Parent workshop | Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Siblings of children with special needs are often confronted with a unique and complex set of emotional and practical life challenges. The child with special needs often dominates the parents’ attention, time, and resources. Sibling reactions can be quite varied and are often troubling for parents.

In this parent workshop, we will explore the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that might enhance or diminish the sibling’s personal growth and discuss ways for the family to navigate through the struggles.


Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW, is a member of the Children with Special Needs project team. She is a clinical supervisor of family therapy at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Child Study Center. Elissa has a private practice in Manhattan where she works with couples, individuals and families.

Tracy Ross, LCSW, is a member of the Children with Special Needs project team, She is a couples and family therapist with extensive experience working with adults and children with ADHD and social/emotional issues. As a divorce counselor, she helps devise strategies and parenting plans for post-divorce family life. She has a private practice in Manhattan.

Date / Time:

Thursday, April 11, 2019
9:30 am–11:00 am


Ackerman Institute for the Family
936 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10011
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Questions? Please contact Judy Grossman at


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