In recent years, the specter of Autism has become a global phenomenon— impacting Long Island families at an alarming rate. FSL Autism Programs offer a variety of helpful services structured to help parents cope with raising a child with a developmental disability. These programs also help parents deal with the emotional and psychological challenges within the family by sponsoring self-help, support groups.
Social Skills Program
This program is designed for children on the autism spectrum (ages 6-15). Its aim is to foster the development of skills needed to build friendships and interact with fellow students and other community members. These social get-togethers are fun-filled, educational sessions facilitated by licensed special education teachers and social workers. Additionally, FSL sponsors an annual seminar for parents and educators that focuses on new research, techniques, and methods in the field of autism.
Parent Support Group
This program is offered concurrently with our Social Skills Program. It provides parents with an outlet to engage in peer discussions that focuses on the unique issues confronting both parents and siblings of a child on the spectrum.
The Autism Respite Recreation Program
This program enhances the social skills of autistic children in a relaxed and recreational setting. The program prevents social isolation for children who often are not involved in peer play groups. Siblings can participate, as well as parents. The program consists of 24 sessions, twice a month, scheduled on Sundays throughout the year. Sessions are 1 1/2 hours each.
Each child and parent participates in an intake to determine suitability.
For more information please contact:
Barbara Silverstein, MA, Program Coordinator, (631) 998-0016
40 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978