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Life’s WORC The Family Center for Autism

1501 Franklin Ave.,

Garden City

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New at The Family Center for Autism: Social Skills Training 

The new Social Skills Training program at the Family Center for Autism provides a safe environment where children and adolescents with autism can learn how to socialize with their peers and enhance their social competency.

Group classes will focus on conversational skills, understanding the use of humor, electronic/social media safety, identifying and sustaining friendships, problem solving, developing coping mechanisms and fostering teamwork and cooperation.

Classes for younger participants will also include play skills, such as sharing, taking turns and game-playing etiquette. 

Group classes are held on Saturday mornings, facilitated by a NYS Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 


For more information, please contact Joanna Diamond, MSEd, BCBA, LBA  at or (516)741-9000 ext. 9230. 

Insurance plans we accept:

Emblem Health
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fidelis Care
Oxford Health Plans
United Healthcare


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A Spectrum of Services 

The Family Center for Autism is Long Island’s first venue that provides a lifespan of services and programs to kids with autism, a lifeline of support to families who love them—and a vital resource to the educators who teach them.

Located in Garden City in a gleaming, 9,800-square foot, four-story building open to the public, the Family Center for Autism is a comprehensive resource to kids, teens and adults with autism, their families, community members, educators and school districts.

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We’re Here for Your family

The Family Center for Autism is just that: A center for families. We provide a lifespan of services to people with autism—and a lifeline of integrated, comprehensive support to the families who love them.

The first organization of its kind on Long Island, we take the resources available to families whose loved ones have autism to a whole new level, offering much-needed love, support—and acceptance. From recreational, educational and social activities that are also open to the public, to parent workshops, respite events and support groups, we’re here for you, your loved one and your family—now when you need us the most.

The Family Center for Autism is staffed by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals who share a deep commitment to providing individuals with autism—and the families who love them—the resources they need to live life to the fullest. We invite you to meet some of them.

What We Offer

Activities, activities and more activities!

There’s virtually something for everyone at the Family Center for Autism. From art, music and movement to culinary classes and recreational activities—even birthday parties and haircuts—we offer a wide variety of activities and services for people with autism, their families and the community at large.

But at the Family Center you’ll find more than just fun activities for people with autism, you’ll find a true resource: One you can count on for support and guidance, every step of the way.

See for yourself: Check out what we offer then look at our schedule for upcoming events and activities for children, teens and adults. Ready to get started? Register now.

  • ABA Insurance/Behavior Intervention Services
  • Art, Music & Movement
  • Birthday Parties
  • Culinary Classes
  • Educational & Vocational Programs
  • Individual Services
  • Parent Seminars & Social Events
  • Recreational & Social Events
  • Sibling Support Groups
  • Summer & School Break Camps
  • Salon & Spa Services
  • Sports & Fitness Classes
  • Special Events
  • NEW Sensory Gym
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Behavior Intervention Services

The Family Center for Autism Behavior Intervention Services (BIS) program provides the latest in progressive, innovative solutions and support to families and school districts throughout Queens, Nassau, Suffolk and the Bronx.

The BIS team, including BCBAs, features professionals who collaborate with district personnel, family members, and consulting specialists to create, implement and monitor behavior intervention programs for each individual with:

  • Treatment objectives consistent with school outcomes to provide greater continuity and opportunities for success.
  • Service types, duration and frequencies recommended to the special education committee based on data driven analysis.
  • Remote supervision using standardized assessments and the latest technology.
  • Student progress monitored and shared securely with school districts via online updates and reports.

Our comprehensive and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach incorporates opportunities for learning across all settings and environments—at home, in the classroom and in the community—and includes:

  • Behavior consultation services
  • Needs assessment evaluation with written findings and recommendations
  • Parent training & counseling
  • Extended school day services (ESD) in home or school.
  • Professional development & training to meet a district’s, school’s or agency’s needs.
  • BCBA supervision consisting of two tracks.

Applied behavior analysis programs such as this one are now covered by health insurance, according to New York State law. This program also is available as a private pay service to families. 

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