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Support Groups 2017-10-16T01:30:45+00:00

Special Needs Caregiver Support Group

While attention and assistance is given to individuals with special needs, the people caring for them are often forgotten. Join our Caregiver support group, geared specifically to those caring for a family member with special needs. This group will allow the often invisible person behind the chair the opportunity to talk about how having a special needs child or family member effects their life and let’s them express their feelings about the care they give to their family member. This group provides caregivers a safe place to express their frustration, anxiety and fears in the presence of a caring social worker. The social worker will provide support, empowerment and will work with the group to help the participants identify coping mechanisms. She will also offer referrals and provide information regarding services as needed.

Monthly, beginning October 6
No fee.

For further information please call Naomi Lewis, LMSW at 516 569 6733 Ext 215

Special Needs Support Group

This group is geared towards adults with special needs, offering support and the opportunity to share and discuss issues and struggles that they face in their lives.

The facilitator, who is a special needs staff member, encourages the members of the group to engage in problem solving, offers ideas for improving social skills and raise self-awareness through introspective discussion. The group takes place before our LIFE program on Monday evenings, from 6:15pm to 6:45pm.

No fee.

For further information please contact


Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations CLASSP is a unique opportunity offered by The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in collaboration with the JCCs on Long Island and Camp Ramapo. Through this program, teens receive training in working with children with special needs. They can earn college credit through C.W. Post by attending monthly seminars and volunteering to provide services and mentoring students with special needs.

Applicants must be high-school students aged 15 and over. Applications for the fall semester will be accepted beginning in July.

For application information please contact Sharona Arbeit at 516-569-6733, ext. 216

This program is made possible by the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group (T.B.I.)

This program provides ongoing socialization, emotional support and friendship opportunities. In addition, support, respite and resources are offered to family members. Exercise, counseling, lunch and guest speakers are all incorporated into the weekly program at The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC.

For information contact Lisa Barnett, LCSWR at (516) 569-6733.

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst

Mondays – 10:00am–1:00pm
Fee: $10.00

Fridays – 10:00am–12:00pm (cognitive rehabilitation)
Fee $5.00

This program is made possible in part by the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation.