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LONG ISLAND SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE GUIDE - PART 1

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by Directories Editor October 15, 2013

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UPDATED APRIL 2014: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources in Long Island? Our special needs guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates, and special needs support groups in Suffolk County, Long Island, including Huntington, Babylon, and Smithtown, and Nassau County, Long Island, from Glen Cove to Long Beach, and North Hempstead. 

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ADVOCACY

DR. HELENE AGATSTEIN
Servicing Nassau Queens, Westchester, Connecticut, and Boston, Valley Stream
516-791-1324
33 Dartmouth St. (hide from print)
Email [email protected]

Your school district has a multitude of resources to which your child may be entitled. Dr. Helene Agatstein can partner with you to design an effective, long-term plan to ensure your child achieves academic success. Founder of Educational Consultant, Inc., she has been helping parents secure services from school districts for more than 15 years, with 21 years experience as director of special programs for the Hewlett Woodmere School District. Find out how she can help your child.

 

THE BURNS LAW GROUP
1222 Franklin Ave., Suite 325, Garden City
516-375-8504
Email [email protected]

We assist families in planning for those with special needs by setting up a Supplemental Needs Trust. This can allow for a person with disabilities to receive gifts, inheritances, and other financial assets that may enhance their lifestyle without affecting their eligibility for essential government benefits such as Social Security Income or Medicaid. We recognize the need for an advocate within the special needs community and can assist you in planning for the future of all of your loved ones.

DIVORCE MEDIATION AND LAW OFFICES OF H. MICHAEL STERN, J.D., M.S.W.
666 Old Country Road, Suite 555, Garden City
516-747-2290

If you are contemplating a separation or divorce, mediation with an experienced family lawyer and mental health professional may be the best choice. Since the New York Courts have not adopted any uniform standards to address the special needs child in divorce, no two judges have to follow the same approach, or even reach the same result. So I treat you as the expert regarding your child. I empower couples to cooperatively develop solutions to address their child’s special needs and resolve their differences. Call for a free consultation.

JOHN MCGRATH, ATTORNEY AT LAW
114 Old Country Road, Suite 212, Mineola
516-203-4009 x102/ Fax: 516-742-0299
Email [email protected]

The Law Office of John J. McGrath specializes in representing children with disabilities and their parents in disputes with their school district over the provision of special education services, student disciplinary suspensions, etc. He can assist families with the development of their child’s IEP and attend meetings of the CSE for that purpose. Mr. McGrath also represents parents of children with disabilities who do not qualify for special education, but for accommodations under section 504. He also represents parents in residency disputes with their school district.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT/APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS 

ABA PROVIDER SERVICES
Proudly serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
855-681-8555
Email [email protected]

ABA Provider Services treats individuals with Autism using positive reinforcement to teach our students the skills they need to strive for independence and reach their full potential. Services are family-centered and focused on areas such as acquiring self-help skills, reciprocal social interactions, increasing communicative and functional language, reduction of self-injurious behaviors, and family training. Call us now for assistance with insurance benefit eligibility and service approvals.

BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES
228 Birch Drive, Manhasset
516-294-5000

Behavior Therapy Associates provides advanced behavior modification treatments for oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, bedwetting, and stuttering. Clinical director Dr. Jeffrey Felixbrod, a behavioral psychologist, has directed behavior modification treatments at two major hospitals. Services are often provided in the child's home and school, and in real-life settings, to systematically train parents and teachers in the use of behavior modification procedures. Most health insurance is accepted. Please call for a free telephone consultation.

CHIROMOM
2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore
516-221-1212
Email [email protected]

Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal, pediatric care, and care for the entire family. Dana has brought her love of chiropractics and passion for helping families to Bellmore as ChiroMom. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve behavior in children with ADD or ADHD. It also is an effective treatment option for children with autism spectrum disorders. Techniques include immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, and massage therapy.

EDEN II/GENESIS OUTREACH AUTISM CENTER
600 Newbridge Road, East Meadow
516-937-1397 x617
Email [email protected]

The Eden II/Genesis Outreach Autism Center provides a myriad of services for individuals on the autism spectrum. We offer comprehensive diagnostic as well as assessment and evaluation services. Other Autism Center services available include: ABA consultation, Behavior Clinic, Speech Clinic, social skills instruction, vocational preparation planning, workshops, and conferences. For more information, contact Marissa Bennett: 516-937-1397 x617

FRIENDLY KIDS SOCIAL SKILLS & FRIENDSHIP GROUP
631-988-0629

Friendly Kids Social Skills and Friendship group is hosting several free open houses for our summer program. Children will engage in role play of real life situations and play improvisational comedy games. They will learn social skills while developing friendships and having fun. This group is facilitated by a tenured school social worker who has spent 17 years teaching social skills to both children with typical and special needs with great success. Please call Carrie: 631-988-0629.

MARION K. SALOMON & ASSOCIATES, INC.
125 E. Bethpage Road, Suite 5, Plainview
516-731-5588
Email [email protected]

Marion K. Salomon & Associates is a caring group of professionals with many years of experience in working with children of all ages. We provide prompt, accurate evaluations, treatment, and support for children and their families in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn. We believe early diagnosis and treatment are important in improving children’s confidence and competence, and we make every effort to respond quickly and sensitively to your concerns as parents and caregivers. Visit mksalomon.com for more information.

THE HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
516-520-6000
Email [email protected]

HLVS is a not-for-profit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. From evaluations conducted by experienced psychologists to center-based and home-based programs, HLVS offers comprehensive care for children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Services utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis are provided for children through early intervention, CPSE and CSE on-site, in the home and in the community.

CAMPS

APPLE DAY CAMP
298 Middle Road, Riverhead
631-369-0440

Apple Day Camp offers a unique summer camp program that combines the traditional camp experience with specialized staff and services. Operated on the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch campus of more than 77 beautiful acres in Riverhead, Apple Day Camp offers children with special needs the opportunity to ride horses, hike trails, play sports, make crafts, and participate in arts and drama. Children build lasting friendships all while strengthening basic skills in a natural environment.

CAMP LOYALTOWN
516-293-2016 x5608

Camp Loyaltown is a summer sleepaway camp, offering a rewarding experience and a lifetime of memories for children of all ages with special needs. Located three hours from Nassau County, Camp Loyaltown has fully renovated recreation facilities with an accessible, miniature golf course, horseback riding program, heated water park-type swimming pool, pedal-boats, playgrounds, ball fields and indoor/outdoor basketball courts, dance studio, and a performing arts stage. Recreational programs include dance, athletics, swimming, cooking, nature, arts and crafts, and ceramics.

FRIENDLY KIDS SOCIAL SKILLS & FRIENDSHIP GROUP
631-988-0629

Friendly Kids Social Skills and Friendship group is hosting several free open houses for our summer program. Children will engage in role play of real life situations and play improvisational comedy games. They will learn social skills while developing friendships and having fun. This group is facilitated by a tenured school social worker who has spent 17 years teaching social skills to both children with typical and special needs with great success. Please call Carrie: 631-988-0629.

SID JACOBSON JCC
300 Forest Drive, East Hills
516-484-1545

Sid Jacobson JCC's Camp Kehilla is a premier special needs day camp, serving children, teens, and young adults with special needs ages 4–21. Camp Kehilla offers support, structure, and social skills development within small groups providing a 1-to-3 staffing ratio. The goal of Camp Kehilla is to offer an exciting camping experience while helping all campers come away from the summer having made wonderful and lasting friendships!

SUMMIT CAMP AND TRAVEL
168 Duck Harbor Road, Honesdale
973-732-3230
Email [email protected]

Coed Summit serves ages 8-19 with ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, NVLD, HFA, and/or mild social concerns. Campers find success, social skills improvement, and emotional growth. Teens ages 15-19, may travel on tours: Nineteen-day tours to Israel, Costa Rica, the British Isles, the Capitals of Europe, and the Southwest USA. Fourteen-day tour travels to Philadelphia, Washington, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, and Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. Our tours enhance transition skills, group living, decision making, advancing personal advocacy, and away-from-home independence.

THERESA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (TAPA)
250 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
516-432-0200
Email [email protected]

The Theresa Academy of the Performing Arts believes that every child has strengths that can be used as a springboard to learn new skills to enhance his or her personal sense of accomplishment. The primary goal of our classes is for children to experience the joy of dance, drama, art, and music. There are many benefits, including improvement in coordination, overall fitness, focus, listening, balance, self-esteem, self-expression, rhythm, and musicality.

CHILD CARE

BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
631-499-1237

Building Blocks Developmental Preschool offers a variety of fun and educational experiences for children ages 2 to 4. Indoor activities are designed to enhance a child’s development through activities that include movement, music, and arts and crafts. Our outdoor classroom features science and environmental activities that will spur any youngster’s curiosity. Join us for some summer fun.

CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

HANNAH KRONER SCHOOL OF DANCE
1180 Willis Ave., Albertson
516-484-5430

A special dance program for toddlers, children, and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Classes are structured and adapted according to individual needs. Ballet, jazz, and exercise fundamentals used in a creative manner assist the development of fine and gross muscle tone. Each student is provided with a high degree of motivation and taught by experienced dance and exercise instructors who have a devoted interest in those with special needs. Call 516-484-5430.

MUSIC ACADEMY FOR SPECIAL LEARNERS
320 Smithtown Blvd., Ronkonkoma
631-615-6707
Email [email protected]

The Music Academy for Special Learners offers a variety of programs and specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. Benefits include increased self-esteem, fine motor skills, language, hand-eye coordination, attention, and socialization. The academy offers ABA based programs, highly qualified staff, individually customized programs, and a positive learning environment. They offer a variety of instruction including piano, guitar, drum, saxophone, voice, art, and music therapy programs. For additional information, please contact 631-615-6707 or visit speciallearnerpiano.com.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS

ADELBERG MONTALVAN
62 Lake Ave. S., Suite A, Nesconset
631-360-PEDS (7337)
1000 F Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
516-798-1111 615 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795
631-661-PEDS (7337)
Email [email protected]

We specialize in treating children with special needs. We know that you have enough to worry about so let us take the stress and worry out of taking your child to the dentist. We have an anesthesiologist on call to safely put your child to sleep right here in our offices. Please feel free to call for more information.

BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES
228 Birch Drive, Manhasset
516-294-5000

Behavior Therapy Associates provides advanced behavior modification treatments for oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, bedwetting, and stuttering. Clinical director Dr. Jeffrey Felixbrod, a behavioral psychologist, has directed behavior modification treatments at two major hospitals. Services are often provided in the child's home and school, and in real-life settings, to systematically train parents and teachers in the use of behavior modification procedures. Most health insurance is accepted. Please call for a free telephone consultation.

CHIROMOM
2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore
516-221-1212
Email [email protected]

Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal, pediatric care, and care for the entire family. Dana has brought her love of chiropractics and passion for helping families to Bellmore as ChiroMom. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve behavior in children with ADD and ADHD. It also is an effective treatment option for children with autism spectrum disorders. Techniques include immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, and massage therapy.

EHRENMAN AND KHAN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite 101, Westbury
516-333-3033
Email [email protected]

Why choose us? Our expert care and a compassionate approach. We have a special place in our hearts for children with special needs. We know they require and deserve care tailored to meet their unique needs. Our doctors have completed two years of specialty training in behavior management, sedation, and hospital dentistry. This clinical expertise, combined with our gentle touch, makes us the clinicians of choice for the dental care of children with special needs.

JOAN DORFMAN COHEN, PH.D., APRN, BC
350 Northern Blvd., Suite 310, Great Neck
516-482-3312
Email [email protected]

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified neurofeedback specialist and expert in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, LD, PDD, and autism spectrum disorders. EEG biofeedback (neurotherapy, a proven non-medication treatment, provides permanent results, as well as eliminates many behavior problems. Dr. Cohen and special education professionals work directly with you, your child, and teachers to provide an individualized program including neurotherapy, parenting strategies, family counseling, individual therapy, educational planning, and tutoring. Her practice includes individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, as well as marriage counseling. Dr. Cohen has cared for children and adults for more than 35 years.

JOHN P MELINSKI, D.M.D., PC & ASSOCIATES
1825 Merrick Road, Merrick
516-379-7719

John Melinski’s pediatric dental practice believes that dental disease is completely preventable. If dental care is started early, by the age of 1, and followed routinely, every child can enjoy a healthy smile. If a child with special needs requires treatment, we have the experience in behavioral management, sedation, and anesthesia techniques that will benefit your child’s needs most.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD, INC.
306 Nassau Blvd. S., Garden City
516-208-2100
Email [email protected]

Keep Moving Forward offers intensive physical therapy programs for children and adults with neurological and developmental delays. Individuals are trained to reach their highest potential through utilization of the TheraSuit and Universal Exercise Unit. This approach combats the effects of deconditioning and immobilization while using the principles of intensive strength training. Our primary goal is to achieve functional independence. KMF also offers traditional physical therapy, early intervention, Fit Kids programs, and Baby Boot Camp.

KIDDS ON PARK
111 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre
516-678-7422

Choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child is a critical decision. Our board-certified dentists have many years of experience treating children with special needs. Our office is welcoming and comfortable for patients and their families and you will never be rushed. We provide all necessary dental procedures for children including sedation dentistry without a hospital visit. Drs. Guttenberg, Sing, Simoni, and Yau welcome new patients and look forward to meeting your child!

LIFESPA CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS
180 N. Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre
516-868-8100
Email [email protected]

Our BRAIN SYNERGY program integrates a holistic, drug free, effective, and non-invasive approach to “reorganizing and reconnecting” the brain, so it can create greater awareness between the relationships of mind, body, and emotions. The program evaluates and balances many neurological and metabolic imbalances that cause, contribute, or worsen Neurobehavioral Spectrum Disorders. BRAIN SYNERGY offers hope for those who suffer symptoms of ADD, ADHD, autism, learning and behavioral disorders, and much more.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF GARDEN CITY AND GLEN COVE
585 Stewart Ave., Suite LL60, Garden City
516-222-5100
Fax: 516-222-5107
Glen Cove Office:
10 Cedar Swamp Road, Suite 2, Glen Cove
Phone: 516-759-7000
Fax: 516-759-7002

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City offers a state-of-the-art dental environment for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. Dr. Stacey Reynolds is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has the expertise to handle the needs of every child with the goal of creating a positive dental experience. She strives to build a relationship with her patients and their parents. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and sedation are available for those who need it.

PEDIATRIC IMMEDIATE CARE
698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
718-389-PEDS (7337)
150 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst
631-956-PEDS (7337)
1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
631-864-PEDS (7337)
Email [email protected]

Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver results of your tests during your visit. We’re kid friendly, walk-ins are welcome, and most insurance plans are accepted. We offer complete pediatric and adolescent care including caring for babies and providing school and sports physicals. We also offer certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America, and have dedicated twenty-eight years to our patients. The offices are open every day, seven days a week including holidays, from 8am-11pm.

SENSATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OT, PLLC
669 Broadway, Massapequa
516-799-2900

Sensational Development Occupational Therapy, PLLC is a private practice located in Massapequa. We offer comprehensive evaluations, individual treatment sessions, and group sessions for ages newborn through 21 in our state-of-the-art clinic. We specialize in working with children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, dyspraxia, muscle weakness, fine motor delays, and much more. We work closely with parents and caregivers to provide support and create therapeutic opportunities in the home and school setting.

THAT BROADWAY SMILE
800 N. Broadway, Massapequa
516-753-KIDS (5437)

If you have had a difficult time in the past taking your child with special needs to the dentist, relax! You have found the perfect place where your child will be welcomed with open arms. Our office environment was purposely designed to look nothing like a dental office. The movie-themed atmosphere helps alleviate any fears that kids may have. It is so fun and child-friendly that most parents ask if they can come here too!


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