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. All classes are personalized to support each child’s individualized needs.
A combination of teamwork, opportunity, and encouragement is all a child with special needs requires to be successful in the Developmental Disabilities Enrichment Services. With small classes, 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 educators and social workers well known in their respective fields. These programs are made available through grants from NY OPWDD.
Sunday/Funday – Pre-K to 12 year olds
Join us for an all-inclusive social skilled based program which is carried out through programming in sports/recreation, art, music, theatre and creative movement. Sunday/Funday provides an opportunity for your child to cultivate friendships with other participants and further develop their social skills.
Groups will be divided by ability and age and integrated when applicable. Groups are overseen by staff educators with the assistance of teen volunteers. Specialty classes are facilitated by skilled instructors. Call Director, Mara Roberge to register today at 914-472-3300 x361. Please ask about our complimentary ‘trial’ class where your child can be evaluated to see if the program would be beneficial.
Sunday/Funday – Teen Integrated Group
Teen with developmental disabilities and teen peer mentors will meet for 3 hours featuring sports, social skills, human development, art, music, creative movement, and theatre. A complimentary ‘trial’ class is offered to see if the program would be benefit your teen.
|6 weeks, Summer||9:00am – 12 noon||July 10 – August 14, 2016|
|13 weeks, Fall||9:00am – 12 noon||October 23, 2016- January 29, 2017|
|13 weeks, Spring||9:00am – 12 noon||February 12-June 11, 2017|
End of Year Art Gallery and Performance on June 11, 2017 All Sunday/Funday participants are included.
Tai Chi – Parent & Child Class – Sundays
Ages 7-16, by permission of the Director
A certified instructor will introduce you and your child to the basic tenets of Tai Chi, which has been proven to improve balance, flexibility and muscle strength. The small class offers special, individualized attention. All levels included. Call Director, Mara Roberge to register today at 914-472-3300 x361.
|13 weeks, Fall||1:00-2:00pm||October 23, 2016-January 29, 2017|
|13 weeks, Spring||1:00-2:00pm||February 12-June 11, 2017|
Dance Therapy – Wednesday afternoons
This class is for boys and girls with developmental disabilities who enjoy dance and would benefit from a creative movement program that supports social, emotional, and motor growth. This class is taught by a Dance Therapist. Call Director, Mara Roberge to register at 914-472-3300 x361.
|13 weeks, Fall||4:00-5:00pm||October 26, 2016-February 1, 2017|
|13 weeks, Spring||4:00-5:00pm||February 15, 2016 -May 24, 2017|
See our Movement Therapy Video on YouTube:
Sib Connection – Wednesdays
Ages 6-15; 16 year olds become assistants
SibConnection provides a therapeutic support group for siblings who have brothers and sisters with special needs. It gives them the unique opportunity in a confidential group for peer support and to learn they are not alone. Led by Director, Mara Roberge.
|13 weeks, Fall||4:00-5:30pm||October 26, 2016-February 1, 2017|
|13 weeks, Spring||4:00-5:30pm||February 15, 2016 -May 24, 2017|
New! Teen Saturday Night Social
Once a month, beginning Spring 2017 – dates TBD
Teens and peer teen mentors with developmental disabilities will enjoy time together for exciting inclusive comunity and social action activities. The JCC will provide a venue to gather and enjoy a variety of social activities while enhancing social skills in an integrated environment. All participants must be approved by the Director.
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. Call 472-3300 x361 for exact dates and to register.
Volunteering and Community Service
(Volunteer must commit to participating from October – June for a total of 26 Sundays, 8:45am-12pm)
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 on Sunday/ Funday. In addition, high school students may commit as a volunteer to meet their community service requirements while enhancing their college resumes. All volunteers receive full training by our staff and are required to commit to the entire school year season of Sunday/Funday program dates to ensure consistency with our developmentally disabled child participants.
Through a grant made possible by the Z.B. & J.E. Butler Foundation, selected teen volunteers will participate in the Special Needs Training Institute (SNTI), a program coordinated with JCC on the Hudson. Teens attend classes and work with autistic children while earning one (1) college credit and a stipend upon completion. The program culminates with the Annual Youth Leader Worker Conference in early Spring 2017.