Events for Parents

Lectures, classes, seminars or other events specifically for parents and caregivers.

The Center for Special Needs Support Groups

Organization: The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan


Contact: Hannah Cohen

Phone: (646) 505-4460

Address: 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY (at 76th St.)

The Center for Special Needs Support Groups

The JCC in Manhattan offers an array of support groups. These groups are designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges they face. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the personal experiences of the participants provide resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, emotional support and community.


Parents of:  Young Children;  School-Age Children;  Teenagers;  Adult Children

Adult Siblings

Fathers Talk


Couples (NEW!)

Twins (NEW!)


Enrollment for groups is ongoing. Limited scholarships available.


A Lecture with Dr. Stuart Ablon

Organization: The Flawless Foundation


Date: November 3rd, 2011, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Address: Churchill School, 301 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

Cost: $60.00

The Flawless Foundation presents a Lecture with Dr. Stuart Ablon, Co – Author of “Treating Explosive Kids – The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach” and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on children with behavioral challenges.

Dr. Ablon, Ph.D. is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at MGH and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

About the Approach

“Adult/child power struggles can leave both parties frustrated with adults scratching their heads, wondering how it could have gone differently. Dr. Ablon offers a new way to understand and help kids. He describes a revolutionary approach that challenges conventional wisdom and may change your notion of what it means to be an authority figure to the children in your lives. This lecture  will help you gain insight into children with behavioral challenges while learning techniques that can work in any setting to solve the everyday problems of educating, treating and parenting more collaborative kids.”

Educational Objectives

At the end of the presentation participants will be able to:

• Discuss how different explanations for and interpretations of explosive/noncompliant behavior can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention.

• List the various cognitive skills that are central to complying, and to handling demands for flexibility and frustration tolerance.

• Discuss why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many children and adolescents with explosive/noncompliant behavior.

• Describe a new philosophy and approach to working with children with behavioral challenges.





AMC Cinemas Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

Organization: AMC Theaters


In a partnership with the Autism Society, AMC Theaters is presenting sensory friendly films for families with kids with special needs.  They are shown on a monthly basis.

“The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

“The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.”


Participating Theaters in New York City include:

AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (Upper West Side) –

AMC Loews Bay Terrace 6 (Flushing) –

AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (Bronx)-

A complete list of participating theaters can be found here.


Upcoming films include:

November 5 – Puss in Boots

December 3 – The Muppets

January 7 – The Adventures of Tin Tin

February 25 – The Secret World of Arrietty

March 10 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

April 7 – Pirates! Band of Misfits

All shows are at 10:00 AM

Camp Fair 2012

Organization: Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.


Contact: Hilda Melendez

Phone: (212) 677-4650 ext. 34

Location: Church of St. Paul the Apostle 405 W. 59th St., Auditorium (lower level), New York, NY 10019 (Entrance on Columbus Avenue near West 60th Street)

Date & Time: Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost: Free


Summer Programs for Children with Disabilities


• Meet the camp directors

• Find the right summer program for your child

• Get a free copy their Camps 2011-2012 Directory

Sign Language provided


Autism Workshop on Social Thinking

Organization: YAI Network


Contact: Abbe Wittenberg – 212-273-6472 –

Address: McGraw Hill Auditorium, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8:15 A.M – 4:30 P.M.

Cost: $195.00

Full-Day Autism Workshop on Social Thinking

Featuring: Michelle Garcia Winner

“Social Thinking Across The Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition”


Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for parents and professionals to understand the inner mind of persons high on the autism spectrum (Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS or high-functioning autism), with ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disability or who have no working diagnosis but they fit the clinical picture! Participants will learn not only functional treatment strategies they can use both at school and at home, but they will also better understand why these students react and respond the way they do. The presenter will introduce the I LAUGH model of Social Cognition which helps to demonstrate how social processing difficulties impact not only social skills but also the ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks such as written expression, reading comprehension and organizational skills for many of our students. The presenter will also address how best to approach writing IEP goals that impact real, albeit, slow change in how students understand the world around them. This workshop is noted for its depth in explaining WHY students with social skills difficulties have related academic challenges, which impact them across their school and home day.


Workshop Objectives

1. Workshop participants will be able to explain how teaching “think with your eyes” is different from simply teaching good eye contact; 2. explain why a person with social skill deficits may have reading comprehension problems in the classroom; 3. distinguish and describe the difference between a useful IEP goal and one that is of little benefit towards developing their program; 4. describe how use of strategy cards can facilitate teaching of initiation of communication; 5. explain how “thinking with your eyes” relates to auditory processing; 6. explain how gestalt processing relates to written expression and organizational skills.


About Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, developed social thinking for the treatment of individuals with social-cognitive deficits: those with diagnoses such as autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD). She first began teaching social thinking in 1995 to brighter students when she worked as a speech-language pathologist for a high school district. Twelve years later, she received an Award of Special Congressional Recognition for her development and ongoing innovation of this treatment approach. At the about the same time, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting her methods for the treatment of students with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.

Michelle travels around the world speaking on topics relating to social thinking, and receives accolades for her educational and energetic workshop presentations. She has been invited to train psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, parents, educators and government policy makers on the importance of social thinking.



Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:15 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Morning Session 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Lunch (on your own) 12:00 P.M.- 1:30 P.M.

Afternoon Session 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The JCC Manhattan-Special Needs Programs

Organization: JCC Manhattan

Website:  or


Address: 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Contact: Melissa Lader-Director School Age Special Needs Programs & Camp Kulam

Phone: 646-505-5729


Contact: Hannah Cohen-Coordinator Special Needs Parenting & Support Groups

Phone: 646-505-4460


Contact: Allison Kleinman-Director of Adaptions-Young Adult Life Skills Network

Phone: 646 505-4367


You can find classes and programs for children of all ages and adults with wonderful learning opportunities and social interactions. For the child that likes to move there is soccer,swimming, gymnastics and karate. There is also music therapy, story pirates, drop-in art classes and even a tween and teen lounge. For the grown-ups there are a wide variety of support groups, lectures, and even a resource library.

Special Needs Activity Center

Organization: Special Needs Activity Center


Phone: 212 439-9996

Address: 220 East 86th Street, New York NY 11028

Snack provides activities after school and weekends for children ages 3-18 with autism and other special needs. They also hold many parent education lectures given by a wide variety of professionals in the area of special needs children.

Birch Family Services

Organization: Birch Family Services


Phone: 212 616-1800

Address: 104 West 29th Street, New York NY 10001

Birch Family Services looks to provide education, habilitation, and residential services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities. They have staff that speak many different languages and have schools and services throughout the boroughs of New York City.

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Organization: Resources for Children with Special Needs


Phone: 212 677-4650

Address: 116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 11113

Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) is located in New York City and is the only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all special needs, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential.