Special Needs Support Groups

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Looking for support? Are you a family member or a parent of an individual with a disability? The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs offers a range of groups and programs designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges.

Connect with us! Please click here to fill out our pre-screen form so we can help you navigate which support group might be best for you.

Please note that due to COVID-19, all support groups at this time will take place on Zoom until further notice. All discussions are kept confidential.

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Parent Support

Parents/Professionals Lecture Series
The goal of this lecture series is to educate and inform individuals of a wide range of topics which relate to parenting children, of all ages, whoa have been diagnosed with challenges ranging from intellectual to neurological. We hope that you find the time to join us. All lectures will take place on Zoom.

Support Group for Parents of Children with Developmental Delays
Join other parents of children who have been identified as having developmental challenges of all kinds, who understand the isolation, frustration, and financial stressors that often face families like yours. During these difficult times, the idea of also starting remote learning again this fall may seem overwhelming. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the parents' personal experiences provide support, resources, therapy options, and connections as we build community together.

Support Group for Parents of Teens with Developmental Disabilities,LD, or ADHD
New challenges arise when children reach adolescent/teen years. This can be especially true for teens with developmental delays, LD, ASD, or ADHD, as they often become more aware, and cases of co-morbidity with mental health issues arise. During these difficult times, the idea of having to also start remote learning again this fall may seem overwhelming. Join other parents of teens who understand these often unique parenting challenges to share resources, network, and build community with the help of experienced support group facilitators.

Support Groups for Parents of Adults with Developmental Delays, LD, or ADHD
Parents of adults with developmental delays, LD, ASD, or ADHD face issues and concerns related to independent living, jobs and job support, housing, and questions as "What happens when I'm gone?" This group will provide an opportunity for parents to come together to share resources and experiences, solve problems, and build community with the help of experienced support group facilitators, helping to lessen the feelings of isolation and fear for the future. 

Fathers Talk
We understand how important it is for fathers to have a trusting community, separate from their everyday lives, who understands the challenges of parenting a child with a disability. Fathers Talk provides a safe space to explore and confront these challenges while gaining resources, a broader perspective, support, and community. Facilitated by Benjamin L. Yost, LCSW.

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Children/Teen Sibling Support

Sibshops: Kids/Teens
Sibshops is a social, recreational program for young brothers and sisters of siblings with disabilities (also known as “sibs”). At Sibshops, sibs will have an opportunity to meet other Sibs (usually for the first time), allowing access to unique peer support with others who really “get it.” There will be plenty of opportunities for young sibs to talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling(s) living with disability, and to learn more about disability and the services their brothers and sisters receive. Arguably the most important part about Sibshops, is that sibs will have the opportunity to experience all of this while playing some great games, making new friendships and having FUN in a space that is designed just for them!
 
To ensure that classes comprise a group of individuals who will receive the optimal benefits from the program, a brief intake process is required. For more information, please contact Jessica Kruger at jkruger@mmjccm.org.

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Adult Sibling Support

SibSpace
Join other adult siblings of brothers and sisters who have been identified as having disabilities or challenges of all kinds, and who understand the experiences and stressors that often face families like yours. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the siblings' personal experiences provide support, resources, and connections as we build our SibSpace community together. 
 
For more information, please contact Jessica Kruger at jkruger@mmjccm.org.
 
Sibspace is generously supported by Mount Sinai, the Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC, Seaver Autism Center for Research, Harold & Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, Mid-Island Y JCC, and Jeri Mendelsohn, LCSW, Consulting Services PLLC.
 

For more information about our Special Needs Support Groups, please email Hannah Kaplan-Cohen.

We are grateful to the New York City Council's Autism Initiative and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for providing funding for Special Needs Support Groups.