Long Island Special Needs Resource Guide

Long Island Special Needs Resource Guide

May 2, 2016   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   


Long Island Special Needs Resource Guide

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UPDATED May 2016: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources on Long Island? Our guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates and special needs support groups for families in Massapequa Park, Hauppauge, Port Washington, Bellemore, Westbury, Smithtown, Wantagh, Jericho, Huntington, Merrick, Ronkonkoma, Commack, East Meadow, Plainview, Melville, and more in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
ABA PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, P.C.
Servicing Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens ,
516-294-5000

ABA Psychological Services, P.C. is a private professional agency providing high quality, Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) therapy to children and adults of all ages who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our goal is for individuals with autism to learn the skills necessary to reach their full potential by creating a treatment program that is specific to each person's needs. Our clinical director, Dr. Tricia Moss, is both a doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst (B.C.B.A.-D.), as well as a New York State licensed psychologist.

ADELBERG MONTALVAN PEDIATRIC DENTAL AND ORTHODONTICS
1000 F. Park Blvd., Massapequa Park
516-798-1111
62 Lake Ave. S., Suite A, Nesconset
631-360-PEDS (7337)
615 Montauk Highway, West Islip
631-661-PEDS (7337)
ampediatricdental.com


Email adelbergped@optonline.net

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.

ALL STAR (THE)
96 Main Road, Riverhead
631-998-3565
Email events@theallstar.com

Special Olympics Bowling at The All Star. Bowlers with special needs can come to The All Star and bowl on our main lanes every Monday at 5pm. You can bowl two games for $10. After bowling you can experience all of our games in the arcade. The arcade is for all ages for additional fun. Our bowling alley and arcade is the perfect place to go for a great time.

ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN
631-331-6400
Aquebogue, Dix Hills, East Setauket, and Southampton


Alternatives For Children’s day care and preschool staff create a natural, educational, learning environment fostering each child’s development, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Alternatives For Children is an early intervention preschool, special education evaluation site, and approved provider of early intervention preschool special education services for eligible children. Preschool special education and developmentally appropriate integrated nursery classes, taught by NYS special education early childhood teachers, promote a child’s development through individualized instruction that will support them for the rest of their lives. Special education services of physical, occupational, and speech therapy are provided by licensed therapists.

ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND
107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
631-462-5400

Art With A Partner-for children and young adults with special needs. Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 1-3pm. This series will provide each participant and their special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Using a multitude of mediums, each young person will go home with a completed craft project. These workshops are led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past ten years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for children with special needs. Visit our website to register and learn about the upcoming schedule in this series of workshops.

BAKSHI LAW
Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester ,
917-244-6133
Email lara.bakshi@gmail.com

Bakshi Law specializes in special education law. We represent parents and children with disabilities, acquire correct classification under IDEA, ensure proper implementation of IEP, ascertain correct placement for children, and tuition reimbursement. We attend CSE meetings, resolution meetings, and suspension hearings, and all disciplinary hearings for special needs and general education students. Bakshi Law’s attorneys are passionate about your child’s education and offer assistance on a sliding scale for parents experiencing financial difficulties.

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

Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on the education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, nursery and preschool classes, and child care options. As a New York state-accredited special education program serving children and their families for more than 30 years, we provide services including special instruction; ABA; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; psychological services; and diagnostic services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We develop skills that enable all our children to attain their highest potential while building self-esteem and independent learning.

CHIROMOM
2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore
516-221-1212
In the Office of Sadick Dermatology:
833 Northern Blvd., Suite 130,
Great Neck


Email mychiromom@gmail.com

Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Walters has practiced in a variety of areas, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and has brought her passion for helping families discover the benefits of chiropractic care to Bellmore, as ChiroMom. ChiroMom offers chiropractic care utilizing techniques including immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, massage therapy, and lifestyle education. As a mom, Dr. Walters experiences first-hand how chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood sets a solid foundation for greater health and well-being.

DORIS M. APTEKAR, PH.D.
516-484-6351
School psychologist, bilingual psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, evaluator, certified master teacher


Email doctordorisma@gmail.com

Dr. Aptekar has more than 35 years of experience working as a school psychologist, psychotherapist, and hypnotherapist with children and adults of varying needs. Dr. Aptekar works in groups or individually to help you and your loved ones achieve goals such as motivation, socialization, self-esteem, academic achievement, social judgment, coaching, and life goals. She has worked with all age groups and with the special needs population. Dr. Aptekar is available for CSE, IEP, and 504 meetings. She also does couples and family therapy.

DR. STEVE IMBER, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS
516-273-1961
Email scimber1@aol.com

Dr. Imber has more than 40 years experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Dr. Imber is a professor of special education and a special education expert. He addresses needs of students in public, private, and charter schools. Services are available to parents, students, pediatricians, and attorneys. A confidential complimentary phone consultation is available upon request (Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of NYC).

EHRENMAN & KHAN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury
516-333-3033
Email kidds@optonline.net

FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM (THE)
1517 Franklin Ave., Garden City
516-355-9400
Email info@familycenterforautism.org

The Family Center for Autism is Long Island’s first venue that provides a lifespan of services and programs to individuals with autism, a lifeline of support to families who love them, and a vital resource to the educators who teach them. Located in Garden City in a gleaming, 9,800-square-foot, four-story building open to the public, the FCA offers social and recreational classes, school vacation programs, haircuts in our relaxation spa, summer programming, parent support and educational workshops, community events, behavior intervention services, and insurance-based ABA therapy.

HANNAH KRONER SCHOOL OF DANCE
1180 Willis Ave., Albertson
516-484-5430
Email carolhksod@aol.com

A dance program for toddlers, children, and young adults with special needs. 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. The school has been a recipient of public service awards for this program. Classes held throughout the year and in a seven- week summer program. Call 516-484-5430.

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTERS (LI)
656 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin
516-867-4041
607 E. Main St., Bay Shore
631-968-5100
79-81 Westbury Ave., Carle Place
516-747-5600
Elwood Shopping Center
1928B Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
631-462-8900
Phillips Plaza
639 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
516-568-1900
1506 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
516-365-4455
South Gate Shopping Center
49-34 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park
516-799-9500
Gateway Plaza
499-5 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue
631-289-4900
443 South Oyster Bay Road, Suite B, 2nd floor
Plainview
Smithtown Shopping Center
8 Miller Place, Smithtown
631-360-0422


Huntington Learning Center is an accredited K-12 tutoring and test prep leader with certified teachers providing individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, math, science, study skills, executive functioning skills, SAT, ACT, and state and standardized exams. Huntington helps students at all levels achieve results including students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and learning disabilities. The skills, confidence, and motivation developed by Huntington help students succeed and meet Common Core State Standards. A former parent states: In just four months, the improvements I have seen on Jessica's grades and confidence were incredible.

KEYS TO READING, INC.
516-829-4048
Email keystoreading@aol.com

Rhonda Boltax, director of Keys to Reading, Inc., has the expertise to tutor all students with special needs in reading, writing, organization, and test-taking skills. She is well versed in all aspects of special education, curriculum, and the IEP and CSE process. Rhonda offers tutoring in reading, essay writing, ELA, ACT, PSAT, and SAT tests. She tailors all instruction to the individual needs of the student in a highly structured, step-by-step process to ensure a successful tutorial outcome. Call for a free consultation.

LAW OFFICES OF BRAD H. ROSKEN, P.L.L.C.
1772 E. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 2, Huntington
631-379-9569
Email brad@specialedcounselor.com

School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified impartial hearing officer who hears cases in New York City, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
Locations across Suffolk and Nassau:, Commack, East Yaphank, Farmingville , Jericho, Lake Success, Stony brook, and Wantagh
631-689-6858

Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. There is a total of seven affiliated offices across Long Island, all participating with most major health insurance companies and offering evening and Saturday hours.

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
11 Davis Ave., Garden City
516-224-5800
Email info@licm.org

Long Island Children’s Museum “invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to explore freely, discover their passions, and appreciate the communities and world we share.” With that mission in action every day, LICM welcomes families with special needs to experience the play and wonder the Museum’s accessible exhibits and programs offer. Check our website for exclusive Family Fun Nights and sensory friendly theater performances throughout the year, or schedule a special night for your school or organization.

MIRIAM SKYDELL SENSORY BOUNCE AT BOUNCE U (WP)
Westchester ,
201-794-4400

Sensory Bounce classes offered at Bounce U by Miriam Skydell and Associates, a dynamic and progressive occupational therapy practice that has been servicing children for more than 20 years. So much fun they’ll never believe it’s therapy. This goal-directed, exciting, dynamic, and therapeutic activity offers an intense sensory experience. Run by an occupational therapist with a 1-to-2 staff-to-child ratio. Free parent support group conducted by a social worker is held simultaneously to your child’s Sensory Bounce session. Insurance receipts provided.

MKSA, L.L.C.
125 E. Bethpage Road, Suite 5, Plainview
516-731-5588
Email info@mksallc.com

MKSA provides a full range of expert evaluations and services to children with developmental delays. Our devoted professionals are licensed and certified with more than 20 years of experience working with children with developmental delays. Services include special education, ABA services, speech and feeding therapy, PROMPT, PT, OT, social work, psychological services, and service coordination. One of the largest agencies in the area, MKSA provides services in homes, schools, community settings, and our clean, modern facility. Services for eligible children are provided at no cost, funded and authorized by NYSED, counties, and local school districts.

MODERN WARRIOR
711 N. Wellwood Ave.,, Lindenhurst
631-226-8383, 888-MWARRIOR (692-7746).
Email info@modernwarrior.com

Help your child build better interaction skills, improve focus and attention span, and build confidence with Modern Warrior’s Wolverinz Self-Defense and Leadership Program. Students with ADD, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder, and students with other disabilities have flourished in their ability to interact with others, and take on leadership roles after just a few months. In addition to learning self-defense skills that enable them to avoid abduction and handle school bullies, students build confidence through teamwork, leadership, and accountability. The Wolverinz program is for ages 5-14. Call for schedules and three free classes!

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 145, Commack
631-486-6364
3237 Route 112, Building 6, Suite 7B, Medford
631-320-0880


Email mikeioannou@hotmail.com

Dr. Michael Ioannou, a native of Suffolk County, received his dental degree at the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine, with a residency in pediatric dentistry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. A friendly, patient dentist, Dr. Mike strives to make visiting the dentist a fun experience, all while providing exceptional dental care. He uses excellent behavioral management approaches, offers a child-friendly environment (TV and cartoons are available in all treatment rooms), and sings to the patients! Dr. Mike currently participates with most insurance companies!

PEDIATRIC IMMEDIATE CARE
Suffolk County,
698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
718-389-PEDS (7337)
150 E. Sunrise Highway, Suite 105, North Lindenhurst
631-956-PEDS (7337)
1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
631-864-PEDS (7337)


Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly; walk-ins welcome; most insurance plans accepted. Complete pediatric and adolescent care, as well as baby, camp, school, and sports physicals. Certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America. Thirty years of dedication to our patients. The offices are open seven days a week including holidays, 8am-11pm.

STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
516-767-0266

At Steps to Socialization, we understand that not all children process social information the same way. Our curriculum, designed for children through 12th grade, makes the hidden rules of daily social interactions simple and clear. Through targeted activities and role-play, your child will gain the communication skills needed to navigate the social world. Parents and caregivers are an integral part of the team. We work together to reinforce the program at home and school.

SYLVAN LEARNING OF PORT WASHINGTON
23 Main St., Port Washington
516-303-9955
Email portwashington.ny@sylvanlearning.comPortwashington.NY@Sylvanlearning.com

At Sylvan, we know students with special needs can succeed when given the right tools and personalized attention that will let them soar. Our goal at Sylvan is to fill in the missing gaps in children’s knowledge, provide them with the skills necessary to be independent learners, and help boost their confidence by allowing them to grow in a supportive learning environment. Sylvan offers the following programs: Stem Classes-Robotics, Coding, Math Edge, Study Skills, Early Reading, and Prep Courses (SAT, ACT, state tests). Let us lead the academic journey to success!

T OFF 4 AUTISM C/O JUST ARCHITECTURE
572 Henry Street, Brooklyn
718-855-1237
Email mjust@mjarch.com

T Off 4 Autism is 100 percent volunteer driven, focused on raising awareness, and supporting a variety of organizations and charities to help individuals with autism and their families. Our goal is to fund research to find a cure and provide long term assistance including housing accommodations for those affected to enhance their opportunities to achieve full potential. Please join us on July 14, 2016 at Tam O'Shanter Country Club for our annual golf outing. Together we can make a difference.

VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
516-921-7171
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown, NY 11756
516-490-3301


Variety Child Learning Center offers Social Skills Training Groups for children and teens (ages 4–16) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships. It also offers Saturday enrichment groups (Sparkling Artists and Movement) focused on social and emotional development, for children ages 3-8, on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171, x2179 or ahamel@vclc.org.

VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516-365-4900
Email mhughes@vincentsmithschool.org

The Vincent Smith School is well known for its individualized program for students in first through 12th grades with AD/HD and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, and language (expressive and receptive) processing disorders. We provide academic excellence, differentiated instruction, strong home-to-school connection, and college and career counseling in small, supportive classes. Admissions open house date is April 20, at 7pm. Private tours are available. Call 516-365-4900 or visit vincentsmithschool.org.




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