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UPDATED December 2017: Our guide of professional services for kids with special needs on Long Island, NY, including therapists, opticians, and more.
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.
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. MICHAEL GRUTTADAURIA, THE CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE AND INNOVATIVE THERAPIES (THE CIIT CENTER)
131 Sunnyside Blvd., Suite 100, Plainview
Dr. Michael Gruttadauria heads up the operations at an advanced treatment center for Autism Spectrum Disorder called The CIIT Center. The CIIT Center’s mission is to approach each child with autism as a total entity by enhancing the biomedical, neurological, nutritional, electrical, and immune system of each of our patients and combining this with occupational, physical, and speech therapies, along with applied behavioral analysis. Our comprehensive approach starts with identifying the underlying factors that may be holding the child back, not just treating their symptoms. This gives each child every opportunity to reach their potential.
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 Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. 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.
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.
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.