Manhattan Special Needs & Learning Differences Resource Guide

Manhattan Special Needs & Learning Differences Resource Guide

June 1, 2016   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   

Manhattan Special Needs & Learning Differences Resource Guide

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UPDATED May 2016: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources in Manhattan? Our guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates and special needs support groups for families all over Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester ,

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.

55 W. 39th St. (winter office) , New York
No address in header (camp in NC)

Camp SAY combines the highest-quality, traditional summer camp experience, with comprehensive activities and innovative programs that empower young people who stutter (ages 8-18). Our two-week sleepaway camp provides a highly immersive summer camp experience that builds self-confidence and helps young people develop the vital communication skills they need to fully express themselves. That’s why parents and campers call Camp SAY “life-changing”.

325 Broadway, Suite 403, New York
(We've moved)!


Chatty Child Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy, P.L.L.C. is a personalized therapeutic center in downtown Manhattan. We provide comprehensive speech-language and occupational therapy services. We are available to provide ST and OT evaluations, individual sessions, and group sessions. We accept DOE-RSAs, EI, and private pay for out-of-network reimbursement. Our therapists are highly experienced, caring, and passionate about creating a unique learning experience for each child. We have years of experience treating a variety of developmental delays. Come take a tour of Chatty Child!

3833 Richmond Ave., Staten Island

At The Compounding Facility, we truly understand our children have highly individualized needs. Beyond having their own likes and dislikes, many children have specific allergies, dietary restrictions, or other types of symptoms. Some may need medications that are sugar-free while others may need medications that are gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free, or casein-free. Your pediatrician and our compounding pharmacist can work together to create medications that will go down easier. These include effervescent drinks, antibiotic ice pops, oral liquids, and topical gels. Please contact us or visit our website for more information.

101 Norfolk St., Manhattan

Comprehensive Kids Developmental School is a private school in lower Manhattan specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis. Individualized instruction is provided for children ages 3-21. Our highly trained instructors implement intervention grounded in data-based research across all content areas including academics, language, social, behavioral, and life skills. Our professional staff include board-certified behavior analysts, psychologists, speech therapists, special educators, occupational and physical therapists. We foster a team atmosphere, supporting our families in helping them to understand the special needs of their children through direct family training.


I coach the most ambitious parents on how they can unlock their kids' full potential. Whether you want to accelerate your toddler, drastically improve your child's grades, set them up to ace the SATs, or cultivate high quality extra-curricular activities, I can most certainly help you. I especially work with parents who educate their kids completely outside of schools via private tutoring or homeschooling. Call me for a free consultation and I'll reveal how I accelerate my students three, four, five, and even six years above grade level.

410 E. 92nd St., New York

Founded in 1992, Gillen Brewer is a New York State-approved non-public school, which provides a family-oriented early childhood program for children ages 2.8-10 with language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities. We offer a year-round academic program, speech and occupational therapy, play therapy and counseling, music, art, science, technology, and a sports and fitness program. This program takes place in a secure and nurturing environment. By Uncovering the Specialness in Every Child™, we instill self-confidence and build a strong foundation for each child’s lifelong independence.



Manhattan: 445 Park Ave. (at 56th Street), 2nd Floor

Staten Island: 1 Teleport Drive (off South Avenue), Suite 201

Mobile Research Vehicle visiting neighborhoods citywide

About the Healthy Brain Network: The Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network is a landmark, community-based mental health study that seeks to identify the biological markers of mental health and learning disorders in the developing brain. Over the next 5 years, the study aims to provide no-cost study-related diagnostic mental health, language and learning consultations, and treatment recommendations to 10,000 children and adolescents in New York City. Study participants receive: A no-cost study-related language, learning, and mental health evaluation; a consultation with a licensed clinician to discuss study results and recommendations; a comprehensive feedback report that can inform treatment and classroom instruction; treatment referrals (if applicable); and up to $150 in compensation. 

237 W. 72nd St., New York

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.

40 E. 30th St., New York
212-810-4120 admissions: Liz O'Shea at x234
Admissions: Liz O'Shea at x234

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Rebecca School is a therapeutic day school for children ages 4-21, promoting the education and development of children with neurodevelopmental delays in relating and communicating, including PDD and autism. Our curriculum is based upon the DIR® (Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based) model of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, which considers the variations in individual motor and sensory processing systems and tailors each child’s program to his or her specific needs. We are committed to celebrating each child’s strengths and supporting their limitations.

3906 Atwood Road, Stone Ridge

Jason A. Smith, Psy.D., is a clinical and school psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, and he provides testing services in the tri-state area. Services include but are not limited to: educational consulting; achievement, emotional intelligence, personality, and neuro-psychological testing. Cognitive assessments for children kindergarten through 12th grade with a focus on learning disabilities, giftedness, academic strengths and weaknesses. 917-838-5986.,

22 Harrison St., ground floor,

Bringing visual cognitive science to language classes. Tribeca language is the home of QTALK, which is a method based on a series of icons placed side by side and interpreted as full complex sentences from the very first lesson. During the lesson, students complete the task of recall and language production. QTALK is a language endorsed by the NYU Department of Neurology. This program is based on active cognition which means that student are active participants in the learning experience, and the teacher is the facilitator.


I focus on helping parents of children with autism by providing convenient services and practical solutions. I aim to help you develop goals and positive coping mechanisms for yourself, your child, and family. In addition, I assist you in maintaining your spiritual and religious identity; researching available treatments; and improving your time management and organizational skills. Together we will also work on your self-development and well-being. My services range in many different areas so that you can become the best advocate for your child.