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Current Openings At The YAI: Unique Special Needs Programs and Services Around NYC

Since we recently moved to a new borough I thought it would be a good idea to see what special needs programs and services YAI  had in Brooklyn. I saw that there are a bunch of great openings and opportunities being offered all over NYC so I’ve posted the entire list, current as of 9/30/12:

Service Openings

Featured Program Openings 

Potential Residential Opening, Brooklyn ICF:  Potential opportunity for a male, age 21-55 years, who functions within severe/profound range, but who can evacuate two flights of stairs without physical assitance. Contact Tom Ott, 212-273-6462, for more information and to apply.

Potential Residential Opening, Bronx 24-Hour IRA: Potential opportunity for a female with mild/moderate intellectual disability. Contact Tom Ott, 212-273-6462, for more information and to apply.

Family Services

About YAI’s Family Services

YAI Autism Center: Offering private-pay programs including: Yoga with ballet or dance, social skills groups and music therapy. Call 1-888-YAI-AUTISM.

Manhattan Recreation Programs: Recreation programs for New York City residents over the age of 18, from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Weeknight group activities and Saturday trips. Transportation is not provided. Contact Pamela Accardo at 212-645-1616, ext. 618 or Edna Bay at 212-645-1616, ext. 620.

Project Intervene: Short-term intervention services for behavior management, toilet training, travel and other skills training are provided to individuals and their families in the home and/or group settings. Training programs are designed for parents of children with disabilities who reside in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Availability is based on where you live. Toilet training workshops are also available. Services provided in English and Spanish. For more information, call 212-273-6314 in Manhattan, and 212-273-6297 for Spanish. In Brooklyn, please call 718-306-1300, ext.411 for English and ext.412 for Spanish.

Family Reimbursement: Provides limited funds to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through other programs or funding streams. For Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens residents. Contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585.

Manhattan Autism Social Skills Groups: Accepting applications for program teaching social skills to children aged 9-18 years old on the autism spectrum residing with their parents in Manhattan. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Family Support Series for Caregivers of Children with Autism (all ages): Support groups for parents and caregivers of people with autism. New groups begin this month. To pre-register and for more information, contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182. See latest group schedule

Leisure Trax Vacation Program: Free or low cost trips and vacations for Bronx residents 18 or older, living with their families. Trips are open to residents of other boroughs. Contact LINK at 212-273-6182. Application and travel schedule available on the Leisure Trax page

Parents With Special Needs: Accepting referrals for program for parents with developmental disabilities who live with their children in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. Contact Nafiza Somaipersaud at 212-793-2182, ext. 203.

Manhattan Overnight Respite: 24-hour professional supervision from Friday afternoon until Monday morning for children 5 and older. Must be ambulatory. Contact Vanessa White Germany at 212-255-2673.

Manhattan Holiday Respite – ages 6-18 with DD, live at home with their family. Taking applications for waiting list – contact Tanicqua Davis 212-273-6503

Independent Living Program: Six-month classroom course for Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan residents to develop independent living skills. For application forms, contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585.

Brooklyn Children and Adolescent Program: Saturday recreation program for children 6 and older. Contact LINK 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Leisure Trax: Recreation program for adults 18 and older. Contact LINK212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Saturday Drop Off: Recreation programs Brooklyn residents 16 and older. Contact Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311.

Brooklyn Autism Social Skills Groups: Accepting applications for program offering structured and supervised opportunities for socialization in an after school setting to children aged 5-12 years old on the autism spectrum residing with their parents in Brooklyn. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Yoga Ballet: 10-week Yoga/Ballet class for girls and boys with autism, between the ages 3-10. For more information, contact LINK at 212-273-6182.

Project Grow: Seven-week behavior management training for parents of children with developmental disabilities, conducted in group settings. Topics include specific behavior techniques to promote positive family interactions. Peer support is provided. Families must reside in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island or Queens. Day and evening groups are available in both English and Spanish. Possibility of Cantonese groups. For more information, call 212-273-6259.

Project Grown-Up: Five-week education group for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Basic and advanced parent training covers relationships and sexuality with adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Focus on child’s physiological development and interpersonal issues of relationships. Program is available to parents whose children reside with them in Manhattan or Queens. Day and evening groups are available in both English and Spanish. Possibility of Cantonese groups. For more information, call 212-273-6259.

Queens Crisis Intervention Program: In-home behavioral management program for parents available in both English and Spanish.  Parent training groups outside of the home (like project GROW) are also available. Call Lewanda Wallace at 718-793-2182, ext. 221 or Jackie Nunez at 718-793-2182, ext. 231 assistance in Spanish.

Brooklyn Extend-a-Family: Overnight respite provided in the home of a host family. Available for young children who are non-ambulatory. Contact Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311, ext. 6313.

Bronx In-home respite – In-home respite for children and adults with DD. Contact Tanicqua Davis 212-273-6503.

Queens Saturday Recreation Programs: Activities for individuals 16 and older. Contact Michael VanConant 212-645-1616 x 667

Queens Thank Goodness it’s the Weekend: Socialization group meet twice a month on Fridays for people 16 and older. Contact Michael VanConant 212-645-1616 x 667.

Queens After School Program: After school respite for children 6-15. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695 x 210.

Queens In-Home Respite: In-home respite for children with special needs, age 3 and older. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695 x 210.

Manhattan STAR Academy

About Manhattan STAR Academy

Manhattan: Accepting inquiries for the Manhattan STAR Academy, a unique learning opportunity for elementary school children. Contact Rae Eisdorfer at 212-420-0510 for information, application and tuition.

Premier HealthCare

About Premier HealthCare

Manhattan: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, gynecology, physical therapy, speech therapy, podiatry, neurology (adult), weight management program, and a program for people with physical disabilities.

Bronx: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, neurology (adult), podiatry, occupantonial therapy, physical therapy,  prosthetics & orthotics.

Queens: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, dental desensitization, podiatry, dermatology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, physiatry/wheelchair clinic, prosthetics & orthotics, and endocrinology (adult).

Brooklyn: Openings for internal medicine, dental, dental desensitization, pediatrics, dermatology, neurology (adult), gynecology, speech therapy, podiatry, endocrinology (adult), and physiatry/wheelchair clinic.

For new referrals, additional services or information, contact YAI LINK at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, TDD: 212-290-2787.

Center for Specialty Therapy

About YAI’s Center for Specialty Therapy

Manhattan: Psychosocial evaluations in English and Spanish are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182

Queens: Psychosocial evaluations in Enlish and Spanish (includes evening and Saturday hours) are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn: Psychosocial evaluations in English are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Bronx:  Psychosocial evaluations in Elblish and Spanish are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Families living in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn who need evaluations to access OPWDD services but who do not have insurance that will cover them can contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Day Services

About YAI’s Day Services

Manhattan: Openings in Manhattan programs. Contact Domingo Hernandez at 212-645-1616 ext. 634.

Employment Services

About YAI’s Employment Services

Manhattan Employment Services: Training in job-specific skills for adults with developmental disabilities. Openings in a variety of programs. Contact Satera Febus at 212-273-6100, ext. 2448.

Bronx Employment: Accepting applications for a variety of programs. Contact Ruth Jeffers at 718-792-6221, ext. 205.

Brooklyn Supported Work and Training: Accepting applications. Contact Sara Schacter Erenburg at 718-368-9311.

Queens Supported Work and Training Accepting applications. Contact Chris Bechler at 718-389-1300 x227.

There are openings citywide for people with developmental disabilities who are employed and need follow-along support services.

(Some) Special Needs Events Around NYC August/September 2012

Sorry, I’ve fallen a bit behind on posting great events like these this summer. Here are some of the unique meetings, workshops, events and classes being offered through September for special needs children and caregivers. And don’t forget to check Upcoming Events for social meetups of The Foorce.

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8/15/12, 10:00AM

How to Seek and Maintain Accessible Housing

UCP, 1770 Stillwell Ave,1st floor, Bronx

718-436-7979 ext 704, familyconnect@ucpnyc.org

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8/16/12, 10:00AM

Getting Your Child To and From School: The Ins and Outs of School Transportation

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

718 – 998-3000

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8/17/12, all day events 

Surfers’ Environmental Alliance’s 6th Annual: SEAPaddle NYC Event and White Water Evening for Autism

http://www.seapaddlenyc.org/2012-seapaddle-nyc-and-elite-race

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8/23/12, 10:00-12:30PM  

Sexuality Education: Why it Matters and Where to Start

YAI,460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK

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8/30/12, 10:00AM  

Yoga and Relaxation

YAI,460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK

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9/8/12, 7:30PM

My Time Inc. Wine and Cheese

1312 E 84th St, Brooklyn

mytimeinc.org

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9/12/12, 10:00-12:30PM

What to do if You’re Just Getting Started- Accessing Services

YAI, 460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK

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9/15/12, 3:00-4:00PM

Dance FUNdamentals – ages 11-17

Mark Morris Dance Studios, Brooklyn

runs through 11/3/12  every Saturday, $130

http://www.extremekidsandcrew.org

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9/22/12, 10:00AM

FINDING NEMO

AMC SFF Films

http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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9/22/12, 12:00PM

18th Annual NYC Buddy Walk in Central Park

http://www.buddywalk.org

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9/30/12, 1:00PM

Autism Friendly performance of “The Lion King”

Minskoff Theater, 200 W 45th St, Manhattan

http://www.tdf.org/thelionking (get on the waitlist in case there are cancellations)

Travel Training, More Than Coming and Going (Anna Sheehy)

As James gets older this has become more and more a topic of conversation. How will he get around when he’s 15? 18? 25? Living in the city brings up some especially unique issues – will he ride a bike down Broadway? Take taxis everywhere? Walk? Will he actually be able to navigate the convenient (but dangerous) bus and subway system? Yes, dangerous – but not how you might be thinking. I’m not that worried about James being abducted or mugged, but to me NYC transit seems pretty dangerous for someone who is unable to walk in a straight line, forgets to look both ways, and is often so far off into space that calling his name and shaking him is the only way to bring him back to attention (will somebody be there to do that at his train stop?).

I read this article on YAI’s blog (www.yai.org/blog) and felt compelled to share it with you. It gave me some insight into how travel training works as well as some much needed hope that James’s road to independence might be longer than usual, but that it will eventually lead away from Mom and Dad’s gentle (but deadly serious when necessary) guidance. Maybe even on a subway.

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Travel Training, More Than Coming and Going

  • by Anna Sheehy, L.M.S.W. Coordinator, Education and Training Dept.

YAI’s Day Services Independent Travel Training program is much more than teaching individuals how to access public transportation so they can commute from their homes to a day program.

Being a travel trainer is tough. It’s early mornings, long days riding the crowded public transit system, and it can be so tempting to offer quick solutions to the trainee (which would be counterproductive because the skill of independent travel requires confidence and decision making.)

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But that first time your trainee shows up to program on their own, wow. The pride that they have for themselves, the pride you have for them, the pride that their peers and their staff have for them … there is nothing like it. They glow. THAT is worth the early mornings and long commutes.

I believe in the power of independent travel. I think for a long time I took for granted what having the opportunity to ride crowded subways and wait on street corners for buses, allowed me. Being picked up at my door and taken to work every day sounded like a luxury that I might like to have. But if I think about what traveling independently offers me, it is much more important than a little luxury. I can travel to wherever I want to go, whenever I’d like to and I don’t need to depend on others to get places or do things outside of my home. My right and my ability to travel independently allows me to shop at stores outside of my neighborhood, visit people outside of my home and on my own schedule, consider a variety of opportunities for employment, and opens doors to discover and participate in recreational activities.

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Independent travel is a HUGE component of my independence. Being a part of a program that opens some of these doors to the individuals that we serve, is really wonderful. It’s what our work is all about, right? Promoting the highest level of independence for people.

As an employee of the training department, most of my exposure in the field is working with staff, and giving them the tools to best support the individuals with whom they work. I’m excited about my work on the travel training program, and have appreciated the opportunity to be more directly a part of impacting the lives of some of the individuals that we serve. This work has helped me feel closer to the mission of the agency, and for that I am grateful.

For full article and comments go to http://www.yai.org/blog/2012/june/travel-training-much-more.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=storytitle&utm_campaign=yainewsletter

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For more information about YAI’s travel training program, go to http://www.yai.org/services/day-services/day-services-individual-travel-training-1.html

Special Needs Events in NYC – May 2012

Seminars, concerts, workouts, conferences, even yoga sessions – don’t say you were bored this month! Sorry for the last minute posting on some of these – it took forever to combine all of the May event emails (which is kind of a good thing).

MAY 2012 EVENTS:

Ongoing, every Sunday in May (and June): WSLL, Challenger’s division. Special needs baseball at Riverside Park. Late registration available – email me for details.

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Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM

Managing Your Child’s Behavior: Tools and Strategies for Parents, with Dominick Auciello, PsyD, Child Mind Institute

PS 163 Auditorium, 163 W. 97th St. (Amsterdam/Columbus)
 
Dominick Auciello, PsyD, is a leading neuropsychologist with extensive expertise providing neuropsychological assessments to children, teens, and young adults with learning and psychiatric issues. He is widely respected for his knowledge of how neuropsychological evaluations relate to a child’s school and home environments.  Among Dr. Auciello areas of expertise are dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental language disorders, and concussions.
To attend, you must RSVP to Andi Velasquez by stopping by the P.S. 163 main office, calling (212) 678-2854, ext. 0, or emailing ps163pc@yahoo.com. Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
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WEDNESDAY MAY 9

Dr. Ravitz, “Raising Resilient Children” in partnership with Tuesday’s Children @ The Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street  New York, NY 10022, 6-8pm in NYC

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THURSDAY MAY 10

Dr. Dickstein, “Raising Healthy Children in a Digital World” @ 92nd Street Y: 6:30 – 8pm

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FRIDAY MAY 11, 12:00-1:00PM

Live Speak Up for Kids Facebook Event: Dr.Fernandez, “Managing Problem Behavior: Strategies for Parents and Educators”, 

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May 12 in Central Park, Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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Tuesday
May 15th
10AM – 1PM
Understanding the New IEP Lori Podvesker, M.S. Ed., Family and Community Educator, Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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May 18, 9:00AM at PS 163 (W. 97th and Amsterdam) – final meeting of The Foorce, “Special Needs Summer Activities and Programs”

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May 19 at JCC – Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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May 20

DMF Spring Concert – “We Will Rock You – A Musical Celebration.” It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and “rockin out” in your seats with performances like – I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others!

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite – http://dmf-rock-and-roll.eventbrite.com/ or if you prefer, contact us at daniel@danielsmusic.org or 212-289-8912.

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Wednesday, May 23

Resources for Children With Special Needs presents: Friendship, Dating, & Sexuality: A Free Symposium for Parents and Professionals

Where: Credit Suisse , 11 Madison Avenue (24th Street) Entrance on Park Avenue South at 24th Street

Panel:

Dr. Michelle S. Ballan, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University, Leading researcher, writer, professor, mentor, and advocate, disability studies and sexuality; recipient of numerous awards, including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award, Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty Award, Association on Higher Education and Disability Recognition Award, and others.

Dr. Chris Rosa, PhD, Dean of Students at CUNY, Serves on several local and national committees on disabilities, is a published disability studies scholar, and a faculty member at CUNY’s MA program in Disabilitiy Studies. A product of New York City public education, Chris was born, raised in, and presently resides in Flushing, Queens.  

Brian Schwanwede, Student, Sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Honors List), English Major, Film Studies Minor, FDU Equinox Newspaper, National Society of Leadership and Success, The National Society of Collegiate ScholarsCOMPASS:  College-based Support for Students with Asperger Syndrome

5pm Coffee Reception with Panelists, 5:30pm Program

Please do not hesitate to call RCSN with any questions: 212-677-4650

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Thursday
May 24th
10AM – 12:30PM
Yoga and Relaxation Laura Mitchell, LMSW, LMT, YAI LINK, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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May 26 at JCC – Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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Thursday
May 31st
10AM – 12:30PM
“Hey! Get Back Here!” Learning to Manage Wandering and Elopement in the Community Lana Small, MSW, Coordinator, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

Mary Downing, BA, Senior Supervisor, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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June 2 – Central Park Challenge – CLICK HERE TO JOIN The Foorce!!

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Feel free to email me if you need more information or if there are typos regarding any of the above events. Or, you can add your own events in the comments section below. I’m also collecting event emails for June now through the last week of May so keep them coming!

Ask An Expert: Educational Law Workshop on February 13

 

Save the Date………Spread the Word!
Monday Workshop Series
at 
The Quad Manhattan

     Ask an Expert: Educational Law

Steven Goldstein, Esq.

February 13th 6:30-8:30 pm

 

Steven L. Goldstein. Esq primarily provides legal advice and representation to families of children with special needs and learning differences in New York City and statewide. Steven assists parents in their efforts to make their school districts and early intervention programs provide their children with appropriate educational and related services. Appropriate educational and related services often include, but are not limited to, placements in general education programs with support, placements in private special education schools, academic tutoring, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social skills support, counseling, and transportation to and from school.
 Monday, February 13th,  6:30-8:30  pm.
The Quad Preschool and The Quad Manhattan
54 Reade Street at Broadway
$25 in advance, $30 at door

*Includes childcare for kids enrolled at The Quad
To reserve childcare, RSVP must be made by 2/9/12
Spread the word to educators, parents, or anyone who wants to learn more about this evidence based approach!
 

Space is Limited!
RSVP
or

Top Ten: Favorite Extracurricular and Social Activities For Special Needs Kids in NYC

January 25, 2012 1 comment

Disclaimer: This “Tuesday Top Ten” was bumped (rudely shoved) to Wednesday for the first time ever thanks to Beth Israel Medical Center, where we spent 5 hours in transit/waiting and 10 minutes with an actual doctor yesterday.

Moving on…

I’m almost hesitant in posting this week’s Top Ten because I don’t want people crowding up all of my favorite activities, but my altruistic nature has won so you are about to benefit from my experience, trials and errors, hours spent googling “special needs activities NYC” and not least of all my frugality (a fancy word we like to use for cheapness). In fact, many of the activities listed below are among my favorites because they are quality programs at low or no cost, though the ones that do cost a few more dollars are certainly worth it if they’re on the list!

There are obviously a bunch of other amazing activities and experiences in the city that didn’t make my Top Ten, but IMO it’s a pretty good problem to have such a large pool of choices! To clarify, the programs on this list are all extracurricular activities that include social interaction and meet regularly (so one-time events, general public venues and private lessons were not considered).

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1. Daniel’s Music Foundation: Take it from a music teacher, this one is far and away the best introduction to music you can make for your special needs child (or adult). Not surprisingly, there is a waiting list and altruistic though I may be, I’m not giving up my spot! This amazing program runs from September through May, offering music classes for all ages and abilities. If you haven’t already, read one of my many admiring posts about the Trush family (founders) and their fantastic foundation. Cost, free.

2. West Side Baseball (Registration ends on Tuesday, January 31st!) The Challengers division is open to children with any disability, ages 5-18. This program runs April through June and meets in Riverside Park – we’ve enjoyed 3 seasons and are looking forward to our fourth! Cost, $150 (scholarships available).

3. Safe Haven Hoops: for children 5-18. This program runs December through March. **Though the season is underway, special needs players can register anytime during the season for the Champions division. Cost $120, scholarships available. Thanks to this wonderful program, James has shown remarkable improvement in shooting baskets and not crying when others shoot baskets.

4. WSSL: Special needs soccer for ages 5-18. The VIP division meets September through November at the North Meadows in Central Park. Cost, $150, scholarships available.

5. Fitness For Focus: Special needs martial arts classes for kids ages 4 and up. Sessions available year round at 2 locations. There are free trial classes being offered January 29th and 30th! Email senseiglenn@fitnessforfocus.com for more details or to register for a free trial. Cost, varies (early bird registration discounts offered).

6. Adaptive Swim Lessons provided by NYC Parks – though we have only participated during the summer, there are opportunities year round throughout the city. In fact, free adaptive swim lessons and aquatic exercise therapy (for up to 12 people at a time) are being offered this Winter/Spring for anyone interested, including special needs school or adult groups, at locations in all five boroughs. For more information please call 718-760-6969 or email Victor.Calise@parks.nyc.gov.

7. Achilles Kids –  offers a school program and an extracurricular year round program that meets every other Saturday. Saturday sessions include training activities that integrate free-play, games, and nutritious snacks to make the experience fun and provide racing opportunities. Even better, the entire family can participate.

8. Adaptive Track and Field program provided by NYC Parks –  for kids ages 5-16 with (and without) physical and developmental disabilities, offered in multiple locations citywide. What’s really neat is the big integrated track meet at the end of the summer at Icahn Stadium (with many adaptive events), which was a really great experience for James to participate in (except for the starting gun). Even more appealing, the schedule is very flexible – we did once a week but could have done more. All of the equipment and t-shirts are provided. And, it’s free! Go to http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/pdfs/cityparks_Trackbrochure.pdf for last year’s information – I’ll post 2012 info when I get it!

9. Special Needs Aquatic, Cultural and Athletic Programs at Riverbank State Park. To me, this one is such a hidden gem, not just for the special needs population but for anyone with young children who doesn’t want to pay Manhattan prices for Manhattan classes. As noted in their program guide, “the physically challenged can participate in most of the free programs, activities, and classes. They may receive daily discounts or free admission.” However, there is a plethora of activities and classes for “special populations,” no matter what the disability (or age). Costs are low or free. Click the link to browse the Riverbank State Park Fall/Winter Program Guide 2011-2012.

10. KEEN – a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. Neither income nor the severity of a child’s disability is a barrier to joining a KEEN program. This program meets on select Saturdays around the city and is open to athletes 4 to 21 years of age. For more info call 212.768.6785 or email info@KEENnewyork.org.

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Okay, now don’t all go register for everything at once!

Did I miss your favorite? Did I get someone’s contact info wrong? Please leave it in the comments section.

The Special People, Places, and Things that January 2012 Brings: Looking for Special Needs Events in NYC? Look NO Further!

Maybe one of my new year’s resolutions should have been to have titles no longer than five words…

I know I’m behind on posting lately, but wow am I still trying to dig out from the email pile that accumulated over winter break (unlike any snow). In any case, with each email I open I am just beginning to realize how much there is going on around the city this month – I don’t even know where to start!

Here is a look at just some of the stuff you won’t want to miss (organized by agency/group, NOT by date):

RCSN Workshops:

Turning Five Developing Positive Behaviors
Understand the options and possibilities
for your child with special needs as you
transition to kindergarten together.
Explore typical causes for inappropriate
behaviors in school. Partner with educators
to reduce behavior problems and keep your
child in school and learning.
TUESDAY
1/10/2012

10:00 – 12:30 pm
WEDNESDAY
1/11/2012

9:30– 11:30 am
RCSN
116 E 16th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
P.S. 63
121 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY 1000

Preparing for Life after High School, 1/11/2012, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

HELP! Family Support Services
1/18/2012
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Yoga = Parent Empowerment
1/19/2012
10:00 – 12 Noon

***Saturday January 28–SPECIAL NEEDS SUMMER CAMP FAIR (not to be missed!) FREE***

Great summer resources and a free copy of RCSN’s Camps 2011-2012

Sign language and Spanish translators available

11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Ave. & West 60th Street Manhattan

Registration required for the above events (except for the camp fair).

For a full description of workshops and to register online,
visit 
www.resourcesnyc.org/trainings
Register by phone: 212-677-4650

To register for the camp fair and a prize drawing, go to http://www.resourcesnyc.org/events

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The Quad Monday Workshop Series, 54 Read Street, 10007

PCIT: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Matt Goldfine, PhD., January 23rd 6:30-8:30 pm

PCIT is an empirically validated intervention that involves working with parents and their young children to learn more effective ways of positively interacting, improving child compliance, and reducing disruptive behavior. The first phase, Child-Directed Interactions, involves learning traditional play therapy skills designed to enhance the parent-child relationship, improve child social skills, and encourage good behavior, while cultivating parent attention to be a powerful reward. The second phase, Parent-Directed Interactions, involves learning and practicing structured and effective techniques for discipline. A variant, TCIT, coaches teachers and other providers for better interactions in educational settings.

Matthew Goldfine, PhD.  specializes in providing PCIT to families at Columbia University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Albano. Dr. Goldfine trained under Dr. Cheryl McNeil, co-author of both editions of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and has numerous years of experience in PCIT. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters about PCIT.

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Fitness For Focus Semester Kicks Off With Free Trials!

Sensei Glenn, 646-213-0973, 131 West 72nd Street
Spring Session Begins – Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th
14 week Spring Session ending on Sunday, June 3, 2012, Monday, June 4.

Free Trial Classes on Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th

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Special Day for Special Families at the Transit Museum

http://www.extremekidsandcrew.org/xkids_site/Events.html

Sunday, January 22, 10:00AM 

Families with children with special needs will have the museum exclusively to themselves from 10-11.

During this time, admission is FREE!

After 11:00, the doors open to the general public.  Families with children with special needs will get a 50% discount on admission.

Both our monthly art project and our Music & Play will be held at the museum.

At 10:30, we will do a family art project with old metrocards. Children can start collecting them now!

At 12:30, the M. Shanghai String Band will play on the tracks!

There will also be a special quiet room for overstimulated kids…

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Free Screening of “ADD and Loving It”

**This Wednesday, January 11th**

Host: The Hallowell Center

What: Free Screening of “ADD And Loving It” followed by a discussion with Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell & his staff

When: Wednesday January 11, 6:00-8:30PM

Where: PS163 Alfred E. Smith School, Auditorium (163 W. 97th St.)

RSVP: Call Denise Boline at (212) 799-7777, ext. 100 or email Denise@ADHDnewyork.com.

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Feel free to add January 2012 events in the comments section or to email me with future events!