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UPDATED October 2017: Are you looking for the most comprehensive guide to special needs resources in Queens? Our guide has listings for therapists, special needs camps, medical experts, advocates and special needs support groups for families all over Queens, including Astoria, Long Island City, Flushing, and Jackson Heights.
COMPREHENSIVE KIDS DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL
101 Norfolk St., Manhattan
Comprehensive Kids Developmental School is a private school in lower Manhattan specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis. Individualized instruction is provided for children ages 3-21. Our highly trained instructors implement intervention grounded in data-based research across all content areas including academics, language, social, behavioral, and life skills. Our professional staff include board-certified behavior analysts, psychologists, speech therapists, special educators, occupational and physical therapists. We foster a team atmosphere, supporting our families in helping them to understand the special needs of their children through direct family training.
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.
HUG MUSIC, CREATIVE & NURTURING MUSIC LESSONS FOR EVERYBODY
112-01 75th Ave., Lower Level, Forest Hills
Hug Music's mission is to nurture a love for music by promoting students’ musical growth and important life skills. All of our music teachers are board-certified music therapists. We offer various programs to all individuals including children with special needs. Hug Music provides baby and toddler music groups, dyad and private music lessons, and music therapy. Our original method, Musicreative, is especially effective for children with autism and ADHD to improve attention and learning skills. Five-week package is available for new students. Contact us today to schedule your first class!
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
35-30 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
Huntington Learning Center is an accredited K-12 tutoring and test prep leader with certified teachers providing individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, math, science, study skills, executive functioning skills, SAT, ACT, and state and standardized exams. Huntington helps students at all levels achieve results including students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. The skills, confidence, and motivation developed by Huntington help students succeed and meet Common Core State Standards. A former parent states: In just four months, the improvements I have seen in Jessica's grades and confidence were incredible.
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 Speech Pathology and Swallowing Disorder Services of Long Island. 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.
The Long Island Whole Child Academy, School for Twice Exceptional Learning, is the only Long Island school dedicated to serving once highly capable students who also cope with anxiety, executive functioning, social cognition, and sensory processing challenges, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD youth, who do not thrive in a traditional school setting. Our mission is to provide a cutting-edge, integrated educational experience that raises the academic bar while building social and emotional strength and resilience through individualized attention and best clinical and gifted education practices. We also offer Saturday adventures and mid-week homeschoolers’ clubs.
Sappo School provides a safe and nurturing environment for students who benefit from a tailored learning approach to education. For more than twenty years, our school has benefitted students with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and high functioning students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Small class size provides students with individual attention. Focus is on educating the whole child. Support is provided to students, allowing them to build self-confidence, which fosters academic achievement. Students learn social skills by working in groups and problem-solving skills through projects and real world examples that are used to teach across the curriculum.
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.