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A Special Day For Special Kids at West Hills Day Camp on July 30, 2011

June 16, 2011 2 comments

As summer approaches I have spent more and more time looking for fun activities and events near NYC for James, and last night I stumbled across this one – it looks promising.

Below is a description of the event as well as a map of the grounds, taken from the site

The 7th Annual Special Day for Special Kids (SD4SK), being held on Saturday July 30, 2011 at West Hills Day Camp, is excited to bring you a Summer Festival like no other. SD4SK is dedicated to children with special needs, a place where children of all ages, with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and other related neurobiological disorders, can feel comfortable enough to let go and just have fun in a safe environment. While these Special Kids are enjoying the many activities being offered, we will be bringing information and resources to parents and professionals in the field. Years prior, we have welcomed over 500 patrons to this event, and this year, we expect even more. 


The site has many more details about the big day including a list of expert presentations – some of the experts will speak about life care planning, ABA therapy, motor speech disorders, due process rights at school and government benefits.  The stage schedule varies from reptile shows to dance performances. Ticket prices are very reasonable, and even less $$ if you buy them online.

YAI Family Support Series, Summer Program Highlights

YAI Network (think Central Park Challenge) has an excellent Family Support Series for caregivers of people on the autism spectrum (PDD, Autism, Aspergers, etc.). I just received their summer meeting calendar – it is copied below and includes info on how to register for each of the free meetings.

Taken from

The Family Support Series is supported in part by grants from New York State OPWDD and The New York City Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative.

Download Schedules:
English / Spanish | Mandarin

  • en español
  • 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!

Date / Time



June 16th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
 Hands On Sensory Tools and Techniques for Everyday Jennifer Chang, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT
Occupational Therapy Supervisor, YAI Center for Specialty Therapy
June 22nd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sleep Matters! The Importance of Sleep for Children on the Spectrum and their Families Diane Liu, MD
Pediatrician, Premier HealthCare
July 22nd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Fostering Friendships between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Typically Developing Peers Jill Krata, PhD
YAI Autism Center & Premier HealthCare Autism Research
July 27th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Discussing Diagnosis with your Child Jenny A Frank, LCSW, JCCA
Compass Project
August 3rd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Autism and Allergies: Is there a Link? Jessica Petros, MD,
Premier HealthCare
August 8th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Stand, Stretch, Breathe: A Yoga Class for Parents with Take Home Tips for Your Child Laura Mitchell, LMSW, LMT
YAI LINK, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
Kami Evans,
Special Needs and Children Certified Yoga Instructor, Elahi Yoga
August 15th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Behavior Management 101: How to Use Prompting and Fading Lana Small, MSW,
Coordinator, YAI Project Assist
Mary Downing, BA
Senior Supervisor, YAI Project Assist
September 12th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bullying Ruth DiRoma, Outreach and Information Specialist,
Brooklyn Parent Center, Brooklyn
Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc. BCID
September 16th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
“I Just Don’t Understand!” Bring all your questions about the service system for people with developmental disabilities to an interactive Q&A session Panel of YAI LINK Staff
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