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Special Needs Enrichment Services Programming

Mission

To provide enrichment programs that are appropriate for children with ADHD, speech/language delays, Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, ASD or any other social and emotional problems. 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, opportunity, and encouragement is all a child with special needs requires to be successful our enrichment programming. With small groups, in a warm nurturing atmosphere, your child will succeed at those activities in which she or he wishes to participate. Self-esteem will be cultivated, creativity will be encouraged and friendships will be developed. Our staff includes a team of dedicated leaders and many work in special needs programs within schools during the week. Some of our programs are made available through a family support services grant from  NY OPWDD although JCCMW’s programs are not processed through medicaid waivers.

Special Needs Enrichment Programs 

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

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. Ages 12-21, Saturdays, 6:30pm-8pm, Fall 2020 program dates: 9/26, 10/24, 11/21 & 12/12

Sunday/Funday

Offered for two sessions, this all-inclusive social skills development program is carried out through art, music, sports and technology.  Groups are divided by age and integrated when applicable. Participants receive individualized attention from group leaders, speciality instructors, and teen volunteers.
Ask about our  complimentary ‘trial’ class! Ages 3-21, Sundays, 9am-2pm, Fall 2020 program dates: 9/27, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20

Tai Chi – Parent & Child Class

A certified instructor will introduce you and your child to the basic tenets of Tai Chi, proven to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength. alleviate stress/anxiety, symptoms of asthma, and increases one’s energy level.  Participant & Parent /Caregiver class.  Classes limited to 6 students. Ages 8+, Sundays, 12pm-12:45pm  Fall 2020 program dates: 9/27, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20    

Small Group Swim Instruction (Anticipated Restart Spring 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 environment.
Ages 6+

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. Ages 20+

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 schedule).  Saturday Night Social volunteers must commit for a total of 10 Saturdays, 5:45pm-8pm.

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 school year season 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 JCC on the Hudson. 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.

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. 

Thank you for supporting the J.

We look forward to seeing you at the fall FUNdraiser.