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UPDATED September 2017: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources on Long Island? Our guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates and special needs support groups for families in Massapequa Park, Hauppauge, Port Washington, Bellemore, Westbury, Smithtown, Wantagh, Jericho, Huntington, Merrick, Ronkonkoma, Commack, East Meadow, Plainview, Melville, and more in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
ADELBERG MONTALVAN PEDIATRIC DENTAL AND ORTHODONTICS
1000 F. Park Blvd., Massapequa Park
62 Lake Ave. S., Suite A, Nesconset
615 Montauk Highway, West Islip
We specialize in treating children with special needs. We know that you have enough to worry about so let us take the stress and worry out of taking your child to the dentist. We have an anesthesiologist on call to safely put your child to sleep right here in our offices. Please feel free to call for more information.
ADVANTAGE CARE HEALTH CENTER
189 Wheatley Road, Brookville
Advantage Care as a Patient-Centered Medical Home meets standards consistent with those of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PPC-PCMH™). This is a model of care that strengthens the physician-patient relationship by promoting improved access, coordinated care, and enhanced communication with patient, family, providers, and staff. Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care. Advantage Care provides the highest quality medical care with a range of health services.
ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN
1116 Main Road, Aquebogue
600 South Service Road, Dix Hills
14 Research Way, East Setauket
168 Hill St., Southampton
Providing quality affordable day care and special education services since 1988. Creating a natural learning environment fostering each child’s development. Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education evaluation site and provider. Preschool special education, integrated classes, daycare classes taught by NYS special education early childhood teachers, and certified daycare staff promoting a child’s development through individualized instruction that will support them for the rest of their lives. Special education services of physical, occupational, and speech therapy provided by licensed therapists. Children leave Alternatives For Children ready to learn and ready for kindergarten.
Bakshi Law specializes in special education law. We represent parents and children with disabilities, acquire correct classification under IDEA, ensure proper implementation of IEP, ascertain correct placement for children, and tuition reimbursement. We attend CSE meetings, resolution meetings, and suspension hearings, and all disciplinary hearings for special needs and general education students. Bakshi Law’s attorneys are passionate about your child’s education and offer assistance on a sliding scale for parents experiencing financial difficulties.
BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on the education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, nursery and preschool classes, and childcare options. As a New York state-accredited special education program serving children and their families for more than 30 years, we provide services including special instruction; ABA; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; psychological services; and diagnostic services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We develop skills that enable all our children to attain their highest potential while building self-esteem and independent learning.
Camp Huntington is a coed, residential program for children (ages 6-22) with autism and related learning and developmental needs. Our summer and weekend camp programs maximize a child’s potential, and locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. Campers enjoy fun-filled days while learning practical social and life skills. Our unique program of adaptive, therapeutic recreation combines key elements that encourage progress: structured programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals.
Each year, Camp Loyaltown welcomes more than 650 campers to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Located in the Catskill Mountains, Camp Loyaltown is a summer sleep-away camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campers enjoy amenities such as the sensory garden, pedal-boating, therapeutic horseback riding, a nature barn, and most of all, the heated, water park-type swimming pool. Camp is accredited by the American Campers Association and provides a 4-to-1 camper-to-counselor ratio and provides 1-on-1 care when needed.
Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Walters has practiced in a variety of areas, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and has brought her passion for helping families discover the benefits of chiropractic care to Bellmore, as ChiroMom. ChiroMom offers chiropractic care utilizing techniques including immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, massage therapy, and lifestyle education. As a mom, Dr. Walters experiences first-hand how chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood sets a solid foundation for greater health and well-being.
The perfect place where the special needs patient is welcome with open arms! Cummings Family Dentistry has the training, the experience, the knowledge, and the willingness to see and treat patients with special needs. At Cummings Family Dentistry we believe a dentist and patient become a team. We spend time listening to understand your concerns and respond with a specialized program of preventative care and treatment that is geared towards the special needs patient Our staff is very kind and caring. There's a story behind every smile...we'd like to be part of yours!
DR. ELLEN T RICHER, EDUCATION CLINICIAN & COUNSELOR
Convenient Long Island Locations,
With more than 20 years of research, observation, interaction, and listening Dr. Richer has pulled back the curtain surrounding underachieving, at-risk, and non-thriving students to expose these simple truths: all children, teens, and adults, will thrive when we invite them to thrive, and will invest in their own success when we invest in them, and help them feel connected, competent, and empowered to control their lives. We co-develop strategies to improve executive functioning, sensory processing, and social cognition challenges, and provide enrichment opportunities to engage and motivate highly capable yet underachieving children.
Dr. Imber has more than 40 years experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Dr. Imber is a professor of special education and a special education expert. He addresses needs of students in public, private, and charter schools. Services are available to parents, students, pediatricians, and attorneys. A confidential complimentary phone consultation is available upon request (Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of NYC).
Why choose us? Our expert care and a compassionate approach. We have a special place in our hearts for children with special needs. We know they require and deserve care tailored to meet their unique needs. Our doctors have completed two years of specialty training in behavior management, sedation, and hospital dentistry. This clinical expertise, combined with our gentle touch, makes us the clinicians of choice for the dental care of children with special needs.
The Family Center for Autism provides a lifespan of services and programs to people with autism, a lifeline of support to families who love them, and a vital resource to the educators who teach them. Our spectrum of services includes: autism insurance services; birthday parties; art, music and movement classes; salon services; summer and school break camps; sports and fitness classes; culinary classes; parent programs; sibling support groups; social events; education and vocational programs; behavior intervention services and more. Visit familycenterforautism.org for class schedules and information.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTERS (LI)
656 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin
607 E. Main St., Bay Shore
79-81 Westbury Ave., Carle Place
Elwood Shopping Center
1928B Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
639 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
1506 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
South Gate Shopping Center
49-34 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park
499-5 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue
443 South Oyster Bay Road, Suite B, 2nd floor
Smithtown Shopping Center
8 Miller Place, Smithtown
Huntington Learning Center is an accredited K-12 tutoring and test prep leader with certified teachers providing individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, math, science, study skills, executive functioning skills, SAT, ACT, and state and standardized exams. Huntington helps students at all levels achieve results including students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. The skills, confidence, and motivation developed by Huntington help students succeed and meet Common Core State Standards. A former parent states: In just four months, the improvements I have seen in Jessica's grades and confidence were incredible.
School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified Impartial Hearing Officer and is hearing Due Process Hearings in New York City.
LIFE’S WORC THE FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM
1501 Franklin Ave., , Garden City
The Family Center for Autism provides a lifespan of services and programs to people with autism, a lifeline of support to families who love them, and a vital resource to the educators who teach them. Our spectrum of services includes: autism insurance services, birthday parties, art, music and movement classes, salon services, summer and school break camps, sports and fitness classes, culinary classes, parent programs, sibling support groups, social events, education and vocational programs, and behavior intervention services. Visit familycenterforautism.org for class schedules and information.
LITTLE OPTICS, INC.
192-07 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows
53-15 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
We provide eyeglasses and professional eye care for children, including infants, and young adults. Fitting children with glasses is a very different task than fitting an adult with glasses. Most children have serious medical issues like strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eyes). When we fit a child with glasses we start a relationship with them, as we will consistently see them during the year for adjustments as well as prescription changes. We alleviate any self-esteem issues associated with the stigma of wearing glasses. When your child leaves Little Optics, rest assured that they will feel confident.
LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success
Queens: 718-640-6767 Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858
Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Speech Pathology and Swallowing Disorder Services of Long Island. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. There is a total of seven affiliated offices across Long Island, all participating with most major health insurance companies and offering evening and Saturday hours.
The Long Island Whole Child Academy, School for Twice Exceptional Learning, is the only Long Island school dedicated to serving once highly capable students who also cope with anxiety, executive functioning, social cognition, and sensory processing challenges, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD youth, who do not thrive in a traditional school setting. Our mission is to provide a cutting-edge, integrated educational experience that raises the academic bar while building social and emotional strength and resilience through individualized attention and best clinical and gifted education practices. We also offer Saturday adventures and mid-week homeschoolers’ clubs.
MERRICK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick
Dr. Rania Elbaz is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She earned her Dental Degree from Columbia University and completed pediatric dental training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Elbaz strives to create an environment that children look forward to visiting. She sees every patient in order to insure consistency. The office gives extra time and attention to patients with special needs, and is wheelchair accessible. Sedation is available after all other alternatives have been considered. The office participates with most major insurance plans.
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 145, Commack
3237 Route 112, Building 6, Suite 7B, Medford
We know taking your child to the dentist can be a stressful experience. All of our staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County has extensive training and experience in treating children. We treat every child as if they are our own. From special needs to an everyday anxious child, our staff has experience to handle the most stressful moments. Our state-of-the-art offices are equipped with digital x-rays, video games, themed treatment rooms, flat screen televisions, and child-friendly staff to give your child a positive dental experience!
PEDIATRIC IMMEDIATE CARE
698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
150 E. Sunrise Highway, Suite 105, North Lindenhurst
1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly, walk-ins welcome, most insurance plans accepted. Complete pediatric and adolescent care, babies, school, and sports physicals. Certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America. Thirty years of dedication to our patients. The offices are open seven days a week, including holidays, 8am-11pm.
Cindy Goldrich specializes in parenting children and teens with ADHD. She helps parents reduce arguing, stress, and chaos to help children reach their true potential. Cindy conducts a parent workshop series to help parents develop the tools to create a calm, more compliant environment. Specific strategies are developed to establish workable, realistic rules and expectations, reduce homework stress, and improve children’s problem solving, self-advocacy, and communication skills. Additional services include school support, staff development, and presentations. Coaching is available in person on Long Island and Manhattan or via phone.
RMG SPEECH PATHOLOGY RACHEAL MCINNES, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P. SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
775 Park Ave., Suite 255-4, Huntington
Racheal Gardega McInnes, speech-language pathologist, is founder of RMG Speech Pathology, serving Huntington and the surrounding areas. Intensive, evidenced-based practice therapies are uniquely implemented to meet each individual’s needs. Treatment areas include expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, fluency, voice disorders, auditory processing disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders. We also offer diagnostic testing that can be used to substantiate needs. Convenient flexible schedules, private pay, and some insurance accepted.
Sappo School provides a safe and nurturing environment for students who benefit from a tailored learning approach to education. For more than twenty years, our school has benefitted students with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and high functioning students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Small class size provides students with individual attention. Focus is on educating the whole child. Support is provided to students, allowing them to build self-confidence, which fosters academic achievement. Students learn social skills by working in groups and problem-solving skills through projects and real world examples that are used to teach across the curriculum.
STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.
Offers workshops designed to help parents, family, and friends aid people with diverse abilities in their search for volunteer opportunities related to their field of college interest. Either sign up for a no-cost workshop and learn all the tools necessary, or register for a nine-week class that will not only show you all the tools you need but immerse you in the process. Topics will include determining areas of interest, finding mentorship opportunities, and 60 possible places for employment.
SUFFOLK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
8 Medical Drive, Port Jefferson Station
6144 Route 25 A, Suite D20
750 Roanoke Ave.
For 40 years, Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has provided dental care that's friendly, gentle, and compassionate. We provide preventive and comprehensive treatment for infants, children, and adolescents including sedation and general anesthesia dentistry. We strive to help our patients develop good oral hygiene habits, and beautiful healthy smiles. Our full time orthodontist offers braces and Invisalign treatment to our patients. With three locations, we care for patients all over Suffolk County. Call our offices today to ensure your children get the quality orthodontic and dental care they need.
VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC ) provides programs and services to over 750 children (ages birth to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); Special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, childcare locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.
VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER CENTER SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown, NY 11756
Variety Child Learning Center offers Social Skills Training Groups for children and teens (ages 4–16) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships. It also offers Saturday enrichment groups (Sparkling Artists and Movement) focused on social and emotional development, for children ages 3-8, on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171, x2179 or email@example.com.