Local Special Needs Resource Round Up

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 2:13pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Special Needs Resource Round Up

Every parent needs a list of resources and support to make life easier. If you have a child with special needs, having those resources is extremely valuable. With the help from local parents, we’ve put together a Special Needs Resource Round Up of hair stylists, medical professionals, babysitter services, local parenting groups, and more who specialize or work well with children with special needs:

Hair Stylists

  • Pigtails & Crewcuts in Montclair
    “Owner Di Wang will open early or stay late and her staff is very sensitive and patient with children who have sensory issues and autism.”
  • Celeste at Oro Hairdresser in Watchung Plaza, Montclair
    “Incredibly patient with children who have issues.”
  • Jacquie at Steve DeLuca’s Townhouse in Montclair
    “She is AWESOME –so happy I found her. She is awesome with kids that have trouble sitting still or have anxiety about haircuts. And will pretty much make them look like a rock star.”


  • MetroWest ABLE has a number of teens who just completed a five-week training course in learning to babysit for children with special needs, including CPR and First Aid certification.  If you are interested in receiving contact information for these teens, please contact Becca here or call (973) 929-3129.


  • Yoga Instructor for children with special needs: Jacqueline Ruderman, Montclair 973 997 6528
  • Social Sensory Connections is a program offering social skills groups, communication and sensory support for children ages 3 and up.


  • First Mountain Dental in Montclair
    “Dr. Trinchas and his staff are amazing with kids who have sensory issues and autism.”

Parenting Groups


  • Kid Clan  in Clifton for Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy
    “Our therapist has changed our lives!”
  • Erica Zaklin, LCSW in Montclair: specializes in addressing Sensory Processing Disorder and the Anxiety/Depression
    “She’s wonderful and is going to be running a SPD educational support group for parents this fall.”
  • Social Skills Group – Lois Feigenbaum, LCSW
    “Lois is wonderful!”


Education and Resources


Do you have a great resource for children with special needs? Please share in comments and we’ll add to the list.


  1. POSTED BY monica  |  September 18, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Social Skills Group – Lois Feigenbaum, LCSW
    http://www.creativesociallearning.com, Lois is wonderful!!!

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  September 18, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Thanks Monica,

    We’ve added it to the list.

  3. POSTED BY mstjacques74  |  September 19, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    There’s a new Sensory Processing Disorder support group in Montclair beginning Oct. 1, 2013. It will run on Tuesday evening and is being facilitated by a child psychotherapist and occupational therapist who specialize in working with children with SPD. My husband and I went to the first series and loved it — loved the therapists and really valued the information. Happy to field any questions you might have about our experience.

    Here’s the contact info:
    Ilana Kanovsky, OT – 646-302-9624
    Erica Zaklin, LCSW – 201-707-1437

  4. POSTED BY montclairfunnyone  |  October 09, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Hi! I’m a certified P-3 teacher. I recently completed the Montclair State University Graduate Certificate Program in Developmental Models of Autism Assessment and Intervention. I’m trained to work with children who are on the autism spectrum, using a DIR/Floortime approach to play. If you have a child who needs some Floortime informed play, one on one or with friends, drop me an email @ [email protected].

  5. POSTED BY epic7  |  October 23, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    HI, I would like to add a great childcare resource for special needs.
    EPIC is an all inclusive daycare. An educational inclusive setting for the Well, Special and Medically needy child. We provide an educational and socially stimulating environment for Infants to school aged children.
    Contact Info 973-509-0001
    Nicole 973-342-6904

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