In our ongoing effort to create a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for all our members, we provide support for families with special needs. We have programs, activities, resources, referrals and workshops and a variety of other support.
Special Needs Parenting Support Group
Tuesday, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8 and May 6 • 7:00 p.m. • at the JCC
FREE and open to the community
Are you looking for support and guidance, for networking with other parents, for services and resources available in the community or to learn how to be the best advocate? Join us monthly to learn, talk and share in this circle. Sessions will be facilitated by Leslie Morris Glass, MSW/LCSW.
For more information about Special Needs programming within the larger Greater MetroWest community, click here.
MetroWestABLE Continuing the Journey - Parent/Caregiver Workshops
Thursday, February 20 and May 8 • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Private Services as Requested
Adaptive Sports with Throwback Sports
Individual or group sessions are scheduled to encourage happy and active children. In each Throwback Sports session, focus is on the Personal Play Goals that gradually allow for an increased teamwork concept while building up core physical skills. The key to all this is having fun. Children work towards understanding the concepts, strategies and significance of engaging with others in sports play such as baseball, football and basketball. Facilitated by Mike Cohen and the Throwback Sports Team. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Club for Children with Special Needs
Instructional reading groups for boys and girls (1st – 12th grade). Skills targeted may include: reading comprehension, decoding, critical thinking skills, sight word recognition and social skills. Facilitated by Jodi Litwin Paul, learning specialist and speech language pathologist. For more information, please email email@example.com.
If you would like your chilid to participate in a JCC program and feel that he/she may need special accomodations, please contact JCC Assistant Executive Director Mike Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org. The JCC will evaluate each program and child to try to successfully match your child with an appropriate shadow volunteer. We will look at each child on an individual basis to determine need and appropriateness of program. Please note that there will be an additional fee for a shadow if we are unable to provide a trained volunteer.
Camp Yachad Shadow Program
Whenever possible, Camp Yachad serves children with disabilities in the same groups as all the other campers. If you are interested in summer camp for your special needs child, please contact Camp Co-Director Mike Goldstein, at 908-889-8800 x218 or email@example.com.
Private Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs (all ages)
This one-on-one 30-minute aquatics class, taught by our trained swim instructors, is ideal for children with special needs. Lessons are adapted to each child's specific needs and limitations. for more information, please contact Kiz Koza.
24665-01 Single Lesson: Member: $35/session, Community Participant: $45/session
24665-02 Five Private Lesson Package: Member: $175, Community Participant: $225
24665-03 Ten Private Lesson Package: Member: $300, Community Participant: $400
Club Splash for Children Ages 3-5 with Special Needs
24667-01 • Thursdays from January 9 – March 13 • 1:30 – 2:10 P
Enjoy this 10-week parent/child swim program which features a 10-minute free-swim warm-up and 30 minutes of instruction with a Certified Water Safety Instructor. Learn to enjoy the water, explore breath control, develop basic swimming skills and learn water safety.
Member: $260, Community Participant: $320
Family Swim for Families with Children with Special Needs
24666-01 • Sunday, March 16 • 3:30 – 5:00 P
24666-02 • Sunday, April 27 • 3:30 – 5:00 P
24666-03 • Sunday, May 18 • 3:30 – 5:00 P
Enjoy some fun family pool time at the JCC.
Member: FREE, Community Participant: $10/family
Adaptive Group Swim Lessons
Children's Specialized Hospital offers a seven week adaptive aquatics program for children with disabilities. The program is a beginner swim program designed to help children develop a personal comfort level in the water, coordiante basic swim movements, and gain confidence interacting with peers. Classes are offered at the JCC of Central NJ on Thursdays starting April 24th, and additional classes (for other ages and levels) are offered at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and New Brunswick. For more information contact Kaylee McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 301-5432. For information about other programs, go to http://www.childrens-specialized.org/Programs-Services.aspx To register, call the Aquatics Hotline at Children’s Specialized Hospital at 9:00am on or after March 10th: (908) 301-5548.
Thursdays (at the JCC of Central NJ)
April 24 – June 12 (no class June 5)
Sharks Level 1 (ages 7-10) 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Sharks Level 2 (ages 7-10) 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
If you are a teen looking for special need training and volunteer opportunities, consider being a part of the JCC's Teen Action Service Corps (TASC). Click here to learn more.