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UPDATED October 2017: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources in the Westchester area? Our guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates, and special needs support groups for families in Larchmont, Scarsdale, White Plains, Valhalla and all of Westchester County, NY.
Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester ,
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.
Body 4 Brain is a physical therapy program that uses a developmental and brain-based assessment and treatment approach to help children with sensory processing disorders affecting academic, behavioral, and developmental skills. Children with learning disabilities, developmental delays, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and anxiety disorders, motor coordination, and core muscle weakness; and adults with neurological pathologies, aging concerns, and motor disabilities will improve with the Body 4 Brain approach. Weekly therapy sessions and intensive model are available.
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.
CREATIVE WONDERS THERAPY CENTER
470 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 204, White Plains
914-421-8270 ext. 1
Creative Wonders is a pediatric therapy center with seasoned occupational, physical, and speech therapists. Our therapists have significant training in many areas including sensory integration, PROMPT, and therapeutic listening. Our professional team collaborates closely with families to provide carryover activities for the home setting to maximize a child’s progress. Our state-of-the-art facility features a sensory gym that includes a “crash” pit, climbing wall, and vestibular equipment including various suspension swings.
DICKER READING CENTER OF WESTCHESTER
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Our revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, even children diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia, ADD, or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, they will accomplish three to six years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. More than 10,000 children from preschool to 12th grade have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child’s grades, confidence, and self-esteem will soar as he or she learns to love reading and school.
ELENA KOCHIN M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N - DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST
1600 Harrison Ave., Suite 305, Mamaroneck
Using integrative nutrition and functional medicine to care for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other chronic illnesses. By using comprehensive testing and a variety of biomedical interventions, I help my patients to rediscover their healing potential. Specializing in the following conditions: food allergies and delayed sensitivities, eczema, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders, behavioral problems and irritability, autism, ADD/HD, OCD, learning disabilities, and delayed language development. Call for a free consultation: 914-721-0660, elenakochinrd.com.
G&G COUNSELING SERVICES ELYSE SELLERS, L.C.S.W. ELISABETH GULOTTA, L.M.H.C.
280 Dobbs Ferry Road, Suite 200 , White Plains
G&G Counseling Services specializes in mental health counseling. We offer individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities. G&G Counseling services will provide home-based services throughout Westchester and Rockland County, in addition to an office setting. We work with individuals with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral issues. G&G Counseling emphasizes the value of the therapeutic relationship and works to establish an environment in which clients feel safe and comfortable.
400 Doansburg Road, Brewster
33 Clearpool Road, Carmel
Green Chimneys School is designed for students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational environment and require a highly structured and supportive setting. An enriched curriculum on two campuses (Brewster and Carmel), incorporates innovative and therapeutic programming in an experiential learning environment to promote academic, social, and emotional success. Serving grades K-12. School district and private referrals accepted.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
Eastchester Shopping Center
721 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
650 Central Ave., Scarsdale
335 Downing Drive
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
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.
LAZARSPEECH, GLORIA S. LAZAR, M.S, M. PHIL., C.C.C.
30 Birch Way, Tarrytown
As a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and communications coach, Gloria Lazar has worked with children and adolescents for more than 30 years. With an individualized, caring approach, she assists in the improvement of speech, language, writing, and executive function skills. She works with difficulties in articulation, stuttering, expressive language, auditory processing, voice, organization, time management, and writing skills, including essays and interviews for college admissions. Developing and maintaining a student's self confidence as a communicator is the foundation of her approach.
LITTMAN KROOKS, L.L.P.
399 Knollwood Road, White Plains
655 Third Ave., Manhattan
Identifying the best services for someone with special needs can be daunting. Littman Krooks can help you navigate the system, understand your child’s legal rights, and establish the financial foundation that will enable as much independence as possible. Our goal is to empower families with the tools they need to advocate for their loved ones for a free and appropriate education, public benefits, and social services. Let our team of attorneys and advocates help you safeguard the future of your loved one.
Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich has been practicing children’s dentistry in Westchester for more than 20 years. Dr. Penny and her amazing staff pride themselves on making the entire dental experience a positive one for children, infants through teens, and their parents. They help anxious children feel secure during dental treatment and make every patient feel calm, confident, and comfortable, while promoting optimal oral health care. Special attention is given to those children with medical, physical, emotional, and mental disabilities. Their goal is to make your child an expert in preventative dentistry.
MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF WESTCHESTER'S MUSIC THERAPY INSTITUTE
216 Central Ave., White Plains
For 28 years, the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Music Therapy Institute has been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the greater Westchester region. Board-certified music therapists work individually and in small groups with more than 2,000 children and adults each year. The institute provides music therapy programs and adapted instruction onsite at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, as well as throughout the county through the institute’s extensive outreach program.
PEGASUS THERAPEUTIC RIDING
310 Peach Lake Road, Brewster
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding provides equine-assisted activities for people with special needs, veterans, and individuals at risk. We offer therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted programs to participants ages 4 and older. Diagnoses include but are not limited to: autism, Down syndrome, PTSD, developmental delays, multiple sclerosis, ADD/ADHD, visual impairment, anxiety disorder, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injury. Our main equestrian center is located in Brewster. We have limited lesson opportunities at regional chapters in Fairfield County. Visit pegasustr.org for information and links to our social media. PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Sportime USA is the ideal place to visit after a long day at school! With a restaurant on the premises, we have activities for all ages including a 4-D motion theater, laser tag, rock climbing wall, 18-foot Spider Climb, batting cages, bumper cars, kiddie rides, 200 video and redemption games, Ballocity Ball Blaster Arena, and soft-adventure play zone. We are ADA compliant and able to help everyone with any special needs enjoy all the attractions. Birthday parties are our specialty, so come give us a try.
STEFFI NOSSEN SCHOOL OF DANCE
216 Central Park Ave., White Plains
Church of St. Mary the Virgin South Greeley Ave. Chappaqua
At the Steffi Nossen School of Dance everyone can dance. People with special needs have their own class to experience the joy of dance or be mainstreamed as appropriate. In Moving Wheels & Heels adaptive dance for stand-ups and sit-downs, selected “Best of Westchester” by Westchester Magazine, participants learn technique, improve focus, balance, and range of motion, and enjoy a social experience in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Classes have live music, and typical siblings are encouraged to participate. Learn about our great variety of classes at steffinossen.org.
WESTCHESTER CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY SERVICES
16 Villard Ave., Hastings
Westchester Creative Arts Therapy Services is a source for high quality music and art therapy services. Westchester CATS provides Saturday group sessions at its location in Hastings as well as art and music therapy for interested agencies and schools in Westchester and neighboring areas.
WESTCHESTER THERAPY SOLUTIONS
450 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 412 , Harrison
Since 1990, Donna Klein, founder and director of Westchester Therapy Solutions, has provided outstanding Pediatric OT, PT, Speech/Language, and Feeding therapy services. Under Donna’s leadership WTS has grown to become one of Westchester’s leading pediatric therapy providers. As of February, 2017 WTS has expanded and moved to a new therapy gym which is full of state-of-the-art equipment and includes a pirate ship, climbing wall, toddler zone, school age play space, sensory exploration room and speech clinic. They have plenty of parking and there is a cafeteria and daycare center in the building.
The Westfield Day School is a therapeutic school for grades sixth-12th and is unique in its ability to link emotional and academic support. Since 2000, the school has been dedicated to helping students overcome learning differences and personal obstacles. Students, whether gifted, or struggling with learning issues including AD/HD and underachievement, are given individualized programs which meet traditional academic standards.