These local groups offer support, inspiration, and resources for parents and families of children with special needs.
Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside
Check the website for information about upcoming programs.
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 Speech and Hearing Center. Free and open to the public. There are no meetings in July and August.
A free online resource for parents with discussions on therapies, success stories, tips, and more about children on the spectrum or with developmental delays.
The Chai Center of Dix Hills
501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with autism and other special needs. The Circle introduces teenage volunteers to the children through shared experiences, including Hip Hop, Teen Scene, Puppy Fun, Bowling Buddies, and more.
775 Park Ave., 2nd Floor, Huntington (group for families of older teens and adults)
North Shore Youth Council, 272 N. Rocky Point Landing Road, Rocky Point (group for family members of individuals of all ages)
These support groups provide a space for family members to discuss the needs of their loved ones on the autism spectrum.
939 Johnson Ave., Ronkonkoma (Wednesday group)
Brigette Kremens, Family Support Group facilitator
[email protected]; 631-471-7242 x1313
1380 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead (Tuesday group)
Kelli Regula, Family Support Group Facilitator
[email protected]; 631-471-7242 x1212
Provides weekly support groups and counseling services for friends and relatives of persons with mental illness.
Stony Brook University, Putnam Hall, South Campus, Stony Brook
Offers individual, group, and family therapy, including parent and social skills training and crisis/intensive behavioral interventions for children who identify as a Person with a Developmental Disability through the NYS OPWDD, along with comprehensive evaluations.
New Village Community Recreation Center,
20 Wireless Road, Centereach
Marie Elena Gandini, coordinator: [email protected]
This chapter offers support groups and lectures to provide support, education, and resources in the community.
99 Hollywood Drive, Smithtown
A nonprofit multi-site agency serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Provides educational, residential, day habilitation, vocational services, respite care, and Medicaid Service coordination. The DDI Parent and Advocacy Network is affiliated with DDI and is made up of families receiving services from DDI.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
75 N. Country Road, Port Jefferson
Sue Morin, RN: 631-473-3877 x7956
Monthly support group for people with eating disorders; family and friends welcome; registration is not required. Meets the first Monday of every month from 7-8:30pm.
St. Charles Hospital – St. Camillus (BR1)
200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson
St. Charles offers support groups for a variety of issues, from Alcohol and Narcotics Anonymous to speech and communication, strokes, muscular dystrophy, brain injuries, and more.
181 N. Belle Meade Road, East Setauket
As Suffolk County’s only Child Neurology program based in an academic medical institution, the team works on the front lines of medicine to take care of children with neurological disorders. There are two specialty centers that provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment/long-term management of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Epilepsy Patient Support Group
100 Hospital Road, 2nd Floor, Conference Room,
Amanda Pflumm, coordinator: 631-758-1910 x2111
Free monthly support groups designed for epilepsy patients ages 18 and older, as well as families, loved ones, and caretakers of all individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders. This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 5:45-7:30pm.
Thompson Middle School, Syosset
Ann Winter: [email protected]
Sibshops are held monthly on Saturdays from 11:00am-1pm. Siblings of children with special needs will enjoy games, crafts, fun discussions, and meet other siblings of children with special needs.
Stony Brook Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Hemotology & Oncology,
HSC 11-029, Stony Brook
Nicole Gutman, newsletter editor: 631-444-7521
This support group for families of children with cancer provides a newsletter, quarterly support groups, and parties at least twice a year away from the hospital setting for children to see the medical staff in a non-hospital setting.
415A Oser Ave., Hauppauge
Valerie Colavecchio: [email protected]
Alissa Morris: [email protected]
A place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information. This organization provides 1-on-1 parent support, assistance in accessing services, educational advocacy, workshops, e-groups, and a comprehensive website of resources. A parent matching program pairs adults, based on their request, with a trained support parent who has a child with a similar disability or health care concern.
755 Waverly Ave., Holtsville
This group assists parents with the many issues surrounding the education of children with disabilities, including advocacy and legal, communication, housing and shelter, information and referrals, transportation, and training.