Activities for Youth & Teens with Special Needs

Fall 2015

Mindy Cohen, LMSW, Director

We are dedicated to serving individuals with special needs across their life spans. Our programs reflect our desire to be inclusive whenever possible and to be exclusive when it makes sense for participants. We focus on providing care, safe and innovative programming using a positive behavioral approach, common sense, and flexible strategies that are unique for each participant.

We believe in transparency, open communication and problem solving. The families of our participants are our active partners in learning, evaluating programs, and guiding us in developing new ones. 

Intakes are required for all new special needs program participants.
There is no online registration for these programs.  
Contact
Mindy at 914.366.7898, ext. 108,  to schedule an intake and register for all programs.

 

Keeping It Real In the Neighborhood          After School & Vacations

Social and Recreational Groups    

 

Super Sunday   (5-12 Years)              

Super Sunday helps participants learn how to navigate the social world successfully, while having fun. Designed to build peer groups that extend beyond program time, Super Sunday incorporates regularly scheduled activities, trips and special days, promoting relationships, skill building and friendship.
Leaders: Mindy Cohen and Kim Kaczmarek
                                                         

24 Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., begins 10/4

Fee: $450
Save $50 by paying in full by 9/1
Save $25 by leaving a $100 deposit by 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.
 

 

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. Kids are encouraged to focus on themselves and each other.

Sib Connect runs concurrently with the Super Sunday programming.
Contact Mindy Cohen at 366.7898. 

11 Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., begins 10/4
Fee: $325/semester

 

New Saturday in the Neighborhood!
         Sunday in the Neighborhood @ The Apartment   (13-16 Years)      

Located at 43 Wildey Street in Tarrytown, the destination is a simulated, model apartment space. These programs are the logical next step after the Super Sunday program, combining recreational options and life skill building activities in a normative setting. Activities range from gaming and fooseball, to budgeting, houeskeeping, shopping and cooking. It's all good!

24 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., begins October 4
24 Sundays 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., begins October 5

Fee: $450 per Saturday or Sunday series
Save $50 by paying in full by 9/1
Save $25 by leaving a $100 deposit by 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)      
New! A Girls Only group in addition to the groups for Boys        

Let's face it; children don't always want their parents accompanying them to activities. This supervised program offers participants a venue to socialize on the weekends with their friends. Parents drop off their child at a designated place to enjoy bowling, movies,  local plays, restaurants and more. Participants begin to build independence as they learn how to manage money, build conversational skills, and interact with one another during fun social activities.  
Facilitator: Tricia Gressel. Call for a calendar of events.

This program is funded in part through a grant from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation.

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Keeping it REAL in The Neighborhood (KIRTN*)  13-21 years

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. By enabling peer group development, emotional growth, learning and practicing life skills, and providing opportunities to engage with the wider community, KIRTN offers a place ot belong. Our "model apartment" is at 43 Wildey Street in Tarrytown.

 Contact Mindy Cohen for information, dates and times at 914-366-7898, ext. 108. 

These programs are made possible through grants from Westchester Community Foundation, Kids Club, the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Hudson Valley DDSO, and the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns.

New! Exploring Art Painting Class
Fine artist Mary Steele will introduce you to the Masters and guide you in painting with acrylics.

10 weeks; dates to be determined
Fee: FREE + $25 materials fee. Limited space.
(Subsequent sessions will cost $100 + materials fee.)

Friday Drop-In Program
Cook and eat dinner, watch movies, hang out with friends.
Fridays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
FREE

SHADE Social Group
Social, recreational,and community building activities. General education students participation adds energy and positive role models to the program.
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
FREE

 

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, 914-366-7898, 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.

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

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