Special Needs Support Groups

A young boy hugs his father

Looking for support? 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. All discussions are kept confidential. 

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

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 with Children in Therapeutic,
Wilderness or Treatment Settings Away from Home

You sent your kid where?! Most parents don't know that therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness therapy, or residential treatment centers exist--until they realize that their child needs to attend one. It can be hard to talk about this journey, especially with those unfamiliar with the experience. However silence can lead to misunderstandings, inaccuracies, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. It doesn't have to be that way. Join us to make connections and hear from other parents who have lived a similar experience. Share resources and learn how to better communicate to others, discover techniques to reassure your child's community, and begin to lay the groundwork that will support a healthy reunion with your child. Facilitated by Dr. Wendy Kamaiko-Solano.

This support group is not running during the Fall 2020 season.

Support Group for Parents of Teens with Developmental Disabilities,

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,

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.

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.