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Special Needs Events in NYC – May 2012

Seminars, concerts, workouts, conferences, even yoga sessions – don’t say you were bored this month! Sorry for the last minute posting on some of these – it took forever to combine all of the May event emails (which is kind of a good thing).


Ongoing, every Sunday in May (and June): WSLL, Challenger’s division. Special needs baseball at Riverside Park. Late registration available – email me for details.


Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM

Managing Your Child’s Behavior: Tools and Strategies for Parents, with Dominick Auciello, PsyD, Child Mind Institute

PS 163 Auditorium, 163 W. 97th St. (Amsterdam/Columbus)
Dominick Auciello, PsyD, is a leading neuropsychologist with extensive expertise providing neuropsychological assessments to children, teens, and young adults with learning and psychiatric issues. He is widely respected for his knowledge of how neuropsychological evaluations relate to a child’s school and home environments.  Among Dr. Auciello areas of expertise are dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental language disorders, and concussions.
To attend, you must RSVP to Andi Velasquez by stopping by the P.S. 163 main office, calling (212) 678-2854, ext. 0, or emailing Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.


Dr. Ravitz, “Raising Resilient Children” in partnership with Tuesday’s Children @ The Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street  New York, NY 10022, 6-8pm in NYC



Dr. Dickstein, “Raising Healthy Children in a Digital World” @ 92nd Street Y: 6:30 – 8pm


FRIDAY MAY 11, 12:00-1:00PM

Live Speak Up for Kids Facebook Event: Dr.Fernandez, “Managing Problem Behavior: Strategies for Parents and Educators”, 


May 12 in Central Park, Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.



May 15th
10AM – 1PM
Understanding the New IEP Lori Podvesker, M.S. Ed., Family and Community Educator, Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!


May 18, 9:00AM at PS 163 (W. 97th and Amsterdam) – final meeting of The Foorce, “Special Needs Summer Activities and Programs”


May 19 at JCC – Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.


May 20

DMF Spring Concert – “We Will Rock You – A Musical Celebration.” It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and “rockin out” in your seats with performances like – I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others!

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite – or if you prefer, contact us at or 212-289-8912.


Wednesday, May 23

Resources for Children With Special Needs presents: Friendship, Dating, & Sexuality: A Free Symposium for Parents and Professionals

Where: Credit Suisse , 11 Madison Avenue (24th Street) Entrance on Park Avenue South at 24th Street


Dr. Michelle S. Ballan, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University, Leading researcher, writer, professor, mentor, and advocate, disability studies and sexuality; recipient of numerous awards, including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award, Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty Award, Association on Higher Education and Disability Recognition Award, and others.

Dr. Chris Rosa, PhD, Dean of Students at CUNY, Serves on several local and national committees on disabilities, is a published disability studies scholar, and a faculty member at CUNY’s MA program in Disabilitiy Studies. A product of New York City public education, Chris was born, raised in, and presently resides in Flushing, Queens.  

Brian Schwanwede, Student, Sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Honors List), English Major, Film Studies Minor, FDU Equinox Newspaper, National Society of Leadership and Success, The National Society of Collegiate ScholarsCOMPASS:  College-based Support for Students with Asperger Syndrome

5pm Coffee Reception with Panelists, 5:30pm Program

Please do not hesitate to call RCSN with any questions: 212-677-4650


May 24th
10AM – 12:30PM
Yoga and Relaxation Laura Mitchell, LMSW, LMT, YAI LINK, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!


May 26 at JCC – Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.


May 31st
10AM – 12:30PM
“Hey! Get Back Here!” Learning to Manage Wandering and Elopement in the Community Lana Small, MSW, Coordinator, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

Mary Downing, BA, Senior Supervisor, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!


June 2 – Central Park Challenge – CLICK HERE TO JOIN The Foorce!!


Feel free to email me if you need more information or if there are typos regarding any of the above events. Or, you can add your own events in the comments section below. I’m also collecting event emails for June now through the last week of May so keep them coming!

Don’t Miss This Meeting Just Because My Title Isn’t Snazzy!! “Alternative Medicine Approaches for Special Needs and FREE Yoga Relaxation Session” is on February 3rd

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

If your loved one has special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, or Sensory Integration Issues, I truly hope you will be able to join me at the next meeting of The Foorce (details below).

I’m really looking forward to this meeting on many levels; 1) I have a medicated child who has been diagnosed with ADD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and PDD-NOS (among many other things) 2) yoga is something I know very little about, 3) alternative medicine is something I am even less familiar with and 4) if there are safe, natural ways aside from medications that might help my disabled child (and my wallet) I am all ears!

We have two very special presenters who will discuss the various approaches within alternative medicine (diet, homeopathy, acupuncture) and conclude with a relaxing yoga session so that you can bring home some peace of mind. They are generously taking time out of their incredibly busy schedules, so please forward this info to anyone who might be interested in attending this event – I’d love to have a good turnout for their trouble.

Hope to see you there!

You are invited to a

Special Needs Café 163 event

Alternative Medicine Approaches for Special Needs


FREE Yoga Relaxation Session



More About The Featured Presenters:

Aaron Teich, L.Ac., Co-Founder and Director of Shuniya Health & Healing

Aaron has been involved in holistic health and healing for over a decade. After completing his undergraduate studies in Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Harvard University, he attended the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. This year-round, four-year program involved comprehensive training in all aspects of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, Asian body therapy, and Qigong. Aaron is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the States of New York and California and is nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM).

In addition to his background in Chinese Medicine, Aaron is also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and Sat Nam Rasayan healer, and he received his certificate in Visionary Craniosacral Work from the Milne Institute in Berkeley,California. In 2009, he and his wife spent a year traveling around the world interviewing and studying with traditional healers from eleven different countries. Aaron writes and lectures on topics of holistic health and healing, leads workshops and retreats on healing and meditation, and maintains a private practice inNew York City.

Aaron will present various approaches within complementary and alternative medicine (e.g. working with food and diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, etc.) and how they are applicable to children with special needs. Following the presentation there will be time for questions and discussion. For more information about Aaron Teich please go to


Laura Mitchell, LMSW, Supervisor of YAI LINK

Laura is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist. She works in YAI’s LINK department doing information and referral, outreach and presentations to families and professionals on OPWDD eligibility. In her “spare” time she also runs social skills groups for children on the autism spectrum and manages contracts for family support funded evalutions. She will be leading a yoga session that teaches relaxation techniques to parents, with take home tips for your children.


Location: PS 163, 163 W. 97th Street, auditorium

Date: February 3, 2012

 Time: 9:00am


Please wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring a yoga mat or blanket!


For more information please contact

Michaela Searfoorce at

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