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Special Needs

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.

For more information about Special Needs programming within the larger Greater MetroWest community, click here.

Kids Book Club
Instructional Reading Groups for students in 1st – 12th grades
Mondays ● 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. or Tuesdays ● 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. or 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. (choose the timeframe which works best for your group)
Sessions begin week of March 16 at the JCC

Skills targeted include:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Decoding
  • Critical Thinking Skills (inferencing, predicting, sequencing, etc.)
  • Sight Word Recognition
  • Social Skills (team problem solving, conversational skills, listening comprehension, pragmatics, etc.)

Small group size (2 – 4 children) allows specific skills to be targeted based on each child’s specific needs.  Groups based on age and current skill level. 
Groups will be facilitated by Jody Litwin Paul, M.A., CCC-SLP Learning Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist.
Price: $180 per 6 week session
To sign up or to obtain more information, please contact Jody at JODYLITWIN@VERIZON.NET or (917) 533-3838

Upcoming Community Programs
These programs for individuals with disabilities and their families are funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest. Please check back for details as the dates get closer. 
For more information, please contact Rebecca Wanatick at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org
All events are 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
March 29 - Pesach Together at the JCC of Central NJ

JCC Shadow Program
If you would like your child to participate in a JCC program and feel that he/she may need special accommodations, please contact JCC Assistant Executive Director Mike Goldstein at mgoldstein@jccnj.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 mgoldstein@jccnj.org.

Read more about our Camp Yachad Shadow Program.

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 (T.A.S.C.).  Click here to learn more.

For questions about any Aquatics programs or to register, please contact Kim Koza, Aquatics Director, at 908-889-8800 x219 or kkoza@jccnj.org.

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

Adaptive Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs ages 3 - 5
Check back for upcoming schedule. 

Adaptive Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs ages 6+
Thursday, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18 • 7:30 p.m.
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.  Contact Michelle Sion at x219 for more information and to sign up.  Price: $320, Member Price: $260

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 mgoldstein@jccnj.org








Upcoming Events and Dates

April 12 - 26, 2015
April 19, 2015 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
April 19, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 22, 2015 | 11:15 am
April 23, 2015 | 10:00 am
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