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LONG ISLAND 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 Long Island? Our special needs guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates, and special needs support groups in Suffolk County, Long Island, including Huntington, Babylon, and Smithtown, and Nassau County, Long Island, from Glen Cove to Long Beach, and North Hempstead. 
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ENTERTAINMENT/BIRTHDAYS

 

THE CHILIBEANS PARTY PLACE
103 Meade St., Hempstead
516-680-3024
Email [email protected]

 

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.

SKY ZONE INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK
111 Rodeo Drive, Deer Park
631-392-2600

 

On the first Monday of each month, beginning May 5, we welcome children and adults with special needs, and their siblings and family members to enjoy all the jumping good times that Sky Zone has to offer. Sky Zone offers an afternoon of jumping fun from 1-5:30pm, where we'll turn off the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers.


LEGAL/FINANCIAL/FUTURE PLANNING 

 

DIVORCE MEDIATION AND LAW OFFICES OF H. MICHAEL STERN, J.D., M.S.W.
666 Old Country Road, Suite 555, Garden City
516-747-2290

 

If you are contemplating a separation or divorce, mediation with an experienced family lawyer and mental health professional may be the best choice. Since the New York Courts have not adopted any uniform standards to address the special needs child in divorce, no two judges have to follow the same approach, or even reach the same result. So I treat you as the expert regarding your child. I empower couples to cooperatively develop solutions to address their child’s special needs and resolve their differences. Call for a free consultation.

JOHN MCGRATH, ATTORNEY AT LAW
114 Old Country Road, Suite 212, Mineola
516-203-4009 x102/ Fax: 516-742-0299
Email [email protected]

 

The Law Office of John J. McGrath specializes in representing disabled children and their parents in disputes with their school district over the provision of special education services, student disciplinary suspensions, etc. He can assist families with the development of their child’s IEP and attend meetings of the CSE for that purpose. Mr. McGrath also represents parents of disabled children who do not qualify for special education, but for accommodations under section 504. He also represents parents in residency disputes with their school district.

LAW OFFICES OF BRAD H. ROSKEN, PLLC
1772 E. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 2, Huntington
631-379-9569
Email [email protected]

 

School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified Impartial Hearing Officer and is hearing Due Process Hearings in New York City.

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
1983 Marcus Ave., Suite 210, Lake Success
516-354-5806

 

If something were happen to you today, who would be there to protect the needs of your loved ones – especially those with special needs? A Special Needs Trust can help ensure they will have the resources necessary to live complete and fulfilling lives. Call me today to find out more. New York Life and its agents do not provide legal or tax advice.

THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
445 Broadhollow Road, Suite 405, Melville
631-927-3337
Email [email protected]

 

Arthur E. White, CPCU is a financial professional who can help families understand the importance of state and federal programs that provide support and/or assistance to people who have disabilities, the role of a Special Needs Trust and how to fund it, and unique concerns relative to housing, education, and employment. I can show how insurance and financial products that are used to fund a Special Needs Trust can help protect and provide for the people you care about most. Insurance is issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ, and its affiliates. 0258315-00001-00.

THE BURNS LAW GROUP
1222 Franklin Ave., Suite 325, Garden City
516-375-8504
Email [email protected]

 

We assist families in planning for those with special needs by setting up a Supplemental Needs Trust. This can allow for a person with disabilities to receive gifts, inheritances, and other financial assets that may enhance their lifestyle without affecting their eligibility for essential government benefits such as Social Security Income or Medicaid. We recognize the need for an advocate within the special needs community and can assist you in planning for the future of all of your loved ones.

MENTAL HEALTH

 

JOAN DORFMAN COHEN, PH.D., APRN, BC
350 Northern Blvd., Suite 310, Great Neck
516-482-3312
Email [email protected]

 

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified neurofeedback specialist and expert in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, LD, PDD, and autism spectrum disorders. EEG biofeedback (neurotherapy, a proven non-medication treatment, provides permanent results, as well as eliminates many behavior problems. Dr. Cohen and special education professionals work directly with you, your child, and teachers to provide an individualized program including neurotherapy, parenting strategies, family counseling, individual therapy, educational planning, and tutoring. Her practice includes individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, as well as marriage counseling. Dr. Cohen has cared for children and adults for more than 35 years.

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.

OCCUPATIONAL/PHYSICAL THERAPY 

 

KEEP MOVING FORWARD, INC.
306 Nassau Blvd. S., Garden City
516-208-2100
Email [email protected]

 

Keep Moving Forward offers intensive physical therapy programs for children and adults with neurological and developmental delays. Individuals are trained to reach their highest potential through utilization of the TheraSuit and Universal Exercise Unit. This approach combats the effects of deconditioning and immobilization while using the principles of intensive strength training. Our primary goal is to achieve functional independence. KMF also offers traditional physical therapy, early intervention, Fit Kids programs, and Baby Boot Camp.

SENSATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OT, PLLC
669 Broadway, Massapequa
516-799-2900

 

Sensational Development Occupational Therapy, PLLC is a private practice located in Massapequa. We offer comprehensive evaluations, individual treatment sessions, and group sessions for ages newborn through 21 in our state-of-the-art clinic. We specialize in working with children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, dyspraxia, muscle weakness, fine motor delays, and much more. We work closely with parents and caregivers to provide support and create therapeutic opportunities in the home and school setting.

THE HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
516-520-6000
Email [email protected]

 

HLVS is a not-for-profit school that provides outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities. HLVS occupational and physical therapy related programs offer services for children newborn to school age through early intervention, CPSE, and CSE in the areas of gross and fine motor delay and sensory dysfunction. Services are provided in our sensory gym and physical therapy facility or in the child’s home or preschool. Private pay services available.

PARENT & FAMILY SUPPORT 

 

ABA PROVIDER SERVICES
Proudly serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
855-681-8555
Email [email protected]

 

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.

THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
445 Broadhollow Road, Suite 405, Melville
631-927-3337
Email [email protected]

 

Arthur E. White, CPCU is a financial professional who can help families understand the importance of state and federal programs that provide support and/or assistance to people who have disabilities, the role of a Special Needs Trust and how to fund it, and unique concerns relative to housing, education, and employment. I can show how insurance and financial products that are used to fund a Special Needs Trust can help protect and provide for the people you care about most. Insurance is issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ, and its affiliates. 0258315-00001-00.

PLAY THERAPY 

 

MILO BEAR
631- 675-6600

 

MILO Bear is an educational tool disguised as a toy! Fun and easy to use, MILO was developed by a speech pathologist to encourage communication skills in children ages 24 months through 5 years and older. By focusing on their strengths and interests, parents and professionals can use this information to develop language, cognitive, and social skills. MILO gives children choices, which creates an opportunity for them to communicate. Visit milobear.com and like him on Facebook!

RECREATION/SOCIALIZATION PROGRAMS 

 

AQUA TOTS SWIM SCHOOL
9 Gerhard Road, Plainview
917-653-6335

 

Swimming is one of the best activities for children, especially those with ADHD and other special needs. Swimming is a fun activity that requires both physical effort and concentration. Like all exercise, it helps burn excess energy and will help your child stay focused, even when he/she's out of the water. Swimming is also a life saving tool for all ages. Call now to register your child at Aqua Tots Swim School, where all of our instructors are experienced with children with special needs.

BE THE BEST SPORT
30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington
516-453-0990
Email [email protected]

 

Be The Best Sport is a 501(c)(3) adaptive sports program for children with special needs. Athletes are exposed to sports such as basketball, multi-sport, soccer, yoga, and other activities. The goal of the program is to develop and strengthen motor, cognitive, and social abilities. The program facilitates the building of sport skills, confidence, self-esteem, and sportsmanship, while meeting the needs of each individual. Recreational therapists, professional coaches, and dedicated volunteers help the athletes acquire new skills and develop motor skills.

THE CHILIBEANS PARTY PLACE
103 Meade St., Hempstead
516-680-3024
Email [email protected]

 

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.

HANNAH KRONER SCHOOL OF DANCE
1180 Willis Ave., Albertson
516-484-5430

 

A special dance program for toddlers, children, and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Classes are structured and adapted according to individual needs. Ballet, jazz, and exercise fundamentals used in a creative manner, assist the development of fine and gross muscle tone. Each student is provided with a high degree of motivation, taught by experienced dance and exercise instructors who have a devoted interest in those with special needs. Call 516-484-5430.

MUSIC ACADEMY FOR SPECIAL LEARNERS
320 Smithtown Blvd., Ronkonkoma
631-615-6707
Email [email protected]

 

The Music Academy for Special Learners offers a variety of programs and specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. Benefits include increased self-esteem, fine motor skills, language, hand-eye coordination, attention, and socialization. The academy offers ABA based programs, highly qualified staff, individually customized programs, and a positive learning environment. They offer a variety of instruction including piano, guitar, drum, saxophone, voice, art, and music therapy programs. For additional information, please contact 631-615-6707 or visit speciallearnerpiano.com.

SKY ZONE INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK
111 Rodeo Drive, Deer Park
631-392-2600

 

On the first Monday of each month, beginning May 5, we welcome children and adults with special needs, and their siblings and family members to enjoy all the jumping good times that Sky Zone has to offer. Sky Zone offers an afternoon of jumping fun from 1-5:30pm, where we'll turn off the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers.

STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
516-767-0266

 

At Steps to Socialization, we understand that not all children process social information the same way. Our curriculum, designed for children through 12th grade, makes the hidden rules of daily social interactions simple and clear. Through targeted activities and role-playing, your child will gain the communication skills needed to navigate the social world. Parents and caregivers are an integral part of the team. We work together to reinforce the program at home and school.

SUMMIT CAMP AND TRAVEL
168 Duck Harbor Road, Honesdale
973-732-3230
Email [email protected]

 

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.

TEMPLE SINAI CHAZAK PROGRAM
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
516-621-8016
Email [email protected]

 

Temple Sinai of Roslyn is proud to announce its wonderful Chazak program for children with developmental differences, now in its second year. Staffed by certified special education teachers, Chazak is open to the community and continues to advance Temple Sinai’s efforts to include all families and children in Jewish learning. Workshops integrate movement, music, art, cooking, technology, and other forms of enrichment into the learning experience. For more information, call Temple Sinai’s Religious School 516-621-8016.

THERESA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (TAPA)
250 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
516-432-0200
Email [email protected]

 

The Theresa Academy of the Performing Arts believes that every child has strengths that can be used as a springboard to learn new skills to enhance his or her personal sense of accomplishment. The primary goal of our classes is for children to experience the joy of dance, drama, art, and music. There are many benefits including improvement in coordination, overall fitness, focus, listening, balance, self-esteem, self-expression, rhythm, and musicality.

VARIETY CHILD LEARNING
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
516-921-7171
Email [email protected]

 

Variety Child Learning Center is a nonprofit center whose mission is to support the education and inclusion of children with or at risk of disabilities, including autism, and assist families and train professionals who work with young children. Founded in 1966, all VCLC programs are guided by the concept that early intervention with parental involvement can make a lasting impact on a child’s development that is not possible if services are delayed.

SCHOOLS

 

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.

THE HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
516-520-6000
Email [email protected]

 

HLVS is a not-for-profit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical- and movement therapy; behavior management and applied behavior analysis; counseling; and support groups.

VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516-365-4900
Email [email protected]

 

S.O.A.R. ahead this summer at Vincent Smith School’s Social Opportunities and Remediation Program. S.O.A.R. is a student directed program that provides children in fourth through eighth grades the opportunity to remediate, maintain, or enrich their skill sets in the areas of reading, writing, math, and social cognition. Each area is explored for approximately 45 minutes daily from 9am-12pm. Students polish their reading, writing, and math skills and at the same time social cognition skills are learned using hands-on activities and creative role-playing. For information, call 516-365-4900.

SENSORY INTEGRATION 

 

MILO BEAR
631- 675-6600

 

MILO Bear is an educational tool disguised as a toy! Fun and easy to use, MILO was developed by a speech pathologist to encourage communication skills in children ages 24 months through 5 years and older. By focusing on their strengths and interests, parents and professionals can use this information to develop language, cognitive, and social skills. MILO gives children choices, which creates an opportunity for them to communicate. Visit milobear.com and like him on Facebook!

 


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