Special Needs After-School Programs
The Samuel Field Y has a Special Services Department that hosts many programs to help your child in their back to school process. The department services children ages 5-21 who have a developmental disability. All programs work on socialization and skills of independence. Their programs include an after school program. This program is for children having developmental disabilities ages 5-21. Groups meet daily after school under the direction a professionally supervised staff. New York City Board of Education transportation is provided from school to the Y and van transportation may be provided by the Y to the child’s home at the end of the day.
Project Child is an after school program, also hosted by the Y, for children with learning disabilities at Bay Terrace Center. The program specifically designed to meet the needs of elementary school children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and mild autistic spectrum disorders.
Queens Mueum of Art’s ArtAccess is a unique program of the Queens Museum of Art designed specifically for visitors with special needs. It is designed to allow audiences with diverse abilities to enjoy a personal connection to works of art. ArtAccess reaffirms the Museum’s commitment to making its services accessible to all visitors, including those with varying physical, emotional and cognitive abilities. Most ArtAccess programs draw inspiration from the Museum’s permanent exhibitions – The Panorama of the City of New York and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass — as well as changing modern and contemporary art exhibitions, allowing teachers and program coordinators the flexibility to design an experience based on the needs of the students or clients.
Dancing Dreams is a nonprofit dance program for physically and medically challenged children ages 3-17. Classes meet on Thursdays in Bayside, Queens. Each dancer is paired with a high school helper to assist during class. Dancers must be physically or medically challenged and able to follow directions in a group setting. Classes taught by a pediatric physical therapist For information about volunteering (high school students) or dancing call: Joann Ferrara, Director 718 428 2600 website
MKD Karate, Kickboxing & Self-Defense is a traditional karate school, with roots in Kyokushin karate as well as modern aspects of kickboxing. They offer classes for special needs children aged 4-18. Class sizes are limited to 6 children at a time and are aimed at developing attention, self-control, mental toughness, physical resilience and spiritual awareness. Families come together through shared training. Website
Soccer Rockets has classes for children ages 2-8 that are specifically designed by professionals to teach the importance of fitness, help to develop motor skills and create self-confidence through games and activities. In addition to soccer, instruction is provided in volleyball, basketball, hockey, yoga, baseball and lacrosse. Website
Meet other Moms with Special Needs Kids
The Queens Special Education Parent Center Meetup Group
Queens County Parents Autism Coalition Meetup Group
ANIBIC (Association for Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children)
They hold Saturday Recreation Programs for ages 5-17 that offers children with developmental disabilities fun-filled activities that include karate, swimming, gym activities, dance and movement, and sand and water sensory exercises. All activities are supervised by trained educators and are conducted in small groups, encouraging each child’s full participation in the program.