DISCLAIMER:
The providers and vendors listed on this website were recommended by one or more homeschool families in New York State. NYS LEAH does not make any representation as to their particular suitability in providing products or services and their inclusion on this website does not constitute an endorsement by NYS LEAH. NYS LEAH does not assume any liability whatsoever as a consequence of publicizing these providers and vendors. Parents should always interview a prospective provider or vendor to make sure that they will be able to meet the needs of the child and family.
Support Groups
PICC LEAH – Parents Instructing Challenged Children LEAH
picc@nysleah.org
Phone: 1-866-960-9440 Ext. 3
PICC LEAH is the special needs support chapter of NYS LEAH. Please call after 4pm weekdays.

NATHHAN – National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network
http://www.nathhan.org
nathanews@aol.com
Phone: 1-208-267-6246
National support group of homeschooled children with special needs.

Outside Educational Consultants and Tutoring Services
Child Diagnostics, Inc. – Dianne Craft
http://www.diannecraft.org
craft@ecentral.com
Phone: 1-303-680-5551

Christine Cacioppo Bertsch Educational Consultant
Phone: 1-631-244-5727
Helps students with special needs transition to colleges and universities.

Joyce Herzog Consulting
http://www.joyceherzog.com
joyceoffice@aol.com
Helps parents design a home educational program for their special needs children.

National Association for Child Development, Inc.
http://www.nacd.org
Phone: 1-801-621-8606
Neuro-developmental home educational and therapeutic programs.

Reach For The Stars Tutoring – Melanie Rasmussen
http://www.ReachForTheStarsTutoring.com
Phone: 1-631-642-7876
Tutoring and testing services for children with special needs. Nassau and Suffolk Counties ONLY!

Robert J. Bernstein Educational Services
http://www.autismspeech.com
RobEdu@aol.com
Phone: (914) 478-4868
Specializing in working with children on the autistic spectrum, Robert J. Berstein Educational Services provides educational consulting services, teacher training, individual consultations, and more.

Encompass Center – Dr. Ronald Schworm
http://encompassresources.org
Phone: 585-266-7277
Located in the Rochester Area. Commutable distance from areas in NYS LEAH Regions 5,7,and 8.

EnCompass Resources for Learning is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides innovative educational services to learners who struggle to learn and to the families, schools and professionals that support them. These services are matched to each learner’s unique learning style in order to achieve success and enhance lifelong learning.

Jeffery Educational Consulting
http://jefferyedu.educatorpages.com
jefferyedconsult@warwick.net
Phone: 845-651-6655
Located in Orange County, NY

Jeffery Educational Consulting
Suite 213 Florida Professional Building
62 North Main Street
Florida, NY 10921

Offering the following services:
-Academic Tutoring/Academic Counseling
-Development of Individualized Home Instruction Plans (IHIPs)
-Assistance with Quarterly Reports
-Educational Planning/Help with Applying to Schools
-Educational Advice
-Exam Prep Sessions: All Exams (End-of-year, SAT, ACT, etc.)
-Assistance with Narrative Assessments
-End-of-the-year testing (Assistance or Administration)
-New “Teach the Teacher” sessions. Call for explanation.
-Online resources/E-Mail assistance

Tutoring With Heart – NYS LEAH Region 7
smast@tutoringwithheart.com
Phone: 585-924-8860
Tutoring With Heart is a faith-based business; all of the tutors are Christians. Our goal is to provide tutoring services with excellence and integrity for all ages and multiple subject areas, and to be an encouragement and a blessing to the families with which we work. Tutoring With Heart is a mobile tutoring service that travels to where the students are, providing busy families with the convenience of receiving individualized tutoring services in the comfort of their own home. We serve Ontario and Monroe Counties as well as the Rochester area. BJU certified to administer the Iowa and Stanford Achievement Tests. A variety of tutors available from elementary and special education through high school. Please contact Tutoring With Heart for availability of tutors in your area.

Speech & Language Service Providers
East Meadow Hearing & Speech Center
http://www.thelisteninglab.com
SLFrancis@worldnet.att.net
Phone: 516-489-9327
East Meadow Hearing & Speech Center
576 Merrick Ave.
East Meadow, NY 11554

Located on Long Island, East Meadow Hearing & Speech Center provides the following services:

Audiological Evaluations
Auditory Processing Evaluations
Speech and Language Evaluations
Hearing Aids and Consultations
Infant hearing Screenings
Assistive Listening Devices
and many more…

Monica Lowy, MA CCC-SLP – Bodylink Speech Therapy
http://www.bodylinkspeechtherapy.com
mlowy@bodylinkspeechtherapy.com
Phone: 212-727-2282
New York City Area – Bodylink Speech Therapy, a comprehensive and innovative speech-language pathology practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of speech and language issues. Please visit their website for a full description of their practice.

NYS Special Education Service

Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21 Manual
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov

Test Access & Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilites Manual
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov

Individual Evaluations and Eligibility Determinations for Students with Disabilities Manual
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov

Sample Individualized Education Program and Guidance Document Manual
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov

Transition Services
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/
VESIDSPE@mail.nysed.gov
The direct weblink to the VESID Transition website is:
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/tranmain.htm

According to the VESID Transition web site, the reguidance document “Transition Services: A Planning and Implementation Guide, a guide to schools and families regarding how to implement transition planning and service requirements” is currently being updated. it is not yet available online. If you are in need of this document, please contact VESID directly or your local school district.

Support Services

NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Dev
http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/
Phone: (866) 946-9733
The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and its associated voluntary agencies offer many services to consumers and their families. Some of the services include: Crisis Intervention, Housing/ Individual Support Services, Employment Services, Counseling, Family Care, In-Home Services, Healthcare, and mnay more. Please visit the website and click on the “Services” for a complete listing.

Arise (Help for independent living)
http://www.ariseinc.org

Aurora of Central New York
http://www.human-services.org/
Serving people who are lind, deaf, visually impaired, and hard of hearing.

Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/protection-advocacy-programs/padd
The Commission on Quality Care contracts with offices throughout the state to provide FREE legal services to individuals with developmental disabilities (there are similar programs for other types of disabilities). These offices all have a wealth of experience in special education advocacy. To find the PADD office in your area follow the weblink provided.

Learn Differently LLC
http://www.LearnDifferently.com
kathy@LearnDifferently.com
Kathy Kuhl of Learn Differently LLC offers parents advice and articles to help parents teach struggling learners at home. Her website has informative articles and information on how to apply for testing accommodations on college board exams. Kathy consults by telephone or in person, helping families who are homeschooling or considering homeschooling. She offers a free twenty minute phone consultation.

Health Resources

ADD Warehouse
http://www.addwarehouse.com

Future Horizons
http://www.FutureHorizons-autism.com
info@FutureHorizons-autism.com
Phone: 1-800-489-0727
Resources for autism spectrum disorders as well as other learning disabilities.

Homeschool Scheduling, Reporting, & Organization Resources

TG HomeSoft – Homeschool Tracker
http://www.homeschooltracker.com
The solution for all your homeschool record-keeping needs by TGHomeSoft. Download the “Basic” edition for free. The “Plus” edition includes many more features not included in the “Basic” edition. Please refer to the website for details. The Homeschool Tracker Plus Edition is the BEST homeschool reporting software available.

Managers of Their Homes (MOTH)
http://www.Titus2.com
Phone: 1-913-772-0392
A practical guide to daily scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families by Steve and Teri Maxwell.

The IEP Individual Education Planning Manual for the Homeschool Handicapped Student
Written by Jim and Debbie Mills. Available through NATHHAN.
http://www.nathhan.com

Adaptive Equipment

EnableMart
http://www.enablemart.com
Phone: 1-888-640-1999

Communications Aids for Children and Adults
http://www.communicationaids.com

Hearmore Products for Independent Living
http://www.hearmore.com/store/default.asp
This online store carries a huge variety of products for indivudals who are Deaf, Blind, Hearing Impaired or Vision Impaired. This site carries Medical, Mobility, and Household Products for these special populations. Please go to their website for all contact information.

Enabling Devices (toys for special children)
http://www.enablingdevices.com

InfoGrip
http://www.infogrip.com
Phone: 1-805-652-0770

Key Technologies
http://www.gokeytech.com
Phone: 1-888-433-5303

Laureate Learning Systems
http://www.LaureateLearning.com
Phone: 1-800-562-6801
Software, touch screens, and adaptive computer equipment.

TFH USA
http://www.tfhusa.com
Adaptive toys

Physical and Occupational Therapy Resources

Achievement Products
http://www.Specialkidszone.com
Phone: 1-800-373-4699

Abilitations
Phone: 1-800-850-8602

Fun and Function
http://funandfunction.com
Phone: 1-800-231-6329

FunandFunction.com has been a recognized source for high quality and kid friendly toys and therapy products for children with special needs since 2005.  Fun and Function was founded by a mom who also happens to be an occupational therapist.  Her goal in starting the company was to fill a void for a lack of high quality toys, games and therapy products geared towards special needs children. Funandfunction.com provides children with special needs outstanding products to enable them to reach their fullest potential.

Pocket Full of Therapy
http://www.pfot.com
Phone: 1-800-736-8124

Handwriting Without Tears
http://www.hwtears.com
The best handwriting curriculum available written by occupational therapist Jan Olsen, OTR. A fantastic writing program for children with fine motor challenges.

OT Mom Learning Activities
http://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com
If your child has any fine motor, coordination, or sloppy handwriting issues, you definitely should stop by this website! There are activities that you can incorporate into your school day and home program. Activities include: Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Coordination, and Midline Crossing. The site also has information on hand dominance, sensory processing, and pencil grasp.

Integrations Sensory Solutions
http://www.integrationscatalog.com
Phone: 1-800-845-1535
O/T, P/T, Speech & Language, Special Needs

Sensory University
http://www.sensoryuniversity.com
The Sensory “U” is owned by a group of independent investors, and operated by Peach State Pediatric Therapy Inc. They offer many products geared towards the everyday cardiovascular, gross motor, sensory, and strength development of all children.

Vision Therapy Resources

Dr. Theresa Rua
http://www.kidzvision.com
Visual therapy exercises you can do at home.

National Federal for the Blind
http://www.nfb.org
Resources for the blind and individuals with visual impairments.

Vision Therapy at HOME with Eye Can Learn
http://www.eyecanlearn.com/index.htm#Peripheral%20Awareness
Eye Can Learn provides eye exercises for better visual health, and helps you improve your visual information processing skills. There are FREE exercises on the website are for perception, tracking, focusing, and eye teaming!

Children’s Vision Information Network
http://www.childrensvision.com/reading.htm
This website contains great information about non-acuity vision problems that shows what kids with these types of issues see when trying to read.  There is a common symptoms checklist, information about vision & reading, vision & dyslexia, and vision & ADD/ADHD, crossed and wandering eyes, lazy eye, and vision therapy.

Auditory & Visual Sequential Processing

Advanced Brain Technologies
http://www.abt.com
info@advancedbrain.com
BrainBuilder Software, The Listening Program, Sound Health

Speech & Language Resources

Natural Learning Concepts
http://www.nlconcepts.com
info@nlconcepts.com
Phone: 1-800-823-3430
Natural Learning Concepts carries materials that are designed for the success of children with Asperger’s, Autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, and Speech & Language delays. They have discounts and specials on-line. The quality of their materials is outstanding. Products cover: Basic & Abstract Concepts, Learning the Basics, Conversation Starters, Social Emotional, Emotions & Interaction, Questions & Answers, Shoelaces, Timers, Software, Independence & Appropriate Responses, Social Stories, Learn to Talk About Series, Video Role Modeling and DVD’s, various books on behvaior control, self-help skills, social skills, etc.

Super Star Speech – Speech Therapy Made Simple!
http://www.superstarspeech.com/
debbie@superstarspeech.com
This site has wonderful developmental checklists for speech & language development and articulation sounds. It also has some tips for teaching the Th, K and G sounds and has some free downloadable games. Super Star Speech materials have been designed by a speech-language-pathologist to assist parents in helping their children achieve developmentally appropriate speech and to provide some of the necessary resources to do speech therapy at home. The focus of the website and materials is on speech ARTICULATION.

American Sign Language University
http://www.lifeprint.com/
If you have a non-verbal child and need to get started teaching them ASL, this website is great place to start. This site also is great for those needing to learn ASL in order to communicate with the deaf community.

Cognitive Concepts, Inc.
http://www.earobics.com
Phone: 1-888-328-8188
Earobics Home Version software – Listening and phonological awareness.

Communications Aids for Children and Adults
http://www.communicationaids.com

Great Ideas For Teaching
http://www.greatideasforteaching.com
Phone: 1-800-839-8339

Integrations Sensory Solutions
http://www.integrationscatalog.com
Phone: 1-800-845-1535
O/T, P/T, Speech & Language, Special Needs

Laureate Learning Systems
http://www.LaureateLearning.com
Phone: 1-800-562-6801
Speech & language software

LinguiSystems
http://www.linguisystems.com
Phone: 1-800-776-4332

National Association for Child Development, Inc.
http://www.nacd.org

Sign Enhancers
http://www.americansignlanguageproductions.com
Sign language resources

Super Duper Publications
http://www.superduperinc.com
Phone: 1-800-277-9737

Talk Tools – Innovative Therapists International
http://www.talktools.net
Phone: 1-888-529-2879
Oral motor speech & language therapy tools. Horns and Straws programs!

WizCom Technologies
http://www.wizcomtech.com
Phone: 1-888-777-0552
Reading pens, foreign language translation pens, and other scanning devices.

The Stuttering Foundation of America
http://www.stutteringhelp.org
info@stutteringhelp.org
Phone: (800) 992-9392
If you have a child who has any degree if stuttering problem, please visit The Stuttering Foundation of America (SFA) at http://www.stutteringhelp.org. SFA provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

They are the first and the largest nonprofit charitable organization in the world working toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America
http://www.apraxia-kids.org
via webform on website
Phone: 412-343-7102
The national nonprofit organization representing the needs and interests of children and families affected by apraxia.

Children with Special Needs – Run by Parents for Parents
http://www.childrenwithspecialneeds.com/index.php/downloads.html
This site has FREE downloadable and printable PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) symbols by Mayer Johnson for actions, animals, body parts, food, feelings, colors, grooming, holidays, toys, photo actions, photo animals, photo clothing, and photo foods. This site also has a ton of information on augmentative communication and special needs.

ARK Therapeutic Services, Inc.
http://www.ARKTherapeutic.com/
info@arktherapeutic.com
Phone: 803-438-9779
ARK Therapeutic Services, Inc. carries a variety of oral motor, feeding, fine motor, respiratory, and sensory products as well as a variety professional publications (books, CDs, and DVDs). The website also features an “Ask a Therapist” section that gives you the ability to direct questions to ARK’s resident speech therapist.

Special Needs Curriculum

Around NY in 80 Days
http://www.aroundin80days.com
NY State history curriculum

 AVKO Dyslexia & Spelling Research
http://www.avko.org
Phone: 1-866-285-6612
Don McCabe’s website for sequential spelling, reading comprehension, and helping to teach dyslexics. Lots of free stuff on this website.

Beautiful Feet Books
http://www.bfbooks.com
Phone: 1-508-833-8626
Timelines, history, and science through literature

Book Peddler, The
http://www.BookPeddler.us
(Now part of Christian Book Distributors(CBD) – link goes to CBD)
Discounted new curriculum

Children’s Books
http://www.childsbooks.com
Phone: 1-800-344-3198
Discounted NEW curriculum

Critical Thinking Books and Software
http://www.criticalthinking.com
Phone: 1-800-458-4849

Curriculum Associates, Inc.
http://www.CurriculumAssociates.com
Phone: 1-800-225-0248
Cuuriculum Associates carries Special Needs Curriculum that covers reading & language arts, mathematics, and test preparation & practice.

Design-A-Study by Kathryn Stout
http://www.designastudy.com
Phone: 1-800-965-2719
Resources to design units studies for all types of students.

Dinah Might Adventures
http://www.dinah.com
Phone: 1-800-993-4624
Lapbooking resources for all subjects and all grade levels

In The Hands of A Child
http://www.handsofachild.com
Phone: 1-866-426-3701
Lapbooking resources for all subjects and all grade levels

Dover Publications
http://www.doverpublications.com

Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials
http://www.EaglesWingsEd.com
Phone: 1-580-252-1555
Considering God’s Creation Science Program, Alphabet Island Phonics, and other fantastic Christian homeschool curriculum.

Edmund Scientifics
http://www.scientificsonline.com
Phone: 1-800-728-6999
Science supplies and kits.

Educators Publishing Service
http://www.intervention.schoolspecialty.com
Phone: 1-800-225-5750
Curriculum and remedial resources

Enchanted Learning
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com
Free teaching materials for elementary through lower middle school grades. Membership is required to get banner free pages.

Fingerithmetic & Qweryqwik by Frances Moore
http://www.fingerithmatic.com
Phone: 1-610-724-6331
Resources for teaching multiplication and division and Touch Typing.

Fun Places Publishing
http://www.funplaces.com
Awesome Fun Places Journal for children of all ages to use to document the family vacations, fieldtrips, or any other adventures.

God’s World News
http://www.gwnews.com
Phone: 1-800-951-5437
Teach current events, history, geography, and vocabulary through Christian publication. Available in four different reading levels: PreK-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-9th. Includes posters and supplemental materials to aid in teaching featured topics.

Good Things For Your Family
http://www.keepersofthefaith.com
Phone: 1-906-663-6881
Keepers and Contenders Programs and Christian curriculum.

Handwriting Without Tears
http://www.hwtears.com/
The best handwriting curriculum available written by occupational therapist Jan Olsen, OTR. A fantastic writing program for children with fine motor challenges.

Heart of Dakota Publishing
http://www.heartofdakota.com
Phone: 1-605-428-4068
Multi-level reading program Drawn Into The Heart of Reading by Carrie Austin, M.Ed.

Joyce Herzog
http://www.JoyceHerzog.com
Curriculum and Helps

Konos
http://www.konos.com/www/index.html

Lakeshore Learning
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com
Curriculum and classroom equipment

Laureate Learning Systems
http://www.LaureateLearning.com
Phone: 1-800-562-6801

Learning Parent, The
http://www.thelearningparent.com
boyers@thelearningparent.com
Phone: 1-434-845-8345
Chriistian curriculum and teaching helps.

Mastery Publications
http://www.masterypublications.com
Phone: 1-828-232-2811
Mastery Mathematics: (grades 1-6 and most of 7 & *0, Math Skills Inventory (grades 1-6), Happy Handwriting (pre-k thru 1+), Fundamental Language Arts Games Supplement (F.L.A.G.S.)(pre-K thru 4+), NC in a Nutshell (Introductory History and Geography) (grades 3-7+)

Math-U-See
http://www.MathUSee.com
Phone: 1-888-854-6284
Request a free Math-U-See Demonstration DVD

“Muggins!” Math
http://www.mugginsmath.com

McGraw-Hill Publications
Phone: 1-800-417-3261

National Writing Institute
http://www.writingstrands.com
This is a multi-level program that fosters independent writing.

Passport Learning
http://www.passportlearning.com
Phone: 1-866-727-7576
Reading remediation software

PCI Education
http://www.pcieducation.com
Phone: 1-800-594-4263
PCI Education carries a full line of curriculum and remedial curriculum for children with special learning needs. Their focus is on real-world application. Products carried cover the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Money-Math/Math, Social Studies, Science, Commuity, behavior-Social/Communication, Life Skills/School-to-Work, and Resources/Software that includes Driver’s Ed, critical thinking, teacher resources, and Autism resources

Rod and Staff Publications
http://www.rodandstaffbooks.com/
Phone: 1-606-522-4348

Shurley English Homeschool
Phone: 1-800-566-2966
The best English Language Arts program you can buy!

Stevenson Learning Skills
http://www.stevensonSemple.com
The A to Z Guide to Home School Field trips Edited by Gregg Harris
ISBN 1-56857-081-3; Noble Publishing Associates, P.O. Box 2250, Gresham, OR 97030

Teacher Created Materials
http://www.teachercreated.com
Phone: 1-800-662-4321
Unit studies for all grade levels.

Thomson/South-Western
http://www.thomsonedu.com/school
Job simluation packs to teach office technology to help prepare students for various job environments.

Timberdoodle
http://www.timberdoodle.com
Phone: 1-800-478-0672
Special needs curriculum and autism resources

Usborne Books
http://www.usborne.com/ 

Music Resources

Mountain Ocarinas
http://www.mountainsocarina.com/b/
Musical instruments

The House of a Song
Phone: 1-570-848-2425
Recorders – musical instruments

Music Opportunities

LEAH Homeschool Orchestra – NYC/Long Island Only!
pcisek67@yahoo.com
Contact: Trish Cisek

Physical Education Opportunities

Christian Youth Soccer League -NYC/Long Island
http://www.christianyouthsoccerleague.com
Meets every Saturday Fall and Spring in Suffolk County, Long Island. Please check the CYSL website for further details.

Coram Country Lanes – LEAH Homeschool Bowling League (Long Island Only)
Phone: 1-631-732-2022
Coram Country Lanes, 615 Middle Country Road, Coram, NY 11727. The LEAH Homeschool Bowling League at Coram Country Lanes runs in three sessions through the year, September through December, January through May, and June through August. The cost is $6.50 per student (includes 2 games, shoes, trophy, and a pizza party at the end of the season (Sept-May). There is a $1 “skip” fee for the weeks you are absent. Children K through 12th grade are welcome. Please contact Liz at Coram Country Lanes to sign up.

Gold Medal Gymnastics – Long Island Only!
http://www.gmgc.com
Phone: 1-631-981-4653
Homeschool and special needs gymnastics classes available.

How to Teach Your Child to be Physically Superb by Glenn Doman
ISBN 0-89529-672-1 (Appendix includes designs for various P/T equipment used in the book)

Saf-T-Swim Aquatic Centers – Long Island Only
http://www.Saf-T-Swim.com

S.T.R.I.D.E. – Adaptive Sports
http://www.stride.org
Phone: 1-518-598-1279

Whispering Pines Farms – Hoseback Riding Lessons
Phone: 1-631-475-2090
Owner: Diane Soja. Located in Medford, NY (Long Island)

Sky Riding Long Island
http://www.SkyRidingLI.com
Sky Riding LI offers horse back riding for individuals with special needs on Long Island. Please visit their website for more information.

San-dee Lanes – LEAH Bowling League L.I.
Nassau County – Long Island, NY: Sponsored by South Shore LEAH, the Bowling League meets on Monday afternoons from 2:30-3:30pm at San-dee Lanes in Malverne (exit 17S off the Southern Sate Parkway in western Nassau County, Long Island). This league is open to other LEAH chapters. Children 1st through 12th grade are welcome. The cost is $7 per week (includes 2 games, shoes, a trophy and pizza party at the end of the season.)There is a $1 “skip” fee for weeks you are absent. The season runs October through May. If you wish to sign up or have any questions, please contact Barbara Korycka email: sooocreative2002@yahoo.com or call 516-812-7726

Heart of Sailing
http://www.heartofsailing.org
info@heartofsailing.org
Phone: 1-866-368-5350
Heart of Sailing teaches sailing to special needs children as a form of recreational therapy. The charity was founded in 2004 by George Saidah, a successful software entrepreneur who was motivated by his personal experience with a loved one with a cognitive disorder. A sailor for more than 35 years, Saidah dreamed of combining his love of the ocean with service to the community. Since retiring in 2005, Saidah devotes his time to developing Heart of Sailing to create a fun, educational and therapeutic opportunity for children with developmental disabilities.

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center
http://www.winslow.org
info@winslow.org
Phone: 845-986-6686
Ponies aren’t just for racing and petting. At the nonprofit Winslow Therapeutic Center, horse riding gives smiles, laughter, friendship and healing to the handicapped and the rehabilitating. Children and adults with and without special needs improve their physical, cognitive, social and emotional health through therapeutic horseback riding. Winslow reaches into Orange County and surrounding areas to those who live with autism, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and emotional disabilities, and hosts charity events at its Warwick headquarters and other Hudson Valley venues.

The Root Farm in Verona, NY
Phone: 315-363-6124
Located at:6000 Rock Road, Verona, NY 13478
Root Farm Programs:

Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy devised and implemented by a licensed physical, occupational or speech therapist that uses the movement of the horse as a treatment tool. The primary focus of Hippotherapy is to achieve functional goals, such as range of motion, muscle control, and sensory processing.

Adaptive Vaulting is vaulting modified according to the physical, cognitive, or emotional limitations of persons with disabilities. Lessons are conducted by a vaulting coach who has a familiarity with the needs of both horses and persons with disabilities. The student is either on a lead line or in a lunging circle.

The Sibling Program welcomes able-bodied siblings to participate with their special needs brother or sister. Generating positive interaction for the special needs family, the Sibling Program individualizes adaptive vaulting exercises to challenge the ability of each child. Lessons are conducted by a vaulting coach who has a familiarity with the needs of both the persons with disabilities and the horse.

The Driving Program exposes at-risk and special needs adolescents to the skills of harnessing a horse, donkey or mule; hitching the animal to a cart, and driving in an indoor arena or outdoor track. Taught by a certified Driving Instructor, the driving program builds self-confidence through attention to task, problem solving, and skill mastery.

HARNESS Helping At-Risk Nurture Extra Special Skills. A therapeutic driving program designed for at-risk adolescents.

Day Rehabilitation is designed for special needs adolescents and adults. Participants are exposed to all aspects of the care and handling of horses, from the ground up, and sessions are individualized according to need.

Root Farm Vaulters is an integrated handicapped / non-handicapped club, registered with the AVA (American Vaulting Association) that practices twice weekly at the farm. The club develops the skills necessary to participate in community demonstrations and compete in AVA recognized events. Membership is available for individuals and families.

REINS OF HOPE, Inc.

http://www.reinsofhope.com
Phone: 607-562-8000
Center Location:

Thundering Hooves Arena
Airport Corporate Park
339 Daniel Zenker Rd.
Horseheads NY 14845

Reins of Hope is a board driven, volunteer dependent, 501c3 non-profit organization that provides recreational riding opportunities to adults and children with a variety of special needs.

Reins of Hope serves riders from all demographics including different ages, races, income levels, and abilities. Our goal is for all riders to experience success while having fun.

Reins of Hope offers group lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning in mid March and running through mid October. Our lessons are grouped in 6 lesson cycles.

If you are interested in our program
Please contact our office at:
607-562-8000

Family Resources

Sprout
http://www.gosprout.org
Anthony@GoSprout.org
Phone: 888-222-9575
Sprout is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation grow through challenging and safe travel experiences. Based in New York City, our programs are available to people with MR/DD and the agencies that serve them throughout the United States.

Founded in 1979, Sprout is an exciting and innovative organization that serves over 1800 people with special needs each year.

Our participants have the opportunity to experience age-appropriate, recreational and leisure activities in a small group setting. By offering these experiences, we hope to enhance the mobility, self-confidence and socialization of our participants. And through community-based activities, Sprout strives to break down some of the barriers that exist between participants and the general public.

The majority of the people who participate in our vacations are adults with developmental disabilities, with the most common disability being mental retardation. Our participants fall in the range of moderate to high functioning levels, with some individuals requiring a fair amount of assistance with basic living skills, while others are quite independent. All of our participants can travel within the typical group size of 10 participants and 3 leaders.

Driver Ed in a Box
http://www.teendriveamerica.com
Phone: 1-800-562-6405

Freedom from the Spirit of Anger by Dr. S.M. Davis
Phone: 1-800-500-8853
Other titles in the Anger Series: Anger the Destroyer, What Impatience Does, Unerstanding What the Boble Saya About Scorn & Mockery, How to Help a Man With Anger

Family Radio – The Sound of the New Life
http://www.familyradio.com

Higher Rock Ministries – Long Island
Phone: 1-631-368-6081
Christian counseling, community education, and habilitation services to people with disabilities and their families (service coordination, counseling services, family support workshops)

Home Schooling Children With Special Needs by Sharon Hensley, M.A.
http://www.almadenvalleychristianschool.com
Phone: 1-408-997-0290
ISBN 1-56857-010-4; AVCS Books, 6291 Vegas Drive, San Jose, CA

Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri maxwell
http://www.Titus2.com
Phone: 1-913-772-0392
ISBN 0-9669107-1-0; Available through Titus2.com

Miracles of Child Development by Robert Doman (Audio Set)
http://www.nacd.org

Sandy Cove
Phone: 1-800-234-2683
Fun family vacations at Christian Conference Center

Solve Family Problems
Phone: 1-800-500-8853

The Family Book of Manners by Hermine Hartley
ISBN 1-55748-152-0

Urban Homemaker
http://www.urbanhomemaker.com
Phone: 1-970-527-7540

Exceptional Parent Magazine
http://eparent.com/
Magazine and Special Needs Resources

Awana Club
Awana Club currently has a Friends Club Ministry for churches which includes story time, activity time, and Bible memorization. For more information, call 630-540-4680

Teaching Resources

Child Diagnostics, Inc.
http://www.diannecraft.org
Phone: 1-303-697-7511
Brain Integration Therapy Manual, The Biology of Behavior, understanding and Helping the Struggling Learner, Is It Really ADD, Teaching the Right Brain Child, and other support materials.

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style by Mariaemme Willis, M.S. and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A.
ISBN 0-7615-2013-9

Easy Homeschooling Techniques by Lorraine Curry
ISBN 1-55306-048-2

Guide to Learning Disabilities by Robert Doman
http://www.nacd.org

If / Then Chart
http://www.Titus2.com
To help children understand inappropriate behavior and it’s consequences.

Teaching Assistance Program
http://www.etap.org

The Complete Home Learning Source Book by Rebecca Rupp
ISBN 0-609-80109-0

The Well Trained Mind – A Guide to Classsical Education At Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
ISBN 0-393-04752-0

Practical Homeschooling Magazine
http://www.home-school.com
Phone: 1-636-529-0137

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop
http://www.ellenjmchenry.com
info@ourcompany.com
Welcome to Ellen’s world of educational inventions! Ellen McHenry has been building and inventing educational things for the past 20 years. These “things” include educational games, projects, songs, activities, skits, plays, textbooks, hands-on science exhibits, and published books.

Help 4 Dyslexia
http://www.help4dyslexia.com/
dyslexia.help@help4dyslexia.com
The website to go along with the “A Reading Program for Overcoming Dyslexia.” Most lessons have dictations that can be accessed for free through this website. Your student/child will be able to play, pause and rewind the dictations at their own pace.

Boardmakershare
http://www.boardmakershare.com/
For those of you who use Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker programs or symbol supported instruction:(formerly adaptedlearning.com): sign up to access FREE materials, download them, or create and manage files on the site. Parents, teachers, therapists and Mayer-Johnson staff create print and interactive symbol/picture supported activities to aid in instruction of academic materials, appropriate behaviors, and concepts. You do need Boardmaker for the print materials, or Boardmaker Plus or Boardmaker Speaking Dynamically Pro for the interactive files. You can also upload and share materials you create.

Mayer-Johnson
http://www.Mayer-Johnson.com
FREE webinars and recorded sessions to enhance your knowledge and better utilize your/your child’s current assistive technology.

Dynavoxtech
http://www.dynavoxtech.com
FREE webinars and recorded sessions to enhance your knowledge and better utilize your/your child’s current assistive technology.

Described and Captioned Media Program

http://www.dcmp.org

The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The Library: Free-loan described and captioned educational media is available to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. This educational media is made accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing via captioning and to the blind and visually impaired via description. With over 4,000 titles (and growing!) available for viewing, the DCMP is continuing to provide equal accessibility to these students and the professionals who serve them.

Testing Services & Testing Resources

Hewitt Resources
http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com
Phone: 1-360-835-8707
PASS Test (Personal Achievement Summary System)

Seton Testing Serivces
http://www.setontesting.com
Phone: 1-800-542-1066
California Achievement Test

Bob Jones University
Phone: 1-800-845-5731
Stanford Achievement Test

A Guide to 85 Tests for Special Education by Carolyn Compton, Ph.D.
ISBN 0-8224-3585-3

Summitt Christian Academy
http://www.scahomeschool.com
Phone: 1-800-362-9180

Sycamore Tree
Phone: 1-800-779-6750

Triangle Education Assessments
http://www.homeschoolertests.com

Bayside School Services
http://www.baysideschoolservices.com/cat.html
Bayside School Services offers the Complete Battery of the CAT/5. The CAT/5 sets the standard in standardized testing. It is available for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

They also offer the Basic Skills test. It starts at Grade 1 and includes everything in the Complete Battery except the sections on Science and Social Studies.

The Survey test starts at Grade 2 and requires the least amount of time to administer. It uses twenty questions from each section of the Complete Battery. Skills Mastery information provided with the Complete Battery and Basic Skills tests is not available in the Survey report.

Tests through Grade 6 include FREE publisher recommended Practice Exercises!

The highly recommend that the CAT/5 Survey Test be used for students with special needs. See FAQ on their website.

Gifted Learners

Gifted Education Site
http://www.bellaonline.com/site/GiftedEd
Lorel Shea, the editor of this website, has four gifted kids. She has presented at various venues including Mensa programs, homeschool and gifted conferences.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/home_sc.htm
This website is full of information on homeschooling gifted-learners. [/toogle]

Life Skills Opportunities

The Mixing Bowl Academy
Kids Cooking Classes-On line & LIVE! Sandi Sanchez leads these fantastic On-Line cooking classes.

Bethal Hobbs Farm – Suffolk County, NY
http://www.hobbsfarm.info
ann@hobbsfarm.info
Located at 178 Oxhead Rd. in Centereach, New York in Suffolk County, Hobbs Farm is always in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer on the farm, contact Ann at (631) 580-0426