Special Needs Directory

FunFit Kids


FunFit is an interactive sports program designed to help children develop physically, socially, and cognitively. FunFit is structured to be age appropriate, encourage participation, and focus on progressive learning through what FunFit calls the 3 R’s: Refine, Rehearse, and Repeat. Instructors put an emphasis on the child’s individual needs and interests while engaging them in a variety of movement experiences through play, drills, and games.

FunFit teaches children the fundamentals of gross motor function, sports skills, healthy living, sportsmanship, and teamwork. However, the most important benefit is that children gain confidence and self-esteem. Participants are progressively challenged as the program evolves, acquiring the skills necessary to become well-rounded athletes. This program will ensure that  little athletes will have the proper fundamental tools to play a variety of sports, gain confidence, and maintain an active lifestyle.

Inspired by Zoe - Classes


Inspired by Zoe's mission and priority is to inspire children to express themselves through D.I.Y. arts and crafts. Arts and crafts have a great significance in children's academic performance, social development, and cultural and leadership skills. Insipired by Zoe's art classes are set up to influence all of these skills and impact children of all ages. They also offer Open Craft and Play; they provide crafters with a craft menu that includes many options, from tie-dye to clay molding to customized candles. During class, crafters enjoy building 3-D objects, stitching, sculpting, painting, and so much more. The studio leaves a great impact on crafters, some of whom struggle to express themselves in and outside of the classroom. Inspired by Zoe has received a signifacant amount of feedback on the improvement of crafters from their families. Inspired By Zoe's purpose is to inspire all.

Kumon Math and Reading Centers - NYC


Math. Reading. Confidence. Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading program. The Kumon Method has helped millions of children achieve more than they ever thought they could. The staff at Kumon believe that it can help your child, too. At Kumon, your child will build skills that lead to success inside and outside the classroom. Kumon's math and reading programs help children of all ages and levels become eager, independent self-learners. Unlike tutoring sessions, Kumon helps children learn how to learn on their own and develops strong academic skills. Students at Kumon gain a sense of confidence that will help them in the classroom and beyond.

Kumon has multiple locations in all five boroughs. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Silly Curls Classes at Sterlin Beauty Salon


Silly Curls offers fun and interactive classes where young girls and their mothers learn how to style their hair for any and every occasion. Each child is provided with a mannequin that serves as her “client” for the day, and accessories like glitter, hair chalk, and any other products needed to create the day’s style are also included.

Silly Curls teaches your child the most essential skills for creating great hairstyles all on their own. Students put their new skills into practice during the event so that afterwards they can recreate hairstyles at home. Events are taught by a team of enthusiastic and kid-friendly hairstylists who train the girls and reveal all the insider tricks-of-the-trade and professional techniques. Refreshments are provided. 

Please visit the website for upcoming events, and follow Silly Curls on Facebook and Instagram.

The Gagasphere - Classes


The Gagasphere offers after-school and weekend classes for kids of all ages and interests. Offerings range from sports and fitness classes to sessions that combine gaga with STEM activities. 

Classes include:

  • Going Gaga (1st grade and older): Straight-up gaga for an hour. Kids enjoy many versions of the game. Feed their gaga addiction with a monthly pass that allows for unlimited gaga and gets you discounts for other programs and camps.
  • Gaga+STEM: If your child is into science but you want them to get moving, this class fits the bill. Or maybe this is a way to sneak in some science fun!
  • GagaFit: Maybe you want your child to get more exercise disguised as fun. Or is your little athlete in need of some core strengthening to help his game?
  • GagaStrong: Classes for kids who need special attention and support. The Playground Games class is for children who have difficulty during recess.

Visit the website for a full class schedule. Call 201-445-2546 or book online.


The Speech Tree


The Speech Tree is a private practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with speech, language, and feeding delays.  Individual and group sessions are available, and most insurances are accepted.

Visit www.speechtreecenter.com or call 732-617-1500 for more information.

A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy - Classes


The A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy provides educational theatre opportunities for young artists ages 5-18. Combining creativity and ensemble, the Academy offers camps and classes in performance, technique, dance/movement, and auditions for musical theatre productions. Programming integrates a strong literary element, enabling students to explore a wide range of selections. The Academy welcomes students of all skill and experience levels and offers Arts for All programming for artists with learning differences.

Come join the fun at the A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy!  

Nurturing the mind, body and spirit of the artist.


ACD Play Space


ACD Play Space offers a wide variety of children's classes, birthday parties to help celebrate your child's special day, and Open Play hours where children can come in and explore new things. ACD's goal is to provide a safe and educational space for children to learn and grow through music, dance, and play most of all.

ACD, a family-owned business, opened in November 2017 after the owner—who has provided in-home child care in Astoria for over 10 years—noticed a lack of activities, classes, and play spaces for parents and children to enjoy on a daily basis.

ACD is proud to support moms and dads who are entrepreneurs in the children's  arts and activities fields. Since opening, ACD has joined up with many businesses based in Astoria and New York such as Allergic to Salad, Tiny Tunes, and the ballet and ballroom instructor from Petite Ballroom. ACD also works with programs such as Kids Music Together, The Pineapple Explorers Club, and Soccer Friends USA.

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Acting Antics Art Center


Acting Antics is an innovative theatre program for students diagnosed with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, HFA, ADD, NLD or other deficits in social learning. A variety of programs are offered to target different age groups and developmental levels. Check the site for satellite classes offered locally.

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