If you find yourself devoting a lot of time to meet the needs of your child with special needs and sometimes feeling that the needs of your other children are either being put on the back burner or going unnoticed then this is the workshop for you.

We will focus on talking about the experience of the sibling and provide concrete steps that you can take as parents to support them and meet their needs.

When? Wednesday May 21 @ 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Where? Watch Me Grow, Children’s Sensory Gym & Speech-Language Center, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003

Cost? Free

I will co-lead this workshop with my colleague Lauren Tobing-Puente, Ph.D. http://drtobingpuente.com/

RSVP to me via email: sonali@sonalizoracki.com or via phone: (917) 274-7248

Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.  A great free app for your smart phone that can help you to “just  breathe” is the Relax Lite – Stress & Anxiety Relief app .  Download it now and follow along as the music and visuals guide you through the breathing exercise.  Remember – abdominal breathing is key; your belly should go outward on an inhale and should draw inward on an exhale.

When you are feeling low, it can be helpful to engage in fun and pleasurable activities.  Research shows that people who engage in enjoyable leisure activities on a frequent basis have better psychological and physical health.  Follow this link to find a “big” list of simple and easy things that you can do if you are stuck for ideas: http://www.newharbingeronline.com/excerpts/cbtWkbkPD/Chapter_4-2_Pleasurable_Activities.pdf

A Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Sessions will be focused on providing support to one another, learning healthy coping behaviors & stress reduction techniques, problem solving challenging behaviors, and sharing resources.

When? 6 Wednesdays; April 2, 9, 23, 30, & May 7, 14 2014 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where? Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS) 123 4th Ave, between 12th & 13th St., 2nd Floor {steps from Union Sq}

Cost? $240 for the 6 week group

How do I register? Contact me via email at sonali@sonalizoracki.com or via phone at (917) 274-7248

The new year is an opportunity to start afresh.  Did you make a resolution for 2014 that involves taking better care of yourself? Perhaps you resolved to manage your stress in a healthier way.  Research out of England has shown that it takes an average of 66 days to form a simple habit–that’s 66 days to make your resolution stick.  If you feel your resolve wavering, it may be helpful to write encouraging notes to yourself, to give yourself a pep talk, and to engage the support of family and friends so that you can stay on track.  Remember, in just a little over two months you will be closer to a healthier and happier you!

Announcing a 3 week, pre-holiday, stress reduction group focused on helping you create a personalized stress reduction plan & overcome any obstacles in achieving your stress management goals.


Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, & 17 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm


80 E 11th St., New York, NY 10003



Email sonali@sonalizoracki.com or call (917) 274-7248 to sign up.  Space is limited so sign up now!

Taking Care of Ourselves: A stress reduction workshop for parents & caregivers of children with special needs

Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful. The holidays can bring with them additional stressors so this holiday season it is even more important that you learn to manage your stress instead of letting it manage you. In this workshop you will learn simple stress management and relaxation skills that will enable you to self-soothe.

When: Wednesday Nov 20, 2013 @ 7-830pm

Where: Watch me Grow, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003


Cost: FREE

RSVP via email to Sonali at sonali@sonalizoracki.com

Register now as space is limited!