UPDATED MARCH 2016: Raising a child with special needs in Nassau County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in Nassau County who have kids with special needs.
ADHD Parent and Teen Coaching, Education, and Support
Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC
Cindy Goldrich is a certified ADHD coach specializing in parenting children and teens with ADHD and executive function delays. Goldrich conducts a seven-session parent coaching workshop series where specific strategies are developed to establish realistic rules and expectations, reduce homework stress, and improve compliance, self-advocacy, and communication skills. She also offers coaching for high school and college students and consults with teachers on behalf of students.
CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Local Chapter of Nassau County
P.O. Box 548, Levittown
This group offers monthly meetings and two support groups: one for parents of chidlren with ADHD and one for adults with ADHD from January-May and September-November. Parent training is available online and information for the trainings can be found from the CHADD national website: chadd.org.
Julie Cohen, LCSW
This group specializes in helping couples navigate the ups and downs of parenting children with special needs while strengthening their care and connection with one another. It offers periodic workshops where parents come together to discuss their children with special needs and the difficulties and issues that go along with parenting children with special needs.
EPIC Long Island
1500 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow
Offers support groups for children and teens that have epilepsy, children who know someone with a seizure disorder, and parents of children who have epilepsy, as well as psychotherapy and medication management. The young adult support group is held on the first Wednesday of each month; professional support group is every second Wednesday of the month; and the parent support group is every fourth Wednesday of the month. All support groups are by appointment only.
Friendship Circle, Chabad of Great Neck
400 E. Shore Road, Great Neck
This Jewish organization pairs children with special needs with caring, dedicated volunteers who form special relationships with them, and provides support to their families.
Friendship Circle, Chabad of Roslyn
75 Powerhouse Road, Roslyn Heights
210 Forest Drive, East Hills
This group provides services and support for Jewish children and teens with special needs through the help of trained teen volunteers and professional therapists.
Friendship Connection Foundation
10 Grace Ave., Room 8D, Great Neck
This nonprofit serves the needs of learning and developmentally disabled adolescents, adults, and their parents who are battling anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Weekly meetings are held at The New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.
Grandparent Advocates Supporting Autistic Kids
80 N. Service Road, Manhasset
516-484-3174 x222, Dr. Sue Cohen
This support and advocacy group is for concerned grandparents of autistic children. All adult family members are welcome. Meetings are held at the guidance center's Manhasset location on the last Thursday of each month. Contact Dr. Cohen to confirm attendance.
Kindred Spirits: Parents of Children with Diabetes
Winthrop University Hospital
45 E. Willston Ave, East Willston
Free monthly support group providing education, support, and camaraderie for parents of children with diabetes who are patients at Winthrop. Meetings are on Thursdays from 7-8:30pm.
Exceptional and Families Network
Melissa Sornik, LCSW
Counseling and support for gifted children and families.
Mental Health Association of Nassau County Family Resource Center
16 Main St., Hempstead
Help Line: 516-504-4357
Offers support groups that assist family members who have relatives with mental illnesses and want to better understand mental illness, the mental health system, and all related programs and services.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Queens/Nassau
1981 Marcus Avenue, C-117, Lake Success
Provides education and support for groups for families of the mentally ill.
New York Self Determination Coalition
Provides resources for parents transitioning children from school to self-directed lives.
New York Families for Autistic Children
Call to learn about various services for families and fundraisers.
North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
480 Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Heights
Developmentally disabled children and their families can participate in parent and sibling support groups, along with children with various other mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, abuse, and ADHD. See the website for more details about the support services they offer.
Parenting Resource Network
15 Neil Court, Oceanside
Check the website for information about upcoming programs.
Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children Support Group
430 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park
The group meets at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month in the lower level conference room at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Hearing and Speech Center. Free and open to the public. There are no meetings in July and August.
Peninsula Counseling Center Affiliate of The North Shore - LIJ Health System
50 W. Hawthorne Ave., 3rd Floor, Valley Stream
Tricia Baylis, community relations coordinator
The center provides individual and family counseling to Nassau and Suffolk counties. Sibling support groups and referrals to social agencies and other professionals are available. Peninsula Counseling Center serves a multicultural population with professionals on staff that are fluent in seven languages: Gaelic, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yiddish.
Resources for Special Needs Kids
A free online resource for parents with discussions on therapies, success stories, tips, and more about children on the spectrum or living with developmental delays.
Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Suffolk County, Long Island