Youth & Teens with Special Needs

Fall 2016

Melanie Fields, 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
 Melanie Fields 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: Melanie Fields and Kim Kaczmarek

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., begins 10/16 
$450 per program
Save $50 by paying in full by 9/1, or 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, 5+ years)
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 Super Sunday programming.
Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., begins 10/16
Fee: $335

 

Almost Home Plus (grades K-6)
Inclusive afterschool care for children 
with an IEP, 504 Plan or 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. See Almost Home for more information. Contact Melanie Fields for an intake interview.

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


Vacation Sensations Plus (formerly SKIP)
Travel to museums, arcades, and other points of interest with our experienced staff to ensure safety and fun. Intake required for new participants.  Programs are contingent upon sufficient registration.  Contact Melanie Fields, MSW, mfields@JCContheHudson.org.

Columbus Day, October 10
Veteran’s Day, November 11
December Break, December 23, 26-30.

VS Plus is funded in part by a grant from the Hudson Valley Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

 

Saturday Night Out (10-15 years)
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 funsocial activities. This program also offers Girls Only and Boys Only groups. Contact facilitator Tricia Gressel at 914.907.3917 for event schedules and fees.

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

 

 Teens with Special Needs: 

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Keeping it REAL in The Neighborhood (KIRTN*)
for H.S. Students & Graduates

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.

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.

 

KIRTN Programs at the apartment include:


Saturday in the Neighborhood
Sunday in the Neighborhood
These programs combine recreational options and life skill building activities in a normative setting. Activities range from gaming and foosball, to budgeting, housekeeping, shopping and cooking.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; begins 10/15 & 16
Fee: $450 per program
Save $50 by paying in full by 9/1. Save $25 by leaving a $100 deposit by 9/1

 

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

 

SHADE Social Group for Sleepy Hollow High School Students
Social, recreational, and community building activities. General education student participation adds energy and positive role models to the program.

Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Free!

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


Saturday Night Out (10-15 years)
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 funsocial activities. This program also offers Girls Only and Boys Only groups. Contact facilitator Tricia Gressel at 914.907.3917 for event schedules and fees.

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

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