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Special Needs Enrichment Services Programming

Mission

To provide special needs enrichment programs that are appropriate for children with ADHD, speech/language delays, Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, ASD or any other developmental disabilities. This is a non-sectarian program that provides scholarships and 1:1 assistants whenever possible. All programs support each child’s individualized needs.

Approach

A combination of teamwork, encouragement, compassion, respect and assumption of ability enable the success of our special needs enrichment programs. With small groups, in a warm nurturing atmosphere, your child will be guided to assist the development of physical,  pragmatic communication and social skills. Self-esteem will be cultivated, creativity will be encouraged and friendships will be developed. Our enrichment staff includes a team of dedicated leaders who often work in special needs programs within local school districts during the weekdays. Some of our programs are made available through a family support services grant from  NY OPWDD.  Scholarships are available based on a sliding scale and income verification.

Special Needs Enrichment Programs 

  • Circle of Friends (adult socialization group)
  • Saturday Night Social
  • SibConnection
  • Small Group Swim Lessons (Anticipated restart Fall 2021)
  • Sunday/Funday
  • Tai Chi
  • Teen Volunteering & Community Service

Contact Mara Roberge at robergem@jccmw.org for detailed information on all above programs

Saturday Night Social (SNS)

A teen-only social experience running 1 Saturday night a month.  Program typically includes a community dinner and an evening social activity or social action project. Due to COVID-19, dinner will not be served this year.
Ages 12-21, Saturdays, 6:30pm-8pm

Fall 2021 program dates:  September 18 – December 18, 2021
No programs on: 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21, 10/16/21, 10/30/21, 11/6/21, 11/13/21, 11/27/21, 12/4/21, 12/11/21 & 12/25/21

Winter Spring 2022: January 22 -May 14, 2022
No programs on: 1/29/22, 2/5/22, 2/12/22, 2/19/22, 3/5/22, 3/12/22, 3/26/22, 4/2/22, 4/16/22, 4/23/22, 5/7/22

Sunday/Funday

Offered for two sessions during the school year, plus a shorter summer session, this all-inclusive social skills development program is carried out through art, music, gymnastics, active play, social skills and technology. Grouped primarily by age, participants receive individualized attention from group leaders, specialist instructors, and devoted teen volunteers.
Ask about our  complimentary ‘trial’ class and see if our program is a good fit for your child.
Ages 3-21, Sundays, 9am-12pm

Winter/Spring 2021 program dates: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23 & 6/6

Summer 2021: 6 Sundays, July 11 – August 15, 2021

Fall 2021:  September 19 – December 19, 2021
No programs on:  9/26/21, 10/10/21, 10/17/21, 11/28/21, 12/26/21

Winter Spring 2022: January 9 – May 22, 2022
No programs on: 1/16/22, 2/13/22, 2/20/22, 4/17/22, 4/24/22, 5/8/22

Tai Chi – Parent/Caregiver/Sibling & Child Class

Offered for two sessions and taught by a certified Tai Chi Instructor, this program offers the unique opportunity for participation by both the participant and their parent/caregiver or sibling.  Participants and their partners will be introduced to the basic tenets of Tai Chi, proven to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength, alleviate stress/anxiety, symptoms of asthma and increase one’s energy level.

Limit of 6 participants. Ages 8-21, Sundays, 12pm-12:45pm

Fall 2021 program dates:  September 19 – December 19
No Program on: 9/26/21, 10/10/21, 10/17/21, 11/28/21, 12/26/21

Winter Spring 2022: January 9 – May 22, 2022
No programs on: 1/16/22, 2/13/22, 2/20/22, 4/17/22, 4/24/22, 5/8/22

Small Group Swim Instruction (Anticipated Restart Fall 2021)

Small group swim instruction lessons designed to teach basic skills such as bubble blowing, kicking, big arms and safety jumps.  With the use of flotation devices, children will become comfortable in the water.  As a reminder, children must wear a swim diaper if not completely restroom trained. Limited class size.  Ratio: 6 children: 2 instructors: 1 lifeguard. All ages.

SibConnection

A support group for children and adolescents coping with issues related to having a sibling with a developmental disability. Participants can share, explore feelings, and learn in a safe and supportive environment.
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages 6+ – Elementary or Teen Groups Available Upon Request

Fall 2021 program dates: October 6 – December 15
No programs on: 11/24/21, 12/22/21 & 12/29/21

Winter Spring 2022: January 5 – May 18, 2022
No programs on: 2/16/21, 4/20/22

Circle of Friends

This group provides a venue for individuals 20 and older who identify themselves as having special needs to get together and enjoy social activities of the group’s choice. They gather on a regular basis once a month to enrich their social lives by planning activities based on mutual interests. Participants must live outside of a residential facility and be qualified with OPWDD. Ages 20+

Interested? Email Mara Roberge, robergem@jccmw.org

Teen Volunteering and Community Service

Volunteers must commit to participating from September – June.  Times/days vary based on on program of interest.  Sunday/Funday volunteers must commit for a total of 26 Sundays, 8:45am-12pm (see annual schedule).  Saturday Night Social volunteers must commit for a total of 10 Saturdays, 6pm-8pm (see annual schedule).

We offer 12 and 13 year olds a unique community service experience that can serve as a B’nei Mitzvah project by doing volunteer work through our Special Needs Enrichment Services department programming.  In addition, high school students may commit as a volunteer to meet their community service requirements while enhancing their college resumes. All volunteers are required to commit to the entire program year  of their chosen program dates to ensure consistency for our participants.

Through a grant made possible by the Z.B. & J.E. Butler Foundation, selected teen volunteers will participate in the CLASSP/Special Needs Training Institute (SNTI), a program coordinated with other NY agencies. Teens attend classes and volunteer with children with special needs while earning one (1) college credit and a stipend upon completion.  The program culminates with the Annual Youth Leader Worker Conference in early Spring.

Please reach out to join in supporting our community and the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world).  Please follow this link to register as a volunteer and let us know of your interests and availability.  Background checks may be required depending on the department selected for volunteering.  Our Community Engagement Director will reach out upon receipt of your registration.

Volunteer Inquiry Process

  1. Potential volunteer completes the registration form.
  2. JCCMW Community Engagement Director reaches out via email to provide the volunteer application form and the JCCMW’s volunteer manual, and to schedule a zoom informational meeting to learn about your interests, availability & preferences
  3. Informational zoom meeting & submission of volunteer application form.  Click here for the application form.
  4. Volunteer placement (departments may have additional required paperwork)

For more information email Mara Roberge at robergem@jccmw.org

Teen Social Action at JCCMW

The JCC provides Westchester teens with numerous volunteer programs that provide professional skill building while enhancing leadership qualities. Through community service and our volunteer programs, teens can live the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). From helping in a specific program, department or executing a social action project, there are countless ways to get involved and make a difference in our Westchester community!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  

Margaret Mead
Teens can serve as volunteers in special needs, after school program or other enrichment departments and gain from the experience of interacting and supporting our child participants by mentoring, engaging in activities and building relationships. Volunteers often describe the experience as, “life changing” and many teens have found their experiences helpful in determining the directions they would like to take with their future professional careers.