November 18, 2019
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Special Needs

Parents with children who have special needs tell us finding appropriate educational and recreational programs can be difficult. To help we’ve gathered information on useful programs, specialists and organizations.


Classes for Children with Special Needs

These facilities, groups, classes and sport programs in Westchester County, New York offer activities for kids with special needs afterschool, on weekends and during school vacations.


Special Needs Camps

There are a growing number of camps in our area that specialize in serving the child with special needs. We’ve included a few of our favorites.


Schools for Children with Special Needs

Find the best schools, preschools and summer programs in Westchester County, New York for kids with behavioral, developmental and physical disorders.


Special Needs Sports and Recreation Center Programs

There are a number of sports leagues and classes, plus recreation center programs in Westchester, New York for your child with special needs. Sign up for swimming, soccer or baseball now!


Services and Support: Educational, Therapeutic and Supportive

These organizations in Westchester County, New York offer therapy, treatment and education for children with special needs.

Westchester/Rockland Special Child

Fall/Winter 2018

Print edition (5.7mb PDF)

Child Development: As soon as your child is born their health and development become your paramount concern. Scores of family and friends may start asking if your little one is rolling over, crawling, walking or talking. It’s important not to get pulled into comparing your child’s progress with others, but it’s also important to educate yourself on what the childhood developmental milestones are so you can recognize if your child might need early intervention services. Read more…
Contests: Autism Speaks® says every child with autism is a superhero! We agree! To celebrate the Autism Speaks upcoming Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk, held June 2 at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division in White Plains, Autism Speaks has put together a terrific Superhero Basket. Read more…

Special Needs Resource Guide 2019

We are fortunate that in our area services and support for children with special needs is growing. While there are still needs to be met, parents today have greater options for their children when it comes to special needs education, recreation, therapy, support, and camps. Read more…
Therapies: Green Chimneys, a fully functioning academic school for “special learners” in Putman County has 110 day and 100 residential students. The school works specifically with children ages 5 to 18 who are either dealing with psychological issues or are on the autism spectrum. These are children who have not experienced success in traditional public schools. Children are referred to Green Chimneys from school districts throughout New York state and each child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Read more…
Schooling: Merlin’s Magic Wand Foundation, a public charity that works to bring magic into the lives of seriously ill, disabled, and disadvantaged children worked in partnership with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and ACDS in Scarsdale, a preschool serving children with developmental disabilities, to design and create a magic room inside ACDS that is devoted to occupational therapy for children with special needs. Read more…

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