Children with Special Needs
Director: Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR
The Ackerman Institute’s Special Needs Project provides specialized family therapy services to families who have children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder and other developmental disabilities. The purpose is to promote family resilience as parents deal with the cumulative challenges they encounter raising a child with special needs. Some of the benefits of family therapy include:
- Increased understanding of the child with special needs
- More sensitive and effective parenting strategies
- Increased marital satisfaction and co-parenting
- Improved sibling relationships and attention to the needs of the typically developing child
- Increased family support, coping, problem solving and communication skills
- Appropriate family routines and activities
- Opportunity to discuss family struggles and the emotional reactions to having a child with a disability
- Increased confidence to navigate early intervention/special education and medical systems
Additional project activities include six-week Parent Discussion Groups and workshops for professionals working in early intervention and special education schools and agencies.
Learn more about the Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project in this Ackerman Podcast episode!
Project Director: Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, (212) 879-4900, ext 121
Clinical Project Associates:
Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW
Sara Goldsmith, NCSP
Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW
Tracy Ross, LCSW
Parent Workshops and Groups
Parents of children with developmental disabilities are invited to attend new family-centered workshops presented by the Ackerman Institute’s Special Needs Project. These workshops will promote family resilience as parents deal with the challenges they encounter raising a child with special needs.