UPDATED OCTOBER 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
Bilingual evaluation, educational, and therapeutic services including 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.
Child Education of Westchester
100 Underhill Road, Yonkers
Provides speech, occupational, and play therapy for various needs.
Cynthia Potel, JD, LCSW
1 Peter Beet Lane, Croton-on-Hudson
A psychoanalyst specializing in children with developmental disabilities, Potel runs parent support groups, groups for young teens, and social skills groups, and works individually with adults, children, and couples.
A social skills-based group for adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families. Weekly meetings take place in a club-like format for the teenagers and participants to engage in activities that enhance social, recreational, and independent living skills.
Family Learning Center of Westchester and Putnam
2643 Darnley Place, Yorktown
Offers guidance, 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
A grassroots organization that provides advocacy and support services to families of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, including support groups for parents, grandparents, girls, and boys. Some are conducted in Spanish. Locations include:
Mount Vernon Family Resource Center
100 Stevens Ave., Street Level, Mount Vernon
Ossining Family Resource Center
Moving; call for address information
Peekskill Family Resource Center
3 North Division St., Second Floor, Peekskill
Yonkers Family Resource Center
53 South Broadway, Mezzanine Level, Yonkers
Enid Ancell Family Center
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
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
Making Headway’s parent group discusses and devises strategies for understanding and navigating the medical system. Works individually with parents and children with brain and spinal cord tumors and helps children settle back into school after receiving treatments.
Parents Place - Family Fun Days and Parent Support Group
2 Central Ave., Tarrytown
Cathi Campbell, group facilitator
At Family Fun Days, which occur on select Sundays twice a month from 2-4pm, kids with autism and their families enjoy arts and crafts, singing, and refreshments. Parents Place offers free programs for families who have kids on the autism spectrum, including individual and group counseling sessions. A program for parents and children with all disabilities that includes guided play, art projects, circle time, snack, and parent support group meets Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-11:30am. A separate parent support group meets once a month from 10-11:30am on Wednesday.
Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville
Offers support to parents with special needs. Rosenthal JCC runs numerous programs and services for children and families of children with special needs, including Gym Buddies for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade in which they play games with tweens and teens, encouraging them to create a big brother or big sister relationship; a musical theater program for kindergarten through sixth grades; a club for ages 6-8 that facilitates social interaction; an after-school program for ages 5-10; and “Saturday Night Chillin” for ages 12-16.
Parents Helping Parents
Leo Mintzer Community Center
251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison
Assists parents struggling with the behavior of their teen or adult children. Group meets Wednesdays from 7:15-9:15pm.
Westchester Arc, Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome
265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
Kathy Higgins, coordinator: 914-347-3227
Terri Hunt: 914-243-5874
Patty Conte: 914-654-0238
A group of Westchester parents of young children with Down syndrome who know how important it is to be linked to other parents, resources, and support groups.
Westchester Arc, Children’s School for Early Development
40 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
Provides educational, social, and support services for children ages newborn through 5 years and their families.
Westchester Foundation for Autism
P.O. Box 596, Scarsdale
An organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for 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
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
Leigh Englander, program coordinator
Offers a full range of services that assist children and adults on the autism spectrum and the challenges their families face. Support includes therapeutic services, special needs advocacy, and parent training. Project lifesaver program for children at risk of wandering. Grandparents support group, social skills groups for pre-K through young adult, and other social groups for young adults on the spectrum.
Parent Support Groups in Rockland
Parent Support Groups in Fairfield and surrounding areas