and advocacy services to defend their legal rights. Counseling and support groups help clients learn to manage grief and fear of social stigma, whereas 24-hour emergency care, medical referral, and immunizations for youth help keep medical care up to date. For parents aiming to gain self-sufficiency, Hope House also provides GED and life-skills classes that can help lead to better employment opportunities.
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The canine caretakers at Pet Effects Grooming pamper and prettify clients' best friends with a slate of spa-like services designed especially for dogs. Soft music, pleasant smells, and trickling waters set a calm ambiance as seasoned groomers prepare furry pals for their close-ups. Pet Effects' services range from conventional bathing, nail-trimming, and fur-clipping grooming treatments to more lavish care, including nail-polish applications, facial scrubs, and pet massages.
The AAHA-accredited Central Animal Hospital keeps pets safe and healthy with preventive and emergency care. Blood transfusions and laser surgery target critical health issues, and nutritional counseling and vaccinations help ensure long-term wellness. House calls and a new boarding facility called Stay @ Central, meanwhile, help pet owners maintain peace of mind while traveling.
University Park Cleaners has been in business since 1919. Under the new ownership of Mike Huey, the focus on helping customers and high-quality laundry service has been redoubled (a process similar to cloning twin Einsteins). Today's deal is good for all standard dry-cleaning items, including suit coats, pants, and shirts, all of which go for $6.50 per item. Get the mustard out of a prom dress for $12.50, and de-trench a trench coat for $16.50. Larger items, such as a comforter or bedspread, clock in at $30. In addition to dry cleaning, University Park Cleaners offer free butler service. With the staff as your personal valet, feel as privileged as a hot dog in a vegan restaurant. They'll pick up and drop off dry cleaning at no charge; just call ahead to confirm that you're in range. University Park typically services Downtown, Harbor Town, Germantown, Cordova, Midtown, and East Memphis.