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WJCS After-School & Weekend Programs

 


Fad 1 and FAD 2 - Family Advocacy (social skills/recreational)
Agency: WJCS
Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY
Age Range: High School Students

Description: There are two different options for our FAD program. FAD 1 is an informal social and recreational group where member come together in a relaxed setting. FAD 2 meets twice a month to help develop social skills, develop connections with others and reinforce strengths.

Contact: For more information, please contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949 - 7699 ext. 377 or e-mail

kphillips@wjcs.com 

 

*Girls Night Out (Social skills)

Agency:WJCS Autism Family Center

Location:845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 7-11
Description: Girls' Night Out is a social club for girls 10 - 13 on the autistic spectrum. Girls will have the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends, and connect with others! Moms will be able to relax, socialize, and share experiences.
Contact Person: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.

 

*Grandparent Support Group

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center 

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: For grandparents of children with ASD

Description: Meet other grandparents who share the special struggles of a grandchild with ASD

Contact: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.

 

Moving Forward (social/ recreational)

Agency: WJCS

Location: 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY

Age Range: 21+

Description: An informal social and recreational group for adults that meets weekly.

Contact: For more information, contact Caroline Melcer, LMSW at (914) 949-7699 ext. 367 or email cmelcer@wjcs.com.  

 

Relax and Relate (social/recreational)

Agency: WJCS and JCC on Hudson

Location: 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591 

Age Range: High school students

Description: A new social club for high-school teens with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Participate in fun activities, snack and chat, interact, practice, and learn about social behaviors in a supported enviornment.

Contact: Contact Mindy Cohen at 366.7898 or Patricia Grossman at 949.7699x355..  

 

Parent Management Training (PMT)

Agency: WJCS

Location: Hartsdale and Peekskill clinics  

Age Range: For parents of children on the autistic spectrum

Description: Parents will learn new ways to understand their child's behavior and will practice skills and techniques for effectively handling problem behaviors.

Contact: For more information, call Kari Phillips, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com. 

 

*Project Lifesaver (wristband transmitter program)

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: All

Description: Project Lifesaver is a wristband transmitter program for children and adults diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities who wander.

Contact: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.

 

Spectrum Baseball (baseball)

Agency: Miracle League of Westchester & WJCS
Location: Games are held at Miracle Field, Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale, NY
Age Range: 5+
Description: The Miracle League and WJCS offer a free, non-competitive league for children with an autism spectrum disorder. The league uses a "buddy" system where each player is paired with an able-bodied peer.
Contact: For more information, call (914) 960-6391  
Website: www.mlwny.org   

 

*Supper Club (social/recreational)

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: Young adults 19-30

Description: This informal social and recreational group meets twice a month to help develop social skills, improve connections with others, and reinforce strengths. The relaxed setting allows members to come together in a non-threatening environment to share their personal experiences, gain emotional support, insight and strategies for coping with the daily struggles of work, family, and friends.

Contact: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.   

 

Teen Groups for Relationships and Sexuality (social skills)

Agency:  WJCS

Location: 141 N. Central ave. Hartsdale, NY

Age Range: High School students

Description: A professionally-led group for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, this group offers an overview on important subjects of safety, boundaries, and the essentials of healthy relationships and sexuality. 

Contact: For more information, contact Pat Grossman, Director, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 355 or email pgrossman@wjcs.com.   

 

Therapuetic Social Skills (TSS) Groups (social skills)

Agency: WJCS

Location: Hartsdale and White Plains

Age Range: Children 4-14

Description: A variety of social skills groups based on age and ability for children diagnosed with ASD. Teaches essential social skills and provides for a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills.  

Contact: For more information, contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com.

 

Yad B'Yad (Hand-in-Hand) 

Agency: Congregation Kol Ami & WJCS

Location: 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains, NY  

Age Range: Teens, 13 - 18

Description: A synagogue based inclusive program for Jewish teenagers with developmental challenges that focuses on social skills and Jewish education. 

Contact: For more information, email Jessica Yablow at jyablow@gmail.com. 

 

For Children Under 5 
  

 

Angelfish Therapy (swimming)  

Agency: Angelfish Therapy

Location: White Plains NY, Manhattan NY, Stamford/Greenwich CT, Norwalk CT, Westport CT, Wilton CT, and Danbury CT

Age Range: 2-17 

Description: Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of sensory, motor, speech, and learning issues reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, specialized swim instruction, and innovative summer camps.

Contact: For more information, call (203) 545-0024 or email info@AngelfishTherapy.com.

Website: http://www.AngelfishTherapy.com/     

 

Artsmarts with Miss Patti (art and music)

Agency: Ms. Patti's Artsmarts

Location: Varies throughout Northern Westchester County

Age Range: 3-5

Description: ArtSmart is a combination of art and music, focusing on recreating famous artworks and making our own original music. Children with special needs welcome with a SEIT or parent accompanying them. Each case is discussed on an individual basis.

Contact: For more information, contact Miss Patti at (646) 234-5995 or email patti@nyartsmart.com.

Website: www.nyartsmart.com  

 

Backyard Sports (athletics) 

Agency: Backyard Sports

Location: Programs held at SUNY Purchase

Age Range: 4+    

Description: The Backyard Sports Special Needs program offers children with special needs a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy athletics.

Contact: For more information call Coach Danny Bernstein at (914) 304-4052 or email alison@byardsports 

Website: www.byardsports.com  

 

Heartsong (art and music)

Agency: Heartsong

Location: Westchester Hills School #29, 47 Croydon Road, Yonkers, NY & 456 North Street, White Plains, NY 

Age Range: 3+

Description: Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy enabling children with diabilities to express themselves. We use music and art in its many forms and styles to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 725-9272 or email info@heartsong.org 

Website: www.heartsong.org  

 

Ice Skating Lessons (ice skating)

Agency: Fairfield Ice Academy 

Location: 85 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, CT

Age Range: All Ages  

Description: Private, Semi-private, and Small Group lessons; Focus on children with disabilities.

Contact: For more information, call Tamara Guarino, Managing Director, at (203) 254-8399.  

Website: http://www.sportsplexatfairfield.com/index.php/ice/learn-to-skate/special-needs  

 

JCC of Mid-Westchester Social Skills Group  

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 3-4

Description:

Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361

Website: www.jccmw.org 

 

The Kidz Club (social skills)

Agency: Alcott School

Location: 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 3-6

Description: Kidz Club is designed to teach social skills to preschool - Kindergarten children who need support to engage appropriately in typical play situations on the playground, with playmates, etc.

Contact: For more information, contact Maria Francella mfrancella@alcottschool.org, Monica Zenda mzenda@alcottschool.org  or Beth Farkas bfarkas@alcottschool.org or call (914) 472-4404 ext. 26.

Website:  http://www.alcottschool.org/Version4/programs/kidz_club.html

 

Moving Wheels and Heels (dance)

Agency: Steffi Nossen School of Dance

Location: 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 3+

Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement. Classes arranged by age level.  

Contact Person: For more information, contact Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email info@steffinossen.org.

Websitewww.steffinossen.org 

 

Multisensory Play-Connections Group (social skills)

Agency: Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center

Location: 111 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook, NY

Age Range: 3-5

Description: Weekly multi-sensory skill building groups to help our younger students develop age-appropriate social, play, and language skills through structured movement, art, drama, and music activities.

Contact Person: For more information, contact Barbara Laufer at (914) 305-1210 or email dramaticpragmatics@gmail.com.

Website: www.dramaticpragmatics.com 

 

Social Butterflies Social Skills Groups (social skills)

Agency: Social Butterflies

Location: Sessions held in Briarcliff Manor, NY    

Age Range: Pre-K - 5 

Description: Social Butterflies is a social skills group working with preschool and elementary aged children who have a variety of communication and social/emotional delays. We dedicate our sessions towards reaching the ultimate goals of independence, confidence, and comfort.   

Contact: For more information, call (914) 382-7091 or email socialway6@aol.com.

Website: www.sbflies.com    

 

South East Consortium (recreational)

Agency: South East Consortium for Special Services  

Location: 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 

Age Range: 4+

Description: South East Consortium is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation programs and leisure-related services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs residing in our member municipalities.    

Contact: For more information, call (914) 698-5232 or email info@secrec.org.

Website: www.secrec.org  

 

SPARC, Inc. Youth Programs (recreational)

Agency: SPARC, Inc.

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY    

Age Range: Grades K - 6

Description: SPARC provides social, recreation and therapeutic services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs for children include KIDZ Times, SIBS Time, and Making Strides (horseback riding).  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 243-0583.

Website: www.sparcinc.org 

 

Sunday/Funday (recreational/social skills)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: Pre-K - 6 Grade

Description: Sunday/Funday is an all-inclusive social-skills based program featuring sports, gymnastics, social skills, speech, art, computers, and theater.   

Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361.   

  

Therapuetic Social Skills (TSS) Groups (social skills)

Agency: WJCS
Location: Hartsdale and White Plains
Age Range: Children 4-14
Description: A variety of social skills groups based on age and ability for children diagnosed with ASD. Teaches essential social skills and provides for a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills.
Contact: For more information, contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com.  

 

Westchester Gymnastics (gymnastics)

Agency: Westchester Gymnastics

Location: 5 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY

Age Range: 18 Months - 5 Years

Description: Classes for children with special needs

Contact: For more information, call (914) 592-2324.

Website: www.westchestergymnastics.net 

 

YAI Autism Center and Elahi Yoga (dance and cooking)

Agency: YAI Autism Center

Location: New York City, NY

Age Range: 3+

Description: In conjuction with Elahi Yoga, YAI Autism Center is offering yoga/ballet, yoga/dance, and cooking classes.

Contact: For more information, call 1-888-YAI-Autism to learn about autism services for children, adults and families in the New York metropolitan area or call 212-273-6182 to learn more about recreational services available through the YAI Network.

Website: www.yai.org  

 

For Children Over 5 
  

 

Adapted Aquatics (swimming) 

Agency: Pace University

Location: Pace University - Pleasantville Campus

Age Range: Children

Description: Customizing in a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, sensory, mental, motorr, impairments, and water phobia.

Contact: For more information, call Katherine Palladino, Aquatics Director, at (914) 773-3280 or email kpalladino@pace.edu.

 

Angelfish Therapy (swimming)  

Agency: Angelfish Therapy

Location: White Plains NY, Manhattan NY, Stamford/Greenwich CT, Norwalk CT, Westport CT, Wilton CT, and Danbury CT

Age Range: 2-17 

Description: Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of sensory, motor, speech, and learning issues reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, specialized swim instruction, and innovative summer camps.

Contact: For more information, call (203) 545-0024 or email info@AngelfishTherapy.com.

 

Backyard Sports (athletics) 

Agency: Backyard Sports

Location: Programs held at SUNY Purchase

Age Range: 5-15   

Description: The Backyard Sports Special Needs program offers children with special needs a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy athletics.

Contact: For more information call Coach Danny Bernstein at (914) 304-4052 or email alison@byardsports 

Website: www.byardsports.com 

 

Club 345  (social skills)

Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

Age Range: for children in 3rd-5th grades 

Description: Focus on developing and managing friendships in a small, structured and fun environment. Learn the importance of turn-taking, listening, following directions and interacting with peers in a socially acceptable manner. This will be an activity-based group run by a licensed speech therapist and an assistant. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Contact
: For an interview, contact Robin Gersten LMSW, ACSW at (914) 741-0333 or Robin@rosenthaljcc.org

 

Computer Animation (computers)

Agency: JCC Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 7-16

Description: Students will create their own light-up talking puppets, develop storyboards, shoot their work and create animation!

Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext 361 or by e-mail: moskowitzc@jccmw.org  

 

Dramatic Pragmatics Social Language Groups (social/speech & language)

Agency: Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center

Location: 111 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook, NY

Age Range: 5+

Description: Weekly multi-sensory skill building groups to help our younger students develop age-appropriate social, play, and language skills through structured movement, art, drama, and music activities.  

Contact: For more information, contact Barbara Laufer at (914) 305-1210 or email DramaticPragmatics@gmail.com.

 

Friends & Fun (Social Skills)

Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester  

Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

Age Range: Kindergarden-2nd grades

Description: Focus on developing and managing friendships in a small, structured and fun environment. Learn the importance of turn-taking, listening, following directions and interacting with peers in a socially acceptable manner. This will be an activity-based group run by a licensed speech therapist and an assistant.  Mondays beginning Oct. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Contact: For an interview, contact Robin Gersten LMSW, ACSW at (914) 741-0333 or Robin@rosenthaljcc.org   

  

The Friendship Circle (Jewish recreational)

Agency: Chabad Lubavitch

Location: Throughout Westchester; Headquarters: 1 Chase Rd., Scarsdale, NY 

Age Range: 5+

Description: The Friendship Circle reaches out and extends a helping hand to families whose children have special needs and involves them in a full range of Jewish and social experiences. The program matches children with teenage mentors.

Contact: For more information, contact Rochel Butman at (914) 437-5762.

Website: www.chabadofwestchester.com 

 

*Girls Night Out for Girls with Asperger's and their Mothers (social/recreational)

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 

Age Range: 7-11

Description: Girls Night Out is a social club for girls on the autistic spectrum. Girls will have the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends, and connect with others! Moms will be able to relax, socialize and share experiences.

Contact Person: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.  

 

Gym Buddies (social/recreational)

       Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

        Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

       Age Range: for children in K-4th grade

Description: This is your chance to play with the big kids. Children in Kindergarten through 4th grades play in the gym with tweens and teens who act as role models and engage the children through games and activities. $5/child per day for non-members. FREE  for JCC members.  

Contact: Registration is required in advance, contact Allison at (914) 741-0333x23

 

Heartsong (music)

Agency: Heartsong

Location: Westchester Hills School #29, 47 Croydon Road, Yonkers, NY & 456 North Street, White Plains, NY 

Age Range: 3+

Description: Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy, enabling children with disabilities to express themselves. This is accomplished by using music and art in its many forms and styles to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 725-9272 or email info@heartsong.org.

Website: www.heartsong.org  

 

Ice Skating Lessons (ice skaing)

Agency: Fairfield Ice Academy 

Location: 85 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, CT

Age Range: 3+

Description: Private, Semi-private, and Small Group lessons; Focus on children with disabilities.

Contact: For more information, call Tamara Guarino, Managing Director, at (203) 254-8399.    

Website: http://www.sportsplexatfairfield.com/index.php/ice/learn-to-skate/special-needs  

 

The Kid's Connection (social/recreational)

Agency: The Kids Connection

Location: One Baltic Place, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 

Age Range: 9 - Young Adult  

Description: The Kid's Connection provides structured, curriculum based social skills groups for ages 9- young adult.  During various group activities, focused group discussion, peer role modeling, and social events, participants learn skills that will support positive relationships in their every day life.

Contact: For more information, call Pat Rowan, LMSW at (914) 736-7898 or email patrowan@bestweb.net; Marilyn Entwistle, MS at mentwistle@optonline.net or (914) 737-8077; or Suzanne Luntz, LMSW at suzanneluntz@optonline.net or (646) 425-3054.   

 

The LEGO Club (social skills)

Agency: YAI Autism Center

Location: NYC

Age Range: 3-9

Description: Based upon the research of Dr. Daniel LeGoff, the LEGO Club uses the classic building toy as a conduit for social reasoning, social thinking and cooperative play.

Contact: For more information on schedule, location, and fees, please call 1-888-YAI-AUTISM   

 

Magic To Do Players (Theater)

Agency: Wescto Productions

Location: 9 Romar Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 8 - 17

Description: A full theater arts program for persons with developmental disabilities offering instruction in dancing, singing, improvisation, speaking and acting skills.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 761-7463.

Website: www.westcoprods.com    

 

The Meeting House (social/recreational)

Agency: The Meeting House  

Location: NYC

Age Range: 5-12

Description: The Meeting House is a recreational after-school organization providing community for children who need help with socialization and communication through exciting group classes and integrated after-school programming  

Contact: For more information, call the program administrator at (212) 355-1908

Website: www.themeetinghouseafterschool.org   

 

Moving Wheels and Heels (dance)

Agency: Steffi Nossen School of Dance

Location: 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 3 - Adult 

Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement. Classes arranged by age level.  

Contact Person: For more information, contact Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email info@steffinossen.org.

Websitewww.steffinossen.org   

 

Nor-West Regional Special Services  (recreational)

Agency: Nor-West Regional Special Services

Location: Open to residents of Cortland, Ossining, Peekskill, and Yorktown.

Age Range: 5-23

Description: Nor-west offers a variety of recreational programs.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 737-4797.  

Website: www.nor-west.org    

 

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding (horseback riding)

Agency: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

Location: Farm locations include Pleasantville, Brewster, and Greenwich, CT, and Darien, CT 

Age Range: 4+

Description: Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs. This program offers therapeutic riding as well as non-riding activities.  

Contact: For more information call (845) 669-8235.

Website: www.pegasustr.org  

 

Project Stride - Skiing and Snowboarding

Agency: Stride Adaptive Sports

Location: 126 Ratlum Road, New Hartford, CT

Age Range: 5+

Description: Stride Adaptive Sports offers lessons for all disabilities. Stride hosts three mountain resorts to choose from for adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons:  Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT.

Contact: For more information, call (518) 598-1279 or email info@stride.org.  

Website: www.stride.org   

 

Rise Above  (theater)

Agency:  Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

        Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

        Age Range: for children in 1st-3rd grades with learning differences 

Description: Original musical screenplay combines familar tunes with messages about friends and partnering. Learn the basics of musical theater, self confidence and how to perform in front of people. Children will also learn to work together, follow instruction an improve gross motor skills through easy dance steps and more, all in a fun, relaxed environment. Fall classes: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m September-May. Final performance in May.
Contact: For an intake interview, contact Robin Gersten at (914) 741-0333 or Robin@rosenthaljcc.org.
 

Saturday Explorers (social/recreational)

Agency: Cerebral Palsy of Westchester  

Location: 1186 King St., Rye Brook, NY

Age Range: 5-10

Description: Saturday Explorers offers children on the autistic spectrum the chance to increase socialization with an emphasis on educational structured play. 

Contact: For more information, contact Judy Katzen, Associate Executive Director, at (917) 937-3800 ext. 410 or email judy.katzen@cpwestchester.org.

Website: http://www.cpwestchester.org/agencyservices.asp?menu=17   

 

Saturday Night Out (social/recreational)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 10 - 13

Description: This supervised program offers kids a venue to socialize on the weekends with their friends. Parents drop off their child at a designated place which might be bowling, movies, sport events, local plays or a restaurant. Children begin to build independence as they learn how to manage money, behave in a safe and appropriate manner in the community, and interact with one another during a fun social activities.

Contact: For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108.    

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

Sensational Sundays (swimming/recreational)

Agency: YWCA of White Plains

Location: 515 North Street, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 5+

Description: Programs include swimming, music lessons, and Sunday recreation.

Contact Person: For more information, contact the Director of Special Services at (914) 949-6227 ext. 108.  

  

SKIP Mini-vacation Program (Special Kids Interesting Places)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: Grade-school age children 

Description: School vacation care and adventure for grade-school age children who need a little more structure and supervision. Intake interview required. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Contact:  For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at mcohen@jcconthehudson.org

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

SNACC After-School Program  (social/recreational)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: Pre-K - 6th Grade

Description: Enrichment programs that are appropriate for children with ADHD, speech/language delays, Learning Disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD or any social and emotional problems. Classes are personalized to support each child's individualized needs.  

Contact: For more information, call Charley Moskowitz at (915) 472-3300 ext. 361.   

 

Social Butterflies Social Skills Groups (social skills)

Agency: Social Butterflies

Location: Sessions held in Briarcliff Manor, NY    

Age Range: Pre-K - 5 

Description: Social Butterflies is a social skills group working with preschool and elementary aged children who have a variety of communication and social/emotional delays. We dedicate our sessions towards reaching the ultimate goals of independence, confidence, and comfort.   

Contact: For more information, call (914) 382-7091 or email socialway6@aol.com.  

Website: www.sbflies.com    

 

South East Consortium (recreational)

Agency: South East Consortium for Special Services  

Location: 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 

Age Range: 4+

Description: South East Consortium is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation programs and leisure-related services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs residing in our member municipalities.    

Contact: For more information, call (914) 698-5232 or email info@secrec.org.

Website: www.secrec.org  

 

SPARC, Inc. Youth Programs (recreational)

Agency: SPARC, Inc.

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY    

Age Range: Grades K - 6

Description: SPARC provides social, recreation and therapeutic services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs for children include KIDZ Times, SIBS Time, and Making Strides (horseback riding).  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 243-0583.

Website: www.sparcinc.org 

 

Sunday/Funday (social skills)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: Pre-K - 6 Grade

Description: Sunday/Funday is an all-inclusive social-skills based program featuring sports, gymnastics, social skills, speech, art, computers, and theater.   

Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361.   

 

Super Sundays (recreational)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 5-13 

Description: Sundays fun and recreation for kids and a bit of relaxation for their caretakers. We help children navigate the world of social rules and relationship-building in a structured environment. Activities include arts and crafts, gym time, games, music and more. Children are encouraged to make friends, which leads to relationships outside the program. Bring lunch. Three trips are included. A Sib Shop for children ages 5-9 runs concurrently with this program. Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Contact:  For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108.  

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org 

 

Super Kids Social Skills Group (social skills)

Agency: Super Kids

Location: Ridgefield, CT

Age Range: 5+

Description: Super Kids is a private practice with a focus on social skills development through therapeutic social skills groups and individual therapy. Our groups are small and offer children and teens an opportunity to learn about abstract social concepts in a more concrete manner and then practice the skills with their peers.  

Contact: For more information, call Barbara Cooper or Nancy Widdows at (866) 944-9558 or email info@superkidsct.com

Website: www.superkidsct.com   

 

Super Sundays (social/recreational)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 6 - 12

Description: The focus in Super Sunday is on each individual child. To help children navigate the social world successfully, the program is designed to increase opportunities for peer socialization and opportunities to practice the socialization skills learned in the program. Each child gains confidence by making independent choices geared to his/her special needs.

Contact: For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108.    

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

Tai Chi (tai chi)

Agency: JCC Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 8-16 with parent

Description: A certified instructor will introduce you and your child to the basic tenets of Tai Chi, which has been proven to improve balanace, flexibility, and muscle strength. It may also help to alleviate the symptoms of asthma, increase one's energy level and agility, reduce stress and anxiety while improving overall well-being.

Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361.

 

*Therapeutic Social Skills Group (TSS) for children with ASD (social skills)

Agency: WJCS

Location: Hartsdale and White Plains

Age Range: 6-14

Description: Social skills group for children diagnosed with ASD, whose goal is to teach essential social skills and provide a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills.  

Contact: For more information, call Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com.  

Website: www.WJCS.com   

 

Trailblazers at the JCC (social)

Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester  

Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

Age Range: K-5th Graders  

Description: Help your K-5th grader develop friendships and relationships! 3 to 5 days a week, wrap-around program: communication with school systems and service providers to provide comprehensive support, transportation from most local schools, monthly specialty classes (aikido, yoga, drama, music). Includes snack and homework help, and 'organized' free play. Fall semester: 3days/week: $165/child, 5days/week: $200/child.    

Contact: For an interview, contact Robin Gersten LMSW, ACSW at (914) 741-0333 or Robin@rosenthaljcc.org
 

We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding (horseback riding)

Agency: We Will Rdige Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Location: Vail Farm on Route 121, Brewster, NY 

Age Range: 5+

Description: We Will Ride offers programs of horse-related activities for the purposes of enhancing physical, mental, and social well-being of people with disabilities.  

Contact: For more information call (203) 438-1947 or email wewillrideinc@yahoo.com

Website: www.wewillrideinc.com  

 

Westchester Gymnastics (gymnastics)

Agency: Westchester Gymnastics

Location: 5 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY

Age Range: 5- 17

Description: Classes for children with special needs

Contact: For more information, call (914) 592-2324.

Website: www.westchestergymnastics.net   

 

YAI Autism Center and Elahi Yoga  (dance/cooking)

Agency: YAI Autism Center 

Location: New York City, NY 

Age Range: 3-9 

Description: In conjunction with Elahi Yoga, YAI Autism Center is offering yoga/ballet, yoga/dance, and cooking classes. 

Contact: For more information, call 1-888-YAI-AUTISM.  

 

 

For Teens & Young Adults
  

 

 Angelfish Therapy (swimming)  

Agency: Angelfish Therapy

Location: White Plains NY, Manhattan NY, Stamford/Greenwich CT, Norwalk CT, Westport CT, Wilton CT, and Danbury CT

Age Range: 2-17 

Description: Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of sensory, motor, speech, and learning issues reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, specialized swim instruction, and innovative summer camps.

Contact: For more information, call (203) 545-0024 or email info@AngelfishTherapy.com.

       Website: http://www.AngelfishTherapy.com/ 

College Transition Groups for Social Success (social)

Agency: Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center

Location: 111 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook, NY

Age Range: Young adults entering college

Description: This group is designed for students entering or enrolled in college. Groups address the practical skills necessary to navigate the complex social demands of the college environment. 

Contact: For more information, cal Barbara Laufer at (914) 305-1210 or email DramaticPragmatics@gmail.com   

Website: www.dramaticpragmatics.com   

 

Connections (social)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: Young Adults

Description: A social group designed to give young adults with mild disabilities an opportunity to meet new people, develop friendships and have a variety of experiences in the community as well as at the JCC. Developing confidence in the community, planning skills and comfort with peers are important features of this program.

ContactContact Trish Gressel, MSW, 914.582.5230 for intake and calendar information.

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

Dinner And... (social)

Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville

Age Range: for teens 

 

Description: One Saturday night a month, come hang out with other teens, enjoy a pizza dinner and a fun recreational activity while gaining the skills needed to be part of a social peer group. Following dinner, the group will venture out for activities such as bowling, ice skating or the movies. The group as a whole will help decide upon and plan the next month's activity. Every 2nd Saturday of the month at 6:00 p.m. beginning Oct. 13, 2012.
Contact: For an interview, contact Robin Gersten LMSW, ACSW at (914) 741-0333 or Robin@rosenthaljcc.org

 

*FAD 1 and FAD 2 - Family Advocacy (social/recreational)

Agency: WJCS

Location: 845 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 15-21

Description: There are two different options for FAD. FAD 1 is an informal social and recreational group where members come together in a relaxed setting. FAD 2 meets twice a month to help develop social skills, cultivate connections with others and reinforce strenghts.  

Contact: For more information, call Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com

Website: www.wjcs.com     

 

Heartsong (music)

Agency: Heartsong

Location: Yonkers and White Plains

Age Range: 5+

Description: Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy, enabling children with disabilities to express themselves. This is accomplished by using music and art in its many forms and styles to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 725-9272 or email info@heartsong.org.

Website: www.heartsong.org   

 

The Kid's Connection (social skills)

Agency: The Kids Connection

Location: One Baltic Place, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 

Age Range: 9 - Young Adult  

Description: The Kid's Connection provides structured, curriculum based social skills groups for ages 9- young adult.  During various group activities, focused group discussion, peer role modeling, and social events, participants learn skills that will support positive relationships in their every day life.

Contact: For more information, call Pat Rowan, LMSW at (914) 736-7898 or email patrowan@bestweb.net; Marilyn Entwistle, MS at mentwistle@optonline.net or (914) 737-8077; or Suzanne Luntz, LMSW at suzanneluntz@optonline.net or (646) 425-3054.

 

Magic To Do Players (Theater)

Agency: Wescto Productions

Location: 9 Romar Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 8 - 17

Description: A full theater arts program for persons with developmental disabilities offering instruction in dancing, singing, improvisation, speaking and acting skills.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 761-7463.

Website: www.westcoprods.com    

 

Miracle League of Westchester (baseball)

Agency: Miracle League of Westchester

Location: Games are held at Miracle Field, Hartsdale, NY

Age Range: 5-21 

Description: The Miracle League serves individuals ages 5+ with any physical or mental disability that would exclude them from conventional leagues. The league is free and non-competitive and uses a "buddy" system where each player is paired with an able-bodied peer.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 960-6391.

Website: www.mlwny.org.  

 

Moving Wheels and Heels (dance)

Agency: Steffi Nossen School of Dance

Location: 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 3 - Adult 

Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement. Classes arranged by age group.  

Contact: For more information, call Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email info@steffinossen.org.   

 

North East Westchester Special Recreation, Inc. (recreational)

Agency: North East Westchester Special Recreation, Inc. 

Location: Program locations vary; Contact North East for more information 

Age Range: Teens  

Description: North East Westchester Special Recreation offers a variety of recreation programs, in a variety of places for all ages.
Contact: For more information, call 914-347-4409.   

Website: www.northeastspecialrec.org  


NOR-WEST Regional Special Services (recreational)  

Agency: Nor-West Regional Special Services

Location: Programs locations vary. This program is open to those living in Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, and Yorktown. 
Age Range: Teens
Description: NorWest offers a variety of recreation programs, in a variety of places for all ages.
Contact: For more information, call (914) 737-4797or e-mail Chris@nor-west.org.       

   

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding (horseback riding)

Agency: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

Location: Farm locations include Pleasantville, Brewster, and Greenwich, CT, and Darien, CT  

Age Range: Teens

Description: Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs. This program offers therapeutic riding as well as non-riding activities.  

Contact: Fore more information call (845) 669-8235.
Website: www.pegasustr.org     

 

Project Stride - Skiing and Snowboarding 

Agency: Stride Adaptive Sports
Location: 126 Ratlum Road, New Hartford, CT
Age Range: Teens
Description: Stride Adaptive Sports offers lessons for all disabilities. Stride hosts three mountain resorts to choose from for adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons:  Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT.
Contact: For more information, call (518) 598-1279 or email info@stride.org.
Website: www.stride.org   

 

The Recreation Team (social)

      Agency: The Recreation Team

Location: Trips are throughout Westchester County

Age Range: Teens

Description: The Recreation Team offers weekend trips for high functioning developmentally disabled teens. The program is offered year-round.

Contact: For more information, call Jeannie O'Brien, Program Director, at (845) 621-2734 or email Recreationteam@aol.com.

Website: www.recreationteam.com  

 

Relax & Relate (social)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: high school teens 

Description: A social club for high school teens with mild autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Participate in fun activities, snack & chat, interact, practice, and learn about social behaviors in a supportive environment. Saturdays 1:30-3:30 p.m

Contact:  For more information, contact Mindy Cohen @ 366.7898 or Patricia Grossman @ 949.7699 x 355.  

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

Saturday Night Out (social)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 11-13

Description: Tweens meet tweens during outings in the community. They are out and about socializing, recreating and having fun. Social and independent living skill building is embedded into the program in a natural way.

Contact:  For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108.  

Website: www.JCConthehudson.org  

 

Sensational Sundays (music/swimming/recreational)

Agency: YWCA of White Plains 

Location: 515 North Street, White Plains, NY
Age Range: Teens
Description: Programs include swimming, music lessons, and Sunday recreation.
Contact: For more information, contact the Director of Special Services at (914) 949-6227 ext. 108.  

 

Sleepy Hollow Academy for Disability Education (SHADE) (social/recreational)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson 

Location: Tarrytown, NY
Age Range: 14 - 19 with high functioning autism
Description: A peer leadership and mentoring program at Sleepy Hollow HS. Led by a social worker and special education teacher, interns have the opportunity to work in an after-school recreation program for students with disabilities, or in the mornings, before school, in a sports program. Interns gain valuable skills in their knowledge, sensitivity and ability to interact, socialize and manage behaviors of high-school students with disabilities. They earn a stipend or can opt to use hours completed towards community service.
Contact: Contact Mindy Cohen, 366-7898 or Kim Kaczmarek, at SH HS for information. (Sleepy Hollow High School Students only are eligible to apply to this program)  

 

SNACC After-School Program (enrichment)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 12-18

Description: Enrichment programs that are appropriate for children with ADHD, speech/language delays, Learning Disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD or any social and emotional problems. Classes are personalized to support each child's individualized needs.  

Contact: For more information, call Charley Moskowitz at (915) 472-3300 ext. 361.    

 

SPARC, INC. teen programs (social/therapy/recreational)

Agency: SPARC, Inc.
Location: Program locations vary; Office Location: 3045 Gomer Street Yorktown Heights, NY
Age Range: Teens - 11 - 20
Description: SPARC provides social, recreation, and therapeutic services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities.
Contact: For more information, call (914) 243-0583.

Website: www.sparcinc.org    

   

Spectrum Baseball   (baseball)

Agency: Miracle League of Westchester 
Location: Games are held at Miracle Field, Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale, NY
Age Range: 5-21
Description: The Miracle League and WJCS offer a free, non-competitive league for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. The league uses a "buddy" system where each player is paired with an able-bodied peer.
Contact: For more information, call (914) 960-6391 or email smadey@mlwny.org
Website: www.mlwny.org  

 

Sunday/Funday (social/sports/arts)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale, NY

Age Range: 13-18

Description: A teen integrated program with peer mentors, featuring peer support with social skills, human development, sports, music, theater, art, and computer work.  

Contact: For more information, call Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361. 

 

Super Kids Social Skills Group (social skills)

Agency: Super Kids

Location: Ridgefield, CT

Age Range: 5+

Description: Super Kids is a private practice with a focus on social skills development through therapeutic social skills groups and individual therapy. Our groups are small and offer children and teens an opportunity to learn about abstract social concepts in a more concrete manner and then practice the skills with their peers.  

Contact: For more information, call Barbara Cooper or Nancy Widdows at (866) 944-9558 or email info@superkidsct.com

Website: www.superkidsct.com  

 

*Therapeutic Social Skills (TSS) Groups for Children on the Autistic Spectrum 

Agency: WJCS 

Location: Hartsdale and White Plains
Age Range:  6 - 14 

Description: Social skills group for children diagnosed with ASD, whose goal is to teach essential social skills and provide for a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills.

Contact: For more information, please contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director,  at (914) 949 - 7699 ext 377 or e-mail kphillips@wjcs.com


YAD B'YAD (Hand-in-Hand) (social skills)  

Agency: Congregation Kol Ami and WJCS

Location: 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains, NY  

Age Range: Teens, 13 - 18

Description: A synagogue based inclusive program for Jewish teenagers with developmental challenges that focuses on social skills and Jewish education. 
Contact: For more information, call Karen Millman, Yad B'Yad Program Director at (914) 949-4717 ext. 105 or email karenmillman@nykolami.org.  

 

YWCA of White Plains (sports/music)

Agency: YWCA of White Plains

Location: 515 North Street, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 16+

Description: The YWCA of White Plains offers programs to teens including swimming, athletics, and music lessons.

Contact: For more information, contact the Director of Special Services at (914) 949-6227 ext. 108.

Website: www.ywcawhiteplains.com  

 

For Adults  

 

 

Adaptations, The Young Adult Life Skills Network (social)

Agency: Adaptations @ JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue (W. 76th St.), NYC

Age Range: 20's & 30's

Description: Adaptations is an exciting program for adults in their 20s and 30s with developmental and/or learning disabilities and a high level of independence.  Our program is a place for individuals of all backgrounds to socialize, learn, grow and deepen their connections to one another and the community.  Adaptations offers opportunities for social and recreational activities, trips and overnight experiences, vocational support, dating and more.  Through our partnerships and programs, Adaptations provides multiple pathways to fostering independence, finding your passion and experiencing the richness of community.

Contact: For more information, call Dorsey Massey, Coordinator, at (646) 505-4447or email dmassey@jccmanhattan.org.  

Website: www.adaptationsonline.org 

 

 Building Bridges (social)

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 19 - 25  

Description: This social/support group provides social opportunities and a place for participants to develop connections and coping skills through discussion and role playing. 
Contact Person:
For more information, call Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 208 or email mcohen@jcconthehudson.org.

 

Circle of Friends (social)

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Age Range:  20+ 

Description: These groups provides venues for individuals ages 21 and older who identify themselves as having special needs, to gather on a regular basis and enrich their social lives by planning activities based on mutual interest. Led by social worker.

Contact: For more information, call Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361.    

Website: www.jccmw.org  

 

Compass Project's Theater for Action (theater)

Agency: JCCA's Compass Project

Location: Rosenthal JCC, Pleasantville, NY

Age Range: 20's

Description: Theater class specifically designed for young adults with disabilities. Activities include theater games, improvisation, writing exercises to promote self-exploration, basic acting skills, and collective creation. This class is intended as both therapeutic and vocational.  

Contact: Fore more information, call Jennifer Eisman at (914) 761-0600 or email eismanj@jccany.org.  

 

Connections (social/recreational)
Agency: Adaptations @ JCC of Manhattan
Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue (W. 76th St.), NYC
Age Range: 20's & 30's
DescriptionA social and recreational pilot program in a community setting for non-college bound adults in their twenties, designed to complement their vocational and volunteer experiences.
Contact: For more info, please contact Allison Kleinman at 646.505.4367 or akleinman@jccmanhattan.org.

The Friends Network (social)

Agency: The Friends Network

Locations: Throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties

Age Range: 21+

Description: The Friends Network provides social opportunities for adults with disabilities through weekend trips, cultural events, and outing to restaurants, movies and dance clubs. 

Contact: For more information, call (845) 278-0820 or email maureen@thefriendsnetwork.org or lindakg@thefriendsnetwork.org. 

Website: www.thefriendsnetwork.org    

 

Hidden Treasures (art/drama/dance)

Agency: Hidden Treasures

Location: Rosenthal JCC, Pleasantville, NY

Age Range: Adults

Description: An educational arts, drama, and dance program for adults with special needs.

Contact: For more information, call Lucille McCarthy at (914) 439-5129 or email htreasures@optonline.net.   

Website: www.htreasures.org  

 

Magic To Do Players (Theater)

Agency: Wescto Productions

Location: 9 Romar Avenue, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 18+

Description: A full theater arts program for persons with developmental disabilities offering instruction in dancing, singing, improvisation, speaking and acting skills.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 761-7463.

Website: www.westcoprods.com    

 

*Moving Forward (social)

Agency: WJCS

Location: 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY

Age Range: 21+ 

Description: The emphasis is on enabling consumers to grow socially, enhance management of daily living activities and negotiate issues that arise in their environments. The group organizes, plans and implements its own recreational, educational, and cultural activities with the guidance of a clinical social worker, including a monthly support group.

Contact:  For more information, call Caroline Melcer, LMSW at (914) 949-7699 ext. 367 or email cmelcer@wjcs.com.  

Website: www.WJCS.com     

 

Moving Wheels and Heels (Dance)

Agency: Steffi Nossen School of Dance

Location: 216 Central Ave., White Plains, NY

Age Range: Adults

Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair  & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement.

Contact: For more information, call Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email info@steffinossen.org.  

 

North East Westchester Special Recreation, Inc. (recreation)

Agency: North East Westchester Special Recreation, Inc.

Location: Program locations vary.

Age Range: Adults

Description: North East Westchester offers a variety of recreation programs.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 347-4409.  

Website: www.northeastspecialrec.org  

 

Nor-West Regional Special Services (recreation)

Agency: Nor-West Regional Special Services 

Location: Program open to residents of Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill and Yorktown.

Age Range: Adults

Description: Nor-West offers a variety of recreation programs.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 737-4797 or email Chris@nor-west.org.  

 

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding (horseback riding)

Agency: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

Location: Farm locations include Pleasantville, Brewster, and Greenwich, CT, and Darien, CT 

Age Range: Adults 

Description: Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs. This program offers therapeutic riding as well as non-riding activities.  

Contact: Fore more information call (845) 669-8235.

Website: www.pegasustr.org   

 

The Pioneer Club (social/recreational)

Agency: CP of Westchester

Location: 1186 King Street, Rye Brook, NY 

Age Range: 18+

Description: The Pioneer Club is a social recreational program that provides adults with disabilities the unique opportunity to get together and participate in organized recreational activities with their peers.

Contact: For more information, call Lisa Ferri, Coordinator of Pioneer Club, (914) 937-3800 Ext 345 or e-mail Lisa.Ferri@cpwestchester.org

Website: www.cpwestchester.org   

 

Saturday Adult Recreation (social)

Agency: Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

Location: 1186 King St., Rye Brook, NY

Age Range: Adults

Description: Offers adults that live at home with families the opportunity to socialize with peers. This program is offered 2 Saturdays a month from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 937-3800. 

Website: www.cpwestchester.org   

 

South East Consortium (recreation)

Agency: South East Consortium for Special Services  

Location: 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 

Age Range: 4 - Adult

Description: South East Consortium is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation programs and leisure-related services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs residing in our member municipalities.    

Contact: For more information, call (914) 698-5232 or email info@secrec.org.

Website: www.secrec.org  

 

SPARC, Inc. (social/recreation/therapy)

Agency: SPARC, Inc.

Location: Program locations vary; Office location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Age Range: 21+

Description: SPARC provides social, recreation and therapeutic services for adults with developmental disabilities.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 243-0583.

Website: http://www.sparcinc.org/services/adult-programs/    

 

*Supper Club (social)

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: 19-30+

Description: This informal social and recreational group meets twice a month to help develop social skills, develop connections with others and reinforce strengths. The relaxed setting allows members to come together in a non-threatening environment to share their personal experiences, gain emotional support, insight and strategies for coping with daily struggles with work, family and friends.  

Contact: For more information, call Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.    

 

YWCA of White Plains (athletics/swimming/music/recreation)  

Agency: YWCA of White Plains 

Location: 515 North Street White Plains, NY
Age Range: Adults
Description: The YWCA of White Plains offers programs including swimming, athletics, music lessons, Fun and Fitness, Special Olympics, Saturday Bowling, and Dance the Night Away on Friday nights.
Contact: For more information, contact the Director of Special Services at  (914) 949-6227, ext. 108.

Jewish Programs  

 

Havorah (social)

Agency: WJCS

Location: Varies throughout Westchester 

Age Range: Children, teens and adults  

Description: WJCS' Havorah program provides unique opportunities to experience Jewish life for people with developmental disabilities who live in community residences, independently or with their families. Children, teens and adults participate in holiday celebrations, Shabbat dinners and other social, educational and cultural events with members of area synagogues and Jewish community organizations.   

Contact: For more information, call Gail Oliver, Coordinator, Havorah Program at (845) 565-8610 or email gailao777@aol.com.  

    
Matan

Agency: Matan 

Location: Program locations vary. Office located in White Plains.  

Age Range: 5-12, 13-17 

Description: Matan's self-contained classes serve children who benefit from smaller class sizes and shorter instruction time, and accommodate children with significant learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and other issues that affect learning and peer interaction. Children engage in hands-on, multi-sensory Jewish education that builds on social skills enhancement and enables them to feel proud of their Jewish identity.   

Contact: For more information, call 1-866 -410-5600 or email info@matankids.org.  

Website: www.matankids.org  

 

Yad B'Yad (Hand-in-Hand) (social skills)

Agency: Congregation Kol Ami & WJCS

Location: 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains, NY  

Age Range: Teens, 13 - 18

Description: A synagogue based inclusive program for Jewish teenagers with developmental challenges that focuses on social skills and Jewish education. 

Contact: For more information, email Jessica Yablow at jyablow@gmail.com.    

 

For Family Members
  

 

Balanced Parenting: Stress Reduction for Parents 

Agency: Mark Bertin

Location: 106 Washington Avenue, Pleasantville, NY

Age Range: Parents

Description: Balanced Parenting classes offer an opportunity to explore how we parent and why we make the day-to-day choices that we do. The classes reflect advances in the fields of medicine, neurology, psychology, and child development. The class series consists of six weekly two-hour sessions along with short daily exercises at home.

Contact: For more information, call (914) 841-2302.

Website: www.developmentaldoctor.com  

 

Fathers Talk: A group for fathers of children with developmental challenges

Agency: JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 76th Street, NYC

Age Range: Fathers 

Description: This group is designed to give fathers whose children have developmental delays an opportunity to share their experiences, hopes, and challenges with the goal of building community, strategizing, gaining insight and support.   

Contact: For more information, call Hannah Cohen at (646) 505-4460.

Website: www.jccmanhattan.org   

 

*Grandparent Support Group

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Age Range: Grandparents of children with ASD 

Description: Meet other grandparents who share the special struggles of having a grandchild with an autistic spectrum disorder. 

Contact: For more information, call Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.

 

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Developmental Challenges

Agency: JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 76th Street, NYC

Age Range: Parents

Description: This group provides support for parents of children who have been identified with developmental challenges of all kinds. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the parents' personal experience provides resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, emotional support and community.

Contact: For more information, call Hannah Cohen at (646) 505-4460.

Website: www.jccmanhattan.org  

 

Parents for Parents: A Special Needs Network

Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville, NY

Age Range: Parents

Description: Throughout the year, Parents for Parents hosts seminars on timely topics presented by knowledgable speakers in the special needs community, and provides intimate forums where parents can speak freely and emotionally without judgement or fear.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 741-0333.

Website: www.rosenthaljcc.org  

 

*Parent Management Training (PMT)  

Agency: WJCS

Location: Hartsdale and Peekskill

Age Range: Parents

Description: Parents will learn new ways to understand their child's behavior and practice skills and techniques for effectively handling problem behaviors. 

Contact: For more information call Kari Phillips at (914) 949-7699 ext. 377 or email kphillips@wjcs.com. 

Website: www.wjcs.com  

 

Parent Support  

Agency: Parents' Place, Inc. 

Location: White Plains, NY and Sleepy Hollow, NY 

Age Range: Parents of children under 5  

Description: In addition to parent/child drop-in programs for children under 5 year olds, Parents' Place offers a weekly evening, parent-only support group for families of children with an autistic spectrum disorder. Bilingual/Spanish services.  

Contact: For more information, call (914) 948-5187.

Website: www.theguidancecenter.org   

 

Project Lifesaver 

Agency: WJCS Autism Family Center 

Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 

Age Range: Children - Adults  

Description: Project Lifesaver is a wristband transmitter program for children and adults diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities who wander. 

Contact: For more information, contact Bonnie Graham, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email bgraham@wjcs.com.

 

Sib Connection

Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY  

Age Range: 6-15; 16 year olds become assistants!  

Description: Provides a therapeutic support group for siblings that have brothers and sisters with special needs. It gives them the unique opportunity in a confidential group for peer support and to learn they are not alone.  

Contact: For more information, call Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361 or email moskowitzc@jccmw.org.

Website: www.jccmw.org   

 

Sib Shop

Agency: JCC on the Hudson

Location: Tarrytown, NY

Age Range: 5-9 

Description: A family member with a disability impacts the entire family. A fun, relaxed atmosphere creates opportunities for typical siblings to share their experiences and unique concerns. Encourages participants to focus on themselves and each other. Sundays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Contact:  For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108.  

  

Sib Shop

Agency: Rosenthal JCC

Location: Pleasantville, NY

Age Range: Pre-schoolers and K through 5th grade 

Description: SIBSHOPS provides a therapeutic support group for siblings who have brothers and sister with special needs. It gives them a unique opportunity to find peer support in a confidential, activity-based group. Contact:  For more information, contact Robin Gersten, Director of JCC Program for Enhancing Potential, at (914) 741 - 0333  


 

SibShop

Agency: Abilis

Location: Program at Breathrough Fitness (48 Union St., Stamford, CT)

Age Range: 6+

Description: A social and recreational networking program for siblings who have a brother or sister with autism, down syndrome, or other developmental disabilities.  

Contact: For more information, call Monica at (203) 324-1880 ext. 336 or email smyth@abilis.us.

  

Support Group for Parents of Twins

Agency: JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 76th Street, NYC

Age Range: Parents

Description: Raising multiples is a joyous yet stressful experience, with the stress component often starting well before the babies come home, given the high risk nature of multiple pregnancies. However, when one or both children are diagnosed with a developmental delay or other special needs, the complications increase tenfold adding a unique challenge to already frazzled parents. Share your experiences and resources, network and build community with the facilitation of experienced group leaders. 

Contact: For more information, call Hannah Cohen at (646) 505-4460.

Website: www.jccmanhattan.org  

 

Support Group for Parents of Teens 

Agency: JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 76th Street, NYC

Age Range: Parents

Description: New challenges arise for parents whose children have reached their adolescent/teen years. This group will provide an opportunity to address these challenges, hear from other parents, exchange resources, network and build community with the help of experienced support group facilitators.

Contact: For more information, call Hannah Cohen at (646) 505-4460.

Website: www.jccmanhattan.org   

 

Support Group for Couples of Children with Special Needs 

Agency: JCC of Manhattan

Location: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 76th Street, NYC

Age Range: Parents

Description: This group is designed to provide support for couples whose children have been identified with developmental challenges of all kinds. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the personal experiences of the participants will provide resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, emotional support and community.

Contact: For more information, call Hannah Cohen at (646) 505-4460.

Website: www.jccmanhattan.org    

 

 

WJCS Autism Family Center

About Us:

The WJCS Autism Family Center offers a range of supports and services to reduce the stresses and relieve the sense of isolation for youth, adults, and families affected by Autism. Individuals with ASD can find a variety of services. Family members can join on a formal and informal basis to build support. The AFC offers all members of the community (families, individuals, and professionals) a centralized information and referral resource.

Our Programs:
  • The Supper Club (for 19+)
  • Girls Night Out (for girls and their mothers)
  • Project Lifesaver (a bracelet program for children who wander)
  • Grandparents' Support Group
  • Workshop Series for families and professionals
  • Monthly newsletter
  • 5 day a week call and drop-in center for families

For more information please contact Bonnie Graham, LMSW, Program Coordinator at bgraham@wjcs.com or (914) 261-0600 ext. 228.


WJCS Autism Family Center is possible with the support of

UJA-Federation.



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