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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.

NEW! Adaptive Sports Camp for Children with Special Needs (rising kindergartners - rising 4th graders)
in partnership with Throwback Sports
Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26

Start your child's summer out strong!  Build skills, confidence and ability through sports, exercise and physical activity.

H e r e  a r e  t h e  F U N d a m e n t a l s… 

  • 2:1 camper to staff ration allows instructors to cater to each child's level of fitness, skill and ability.

  • Attention is given to help campers work towards understanding sports play concepts and strategies.

  • Emphasis on the importance and significance of engaging with other in sports play.

  • Program is planned to maintain the child's interest, engagement, focus, and most importantly, to be a lot of fun!

  • All counselors are trained to work with children with special needs.

  • Both instructional and recreational swim are part of the day.

  • The day starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

  • Lunch is included.  (Please note that not all dietary restrictions can be accommodated, in which case, a credit would be issued.)

Throwback Sports has been present in the New York City-area special needs community since 2003.  Their guiding principal supports the overall development of a child so they believe in helping develop socially as well as physically competent children in a nurturing environment.

Click here for online registration.  Sign up early!  Space is limited to 15 children.
Price: $600, Member Price: $510

Give us a call!
If you have questions about any Camp Yachad programs, please give any one of us a call.  We are happy to help!
Michael Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer/Camp Co-Director, at x218 or mgoldstein@jccnj.org
Jodi Hotra, Camp Co-Director, at x235 or jhotra@jccnj.org
Mallory Zipkin, Associate Camp Director, at x240 or mzipkin@jccnj.org
Cathy Pizzella, Camp Administrative Director, at x209 or campyachad@jccnj.org 

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)

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

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
#24668-01 • Check back for upcoming schedule. 

Adaptive Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs ages 6+
#24667-01 • Check back for upcoming schedule. 

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








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