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SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN WESTCHESTER

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by NYMetroParents Staff October 9, 2013

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UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Westchester county.

All About Kids
145 Huguenot St., Suite 404, New Rochelle
914-251-0905

Bilingual evaluation, educational, and therapeutic services include assisting parents, family, and caregivers in understanding the special needs of their child by providing information about child development and working with a child with a disability.

Center of Healing for Integrative Learning and Development of Westchester
1075 Central Ave., #409, Scarsdale
914-722-6030

Provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, play therapy, Mommy and Me groups, social groups, ABA, and parent support groups for different needs.

Cynthia Potel, JD, LCSW
1 Peter Beet Lane, Croton-on-Hudson
914-325-1027

A psychoanalyst specializing in children with developmental disabilities, Potel runs parent support groups, groups for young teens, social skills groups, and works individually with adults, children, and couples.

Family Learning Center of Westchester and Putnam
2643 Darnley Place, Yorktown
914-245-2287

Offers guidance and support groups and services for families living with various
psychological and anxiety disorders.

Family Ties of Westchester, Inc.
112 E. Post Road, 3rd Floor, White Plains
914-995-5238

A grassroots organization that provides advocacy and support services to families
of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, including various support groups for parents, fathers, grandparents, girls, and boys. Some are conducted in Spanish.

Locations include:

Mount Vernon Family Resource Center
256 Washington St., 2nd Floor
Mount Vernon; 914-363-6304
Ossining Family Resource Center
2 Church St., Ossining; 914-941-3461
Peekskill Family Resource Center
8 North Division St., Peekskill
914-739-4725
Port Chester Family Resource Center
22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester
914-703-8656
Yonkers Family Resource Center
53 South Broadway, Yonkers; 914-964-2063

JCC Mid-Westchester - Enid Ancell Family Center
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
914-472-3300 x412

A JCC resource team member assists parents of children with special needs by
providing referrals to mental health specialists, counseling, parenting skills
training, legal advice, or divorce mediation.

Making Headway Foundation
115 King St., Chappaqua
914-238-8384

Making Headway’s parent group discusses and devises strategies for understanding and navigating the medical system and dealing with behavioral and disciplinary concerns, school difficulties, sleeping problems, marital stress, social isolation, resentment, and fear of recurrence.

NY Metro Chapter National Autism Association
265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
Tricia: 914-261-2509; Lisa: 917-414-9190

A sub-chapter of the National Autism Association that holds support group
meetings and informational sessions solely for parents with children on the autism spectrum.

Parents Place - Family Fun Days and Parent Support Group
2 Central Ave., Tarrytown
914-631-2513; Lenore: 914-703-2667
lpowers@theguidancecenter.org

At Family Fun Days, which occur on select
Sundays, kids and families enjoy arts and crafts, singing, and refreshments; Parents Place offers free programs for families who have kids on the autism spectrum.

Parents for Parents: A Special Needs Network
600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville
914-741-0333 x29

This group is for parents with a child with special needs who want to share
experiences with and learn from other parents of young children with special needs.

Parents Helping Parents

Leo Mintzer Community Center
251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison
845-230-8045

Assists parents struggling with the behavior of their teens or adult children.

Westchester Arc, Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome
40 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
914-347-3227
Terri Hunt: 914-243-5874

Parents Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome is a group of Westchester parents of children with Down syndrome who know how important it is to be linked to other parents, resources, and support groups.

Westchester Arc, The Children’s School for Early Development
40 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
914-347-3227 x106

The Children’s School for Early Development provides educational, social, and support services for newborn children through age 5 and their families.
    
Westchester Foundation for Autism
P.O. Box 596, Scarsdale
203-918-1885

An organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of families of children with autism and related developmental delays through social events, education, recreational programs, and family support.

Westchester Group Works
600 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 400, Harrison
914-301-9474

In this group, parents who have children with a disability or chronic illness get practical information and ongoing emotional support to help deal with confusion, powerlessness, disappointment, or guilt.  

Westchester Jewish Community Services, Autism Services and The Autism Family Center
845 North Broadway, White Plains
914-761-0600 x228

Offers a full range of services that assist
children and adults on the autism spectrum and the challenges their families face.   
 
Family Advocacy
914-949-7699 x455

A social, skills-based group for adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families in which weekly meetings take place in a club-like format and participants engage in
activities that enhance social, recreational, and independent living skills.


See Also:

Parent Support Groups in Rockland

Parent Support Groups in Fairfield and surrounding areas


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