Classes and Programs in NYC

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    Kaiser’s Room

    Founding Director Stephane Duret introduces us to Kaiser's Room, a non-profit organization formed to inspire and support the development of children on the Autism Spectrum and related developmental delays through the performing arts.

Cooking with Jessica

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    Pear Bread Recipe

    Jessica makes pear bread that is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free and corn-free. Click on the "Read" tab for the recipe.

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    Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free, and refined sugar-free almond butter cookies per a viewer's request! These are a delicious and healthier alternative to peanut butter cookies! Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Breakfast Bars

    Jessica makes protein bars that are free of nuts, gluten, casein and refined sugar.  For the recipe and a link to the manual bag sealer, click on the "Read" tab.

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    Quinoa Tortillas

    Jessica makes whole grain quinoa tortillas with soaked quinoa and green split peas. They are free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, and rice. For the recipe, click on the "Read" tab at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jessica bakes gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free/corn-free/egg-free/nut-free chocolate chip cookies. For the recipe click on the "Read" tab under the viewer.

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    Brown Rice Tortillas

    Jessica makes sprouted brown rice and amaranth tortillas as an alternative to corn tortillas. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Whole Grain Millet & Buckwheat Pancakes

    Jessica makes gluten-free whole grain pancakes from millet and buckwheat groats. For the recipe click on the "Read" menu.

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    Dairy & Sugar Free Fudge

    Jessica makes fudge that is free of sugar and dairy and packed with a lot of nutrition. Yummy enough for kids and adults alike! Click on "READ" for the recipe.

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    Chocolate Coconut Truffles (Dairy-Free)

    Jessica makes dairy-free and refined sugar-free chocolate coconut truffles that everyone can feel good about! For recipe click on the "Read" menu below the viewer.

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    “Lemony Peach” Gluten-Free Muffins

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free and nut-free breakfast muffins. Click on READ for the recipe.

Diet & Biomedical

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    Sugar Alternatives

    All about the many natural and healthier alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Click on the "Read" tab for links to these substitutes.

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    Healthy Oils

    Jessica shares the benefits of swapping out highly refined and processed cooking oils with healthier alternatives.

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    Bone Broth

    Jessica shows us how to make bone broth - a healing and nourishing food for the gut and part of the GAPS diet. Click on the "Read" tab for more info and recipe.

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    Certified Fermentationist Cheryl Paswater describes the benefits of consuming sauerkraut, a lacto-fermented food which is recommended in the GAPS and Body Ecology Diets for helping to heal leaky gut syndrome. Click on Part 2 to watch Cheryl make the sauerkraut. For the recipe and an article on fermentation, click on the READ menu at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

    Learn the "pros and cons" of dairy-free milk alternatives, both packaged and homemade. Holistic Health Coach Jessica Van Kipp shows us how to make fresh almond milk. Click on "Read" for the recipe.


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    Cottage Class

    Manisha Snoyer introduces us to Cottage Class, a sharing economy marketplace for childhood education. She shares with us her experience with families of special needs children looking for learning environments within the homeschooling community in New York.

Local Caregivers/Therapists

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    Stephen on the Son-Rise Program

    Stephen has experience working in many home-based Son-Rise Programs in the NYC area. He shares some of what he has learned and how he continues to use those skills in his current work with kids as a play therapist and "manny."

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    Grow Your Village with Melody of Autism

    Faith Clarke, mother of a teenager with Autism, shares how the experience with her son helped her create a positive, loving and accepting team of caregivers and led her to start Melody of Autism in order to support other families.

Parents' Stories

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    Rachelle’s Story – How Going Dairy-Free Helped Her Boys

    Rachelle shares how a dairy elimination trial resulted in remarkable improvements in her two boys' physical and behavioral symptoms. Their constipation, vomiting, congestion and rashes are gone. Their mood and behavior significantly improved. CLICK ON PART 2 TO WATCH THE REST OF HER INTERVIEW.

Sensory Integration

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    Stress and The Sensory System

    Rita talks about how stress affects the sensory system and how feeling relaxed will help a child become more self-regulated. Click on Part 2 to watch Rita share a parent's story that illustrates how letting go of judgments is one very effective way to becoming more relaxed.

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    Diane on MNRI for her son

    Diane shares how MNRI (primitive reflex integration therapy) has helped her son. Please watch Part 2 for the rest of Diane's interview in which she shares how MNRI is an integrative approach not just for her son but the entire family. Click on the READ tab for the link to the MNRI website.

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    How To Help A Child With Handwriting

    Rita Gendelman (OTR/L) answers an occupational therapy grad student's question at Touro College during one of her lectures.


Core Needs NYC informs and educates families of children with developmental challenges or learning differences about the various treatment options available to them through media and personal consultations.

I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and love working with families of children with special needs.  I especially enjoy helping parents learn about the connection between food and behavior and finding ways together to improve their child’s dietary and nutrition intake so that they feel better and learn better.

As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum who made remarkable progress with the help of dietary changes among other things, I have experienced it first-hand and have accumulated hundreds of hours of training and research in multiple approaches that include:

  • Floortime
  • Son-Rise Program
  • MNRI – Reflex Integration Therapy with the Masgutova Method
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Biomedical
  • Homeopathy
  • Homeschooling
  • Speech Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
  • Self-Care for parents

My formal education includes: BFA in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (1997), and certificate as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (2017).

To set up a consultation with me contact


“I am in awe both of Denise’s commitment to her own child and also of how she has channeled that commitment into equipping herself with the knowledge she has needed to create dramatic and meaningful changes in his life. I have received better advice from Denise than from most of the doctors I have worked with over a period of many years. You will not find someone who is more knowledgeable about various therapies and treatments, both those which are favored by traditional Western medicine practitioners and alternative treatments and including both the benefits and the risks and downsides of those therapies and treatments. She has accumulated a wealth of valuable knowledge, including in particular on dietary concerns and ways to make food which is good for our kids’ bodies and brains but also tasty. I have benefitted from her counsel and advice and encourage others to consult her webpage and to take advantage of her services. You will gain lots of valuable information to help you to make better choices for your child!” – Patric, NYC

“I met Denise when my son was newly diagnosed. I was completely falling apart and devastated. I did not know what to do, or from where to start. Denise gave me a hope and wright direction, she spoke with me about Autism, she helped me to understand what it was and how everything in body was connected. She gave me advise from where to start, how to research and educate myself to better help my son. My perspective totally changed. I call Denise walking library. The most important thing is that she genuinely wants to help, always cares and ready to share her experience and knowledge!  I got lucky I meet her!! I am forever thankful!!” – Lali, NYC

“Unique and valuable resource for parents trying to find their way through the extremely complex web of therapeutic and treatment options for their children. Thank you for the close up view…empowering!” – Rachelle, NYC