UPDATED July 2018: Our guide of professional services for kids with special needs on Long Island, NY, including therapists, opticians, and more.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesANDREW COHEN, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN
250 West 57th St., Suite 1216
1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305
Andrew Cohen’s vast professional and personal experience has led him to become an author and frequent lecturer on special needs planning. In order to legally protect loved ones with disabilities, a comprehensive estate plan must consider the following: eligibility for government benefits, a supplemental needs trust, guardianship proceedings, and the letter of intent. The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen can help you achieve your objectives through careful legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high quality service at a reasonable cost.
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.
BERKSHIRE FARM CENTER AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH
535 Broad Hollow Road, Suite B30, Melville
Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth trains and supports foster parents throughout New York State. Each year Berkshire helps hundreds of children find safety and comfort in the homes of foster parents, but hundreds more are waiting for good foster homes. If you have love and patience, plus an extra bedroom, becoming a foster parent may be for you. Give us a call and allow us to answer your questions and provide you with free, no-obligation information. Become a foster parent and give the gift of family!
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.
DR. STEVE IMBER, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS
Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as the five boroughs of NYC
61-43 186th St., Fresh Meadows
166 Valley St., Providence, RI
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. 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).
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.
Head lice infestations can be traumatic for families. At Lice Tamers our goal is to make the experience of having lice as stress-free as possible. Owned and operated by a medical professional, Lice Tamers offers same-day lice treatment and head checks at our comfortable, child-friendly treatment center or in the comfort of your home. All of our products are safe and non-toxic. We are dedicated to dispelling the myths surrounding head lice and offer free presentations to schools and camps. Call us today to learn more!
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, 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.
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.