Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Nassau County
By NYMetroParents Staff

Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Nassau County

Support Groups & Associations  

UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: 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 six-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.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Local Chapter of Nassau County
P.O. Box 548, Levittown
This group offers monthly meetings and events for parents of children with ADHD from January-May and September-November, plus a seven-week Parent-to-Parent Family Training on ADHD.

Julie Cohen, LCSW
Great Neck
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
516-739-7733 x400 or x425
Sherry Lurie:
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.

Fay J. Lindner Center For Autism and Developmental Disabilities
189 Wheatley Road, Brookville
Creates an opportunity to speak in a group setting with other parents and caregivers to discuss challenges and share ideas in a supportive and positive environment.

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
480 Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Heights
516-626-1971 x333, 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 of Roselyn Hospital on the last Thursday of each month. Contact Dr. Cohen to confirm attendance.

Kindred Spirits:  Parents of Children with Diabetes
Winthrop University Hospital
173 Mineola Blvd., Mineola
Free monthly support group providing education, support, and camaraderie for parents of children with diabetes. Meetings are on Thursdays from 7-9pm.

Long Island Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy Support Groups
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.

Parenting Resource Network
Friedberg JCC
15 Neil Court, Oceanside
Parent “Warmline”: 516-240-6018
Warmline available Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm; Friday 9am-4pm. Regularly scheduled workshops for parents of children with special needs. Call to confirm date and time.

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., Valley Stream
Audrey Goodman, 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.

Toddler and Preschool Diabetes Support
Winthrop University Hospital
173 Mineola Blvd., Mineola
Monthly meetings for families of young children (6 and younger) with diabetes. Children and siblings are welcome to the group meetings and fun activities are planned for them.

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Suffolk County, Long Island


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