Special Education Services and Schools for Children with Special Needs in Queens

Special Education Services and Schools for Children with Special Needs in Queens

UPDATED December 2018: When you have a child with special needs, ensuring they have all the right care, education, and services is important to their success as they get older. Whether you have a child with autism, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD,...

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Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

The Gillen Brewer School, an independent school that focuses on special needs education helps its students grow through individualized attention, remarkably low student to staff ratios, and a strong relationship with the families it serves. With st...

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Alternatives for Children in Aquebogue Expands to Include Physical and Occupational Therapy Gym and Speech Therapy Treatment Areas

Alternatives for Children in Aquebogue Expands to Include Physical and Occupational Therapy Gym and Speech Therapy Treatment Areas

Alternatives for Children Aquebogue expanded this January to include two spacious, accessible classrooms, a physical and occupational therapy gym, speech therapy treatment areas, and an expanded office space.

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Special Education Attorney Brad Rosken Moves Practice to Melville

Special Education Attorney Brad Rosken Moves Practice to Melville

Brad Rosken, a special education attorney on Long Island, has moved his practice, Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, P.L.L.C., to 534 Broadhollow Road in Melville.

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Tutors on Wheels Moves to Astoria and Adds Early Intervention Program

Tutors on Wheels Moves to Astoria and Adds Early Intervention Program

Tutors on Wheels moved to Astoria from Forest Hills and launched an Early Intervention Program in July for children ages 3 and younger.

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Five Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Five Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Annual Individualized Education Program meetings can be stressful, but there are ways to help make them run smoothly.

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15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a tutor for your child with special needs. Ease your search with this list of questions from a mom with experience.

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Touring a School for a Child with Special Needs

Touring a School for a Child with Special Needs

What parents need to know about touring a preschool for their child with special needs, from safety issues to the staff and student body.

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Special Education Teacher Documents His Positive Teaching Methods with His Students

Special Education Teacher Documents His Positive Teaching Methods with His Students

Christopher Ulmer is a special education teacher in Florida that documents his positive interactions with his students on Facebook and approaches teaching them in a loving way.

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Game-Based Learning for NYC Students with Special Needs

Game-Based Learning for NYC Students with Special Needs

Connect the Kids NYC and KNeoWorld Inc. have teamed up to raise money through an Indegogo campaign to supply tablets and game-based learning software to students with special needs in NYC.

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Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Parents' attitudes have a tremendous impact on how their children experience school, especially if the child is an atypical learner. Here, seven ways to adjust your attitude that will set your child on a path to success in school and beyond.

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Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

As teens move through school, it's not always easy for parents to let go and encourage children to take responsibility for their own success. Beverly Baker, co-director of the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships’ KASA project, offe...

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Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

If you’ve just started learning about your child’s rights, the terms can be confusing, but it’s imperative to know the terminology to be an effective advocate for your child. Here’s a cheat sheet to the most common terms you’re likely to encounter ...

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How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

The move from preschool to the ‘big school’ rarely goes off without a hitch for any child, but for one with learning disabilities, it can be especially challenging. How can you help? Try these ideas from Sarah Birnbaum, a special needs consultant i...

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Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

One of the first—and most important—decisions you’ll have to make as the parent of a child with a learning disability or other special needs is what school your child will attend. Find answers to common questions that go into the decision making pr...

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Vincent Smith School Adds Lower Elementary Grades

Vincent Smith School Adds Lower Elementary Grades

Vincent Smith School, an independent school for children with learning disabilities, is adding first and second grades in the fall. The school is also building a new playground, and will offer a transitional program for 11th and 12th grades.

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Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School with Special Needs

One New York mom watches her son mature and advance at the end of elementary school as he transitions into middle school and his needs evolve.

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Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Alternatives for Children, a day care and special needs services provider, recently opened in Dix Hills. The center is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and follows the National Association for Education of Young Ch...

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St. Vincent’s Adds Hydroworx Pool for Aqua Therapy

St. Vincent's Special Needs Services recently added a Hydroworx pool and now offers aqua therapy. St. Vincent's school has also expanded to offer services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Literacy lifts children with Down syndrome socially

Apart from an improved aptitude for learning, literacy helps children with Down syndrome by building self-esteem and confidence to interact socially.

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Where Can I Lend a Hand to Children With Down syndrome?

Lend a helping hand and make a few new friends and any of local organizations that provide support to children and adults with Down syndrome.

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10 Things to Consider in Your Special Needs School Search

10 Things to Consider in Your Special Needs School Search

Finding the best school for your child with special needs can seem overwhelming. An NYC mom of four, including one with special needs, shares her top 10 things to consider when looking the for the right school for your child with special needs.

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How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom

One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity.

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Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them.

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New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released a shocking new survey of nearly 2,000 American adults (4.4% margin of error), showing that Americans lack a basic understanding of learning disabilities (LDs). We present the ne...

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How to Create a Learning Wonderland at Home

Louise Weadock, a registered child psychiatric nurse and founder of WeeZee World, explains why sensory play is important to children's development and offers tips on how you can create a dynamic learning environment at home.

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School for Children with Autism Graduates 21 Preschoolers

Graduation day at the Association for Metroarea Autistic Children (AMAC) preschool meant more than just moving from preschool to kindergarten. It marked huge strides for children who just a couple of years couldn't function in a typical school sett...

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NYC DOE Offers More Resources For Families Of Children With Special Needs

The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners has created additional resources for families with questions about the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiat...

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Special Needs Therapy Center Relocates to Modern Building

The League Education and Treatment Center, which was located in DUMBO, recently moved to a building in Fort Greene that is totally green and state-of-the-art. LETC offers a preschool program where children with and without special needs learn and p...

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Jewish Education for All Children

A 30-year-old program at a local synagogue in Wantagh provides Jewish Education and a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for kids with special needs.

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Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

Transitioning her third-grade son to a fully inclusive educational environment means forging new connections for this NYC mom. Together they adapt to their new normal.

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How to Choose a Tutor for Your Child with LD

Are you looking to hire a private tutor for your child who has learning disabilities? Find out what questions you should ask and download a handy worksheet that will help you evaluate each candidate.

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Inspirational Stories on Autism by a 9-Year-Old

Samantha McLeod was 9 years old when she penned her first children's book inspired by her 8-year-old brother affected by autism entitled, "Normal?" Now, an author of two more books at the age of 15, McLeod reminds us of the poignant insights childr...

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Assistive Technology: What to Ask Colleges

Assistive Technology: What to Ask Colleges

When your college-bound teen relies heavily on assistive technology (AT) to compensate for his or her learning disability, it's imperative to know what to ask colleges, beginning with the laws as it relates to assistive technology.

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How to Get Assistive Technology in College

Many students with learning disabilities rely on assistive technology (AT) to help improve functional abilities, and these tools have to be left behind at the school once students graduate, making the transition into college a challenge. Here is in...

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How to Choose a Tutor

When your child needs a little extra help in school, hiring a tutor to supplement his or her standard curriculum can be very beneficial. Here's a guide to ensure you hire the very best for your little one.

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How to Define Success with Your Kids

Whether your child is affected with a learning disability, it's true that all kids have varying strengths and interests. Get tips on how to define success with your kids and how to foster traits that can help them achieve it.

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Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child.

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10 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

Your child's success in school depends largely on your involvement in his education. Follow these easy tips on how to communicate effectively with your child's teacher at your next parent-teacher conference.

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Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with spec...

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When Your Child Has a Learning Disability: Taking the First Steps

It is a daunting task for parents to work through a child’s disability. They must arm themselves with knowledge and information in order to be the best advocate for their child. One mother shares her story as well as some advice.

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Asks NYC Parents of Students with Disabilities to Take Special Ed Survey This April

Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate of the City of New York, asks parents of students with disabilities to take a "Spotlight on Special Ed" survey this month to help parents' voices be heard in the New York City Department of Education.

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Mompreneur: Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman Opens Third School for Language Development on Long Island

Long Island mom Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman is the founder of three schools for language development in the Long Island and Queens area. A new high school will open up in Richmond Hill in September. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the op...

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Programs For Special Needs Children: Unlocking Their Acronyms

If you have a child with a suspected developmental delay, foreign terms like CPSE, EI, OSC, IEP are likely to work their way into your vocabulary. Decoding these acronyms may seem like learning a new language, an accurate translation may hold the ...

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My Child Has To Be Tested!

Maybe the teacher has contacted you. Maybe the pediatrician has raised some questions. Now they have agreed that your child should be referred for testing. What are they looking for?

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Teaching Reading to Dyslexic Kids

The system goes awry in concluding that the solution for dyslexics is to be found in sound analysis training.

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When Reading Is Just Too Hard

Our son, Isaac, was happy in kindergarten at the local public school. Although my husband, Paul, and I noticed that he couldn’t hold a crayon properly and alternated hands when he wrote his name, we weren’t concerned. This was kindergarten, after...

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Second Chance With School:A bright student takes his dyslexic mom where she’s never been - to the head of the class

I’m finally enjoying school. Instead of bearing the stigma “learning disabled” like a backwards scarlet letter, I’m seeing how the top students live. Except now it’s not my own book bag I swing on my way to a New York City public school.

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SPECIAL ED: Is Your Child A Candidate?A guide for parents

Max R. is a fourth grader with curly brown hair, lots of freckles and a passion for soccer. He has a baby sister, loving parents and a best friend, Josh, who lives down the block. All is well, except Max doesn’t know how to read.

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A Parent's Secret Weapon - the School 504-Plan

What can you do if your child does not qualify for special education, but you know he needs some extra help dealing with a disability? The answer is to request a "504-Plan hearing" at your child's school.

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