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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 APRIL 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

 

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.

 

MARCH OF DIMES NEW YORK DIVISION
515 Madison Ave., 20th Floor, New York
212-353-8353
Email nacersano.org

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms, and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.


SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY NAVIGATOR
2440 Sedgwick Ave., Suite 2D, Bronx
646-450-2567
Email snadvocacynavigator@gmail.com

 

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.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT/APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS

 

THE 13TH CHILD AUTISM & BEHAVIORAL COACHING, INC.
718-316-8057
Email the13abc@aol.com

 

Rebecca McKee started as a special education teacher guiding students with socio-behavioral needs in public schools. After 10 years in the classroom, she created a consulting company. Currently, Rebecca works directly with educational circles, opening windows to manage challenging personalities within classrooms. Rebecca guides families on life skills, academics, and socio-behavioral skills. Online learning is available through mybehaviorcoach.com, along with Friendship Club information for individuals seeking friends. The 13th Child Autism & Behavioral Coaching, Inc. believes consistency and consideration are contagious.

ABA PROVIDER SERVICES
Proudly serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
855-681-8555
Email info@abaproviderservices.com

 

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.

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

BRIENZA'S ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE
718-232-0114
8696 18th Ave., Brooklyn
1902 Ave. T, Brooklyn
259 Rose Ave., Staten Island

 

Brienza’s Academic Advantage is an approved NYCDOE Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) provider. Brienza provides SETSS to eligible nonpublic school students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that entitles them to SETSS. Our program offers individualized instruction in an organized and nurturing environment. There is no cost to parents for participating in this program. Services are offered in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Registration is ongoing, so please contact us at 718-232-0114.

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

Twenty-five years of excellence! Multilingual developmental evaluations, early intervention, ABA, day care, and inclusion programs for children ages newborn-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 

CAMPEDUP
180 Amsterdam Ave., New York
877-818-5027
Email info@campedup.com

CampedUP's summer program is designed to ensure that each child will have four action-packed weeks of summer fun in a listener-friendly environment. It’s a camp where kids get to play with their food, paint their way to the MOMA, and dance to the CampedUP beat! Wacky Wednesdays and special surprises on Fridays round out each incredible week. Specializing in kids with cochlear implants and hearing aids, language and processing difficulties, and all their siblings and friends! Check us out at campedup.com for more information.

FROST VALLEY YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville
845-985-2291
Email info@frostvalley.org

 

Do you know a family affected by autism that deserves a weekend away? Tell them about Frost Valley YMCA’s Autism Family Support Weekends (April 4-6 and June 13-15). These all-inclusive weekends, located in the Catskill Mountains of New York, are a chance to meet others with a shared experience and relax in nature. Frost Valley’s caring staff offers activities perfect for various needs and interests: sensory hikes, boating, arts and crafts, and more! The family member with autism attends FREE!

HARBOR HAVEN
908-964-5411

 

Harbor Haven, a comprehensive, nurturing summer program in a beautiful private school setting provides an opportunity for children ages 3-15 with mild special needs to experience summer camp activities such as athletics, swimming, nature, performing arts, cooking, photography, computers, arts and crafts, yoga, trips, special events, entertainment, and more. Social skills training, daily academics, speech and occupational therapy, reverse inclusion, and a special program for 16-18-year-olds are unique components. Qualified, professional staff provides a 1:3 or better staff-to-camper ratio. Located in West Orange, NJ—transportation available from some areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

MOVIEWORLD CINEMAS
242-02 61st Ave. (Douglaston Shopping Center - Behind Fairway), Douglaston
718-423-9200

 

Movieworld offers many options for special needs schools and camps. We welcome many groups weekly or monthly and offer special discounted rates, all the latest movies, your own private theater, popcorn and drink options, and plenty of space for your group to be comfortable. Call us today for more information and prices.

NYU SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS
At The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
516-358-1811

 

A 7-week, evidence-based, therapeutic day program exclusively for children ages 7-11 with ADHD and behavior disorders. A premier program, attracting families from across the country and around the world. We help children to build their self-esteem and to develop attentional, organizational, and friendship skills. Clinical psychologists and qualified teachers supervise undergraduate and graduate-level counselors. Staff-to-child ratio is 1-to-1 or -2. Director Karen Fleiss is a nationally renowned clinical psychologist and expert in the treatment of children with ADHD. Enrollment is limited.

SUMMIT CAMP AND TRAVEL
168 Duck Harbor Road, Honesdale
973-732-3230
Email info@summitcamp.com

 

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.

TIKVAH: THE NEIL KLATSKIN DAY CAMP (ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION)
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, adaptive physical education, arts and crafts, drama, entertainment, extended nights, Red Cross instructional/recreational swim, Judaic programming, music, Shabbat, playground time, theme days, trips, and more! Group sizes from 3-6 campers with minimum of two caring, qualified counselors. Intake interview required; mainstreaming possible. 9am-4pm/8 weeks. For JCC members and non-member.


CHILD CARE

 

A.P.E.X. PROAUPAIR
949-903-2348

 

ProAuPair’s Special-Needs Au Pair (SNAPSM) 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.

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

 

Twenty-five years of excellence! Multilingual developmental evaluations, early intervention, ABA, day care, and inclusion programs for children ages newborn-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.

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. The school’s award-winning program has been recognized by the NYS Education Department as an outstanding early childhood program. Positive Beginnings offers Universal Pre-K, 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. Contact us at 718-261-0211.

CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

 

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

 

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 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio, and a one-on-one program for children with autism and PDD.

FRED ELLIS - MUSIC TEACHER AND MUSIC THERAPIST
Email frdde8@aol.com

 

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.

THE SCHOOL AT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER
3 Lafayette Ave., Fort Green
718-624-8400

 

The School reflects the spirit of the Mark Morris Dance Group in its celebration of dance and music. We offer a wide range of dance and music classes for children ages 20 months to 17 years. Continuing our commitment to make dance available to people of all backgrounds and abilities, The school offers two creative movement classes for students with special needs: ages 6-10 and 11 and older.

THE GUTTENBERG CENTER FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
201-408-1489
Shelley Levy, Director

 

Offers a full range of programs and camps for children, teens, and young adults with developmental and cognitive learning differences, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD, and ADHD. Classes feature special life skills and vocational training, social skills and computer classes, yoga, cooking, fitness, movement, music, art, community trips, academic enrichment, and more. Mainstreaming and inclusion opportunities provided where appropriate. JCC membership not required. Limited financial aid and scholarships are available upon request.

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, 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
212-995-888

 

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)
Email uRakowska@pediatricimmediatecare.com

 

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 every day, seven days a week, including holidays, 8am-11pm.

 

ENTERTAINMENT/BIRTHDAYS

 

THE CHILIBEANS PARTY PLACE
103 Meade St., Hempstead
516-680-3024
Email chilibeans4fun@aol.com

 

Fun-filled, private, affordable children’s birthday parties are our specialty! Children, family, and friends celebrate first year through age 10 birthdays in a spacious and beautifully decorated party environment with bouncers, soft play items, tree house, hungry hippo, rock-climbing wall, jungle gym, and Wii games. Crafts, music fun, the Story Lady, karaoke, and our own special Carnival are exciting add-ons. Visit chilibeans.com. When we're not hosting parties, we offer child-friendly playrooms and crafts, for children to play and socialize in a private, stimulating environment.

MOVIEWORLD CINEMAS
242-02 61st Ave. (Douglaston Shopping Center - Behind Fairway), Douglaston
718-423-9200

 

Movieworld offers many options for children’s birthday parties, starting at only $11.95 per person. Popcorn, candy, pizza, and ice cream help make your child’s party a fantastic event. Choose from any of our currently playing movies or bring your child’s favorite DVD to play on the big screen! Family-owned and -operated since 2006, we provide top quality digital movies at affordable prices for your family.

LEGAL/FINANCIAL/FUTURE PLANNING 

 

AXA ADVISORS, LLC
1633 Broadway, New York
212-408-9046
Email ainka.munroe@axa-advisors.com

 

AXA Advisors, LLC are financial professionals focusing on helping families of children with special needs to adequately prepare for their future. The objective is to educate to help minimize uncertainty, and to empower families to use appropriate planning tools and resources. Call for a complimentary appointment.

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.

THOMAS D. MCCANDLESS, CFA[TM] FINANCIAL ADVISOR
530 Fifth Ave., 16th Fl., New York
917-472-2668

 


MENTAL HEALTH

 

JUDGE ROTENBERG CENTER
250 Turnpike St., Canton
877-31-CHILD

 

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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