Activities for Youth & Teens with Special Needs | Fall 2014

Mindy Cohen, LMSW, Director

The JCC welcomes individual with special needs to participate in inclusive and self contained programs.  Our professional staff and handicapped accessible facilities provide a warm and welcoming environment for individuals and their families on so many levels.  From classes and programs for children to outings for adults and counseling and support for families, there is something here for you.

Contact Mindy at 914.366.7898 to schedule an intake and register.

Social and Recreational Groups

Super Sunday   (5-12 Years)
The focus in Super Sunday is on each individual child. Helping children navigate the social world successfully, the program is designed to increase opportunities for peer socialization, friendship groups and opportunities to practice the socialization skills learned in the program. Each child gains confidence by making independent choices geared to his/her individual needs.

Leaders: Mindy Cohen and Kim Kaczmarek
Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fee: $400 for registration received on or by 9/1, $425 after 9/1
This program is funded in part by the Hudson Valley Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health

 

Sunday in the Neighborhood (13-16 Years)
Located at 43 Wildey Street in Tarrytown, the destination is a simulated, model apartment space. This program is the logical next step after the Super Sunday program. It combines life skill learning with social and recreational experiences for teens. Participants shop, budget, market and cook together, learn laundry and housekeeping skills, venture into the local town, enjoy gaming and other typical and appropriate activities for teens in a normative environment. It is a very unique program facilitated by a special educator and adult habilitation specialist, both with many years of experience.

Sundays 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 for registration received on or by 9/1, $425 after 9/1
This program is funded in part by the Hudson Valley Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health

 

Saturday Night Out  (Ages 10-15)
Let's face it; children don't always want their parents accompanying them to activities. This supervised program offers kids a venue to socialize on the weekends with their friends. Parents drop off their child at a designated place which might be bowling, movies, sport events, local plays or a restaurant. Tweens begin to build independence as they learn how to manage money, behave in a safe and appropriate manner in the community, and interact with one another during fun social activities.  Facilitator: Tricia Gressel. Call for dates, times, and fees.

 

Keeping it REAL in The Neighborhood (KIRTN)  High school students
KIRTN is a collaborative project of the JCC on the Hudson and the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns. Through after-school and weekend offerings, KIRTN makes a real commitment to preparing our folks with special needs for the adult world.

Multiple program choices enable peer group development, emotional growth, learning and practicing life skills, and providing opportunities to engage in and with the wider community. KIRTN will offer a place of belonging and community through and beyond high school.  A simulated model apartment at 43 Wildey Street in Tarrytown is the destination for two Drop-In programs on Mondays and Fridays and a Young Men’s group on Wednesday afternoons. After-school hours are available to Tarrytown residents and the wider Westchester Community, bringing together people who otherwise would not have a place to gather, socialize, recreate and learn. Contact Mindy Cohen for information, dates and times at 914-366-7898. 

These programs are free thanks to grants from Westchester Community Foundation, Kids Club, and J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation.

 

Sib Connect   (Typical siblings ages 5 and older)
A family member with a disability impacts the whole family. A fun, relaxed atmosphere creates opportunities for siblings to share their experiences and unique concerns. This program encourages participants to focus on themselves and each other. Sib Connect runs concurrently with the Super Sunday programming. Contact Mindy Cohen at 366.7898. 

Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fee: $325/semester

 

After School and Vacation Programs

Almost Home Plus       (Grades K-6)
After school care for children with an IEP, 504 or other behavioral and developmental differences requiring more individualized attention to ensure a safe, fun, and successful experience in an inclusive after school setting. Almost Home Plus students participate in all Almost Home activities. To schedule a required intake interview, contact Mindy Cohen, ext. 108. See Almost Home for more information.

Almost Home Plus is funded  in part by a grant from the Hudson Valley Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

 

SKIP: Special Kids Interesting Places   (Grades K-6)
Spend your school vacation with us.  Travel to museums, arcades, and other points of interest with our experienced staff to ensure safety and fun.  Children with special needs require an intake interview.

Columbus Day, October 13; Veteran’s Day, November 11; December Break, 22-January 2
SKIP Almost Home Plus is funded in part by a grant from the Hudson Valley Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.