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UPDATED January 2019: If you have a child with special needs or learning disabilities, our guide will help you to find the right after-school activities, classes and other programs for kids on Long Island. Whether you need assistance with evaluation, therapeutic services, or just want an activity for children with special needs, you’ll find it here. Services are available at the preschool level with early intervention services such as speech, occupational, and physical therapies. For children of all ages, Long Island is home to counseling services, applied behavior analysis, as well as social skills programs. Private schooling is offered for children in kindergarten to 12th grades who have anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, and language disorders. Just for fun, you’ll even find art and music classes created specifically for children with special needs. These classes and programs for children with special needs are located throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Manhasset, Massapequa, Carle Place, Dix Hills, Syosset, Patchogue, and Southampton.
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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.
ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND
107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
My Companion and Me! Art with a partner for children and young adults. This series provides each participant and his or her special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Using a multitude of mediums, each young person goes home with a completed craft project each session. This program is led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past fifteen years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for Children with Special Needs.
HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN (THE)
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
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. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and daycare centers include: speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapy, behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis, counseling, and support groups.
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 is the leader in kindergarten-12th tutoring and test prep. We help students at all levels achieve results. Our certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, math, executive functioning, ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities. We also help students prep for the SAT, ACT, and state and standardized exams, including Regents. Huntington also testifies on student’s behalf, attends IEP or 504 meetings, and makes school visits. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn more about our mission at huntingtonhelps.com.
RODRO BOOKS & EDUCATION SERVING ALL OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
A carefully constructed series of unique, captivating stories and arts activities provide customized one-on-one educational enrichment targeting confidence, impulse control, mindfulness, focus, self-respect, creativity, initiative, and bullying prevention. Typical children, those with ADHD, anxiety, and other challenges develop vital, self-affirming social-emotional skills that put them in control of their learning.
Sky Zone, Deer Park, LI is one of the best places to bring your special needs child or adult. We have special needs hours on the first Monday of each month from 3-6pm. Our Sky Zone Deer Park employees have been specially trained to make this experience wonderful for adults and children with special needs, including autism. Many of our staff have been certified by special needs organizations, including Missing Piece Awareness. Mom, Dad, and caregivers will be able to relax and have fun too.
SPIN DJ ACADEMY
202 Merrick Road, 2nd floor, Rockville Centre
16 Broadway, Amityville
DJ For Everyone and Music For Everyone is the first special education program of its kind, focusing on students of all ages, interests, and abilities. We provide amazing classes in a fun and supportive environment where students learn new skills, participate, and gain confidence! Students work one- on-one with world class instructors and begin a path to musical success and new passions.
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.
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 more than 750 children (ages newborn 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, child care 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.
VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
Vincent Smith School is Long Island’s premier prep school serving students with learning issues such as school anxiety, AD/HD, dyslexia, and auditory and language disorders in grades first-12th. VSS students travel from Long Island and Manhattan to take advantage of the school's comprehensive program. What makes VSS stand out? Differentiated, personalized instruction in small classes (5-to-1 student-teacher ratio); on-site counseling, reading, speech, and occupational therapy (OT); highly-engaged teachers passionate about their mission; emphasis on multi-sensory learning; college and vocational prep, approximately 85 percent of VSS graduates go to college.