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NEW YORK CITY SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE GUIDE - PART 1

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by Directories Editor October 15, 2013

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UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources in the New York City area? Our NYC special needs guide guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates, and special needs support groups in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, from Williamsburg to the Upper West Side. 
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ADVOCACY

 

DORIS M. APTEKAR, PHD
School Psychologist/Bilingual Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor,
516-484-6351
Email [email protected]

 

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, and more. She has worked with all age groups and with the special needs population. Dr. Aptekar is available for CSE, IEP, and 504 meetings.

LITTMAN KROOKS, LLP
White Plains: 914-684-2100
NYC: 212-490-2020
Fishkill: 845-896-1106

Identifying the best services for someone with special needs can be daunting. The attorneys at Littman Krooks can help you navigate the system, understand your child’s legal rights, and establish the financial foundation that will enable as much independence as possible. Our goal is to empower families with the tools they need to advocate for their loved ones—for a free and appropriate education, public benefits, and social services.

SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY NAVIGATOR
2440 Sedgwick Ave., Suite 2D, Bronx
646-450-2567
Email [email protected]

 

We provide hands-on advocacy services to parents of children with special needs, including preparation and supportive attendance at your IEP meeting. Our guidance through school transitions will help you identify appropriate school placements, and provide advice on school transportation issues and recreational programs. Confused about the “front door”? Let us give you advice on how to proceed. We will help you help your child. Call us today.

SUSAN LUGER ASSOCIATES
155 W. 72nd St., New York

 

Susan Luger Associates provides advocacy services for families of special needs children. Advocates and affiliated attorneys help families identify and obtain services, placement and tuition reimbursement when necessary. Our strategy involves close participation with the family throughout the special education process, from before the CSE review through site visits of proposed programs, the acceptance-settlement-litigation options, and resultant collections process. SLA is ready to advise and help families achieve their goals of educating special needs children.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT/APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS 

 

BRAIN ABILITIES
444 Lakeville Road, Suite 103, Lake Success
516-208-9360

 

There are no simple solutions when it comes to ADD, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning disabilities, or processing disorders. Complex issues require comprehensive integrative solutions and that is exactly what we provide at Brain Abilities. A simple phone call is all it takes to find out exactly how we have helped hundreds of children and families. Call 516-208-9360 today to see how we can help your family and visit brainabilities.com for more information.

CHALLENGE EARLY INTERVENTION CENTER
Executive office: 649 39th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
Queens office: 72-38 Main St., Flushing, NY 11367
Staten Island office: 1911 Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314
718-851-3300

 

25 years of excellence! Multilingual developmental evaluations, early intervention, ABA, day care, and inclusion programs for children ages newborn to 3 in home, community, and our center. Contracted with NYC Early Intervention Program. Speech-language, occupational, and physical therapies; special instruction; ABA; assistive technology; service coordination; and more. Support groups, educational workshops, social work, and counseling services for families. No out-of-pocket cost to parents. Challenge provides an intensive, behaviorally based program for children on the autism spectrum.

CAMPS

 

92ND STREET Y
1395 Lexington Ave., New York
212-415-5573
212-415-5626

 

92Y Camps for children with special needs ages 5-13 provide an exciting camp experience within a supportive environment. Campers are transported in comfortable, air-conditioned buses to our Rockland County campgrounds. They participate in activities such as swimming, sports, art, music, nature, and trips, which are designed to foster each child’s emotional, social, and physical growth. Our counselors and specialists have strong backgrounds in special education. We offer two options: a 4-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio and a one-on-one program for children with autism and PDD.

CAMP HUNTINGTON
56 Bruceville Road, High Falls
Toll-Free: 855-707-2267
Email [email protected]

 

Camp Huntington is a co-ed, residential program for children (6-22 years) with autism and related learning and developmental needs. Our summer and weekend camp programs maximize a child’s potential, and locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. Campers enjoy fun-filled days while learning practical social and life skills. Our unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation combines key elements that encourage progress: structured programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals.

SUMMIT CAMP WEEKENDER PROGRAM
322 Route 46 W., #210, Parsippany
973-732-3230
Email [email protected]

 

Summit Weekender serves boys and girls ages 11-18 with ADHD, Asperger syndrome, NVLD, HFA, and/or mild social concerns. Participants find program success, social skills improvement, and fun, in a directed and designed getaway weekend, Friday after dinner through Sunday after lunch. It provides a youth group-like experience for what are often long and unorganized weekends. Kids find a comfort level among peers. The Weekender offers sensitive and professional supervision, and exciting and fun experiences.

THE KOL PROGRAM - 14TH STREET Y
344 E. 14th St., New York
646-395-4339

 

The 14th Street Y offers weekend programming including sports, swim, Capoeira, music, movement, and art for children with special needs and their families. This program is geared for children ages 4-16 on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, and children with communication and language delays.

TIKVAH: THE NEIL KLATSKIN DAY CAMP (ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION)
Taub Campus, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
201-567-8963

 

For campers ages 5-15, who have mild neurological and/or perceptual impairments. Activities include academic remediation, arts and crafts, drama, entertainment, extended nights, Red Cross instructional and recreational swim, Judaic programming, music, Shabbat, playground time, theme days, and trips! Group sizes from three to six campers with minimum of two caring, qualified counselors. Intake interview required; mainstreaming possible. 9am-4 pm for eight weeks. For JCC members and non-members.

CHILD CARE - PRINT GUIDE

 

A.P.E.X. PROAUPAIR
844-787-6566

 

ProAuPair’s Special-Needs Au Pair Program features candidates with a degree in fields such as occupational therapy, pediatric nursing, or special education from their home country. Our young special-needs professionals provide flexible live-in child care up to 45 hours a week in exchange for the opportunity to experience life in the U.S. and to gain work experience by caring for your children and observing your children’s therapies. It’s a win-win for all parties. A.P.E.X. ProAuPair: Affordable – Flexible – Safe.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES BROOKLYN AND QUEENS
191 Joralemon St., Brooklyn
718-722-6001

 

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens through more than 160 programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and those struggling with mental illness. As one of the largest faith-based developers of affordable housing in the country, Catholic Charities provides housing for low-income seniors, families, and the formerly homeless, with additional units of special needs housing throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

CHALLENGE EARLY INTERVENTION CENTER
Executive office: 649 39th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
Queens office: 72-38 Main St., Flushing, NY 11367
Staten Island office: 1911 Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314
718-851-3300

 

25 years of excellence! Multilingual developmental evaluations, early intervention, ABA, day care, and inclusion programs for children ages newborn to 3 in home, community, and our center. Contracted with NYC Early Intervention Program. Speech-language, occupational, and physical therapies; special instruction; ABA; assistive technology; service coordination; and more. Support groups, educational workshops, social work, and counseling services for families. No out-of-pocket cost to parents. Challenge provides an intensive, behaviorally based program for children on the autism spectrum.

MELODY OF AUTISM
Westchester/NYC,
347-324-7077
Email [email protected]

 

Melody of Autism wants to help you thrive as you navigate your special parenting journey. We know you want a little extra time and energy to do a few things at home, go food shopping, enjoy a night on the town, or help with homework. We provide energetic, passionate, and skilled childcare providers who understand your child’s sensory, social, and communication needs; dynamic training experiences that empower everyone to embrace everyday learning opportunities; and consultations, coaching, and other holistic supports for your entire family.

POSITIVE BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL
71-25 Main St., Flushing
718-261-0211
72-52 Metropolitan Ave.
Middle Village, NY 11379
718-326-0055

 

Positive Beginnings is a special education preschool located in Flushing and Middle Village, Queens. Our award-winning program has been recognized by the NYS Department of Education as an outstanding early childhood program. We offer UPK, integrated classes, and self-contained classes of 12 children with one teacher and two assistant teachers. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, and Chinese. As a state-approved evaluation site, the school can evaluate children in English and many other languages. Call for further information.

CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

 

FRED ELLIS - MUSIC TEACHER AND MUSIC THERAPIST
Email [email protected]

 

Fred Ellis, an NYC elementary music teacher and music therapist, debuts his CD of original songs. His objectives are to not only teach musical skills and knowledge, but to help children develop their mental, physical, communication, and social skills. The CD can be used to reach these objectives. The songs are designed to encourage socialization, love, and respect for cultural diversity. Through music, we, as people, can form one big family. Available at fredellis.com, itunes.com, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com.

HUG MUSIC, CREATIVE & NURTURING MUSIC LESSONS FOR EVERYBODY
112-01 75th Ave., Lower Level, Forest Hills
718-487-4309
Email [email protected]

 

Hug Music provides music programs for all abilities, including individuals with special needs. Our mission is to nurture a love for music by targeting each student's growth both as a musician and person. Our programs for special learners include adaptive piano lessons, Hug for Music Soul, a fun-based therapeutic music program utilizing active music-making, Musicreative, an original music education method especially effective for children with autism, and an Early Intervention group. Starter package is available for first-time customers.

SPARKIDZ
805 Third Ave., 10th Floor, New York
800-661-3660
Email [email protected]

 

Sparkidz is an all day socialization and recreational program for children with special needs, ages 6 through 21 years. The program takes place at P.S.6, The Lillie Devereaux Blake School in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Sparkidz programming runs each Saturday from 10am-4pm. Activities include visual and culinary arts, karate, yoga, computer science, music, drama, sports, peer-appropriate conversation groups, and much more. Sparkidz staff includes teaching artists, certified educators and development professionals. Please email [email protected] for more information.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS

 

HANSON PLACE ORTHODONTICS
One Hanson Place, Suite 707, Brooklyn
718-622-2695

 

Adults, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs welcome! Featuring SureSmile®, a state-of-the-art treatment using robotic technology, 3-D imaging, and custom-made archwires for each patient for the most predictable results in record-breaking time. This means fewer office visits and enhanced patient comfort. Dr. Eisenberger is one of only four orthodontists in the New York metro area certified to provide SureSmile®. We also have Invisalign® and other treatment options, all at affordable prices. Most insurance accepted. Located next to LIRR, subways, and buses.

LOIS A. JACKSON, DDS, PC AND ASSOCIATES
16 Court St., Suite 2211, Brooklyn
718-855-8833
505 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
212-995-8888

 

Dr. Lois Jackson is experienced in pediatric dental care for children, adolescents, and individuals with special needs. She is the president of the New York State Association of Pediatric Dentists. She believes that childhood is the best time to shape positive attitudes toward dental treatment by avoiding fears and phobias about going to the dentist. She volunteers and supports numerous civic and cultural organizations. Dr. Jackson was a Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick for Best Dentist for two years running.

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)

 

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, babies, school, and sports physicals. Certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America. Twenty-eight years of dedication to our patients. The offices are open seven days a week, including holidays, 8am-11pm.

LEGAL/FINANCIAL/FUTURE PLANNING

 

LITTMAN KROOKS, LLP
White Plains: 914-684-2100
NYC: 212-490-2020
Fishkill: 845-896-1106

 

Identifying the best services for someone with special needs can be daunting. The attorneys at Littman Krooks can help you navigate the system, understand your child’s legal rights, and establish the financial foundation that will enable as much independence as possible. Our goal is to empower families with the tools they need to advocate for their loved ones—for a free and appropriate education, public benefits, and social services.

SUSAN LUGER ASSOCIATES
155 W. 72nd St., New York

 

Susan Luger Associates provides advocacy services for families of special needs children. Advocates and affiliated attorneys help families identify and obtain services, placement and tuition reimbursement when necessary. Our strategy involves close participation with the family throughout the special education process, from before the CSE review through site visits of proposed programs, the acceptance-settlement-litigation options, and resultant collections process. SLA is ready to advise and help families achieve their goals of educating special needs children.

MENTAL HEALTH 

 

JUDGE ROTENBERG CENTER
250 Turnpike St., Canton
877-31-CHILD (312-5443)

 

The Judge Rotenberg Center is a special needs school in Canton, MA, serving both emotionally disturbed students with conduct, behavior, emotional, or psychiatric problems and developmentally delayed students with autism. Some of our key features include consistent behavioral treatment, no or minimal psychotropic medication, near-zero rejections or near-zero expulsions, powerful varied rewards, one computer per student, and digital video monitoring. For a more detailed list of JRC’s key features, please visit judgerc.org.


 


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