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NEW YORK CITY SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE GUIDE - PART 2

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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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OCCUPATIONAL/PHYSICAL THERAPY 

 

AIM HIGH SPEECH & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES, PLLC
112-15 72nd Road, Suite LL4, Forest Hills
718-263-3363
Email info@aimhighspeech.com

 

We are a speech and occupational therapy clinic comprised of a team of licensed therapists. We provide services in English, Spanish, and Russian. We specialize in autism and Asperger’s syndrome, apraxia of speech, stroke, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays. We offer speech-language screenings, evaluations, expressive and receptive language treatment, myofunctional and oral motor treatment, phonological impairments, PROMPT (initial), pragmatic skills and play therapy. We are open seven days and accept insurance plans Aetna, Cigna, Empire BCBS, Oxford, United Healthcare, 1199, and Medicare Part B.

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.

THE THERAPY CORNER OF BROOKLYN
438 Graham Ave., Brooklyn
718-389-2723

 

The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn offers speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy services for birth through school-age children. Our gym and therapy offices are bright, quiet, and handicapped accessible, providing an environment conducive to learning. We provide individualized and personal service to children with a variety of abilities using numerous programs and techniques. The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn prides itself in helping each child reach his or her individual goals. Please see our ad and web page for more information.

PARENT & FAMILY SUPPORT 

 

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.

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.

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.

BROOKLYN PARENT CENTER
27 Smith St., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn
718-998-3000
Email rjoyce@bcid.org

 

The Brooklyn Parent Center provides outreach, information and resources to parents of children with disabilities, between the ages of 3 to 21. Contact us to conduct free workshops on various issues pertaining to special education. Workshops can be conducted for parents or students, at your child's school or a community-based organization. We are also seeking parents interested in joining our Parent Advisory Committee that meets quarterly.

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.

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!

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

 

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.

THE SHERKOW CENTER
9 E. 93rd St., New York
212-722-0090

 

Mother and Baby Groups: Exploring the impact on mother-child relationship of a diagnosis of ASD or uneven development. Spark Group: A socialization group for children with developmental differences. Unique in that it incorporates typical peers as buddies to serve as mentors and friends. Education: Workshops for parents and professionals who teach and treat ASD children; for pre- and post-doctoral students and specialists in play therapy with children. Beyond Diagnosis: Advises pediatricians, clinicians, and service providers about the importance of including psychodynamic therapy in treatment protocol.

PLAY THERAPY 

 

THE SHERKOW CENTER
9 E. 93rd St., New York
212-722-0090

 

Mother and Baby Groups: Exploring the impact on mother-child relationship of a diagnosis of ASD or uneven development. Spark Group: A socialization group for children with developmental differences. Unique in that it incorporates typical peers as buddies to serve as mentors and friends. Education: Workshops for parents and professionals who teach and treat ASD children; for pre- and post-doctoral students and specialists in play therapy with children. Beyond Diagnosis: Advises pediatricians, clinicians, and service providers about the importance of including psychodynamic therapy in treatment protocol.

RECREATION/SOCIALIZATION PROGRAMS

 

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.

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.

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.

SOSMART KIDS, INC.
Located in: Vee Arnis Jitsu, 4202 Ave. U (across from Kings Plaza), Brooklyn
917-359-2279

 

Created by a mother of a child with special needs. SoSMArT Kids is a fitness program that uses fun exercises, martial arts and kickboxing, breathing, and calming techniques in a small, controlled, bright environment. Our classes have helped improve attention, focus, and social skills. Classes include children with sensory issues, ADHD, high functioning autism, "typical" functioning, or siblings that may need a smaller fitness class.

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.

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.

SCHOOLS 

 

CATHERINE LABOURE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
21 Bay 11th St., Brooklyn
718-449-1857/718-256-2605

 

Did you know the Diocese of Brooklyn, Department of Education operates the Catherine Laboure Special Education Program? We are a New York state-approved academic program for students with learning disabilities, speech impairments, and developmentally disabilities, currently serving intermediate, junior, and high school students in our newest location. For open house and general information, please contact Margaret Sacca, principal. We look forward to hearing from you!

JCC THERAPEUTIC NURSERY SCHOOL (CHILDREN AGES 2-5)
411 E. Clinton Ave., NJ
201-408-1497
Lois Mendelson, PhD, Director
Email tn@jccotp.org

 

Communication-based parent and child program for intelligent preschool children ages 2-5 with language disorders, emotional disturbances (including selective mutism), learning disabilities, attention deficits, or autistic behaviors. This rigorous social skills program helps children develop play and socialization skills. Communicative language, self-help skills, emotional growth, socialization, and behavioral management also stressed. Licensed for the handicapped, receiving school for many school districts. Speech, language, and occupational therapy and parent counseling provided. Also available is a Mommy & Me Toddler Socialization Class for ages 2-3.
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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.

PHYLLIS L. SUSSER SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
71-64 168th St., Flushing

 

We are a NYS-approved non-public school that provides a 12-month special education program for students age 10-21. We offer both day and residential programs, as well as all related services. We provide a supportive, stimulating, safe, and nurturing environment for children with cognitive, language, emotional, or pervasive developmental disorders. We use the TEACCH approach to instruction focusing on developing functional academics. We provide vocational activities as well as art, music, and physical education classes.

THE GILLEN BREWER SCHOOL
410 E. 92nd St. (between First and York Avenues), New York
212-831-3667 x214
Email joline@gillenbrewer.com

 

The Gillen Brewer School is dedicated to transforming the lives of young children with a wide variety of language, emotional, developmental, and learning disabilities. GBS prides itself on its mission: making a difference, one child and family at a time. GBS educates and supports students to become confident, independent, and engaged learners. A cornerstone of the school’s philosophy is that a knowledgeable and informed family is essential for each child to reach his or her full potential.

THE LANG SCHOOL
11 Broadway, Suite 300, New York
212-977-7777
Email contact@thelangschool.org

 

The Lang School provides a supportive and academically rigorous learning environment for gifted and talented students. Each class of 10 to 12 children in kindergarten-ninth grade is team taught by gifted special education-certified and -licensed teachers. Our team includes three school psychologists, a social worker, two speech therapists, an OT, a learning specialist, and behavior consultants, plus a full suite of specialists, including music, art, drama, programming, engineering, and math teachers. 212-977-7777.

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF NEW YORK
80 Maiden Lane, New York
212-683-6700, 877-UCP-CONNECT, 877-827-2666
122 E. 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
212-677-7400
30 E. 128th St.
New York, NY 10035
80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
212-683-6700
Email projectconnect@ucpnyc.org

 

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is currently recruiting 4-year-olds for our Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK). All UPK classrooms are led by certified teachers and assistants, and offer a free, high-quality, family-friendly learning environment for children of all developmental levels. Our UPK programs are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island; all classrooms are close to public transportation.

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

 

The Vincent Smith School is a coeducational college preparatory day school for students with learning disabilities in grades 4-12. The mission of The Vincent Smith School is dedicated to providing a small, nurturing, and supportive setting where we “believe and achieve…it is okay to learn differently.” Through differentiated instruction, hands-on activities, and interdisciplinary instruction, students are provided with the necessary educational, emotional, and social support necessary for success.

WEST END DAY SCHOOL
255 W. 71st St., New York
212-873-5708
Email admissions@westenddayschool.org

 

West End Day School is a nonprofit elementary school for children who may not be well served by the conventional system. We are dedicated to the belief that children with mild to moderate learning, language, or emotional issues can succeed. We offer a social and emotional perspective to learning while maintaining a challenging mainstream curriculum. Our teachers work hand-in-hand with social workers and other specialists to respond as a team to all aspects of development.

THE WHITESTONE SCHOOL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
14-45 143rd St., Whitestone
718-746-6555

 

The Whitestone School for Child Development is a highly regarded special education preschool, for children ages 3-5. The school provides a quality program of educational and therapeutic services in English or Spanish, including evaluations, speech, physical, occupational therapies, and counseling. On-going support and encouragement is provided to the children and their families from dedicated teachers and therapists. Individualized attention is offered to help each child reach his/her potential in a warm, supportive, and caring environment.

SENSORY INTEGRATION

 

CHATTY CHILD SPEECH THERAPY, PLLC
325 Broadway, Suite 403, New York
347-491-4451
WE'VE MOVED!
Email chattychildny@gmail.com

 

Our state-of-the art, downtown Manhattan facility specializes in treating speech-language and feeding delays. Our highly trained therapists are passionate professionals who help each child reach his or her full potential. We work with the family to develop individual and group sessions based on each child’s needs and goals. We are PROMPT-trained with experience treating articulation, apraxia, language, and feeding delays. Payment options: Private pay, EI, and DOE cases accepted. Quality OT services are provided on-site by our partner, Sonya Kashlan, M.S. OT/L.

SERVING MULTIPLE DISABILITIES/OFFERING A VARIETY OF SERVICES 

 

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.

BAYSIDE SPEECH & LANGUAGE PALS
58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 15, Bayside
347-408-4247
Email lperal@palsspeech.com
lindsey.peral@gmail.com

 

Bayside Speech & Language PALS is a pediatric practice specializing in evaluations and treatment of articulation, phonological processing and oral motor skills, feeding issues, fluency, auditory processing, reading, writing, spelling, and pragmatic language. Bilingual Korean and Spanish, PROMPT, Phono-graphix and SOS-trained therapists are available. PALS is an approved NYCDOE-related service provider for preschoolers and school-aged children. PALS is affiliated with occupational and physical therapists, as well as SETS providers. Therapy provided in office or a variety of locations.

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.

BROOKLYN PARENT CENTER
27 Smith St., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn
718-998-3000
Email rjoyce@bcid.org

 

The Brooklyn Parent Center provides outreach, information and resources to parents of children with disabilities, between the ages of 3 to 21. Contact us to conduct free workshops on various issues pertaining to special education. Workshops can be conducted for parents or students, at your child's school or a community-based organization. We are also seeking parents interested in joining our Parent Advisory Committee that meets quarterly.

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.

JANINE STIENE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY, P.C.
213 Hallock Road, Suite 6, Stony Brook
631-689-6858
631 Commack Road, Suite 1B , Commack
631-493-5859
1500 William Floyd Parkway, Suite 303, East Yaphank
631-775-8203
2410 N. Ocean Ave., Suite 202, Farmingville
631-346-3334
Email suffolkspeech@hotmail.com

 

Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Suffolk Center for Speech. 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.

POLARN O. PYRET, USA
877-POP-KID1

 

Polarn O. Pyret, meaning "Buddy & The Little Guy" in Swedish, is Sweden's leading children's wear line. Now in the United States, Polarn O. Pyret offers comfortable, and wearable clothes for school, play, and parties, in sizes fitting newborn to 12 years. We make clothes kids actually want to wear because they feel good and are easy to put on. Discover our amazing selection of outerwear, too! NYC area locations: 428 Columbus Avenue at 81st Street, 200 Chambers St. in TriBeCa, and 243 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT.

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.

 

 

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