Words of Inspiration:
It takes rare gifts, talents and rare personalities to be real pathfinders in this work. There are no royal roads. It is all a problem of being true to ones natures and opportunities. And to teach others to do the same with themselves. -Adolf Meyer, OTR/L     I will walk the road however hard it is, because only on the road can you see that yesterday lies behind you and tomorrow waits on the path ahead. The road measures life in distance. The further you travel, the longer you live. -Ma Jian     It is not the way you fall, it's how you get up. -Michele Kwan     It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else. -Erma Bombeck     Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it turned into a butterfly. -Anonymous     Thank you to all my friends. -Christina Bellini-Zaher
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Certification in Adult/Child CPR

The Therapy Center is now offering a two year certification in Adult/Child CPR.

Call (631) 207-1053 for more information.

The Bureau of Early Intervention (BEI) Calendar of Sponsored Trainings

The Bureau of Early Intervention (BEI) Calendar of Sponsored Trainings has been updated and can be viewed at

Do you have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who has a younger infant sibling?

The Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) at the Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is looking for participants!

Autism Speaks announced in February it had provided $5 million to expand and link two large-scale, multi-site studies of more than 2000 infant siblings of children with autism, who are at higher genetic risk for developing the disorder.This unprecedented research effort will investigate genetic and environmental risk factors for autism from pre-natal development through early childhood. Read more about the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) Network and the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation projects here.

We are proud to be able to fund this research – and couldn’t do that without every dollar raised through our Walk program, special events and donations. Thank you for your support.

Twin and family studies have shown that younger brothers and sisters of children with autism are at a higher risk of developing autism than those children who do not have relatives with this condition. Information gained about early brain development in children with autism may improve methods of early detection and intervention for infants who may be at risk for developing autism. Earlier identification and treatment may lead to better outcomes for these young children and their families.

At the Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we aim to identify very early brain features that may be characteristic of infants at risk for autism. To do this, we are actively seeking to enroll families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder and an infant sibling 6 months old or younger for the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS). Developmental evaluations and MRI scans of your infant’s brain will be completed at 6, 12, and 24 months of age. Compensation for participation will be provided, and travel arrangements can be made for families traveling from further distances.

To learn more about participating in this study, please contact our study coordinator at 1-866-570-6524 (toll free) or autism@email.chop.edu.

Investigational Drug Study for Children with Autistic Disorder

Does your child seem overly irritable or aggressive (towards either self and/or others)? Does your child throw tantrums or have quick changes in mood? Is your child between 5 and 17 years of age?

If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted at the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the study drug on irritability and related behaviors associated with Autistic Disorder in children and adolescents.

Participation in this study involves:
-A diagnostic assessment
-Monitoring visits with the study psychiatrist and research staff
-Study drug or placebo (a substance containing no medication) for 6 weeks, with the possibility of a 26-week extension trial where all participants will receive the study drug.
-If your child qualifies, all of the above is provided at no charge, including all aspects of the evaluation, study visits and study drug.

For more information about the project, contact the study coordinator, Linda Spritzer, at (516) 802-8608 or e-mail at lspritze@nshs.edu.

This study is being conducted at 4300 HEMPSTEAD TURNPIKE, BETHPAGE , NY 11714

"A Child Less Than Perfect" Support Group

A Support Group for Parents & Loved Ones of Children with Special Needs

Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month

Meetings are being held at The United Methodist Church
2915 Davison Ave in Oceanside
For more info and questions, contact Corrine at 516-316-0451 or RINS083082@aol.com.

Social Skills Training Groups for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Babylon Psychological Services is now forming new social skills groups starting this summer for children with Autistic Specturm Disorders. Five and Ten session groups are available for the small fee of $15.00 per session. Each group is 30-60 minutes long depending upon the age range of the children. We are accepting applications for children at all ages and developmental levels. Please call for additional information 631-242-2250. Parent training groups are also available.

Babylon Psychological Services
1600 Deer Park Avenue
Deer Park, NY 11729




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About Therapy Center for Children

Founded by Christina Bellini-Zaher, MS, OTR/L, The Therapy Center for Children is a "placement agency" composed of licensed and experienced pediatric physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and special educators.

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