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14th Street Y KOL Program

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The 14th Street Y is proud to welcome children with special needs into the 14Y community. The 14th Street Y’s KOL Program is a weekend recreational program for children and adolescents (ages 4-17) who are on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum or have related developmental differences, such as ADHD and language delays. 

KOL cultivates a supportive community among parents and caregivers who have a space to come together and share resources and advice. Offerings include activities ranging from soccer and capoeira to music and art, all while promoting social skills development and relationship building. 

Classes include:

  • SO Magic
  • Super Soccer Stars
  • Play Capoeira
  • Music Makers
  • Arts RX - Creative Movement
  • Arts RX - Arts
  • Swim Instruction for Children with Special Needs.

Absolute Family Support Services Inc.

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Absolute Family Support Services (AFSS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides special education and related services to the public. The organization serves a vast community of school-age students with emphasis on the special needs population. Offerings include an after-school program, a social skills program, a weekend recreational program, daily academic support, yoga classes, arts and crafts, dry clay classes, cooking classes, sands therapy, behavior intervention, music classes, candle-making, loom-making, and much more! Please visit the website for more information.

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Big Apple Day Program

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Big Apple Day Program (BADP) is a co-ed 6-week social skills summer treatment camp for children ages 4, 5-6, 7-8 & 9-12 with mild-to-moderate (non-aggressive) difficulties, such as ADHD, High Functioning Autism, NVLD, Anxiety, and Learning Difficulties. We use a social thinking, behavioral approach to teach social, academic, and athletic skills. Since 2011, BADP has provided a fun and therapeutic summer experience for kids who need extra support and attention at camp. Please visit our website for more information: www.BigAppleDayProgram.com

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Bridge Kids of New York, LLC

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The Bridge Kids of New York, LLC team consists of a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Certified General and Special Educator, and Speech-Language Pathologist. Together, we provide a comprehensive perspective on learning and development. We provide individualized services in your home, community, or your child's educational setting. Bridge Kids of New York specializes in working with children with special needs, with specialized training and experience in supporting children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech-Language Therapy (Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive/Expressive Language Delay/Disorder, Oral Motor dysfunction) Special Instruction Psychotherapy Managing and Preventing Challenging Behavior Socialization Groups Feeding Therapy Sleep Training Toilet Training Separating from Parents/Caregivers Removing the Bottle, Pacifier, or Sippy Cup

Children's Museum of the Arts - Inclusive Programs

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CMA's inclusive weekend programs offer structured early childhood, fine arts, and media arts sessions for children with disabilities and their families, all for free! RSVPs are first come, first serve. Programs provide a safe space to develop social skills and manual dexterity through the arts.

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA teaching artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops that are specifically designed to help children with autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art.

CMA’s Inclusive Sunday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with physical disabilities and their family and friends. This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and specialists work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants. 

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Commonwealth Learning Center

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Commonwealth Learning Center is an independent nonprofit organization that provides 1-to-1 tutoring and educational evaluation services to students in grades K-12. They specialize in working with individuals who learn differently, including those with dyslexia, ADHD, and executive functioning challenges.

Instructors create a customized plan to meet the specific needs of each student and continually adjust their teaching style to suit the learner. Programs offered include (but are not limited to): 

  • Reading (Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System, Project Read Reading Comprehension, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Programming, Nancibell Visualizing & Verbalizing)
  • Writing (Project Read Written Expression)
  • Math (TouchMath)
  • Study Skills and Academic Support
  • Test Preparation (SAT, SSAT, ISEE, MCAS, GED).

Flexible daytime and evening scheduling is available, as is financial aid for those who qualify.

DramaRamas at The Summer Theatre of New Canaan

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The Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s award-winning* DramaRamas program provides performance opportunities for children ages 8-18 with special needs. Each summer, the DramaRamas rehearse and perform with professional actors an abridged version of one of STONC's summer shows. Each child will be paired up with and mentored by one of the professional actors and theater staff to help them interpret and perform their role. Rehearsals are weekend mornings June 4th through 24th with a performance on June 26th at the Summer Theatre’s Waveny Tent Theatre in New Canaan. For more information and to apply, please visit the website: stonc.org.

*The DramaRamas program is a recipient of a Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Theatre from the Connecticut Critics Circle.

EBL Coaching - Special Needs

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EBL Coaching specializes in one-on-one home tutoring for students in grades pre-K through 12 in reading, writing, math, study skills, and test preparation. Each student is assessed and then matched with one of EBL's learning specialists who is trained in the methods most appropriate for that child. EBL offers specialized instruction for students with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and executive functioning challenges using research-based, multi-sensory methods. Sessions can be held either at EBL's Upper East Side learning center or in the home. EBL offers 3-week intensive small-group summer programs in reading, writing, math, organization, and executive functioning skills.

EBL Director Dr. Emily Levy is a world-renowned education expert who has written the Strategies for Study Success study skills student workbook series and the Flags and Stars Orton Gillingham workbook program, both of which are used in schools nationwide.

Extreme Kids & Crew

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Extreme Kids & Crew provides play spaces where children with disabilities and their families connect, create, and learn together. Through arts- and play-based programming, kids discover their talents and forge friendships. The family education and advocacy services equip parents with the knowledge and emotional resources they need to advocate for their children and themselves.

Extreme Kids & Crew provides free drop-in open play every Saturday and Sunday during the school year; weekly classes where children are exposed to music, dance, and art; monthly arts workshops which offer a variety of activities from ceramics to weaving; monthly social groups for teens and girls; and parent workshops and advocacy events offered in Brooklyn and Queens. All of the programs are free and open to the entire family!

Friendship Circle summer camp

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Friendship Circle’s End of Summer Camp allows children with special needs the opportunity to taste a full-action packed camp experience. With Constant one-on-one attention from teen volunteers, the children enjoy field trips, music, swimming, arts & crafts – in a very spirited camp environment.

While all Friendship Circle programs tend to build a strong relationship between the teen volunteers and their special friends, the summer camp is one in which this bond becomes that much more animated and pronounced. Many parents have been known to say that their children enjoyed their best days of the year at The Friendship Circle Summer Camp.

Where: 121 West 19th Street(Btw 6th and 7th Ave.)

NY NY, 10011

When: Monday, August 18th through Thursday, August 21st

Times: 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Ages:5-16

Cost: $500.00 per child for the week , or $125.00 per child for the day.

Early Bird special: $400 per child for the week or $100 per child for the day.

To Register your child, please fill out the link below. You can scan it back to Dina@friendshipnyc.com or mail it to our Friendship Circle office:

http://www.friendshipnyc.com/media/pdf/730/sASP7305128.pdf
Friendship Circle

121 West 19th st.

New York, NY 10011

Spaces are limited. First come first serve.

For more information feel free to reach Dina at Dina@friendshipnyc.com or call 646-820-1066.

Friendship Circle

121 West 19th Street

NY NY, 10011

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