Special Needs Guide: Resources For Kids And Parents


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If you’re a parent to a child with special needs, having a support system is crucial. That’s why NJMOM has put together this guide to specialized therapies, diagnostic testing, ABA, Speech, and Life Skills support to give parents of children with special needs the resources they need to aid in their child’s development, education and overall well-being. Scroll down for a list of our NJMOM partners for more information. (featured photo credit: istock/FatCamera)

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Bierman Autism Center

At Bierman Autism Centers, we understand the unique and personal journey you and your child are on. We are more than just a provider of comprehensive early intervention services – we are your trusted partner every step of the way. Our dedicated professionals offer a range of specialized therapies tailored to your child’s individual needs, including Diagnostic Testing, ABA, Speech, and Occupational Therapy. Imagine an environment where your child feels safe, nurtured, and understood. Our center-based ABA model provides a supportive and dynamic setting where children aged 18 months to 9 years can thrive. We tailor our approach to foster individual progress and measurable outcomes. With convenient locations in Berkeley Heights, Eatontown, Princeton, and Ramsey, NJ, we create a nurturing, inclusive space that promotes learning and meaningful peer interactions. Our passionate teams provide personalized 1:1 therapy to maximize your child’s potential. Driven by a shared mission, we unlock progress and possibilities through evidence-based practices, innovative techniques, and a supportive community. Join us on this transformative journey, where we celebrate each milestone and create a brighter future together. Experience the difference at Bierman Autism Centers, where every child’s success is our inspiration. 
Locations in Berkeley Heights, Eatontown, Princeton, and Ramsey

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PlayDate is a space for neurodivergent children to work on their social and play skills while their caregivers take a much-needed and deserved break. As educators for neurodivergent children, we understand the importance of a good play date. Play dates are great opportunities for kids to socialize, use their imagination, and learn. We have created a warm, safe, and nurturing environment where each class size is small and targeted specifically for the child. Classes are facilitated by trained professionals who have a passion for helping children. 
193 E. Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

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The Center School

The Center School is a private, non-profit, approved school for students with learning disabilities. Our students range from grades 1-12, and we also offer a transition program for high school graduates up to age 21. Most students are on the autism spectrum and are classified with multiple disabilities. In addition to the academic-based program, our students receive all the related support services that students with IEPs need to succeed: physical and occupational therapy, counseling, behaviorists, reading specialists, speech/language therapists, and a psychologist. Along with a robust academic curriculum mirroring that of mainstream schools, students have access to electives like music, woodshop, computers, and physical education, as well as after-school clubs and athletic teams like soccer and basketball and an e-sports competitive gaming program. We ensure our students receive the NJ common core state curriculum and the same access to activities, but with the accommodations, services, and supports they need by tailoring each student’s program to their specific IEP needs.
2 Riverview Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

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As You Are

As You Are is a virtual clinic that provides autism evaluations to kids ages 16 months to 10 years old through telehealth appointments. Families are connected with a Board Certified Physician from the comfort of their own homes to help them understand if the child’s behaviors can be best explained by autism or another diagnosis. After a diagnosis is determined, the team helps guide families along their autism journey and ensures they have the knowledge and resources they need to help their children thrive. Learn more and schedule an evaluation at asyouare.com/NJmom.

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JDK Social Station

JDK Social Station is a specialized multi-sensory teaching facility that enhances the social and living skills of children with social deficits and other related issues. Our program is individualized to help every child reach their maximum potential. JDK Social Station offers a variety of social programs throughout the year. Our programs emphasize supporting children to develop self-confidence, play skills, and social and problem-solving techniques. We offer private therapy, weekly social skills classes, music & movement programs, and a summer program. Learn more at our open house dates: December 2 from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, March 19 from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM, March 23 from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM and June 22 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.
780 Post Place, Secaucus, NJ 07094

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.