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Support Services, Resources, Health Care Providers, and Advocacy Services for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Support Services, Resources, Health Care Providers, and Advocacy Services for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Get your child with special needs the proper services they need in Nassau and Suffolk county.


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UPDATED October 2019: Choosing doctors and activities for your children can be difficult, but when your child has special needs, it is another level of difficulty from finding special after-school programs that accommodate their needs to finding the right school or therapy program. We're here to help. We've compiled a list of resources on Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk counties, that offer services specifically for children with special needs, whether your child is diagnosed with autism, a learning disorder, ADD, ADHD, developmental disabilities, or behavioral issues. In this guide, you'll find camps, doctors, dentists, day cares, schools, therapy centers, sports programs, tutors, lawyers, museums, art programs, music programs, and socialization programs all geared to children with special needs. These programs and services for children with special needs are located across Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including services for children with special needs in Levittown, Syosset, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Amityville, Commack, Huntington, Smithtown, Medford, Calverton, Setauket, Melville, Garden City, Stony Brook, Jericho, Woodside, Patchogue, Manhasset, Carle Places, Plainview, Seaford, Westbury, Bellmore, Dix Hills, and Southampton.

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ANDREW COHEN, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN
250 W. 57th St., suite 1216
Manhattan
212-244-0595

1100 Franklin Ave., suite 305
Garden City
516-877-0595


Email [email protected]

The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen provide personalized, high quality special needs estate planning and special education legal services at a reasonable cost. It also conducts free workshops on several topics for agencies, schools, and parent groups.

ADVANCED CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY
200 Garden City Place suite 101 , Garden City
516-758-KIDS (5437)

Your child can experience a stress-free and fun dental experience! Our dedicated pediatric dental team has completed extra years of training to provide exceptional dental service and treat patients with special needs. Our pediatric dentist works closely with our on-site anesthesiologist for patients who require extra TLC during their dental treatments.

ADVANTAGE CARE HEALTH CENTER
189 Wheatley Road, Brookville
516-686-4400
230 Hanse Ave.
Freeport, NY


Advantage Care Health Centers and The Fay J. Lindner Center are Long Island’s premier Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHC). We provide comprehensive medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health services to children and adults. The center specializes in providing services to individuals with Autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN
1116 Main Road, Aquebogue
631-722-2170
600 South Service Road, Dix Hills
631-271-0777
14 Research Way, East Setauket
631-331-6400
168 Hill St., Southampton
631-283-3272


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.

BERKSHIRE FARM CENTER AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH
535 Broad Hollow Road, Suite B30, Melville
631-420-4444

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth helps children find safety and comfort in the homes of foster parents. If you have love and patience, plus an extra bedroom, becoming a foster parent may be for you. Become a foster parent and give the gift of family!

BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
631-499-1237

Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, preschool classes, and childcare. As a New York state-accredited special education program for more than 35 years, we provide special instruction, ABA, speech, occupational, and physical therapy, psychological and diagnostic services.

CAMP HUNTINGTON
56 Bruceville Road, High Falls
855-707-2267
Email [email protected]

Camp Huntington, a coed, residential summer camp for children and young adults with autism and related developmental and learning disabilities, ADD. Ability levels mild to moderate-severe. Located in High Falls in the beautiful Catskill Mountain region, the camp provides therapeutically and instructionally designed recreation programs in summer.

CAMP LOYALTOWN
Glen Avenue, Hunter
518-263–4242

Each year, Camp Loyaltown, a program of Citizens Options Unlimited, welcomes more than 650 campers, ages 4-75, to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Located in the Catskill Mountains, Camp Loyaltown is a summer sleep-away camp and year-round respite program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CHILD BEHAVIOR CONSULTING, LLC
10 Janet Court , Nesconset
631-617-1958
Email [email protected]

Providing the tools and knowledge necessary in teaching children and adults the cognitive skills to focus and remain calm. We educate how to overcome challenges related to behavior, academic learning, and social-emotional development through specialized techniques including children’s books, music, and visuals. Together, children and adults feel and become empowered!

CTREE
P.O. Box 1148, 41 Narrow Lane E., Bridgehampton
631-779-2835
Email [email protected]

We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization located on the east end of Long Island in New York. Our mission is transforming lives through the therapeutic power of horses. We provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine assisted activities to children, adults, veterans and seniors with cognitive, physical, or emotional disabilities.

DR. STEVE IMBER, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS
Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as the five boroughs of NYC
61-43 186th St., Fresh Meadows
516-273-1961
Sprout Building
166 Valley St., Providence, RI
401-421-4004
dr-imber.com/
[email protected]


Dr. Imber has more than 40 years of experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Aspergers syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities.

EHRENMAN & KHAN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
959 Brush Hollow Road, suite 101, Westbury
516-333-3033
Email [email protected]

Why choose us? Our expert care and 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.

GERSH ACADEMY (THE)
21 Sweet Hollow Road Suite 1, Huntington
631-385-3342
Email [email protected]

Gersh Academy serves students ages 5-21 on the autism spectrum. With more than 27 years of experience in special education, Gersh Academy provides students an environment where programs and services are customized around their individual needs, allowing them to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.

GERSH ACADEMY AT WEST HILLS DAY CAMP
21 Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington
631-427-6700
Email [email protected]

Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp is Long Island’s premier summer day camp for children diagnosed with autism and other neurobiological disorders. Gersh Academy and West Hills Day Cam joined forces to provide the ultimate summer camp program for children on the autism spectrum.

GREAT STRIDES LONG ISLAND
41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island
631-786-9708


Email [email protected]

Great Strides provides instructors certified with PATH International, the worldwide standard-setting organization for therapeutic horseback riding. Instructors work with specially selected horses to give children and adults with special needs the safest and most valuable lesson possible. Develops the ability to focus and follow direction as well as self-confidence and emotional strength.

HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN (THE)
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
516-520-6000
Email [email protected]

The Hagedorn Little Village School is a not-for-profit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services.

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTERS (LI)
656 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin
516-867-4041
607 E. Main St., Bay Shore
631-968-5100
79-81 Westbury Ave., Carle Place
516-747-5600
Elwood Shopping Center
1928B Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
631-462-8900
Phillips Plaza
639 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
516-568-1900
1506 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
516-365-4455
South Gate Shopping Center
49-34 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park
516-799-9500
Gateway Plaza
499-5 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue
631-289-4900
443 South Oyster Bay Road, Suite B, 2nd floor
Plainview
516-681-0400
Smithtown Shopping Center
8 Miller Place, Smithtown
631-360-0422


Huntington is the leader in kindergarten-12th tutoring and test prep. Our certified tutors provide individualized instruction in all areas including executive functioning, ADHD, Dyslexia, and learning disabilities. We help students prep for the SAT, ACT, and state exams. Huntington also testifies on student’s behalf and attends IEP/504 meetings.

LAURA ADLER-GREENE, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN
250 W. 57th St., suite 1216, Manhattan
212-244-0595
1100 Franklin Ave., suite 305, Garden City
516-877-0595


Email [email protected]

The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen provides personalized, high quality special needs estate planning and special education legal services at a reasonable cost. Attorneys Cohen and Adler-Greene also conduct free workshops on several topics for agencies, schools, and parent groups.

LAW OFFICES OF BRAD H. ROSKEN, PLLC
534 Broadhollow Road, suite 275, Melville
631-379-9569
Email [email protected]

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.

LIFE’S WORC THE FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM
1501 Franklin Ave., , Garden City
516-741-9000
Email [email protected]

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.

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, owns and operates Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. 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, 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. Seven affiliated offices across Long Island participate with most health insurance and offer evening and Saturday hours.

LONG ISLAND EXPLORIUM
101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson
631-331-3277

We are inclusive of all populations of learners. Our programs and curriculum are designed to be flexible and serve and support students with special needs. We provide STEM programming to children with learning disabilities. Our programs provide a high level of student engagement with interaction in a productive manner.

LONG ISLAND WHOLE CHILD ACADEMY SCHOOL FOR TWICE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING
175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville
347-668-3676
Email [email protected]

The Long Island Whole Child Academy, a cutting-edge college preparatory school, grades first-11th, for highly capable youth who need special needs supports, provides 1-to-1, fully individualized classes and clinical supports for ADHD, ASD, social emotional challenges, and now, a research-based Dyslexia intervention in a structured, nurturing environment.

MARRA & GLICK APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS
1737 Veterans Memorial Highway Suite 1 , Islandia
631-479-2900
2341 New Hyde Park Road
New Hyde Park


Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to serve people with autism spectrum disorders in our center based programs, at school, in the home, and community. Our clinical providers are licensed in the state of New York or supervised by a NYS-licensed Behavior Analyst.

PEDIATRIC IMMEDIATE CARE
698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
718-389-PEDS (7337)
150 E. Sunrise Highway, suite 105, North Lindenhurst
631-956-PEDS (7337)
1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
631-864-PEDS (7337)


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, as well as baby, camp, school, and sports physicals.

STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
516-767-0266

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.

T OFF 4 AUTISM C/O JUST ARCHITECTURE
572 Henry St., Brooklyn
718-855-1237
Email [email protected]

T Off 4 Autism is 100 percent volunteer driven, focused on raising awareness, and supporting a variety of organizations and charities to help individuals with autism and their families. Our goal is to fund research to find a cure and provide long-term assistance including housing accommodations.

TOOTH PILLOW DENTISTRY (THE)
775 Park Ave., suite 340, Huntington
516-317-2476

The Tooth Pillow Dentistry is a group of board-certified pediatric dentists and dentist anesthesiologists who work together to safely provide dental treatment while your child "sleeps." We provide this service for children who cannot be treated in the typical dental chair setting due to age, behavior, or other factors that hinder treatment.

VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
516-921-7171
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown
516-490-3301


Variety Child Learning Center provides services to more than 750 children and families annually. Services include evaluation to determine eligibility, early intervention, special education, Special Classes in an Integrated Setting, Special Education Itinerant Services, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program, Social Skills Training Groups, and Lufrano Training.

VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516-365-4900

Vincent Smith School is Long Island’s premier prep school serving students with learning issues such as school anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, and auditory and language disorders in grades first-12th. VSS students come from all over Long Island and NYC to take advantage of the school's unique programs and individualized curriculum.

WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
30 Deforest Road , Dix Hills
212-719-5598 x2213
Email [email protected]

Winston Preparatory School is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades third through 12th with learning differences. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy.

YMCA OF LONG ISLAND
855-2YMCALI (962254)
Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue


Email [email protected] [email protected]

Every child should feel supported, enabled, and inspired to do their personal best. The YMCA of Long Island offers several programs for children and adults with disabilities including inclusive camp program for children, competitive soccer, and progressive swim lessons. For more information, visit ymcali.org.


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