Manhattan Special Needs & Learning Differences Resource Guide

Manhattan Special Needs & Learning Differences Resource Guide

January 21, 2017   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   

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UPDATED January 2017: 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.
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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.

1595 Lexington Ave., 2nd floor, New York

Daniel’s Music Foundation offers a variety of recreational music programs for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities ages 3 to adult at their one-of-a-kind music center located in East Harlem. Their Core Program offers free 50 classes a semester, but currently has a waiting list, so they offer other fee-based programs to serve more individuals as well, including private one-one-one lessons and recreational music-making sessions, adult-themed Dinner Dance parties, Family Pizza Dance Parties, and field trips for groups. All programs use the power of music to build socialization and community.

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.

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, ADHD, and other 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 in Jessica's grades and confidence were incredible.

379 W. Broadway, New York

You want an attorney you can trust. With more than 20 years of experience, Tracey has the confidence to effectively represent your child with special needs. Tracey has represented hundreds of families with children with disabilities and has been effective in securing special services and private school tuition reimbursement. Tracey will also secure guardianship for you and establish a special needs trust to help put your mind at ease. Schedule your free consultation today. You can trust Tracey. Licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut.


Groovy music by Ms. Janis Music is what you’ll get with a Ms. Janis Music performer. Our entertainers come to your home, venue, or party in the park. We bring everything with us to keep children ages 5 and younger entertained. We’ve got you covered from first birthday parties to active toddler and preschool parties. Bubbles, scarves, instruments for the kids, and a play parachute are some of the fun props we use to keep the kids entertained and smiling from ear to ear! Ms. Janis Music also offers parties and classes for children with special needs.

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.

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

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.

126 W. 17th St., New York
Peter Hill
Summer Program Director
CT Campus:
57 West Rocks Road
Norwalk, CT
Jordan Yannotti
Summer Enrichment Director at 203-229-0465 x5645
NJ Campus:
901 Route 10 East,
Whippany, NJ,
Marc Silver,
Summer Enrichment Director at (973)500-6480 or

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for high-potential middle and high school students with learning differences, such as language-based learning difficulties, nonverbal learning difficulties, and attention deficit disorder. The program is designed to challenge each student's strengths while developing the essentials of reading, writing, mathematics, organization, and study skills. Students participate in a daily one-to-one instructional period called Focus, which serves as the diagnostic, instructional, and mentoring centerpiece of their experience. This individualized approach has successfully resulted in 90 percent of graduates going on to attend college or university.