The K.I.S.S. (Kids In Special Services) Center at the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center was established in 2004 to provide a comprehensive range of programs and services for children through adults with developmental disabilities including, but not limited to those with learning disabilities, language delay, ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum disorders. It is funded by a grant from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler foundation as well as parent fundraisers and community contributions.
Our mission is to facilitate the development of social skills such as communication skills, problem solving and play that influence performance in the home, community, and school environments by systematically guiding the child along the hierarchy of skills necessary to navigate the social world.
Social Skills are a crucial component in everyday activities. Children who do not have the ability to interact in a positive and meaningful way oftentimes can feel isolated and frustrated, which may lead to an increase in maladaptive behaviors. Lack of social skills may lead to missed opportunities for diverse experiences. In order for children with social skills deficits to succeed, it is essential that they are provided with the support necessary to allow them to develop self-esteem, confidence and friendships in a structured and safe environment.
For a full list of our offerings, class schedule and registration dates, please see below:
NEW! Exceptional Swim Program
• Socialization Programs
• Vacation Programs
• Summer Programs