Special Needs


Social Skills Programs

Contact: Joanna Diamond, M.S.ED, Director, Adler Center For Special Needs                                                                                                            (516) 822-3535, x332  |  jdiamond@miyjcc.org


Saturday Adler Center Programs:

Super Saturdays grades Pre-K to 12: Join us for an all-inclusive respite program which consists of sports, arts and crafts, movies, music and more. Small groups with individual attention! Groups will be divided by ability and age. 

8 Sessions to take place on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday Night Bowling Club Grades 5 and up: Socialize and enjoy dinner while bowling on teams with your friends. Participants will be grouped by age and/or ability. Pre-registration with fee required. Transportation not included.

9 sessions to take place on the 2nd saturday of the month from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. 

Begins 10/12


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Sunday Adler Center Programs Pre-K to Kindergarten:

Yes, I Can! : Friendship groups help preschoolers develop social skills and social awareness. Lessions include a social lession an art activity and free play. We focus on reading social cues, considering others feelings, using "your words," flexibilty, sharing, turn-taking, problem solving, connection, and cooperation. We will work with children and parents/caregivers to personalize the program and provide the proper support both at home and in school.This program provides a kosher, peanut/tree nut-free dairy lunch. Low child to staff ratio.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Exceptional Swim: "Our Exceptional Swim" program uses water education to develop water safety and swimming skills, and also focuses on developing self-confidence and self-esteem. The program is customized for each participant's emotional and developmental abilities. Participants in the Exceptional Swim class will recieve small group swim instruction with experienced American Red Cross certified swim instructors. Limited spots are available. Parent supervision is required.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 am


Sunday Adler Center Programs Grades 1 to 8:

The S.A.G.E Program (Social Acheivement and Growth through Education): 
A social recreational program for children who are conversationally verbal, but have functioning deficits and/or focusing issues. Participants will continue to expand social skills, become better social thinkers and learn how to engage in large group activiteis in the community. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through arts and crafts, swim, sports, music and more! Field trips to places such as the public library, bowling and more will be planned. Includes a kosher, peanut/tree nut-free dairy lunch. Low child to staff ratio.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

FUNday Selections: We put the FUN in FUNCTIONAL! This new program is designed for children who need a 1:2 or 1:1 environment. Focus will be on developing crucial independent living skills, as well as social skills needed to navigate home, school and community. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, swim, iPads and more. Participants will be grouped by age and ability. Occasional  field trips to local desitinations will help reinforce these skills in a natural environment. This program includes a kosher, peanut/tree nut-free dairy lunch. 

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Swim and Stuff: Enjoy a swim in the pool as well as engage in a variety of leisure activities such as cooking, baking, drawing and more! Limited spots available. 

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 1:10 to 2:10 pm

Yoga Star! : Yoga teaches children increased body awareness and relaction techniques through various movements and breathing exercises. Children learn to use yoga in many beneficial ways, as both a form of fitness and a calming activity. All poses are modified to fit the participant's needs. The class will focus on stretching, breathing and balance, along with some floor/mat work.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 1:10 to 2:10 pm

Music & Movement Therapy: A fun and exciting movement/dance class designed to encourage self-esteem, and develop fine and gross motor skills. Incorporates instruments, sining and movement!

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 2:15 to 3:15 pm


Sunday Adler Center Programs Grades 7 to 12:

Project: Sing: Provides children and teens the opportunity to sing, learn, share and excel - right in their own neighborhood. Singers will have the chance to perform at local venues and JCC events.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 11:00 to 11:50 pm

Teen P.A.L.S. (Positive Attitude and Life Skills): Now with more trips!! Teens will learn crucial social skills needed to succeed in the community while making lifelong friendships. Trips into the community will reinforce lessons learned in the classroom. Sample topics include learning how to plan a party from A to Z, community and cultural awareness, learning how to accept change, ordering at a restaurant and so much more. Includes a kosher, dairy, peanut/tree nut-free lunch. *Certain trips may incur an additional fee.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Fit and Fun: Variety is the key to success in this always fun fitness class. Our trained staff will help your child have a great time while exercising and learning about a healthy lifestyle. Co-ed class.

25 sessions to take place on Sundays from 3:10 to 4:00 pm


Weekday Programs Grades 1 and Up:

Exceptional Swim Program: 
"Our Exceptional Swim" program uses water education to develop water safety and swimming skills, and also focuses on developing self-confidence and self-esteem. The program is customized for each participant's emotional and developmental abilities. Participants in the Exceptional Swim class will recieve small group swim instruction with experienced American Red Cross certified swim instructors. Limited spots are available. An intake is required prior to registration. Parental supervision required.

Lessons to take place Monday or Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

     Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Full Year
     14 Weeks 15 Weeks  

Friday After-School Fun! : Join us for an all-inclusive program consisting of sports, social skills, speech, art, iPads, music and theater. Small groups with individual attention! Groups will be divded by ability and age and integrated when possible.

Sessions to take place on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

     Fall 2103 Spring 2014 Full Year
     16 weeks 15 weeks

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