DISCLAIMER: the law office of Patricia S. Phelan has compiled this list of resources solely as a convenience to parents and other persons interested in learning more about children with special needs. the law office of Patricia S. Phelan does not claim to have personal knowledge of all of the resources listed. The listings on this site are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any particular resource, nor should this listing be considered a verification of the credentials, qualifications, or abilities, or the appropriateness for your child, of any resource, organization, product or professional listed herein. Nothing contained herein is intended to constitute legal advice. Should you need any legal guidance regarding the special education needs of your child, please contact the law office of Patricia S. Phelan to arrange an initial consultation.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International
Autism Research Institute
Autism Society of America
Autism Speaks: Greater Hudson Valley
The Elija Foundation
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Greater Good: The Autism Site Store
Jessica Kingsley Publishers of books on Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other spectrum conditions
NAET’s Autism Treatment Center
National Autism Association
Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
Parents of Autistic Children
RDI = Relationship Development Intervention
LINKS RELATED TO ADD/ADHD
ADHD Resources ~ Web MD
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
LINKS RELATED TO LEARNING DISABILITIES
Learning Disabilities Association of America:
Learning disabilities and ADHD:
National Center for Learning Disabilities:
Wilson Language Training
LINKS RELATED TO OTHER DISABILITIES
Brain Injury Association of America
Genetic Disease Foundation
United Cerebral Palsy
LINKS RELATED TO ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS RE DISABILITIES
Care.com 10 Helpful Special Needs Organizations
Council of Parent Attorney and Advocates
Online resources to supplement From Emotions to Advocacy Book by Pete and Pam Wright:
Giant Leaps Occupational Therapy, PC; go to this site for a valuable list of resources including government resources, CPSE chairs, medical professionals, therapists, therapeutically valuable toys, problem solving techniques, play gyms and other activities for children.
List of developmentally appropriate and sensory enriched toys for children of all ages, which encourage physical, emotional and social development:
Kids Together, Inc.
MD Coalition for Inclusive Education
NAET = Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques:
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Association for Gifted children:
National Center on Disability and Journalism
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities:
National Organization for Rare Disorders
Online Colleges; Resources for Students with Disabilities
Parent Information and Resources
Parents helping Parents:
The Family Connection, Parent to Parent Program of NYS:
School Specialty – Special Education Products
Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd.:
TASH (Equal, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities):
Westchester Institute for Human Development
World Institute on Disability ~ Organizations and Resources
Yellow Pages for persons working in the field of disabilities:
GOVERNMENT RELATED LINKS
ACCESS VR: ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and
to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development
Americans with Disabilities Act information
Dignity Against All Students Act--The Dignity Act intends to provide public school students with a "safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying"; schools are also responsible for collecting and reporting data about the discrimination and harassment within
Early Intervention Program – NY Department of Health
New York State Approved Private Schools; search by Region or Disability Served
NYS Department of Health - - includes information on the Early Intervention Program:
New York State Department of Special Education
New York State Regulations
Rockland County Services
This site enables you to look up State Review Officer cases, which are cases appealed from IHO decisions [Then go to “topical index” OR “find a decision”]:
US Department of Education
To access a list of free downloadable publications related to special education, go to:
Revised New York State Procedural Safeguard Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21:
NYS Sample Form to Request and Impartial Hearing [DPHC]:
NYS Sample IEP Form:
THERE IS A DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLE IEP FORM AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
Downloadable Resources from the law office of Patricia S. Phelan:
The AUTISM ACCEPTANCE book, Being a Friend to Someone with Autism, By Ellen Sabin
No, David! By David Shannon
Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners, By Margery Cuyler
Thank you, Mr. Falker, By Patricia Polacco
True and encouraging story of how a child conquers dyslexia, thanks to her wonderful teacher
The Way I Feel, By Janan Cain
Today I Feel Silly & Other MOODS That Make My Day, By Jamie Lee Curtis
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…, By Molly Bang
Autism in your Classroom - - A General Educator's Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, By Deborah Fein, Ph.D. & Michelle A. Dunn, Ph.D.
This book is a MUST for all educators working with children either diagnosed with or suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is also invaluable for any parent or other person advocating on behalf of a child on the Spectrum. This book will help the reader comprehend the many issues involved in both understanding and educating a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle, By Dr. Steven Gutstein
This book summarizes and justifies the basis for the RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) methodology for children on the Spectrum.
The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing - - From A Mother Whose Child Recovered , By Karen Siff Exkorn
The Autism Transition Guide, Planning the Journey from School to Adult Life, By Carolyn Thorwarth Bruey, Psy.D. & Mary Beth Urban, M.Ed.
Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration, By Ellen Yack, B.Sc., M.Ed., O.T., Paula Aquilla, B.Sc., O.T., & Shirley Sutton, B.Sc. & O.T.
This book is a great overview of Sensory Integration and has easy to understand and practical suggestions for therapy for children with sensory deficits.
Children with Autism, A Parent’s Guide, Edited by Michael D. Powers, Psy.D.
The Complete IEP Guide – How to Advocate for your Special Ed Child, By Laurence M. Siegel
This is a great, easy to read and comprehend guide. It is a terrific overview for any parent advocating for a child with special needs. Particularly if you are new to the special ed arena…this book is a must!
The Elephant in the Playroom, By Denise Brodey
This book is a culmination of numerous stories written by ordinary parents detailing their intimate and candid experiences raising children with special needs.
The Explosive Child, By Dr. Ross W. Greene
This book helps understand easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children, and proposes a “collaborative solving” method with which to deal with these children and their maladaptive behavior.
From Emotions to Advocacy The Special Education Survival Guide, Second Edition, By Pam Wright and Pete Wright
This is a wonderful book, which provides explanations of special education law and gives advocacy tips in order to educate and empower parents advocating for their children.
IEP and inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers, By Anne I. Eason, Esq. and Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D.
A wonderful, quick reading resource tool complete with great strategies to encourage a more collaborative relationship between parents and the school district, as well as to facilitate inclusive education for a child receiving special education services.
Is This Your Child?, By Doris Rapp, M.D.
A comprehensive book, including photographs, to assist in the discovering and treating of unrecognized allergies in both children and adults.
Let Me Hear Your Voice, By Catherine Maurice
This book details a real mother’s account of her family’s triumph over autism.
The New Social Story Book, By Carol Gray
This book contains and extensive compilation of social stories and illustrations to help children with autism spectrum disorders tackle everyday life situations.
The Out of Sync Child, By Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
This book deals with “Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction”.
The Out of Sync Child Has Fun, By Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
This book provides activities for kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Thinking in Pictures and other Reports from my Life with Autism, By Temple Grandin
The Power of Positive Parenting, By Dr. Glenn I. Latham
This book supplies parenting rules and strategies based upon the simple premise that “[r]esearch has shown that the most effective way to reduce problem behavior in children is to strengthen desirable behavior through positive reinforcement rather than trying to weaken undesirable behavior using aversive or negative processes.” (Dr. Sidney W. Bijou, The International Encyclopedia of Education, 1988)
Prosody Intervention for High-Functioning adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing communication and social engagement through voice, rhythm, and pitch, By Michelle Dunn & Larry Harris
Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children, By Dr. Steven Gutstein and Rachelle Sheely
This book provides social and emotional development activities for young children with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD.
Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, By Karen Levine and Naomi Chedd
This book gives the reader strategies to use to help children on the autism spectrum to access their emotions through interactive, symbolic play.
Special Diets for Special Kids, By Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.
Excellent overview of issues surrounding food allergies and dietary intervention into autism and related developmental disorders. Also contains recipes to assist in implementing the special diet.
Say Good-Bye to Illness, By Devi S. Nambudripad, M.D., D.C., L.A.c., Ph.D. (Acu.)
Say Good-Bye to Allergy-Related Autism, also By Dr. Nambudripad
These books explain a non-invasive, revolutionary treatment called NAET to battle allergies and allergy-related conditions including allergy-related autism. NAET incorporates various medical disciplines such as allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition.
THE SOCIAL SKILLS PICTURE BOOK Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism, By Jed Baker, Ph.D.
This book has terrific real-life photographs which accompany its social skills rules to help teach children with autism how to develop their social skills.
S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools, By Michelle A. Dunn, Ph.D.
This book - - the only one of its kind - - complete with charts, graphic organizers and other visual aids -- details a social skills program including “peer mentors,” for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their typical peers. The author is a definitive expert on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with a particular concentration on their social skills deficits.
Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives, By Barbara D. Bateman and Cynthia M. Herr
This book helps parents and educators write present levels of performance and measurable IEP goals and objectives. It includes the latest updates in IDEA 2004. This book can be a wonderful resource when preparing for an IEP meeting.
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HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS
the law office of Patricia S. Phelan
County Health Departments:
Nassau County (516) 227-9408
New York City (347) 396-7964
Rockland County (845) 364-2956
Orange County (845) 615-3884
Putnam County (845) 808-1390
Suffolk County (631) 854-0205
Westchester (914) 995-7522
Rockland County Department of Social Services
Report Child Abuse or Neglect:
New York State Central Registry
Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services
Rockland County (845) 426-5410
Westchester County (914) 946-1313
NY County (212) 630-2300
SCHOOL DISTRICTS ~ Rockland County
East Ramapo Central School District
Clarkstown Central School District
Nanuet School District
North Rockland Central School District
Nyack School District
Pearl River School District
Ramapo Central School District Offices
South Orangetown Central School District
Main Office Telephone: (845) 627- 4700
VESID [Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities] Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices:
Central Regional Office (315) 428-4556
Eastern Regional Office (518) 486-6366
Hudson Valley Regional Office (518) 473-1185;
914-245-0010 [Nancy Oskow]
Long Island Regional Office (631) 952-3352
New York City Regional Office (718) 722-4544
Western Regional Office (585) 344-2002
Nondistrict Unit (518) 473-1185
VESID Special Education Policy Unit in Albany = 518-473-2878