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.

MetroWestABLE Continuing the Journey - Parent/Caregiver Workshops
Thursday, May 8 • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Topics TBD

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

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 specialneeds@jccnj.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 specialneeds@jccnj.org.

Shadow Program
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 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.

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

Family Swim for Families with Children with Special Needs 
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 kmcguire@childrens-specialized.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.










Upcoming Events and Dates

April 14 - 22, 2014
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 pm
April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 8, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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