Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Westchester

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Westchester


UPDATED MARCH 2016: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in Westchester County who have kids with special needs.

All About Kids
145 Huguenot St., Suite 404, New Rochelle
Bilingual evaluation, educational, and therapeutic services including assisting parents, family, and caregivers in understanding the special needs of their child by providing information about child development and working with a child with a disability.

Cynthia Potel, JD, LCSW
1380 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson
A psychoanalyst specializing in children with developmental disabilities, Potel works individually with adults, children, and couples.

Family Advocacy
914-949-7699 x455
A social skills-based group for adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families. Weekly meetings take place in a club-like format for the teenagers and participants to engage in activities that enhance social, recreational, and independent living skills.

Family Ties of Westchester Inc.
112 E. Post Road, 3rd Floor, White Plains
A grassroots organization that provides advocacy and support services to families of children with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, including support groups for parents, grandparents, girls, and boys. Some are conducted in Spanish. Locations include:
Mount Vernon Family Resource Center
100 Stevens Ave., Street Level, Mount Vernon
Ossining Family Resource Center
175 Main St. 2nd Floor, Ossining
Peekskill Family Resource Center
3 North Division St., Second Floor, Peekskill
Yonkers Family Resource Center
53 South Broadway, Mezzanine Level, Yonkers

JCC Mid-Westchester
Enid Ancell Family Center
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
914-472-3300 x412
A JCC resource team member assists parents of children with special needs by providing referrals to mental health specialists, counseling, parenting skills training, legal advice, or divorce mediation.

Making Headway Foundation
115 King St., Chappaqua
Works individually with parents and children with brain and spinal cord tumors and helps children settle back into school after receiving treatments.

Parents Place - The Guidance Center of Westchester 
256 Washington St., Mount Vernon
Cathi Campbell, group facilitator
The Guidance Center offers mental health services to help people with their emotional, social, and psychological well-bein, including individual, family, and group counseling, therapists for children and teenagers, and referrals to mental health and school-based clinics.

Parents Helping Parents
Leo Mintzer Community Center
251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison
Assists parents struggling with the behavior of their teen or adult children. Group meets Wednesdays from 7:15-9:15pm.

Westchester Arc, Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome
40 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
Kathy Higgins, coordinator: 914-347-3227
Barbara Nuccio:
A group of Westchester parents of young children (babies, toddlers, and preschoolers) with Down syndrome who know how important it is to be linked to other parents, resources, and support groups. Contact Kathy or Barbara to sign up. Groups meet one Thursday each month from 10-11:30am.

Westchester Arc, Children’s School for Early Development
40 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne
914-347-3227 x106
Provides educational, social, and support services for children ages newborn through 5 years and their families.

Westchester Child Therapy
2 Overhill Road, Suite 280, Scarsdale 
914-401-4446 x101
Provides child and adolescent therapy to children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skill needs, oppositional behavior, and parenting. 

Westchester Foundation for Autism
P.O. Box 596, Scarsdale
An organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for families of children with autism and related developmental delays through social events, education, recreational programs, and family support.

Westchester Group Works
600 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 400, Harrison
In this group, parents who have children with a disability or chronic illness get practical information and ongoing emotional support to help deal with confusion, powerlessness, disappointment, or guilt.  

Westchester Jewish Community Services, Autism Services and The Autism Center
845 North Broadway, White Plains
Leigh Englander, program coordinator
914-761-0600 x228
Offers a full range of services that assist children and adults on the autism spectrum and the challenges their families face. Support includes therapeutic services, special needs advocacy, and parent training. Project lifesaver program for children at risk of wandering. Grandparents support group, social skills groups for pre-K through high school, and other social groups for young adults on the spectrum. The also provide referrals for all autism services in Westchester and the surrounding areas.

See Also:

Parent Support Groups in Rockland

Parent Support Groups in Fairfield and surrounding areas