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Fitness For Focus: Karate for Special Needs Fall 2012 – Free Trial Classes and Registration Open Now!

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Click the links at the bottom of this email to download registration and free trial forms for the Uptown and Downtown locations.


Dear Professional / Educator,
Please feel free to pass on to others you feel might benefit from our program.We’re very happy to announce our Fall 2012 free trial classes! Any child is welcome to try and see how our Karate method has shown to help children with special learning needs improve, all while they have a great time.
Fall Session:  (14 Weeks) – Downtown Manhattan at 440 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place)
Sundays:  September 23 – January 20 (1:00 – 4:00pm, exact time depends on age)———–

Fall Session:  (14 Weeks) – Upper West Side Manhattan at 131 West 72nd Street, betw. Columbus and Amsterdam)
Mondays:  September 24 – January 21 (4:30 – 6:00pm, exact time depends on age)

Free Trial Class Registration Form
Please print, fill in and bring one with you on the day of the class.

Sibling / Friend Discount
Each sibling or new friend registered takes 10% off registration .

Please contact us with any questions or if you are planning to attend!

Sensei Glenn
President, Fitness for Focus, Inc.

Fitness For Focus – Downtown and Uptown Fall Kids Karate – Early Registration

Dear Parent,

A reminder and update:

Fall Session: (14 Weeks) –
Sundays will remain downtown – September 23 – January 20, 440 Lafayette Street (1:00 – 4:00pm)
Mondays have been moved uptown – September 24 – January 21, 131 West 72nd Street (4:30 – 6:00pm)

Please make sure to mail your payment and registration form by September 7 to take advantage of the early registration discounts (see links below for registration forms).

Sibling / Friend Discount
Each sibling or new friend registered takes 10% off each published registration cost.

Please contact us with any questions!

Sensei Glenn
President, Fitness for Focus, Inc.


Click here for the Uptown Registration Form

Click here for the Downtown Registration form

Fitness For Focus – Special Needs Karate Summer 2012 – Early Registration Discount Through June 3rd!

**Early registration form can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this post**

Dear Parent,

We’re very happy to announce our Summer 2012 schedule on Sundays Upper West Side Manhattan at 131 West 72nd Street – and we look forward to more good progress by our wonderful students!

Early Registration Form
Please see the early registration form attached, and if interested in this discount – YOU MUST deliver your registration by,Sunday, June 3.

Sibling or Friend Discount
Don’t forget we offer a 10% discount off each registration for each sibling or friend you register along with your first child.

Sundays – begins June 10 ends August 12 (10 Weeks)
Uptown- 131 West 72nd St. 
10:00 – 10:45am Age 4-7
10:45 – 11:30pm Age 7-10

Mondays- begins June 11 ends August 13 (10 Weeks)
Uptown – 131 West 72nd St. 
3:30 – 4:00pm Age 4-5
4:00 – 5:00pm Age 6-10

Friendly Regards,
Sensei Glenn
President, Fitness for Focus, Inc

**Click here to download the Fitness For Focus Summer Registration Form**

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).


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 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

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 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


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.

10:00 – 12:30 pm

9:30– 11:30 am
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
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Yoga = Parent Empowerment
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,
Register by phone: 212-677-4650

To register for the camp fair and a prize drawing, go to


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.


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


Special Day for Special Families at the Transit Museum

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…


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


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

Special Needs Karate – Spring 2012 – Early Registration Discount Until January 6

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Passing the savings on to you:

Dear Parent,

We’re very happy to announce our Spring 2012 schedule on Sundays Uptown at 131 West 72nd Street – and we look forward to more good progress by our wonderful students!

Spring Session Begins – Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th
We plan a 14 week Spring Session ending on Sunday, June 3, 2012, Monday, June 4.

Free Trial Classes on Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th
We encourage your child to bring a friend who might like to try a class.
If the friend signs up, we offer an additional registration discount – for your child as well as for the friend(s).

Early Registration Form
Please click here to download the early registration form and if interested in this discount – YOU MUST mail your registration by,Friday, January 6!

Sensei Glenn

Free Trial Classes – Karate for Special Needs – Sunday, Monday, Sept. 18-19

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Forwarding an email from Fitness For Focus:

Dear Professional / Parent,

Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone who might benefit from our program.
We have found that our method has shown to improve learning, concentration, self esteem and awareness issues with special needs children – all while they have a great time.!

Free Trial Classes
Free trial classes will be held on September 18 and 19th at the regular class times below:

Upper West Side – 131 West 72nd St., Studio 2R (between Columbus and Amsterdam)

Sundays – Sept. 18th – Jan. 22nd
10:00 – 10:45am     4-5 year olds
10:45 – 11:30am     5-9 year olds
11:30 – 12 noon     3-4 year olds

Mondays- Sept. 19th – Jan. 23nd

3:00 – 3:30pm     4-6 year olds
3:30 – 4:30pm     6-10 year olds

Downtown – Greenwich Village – 440 Lafayette Street, Studio 4D (just south of Astor Place)

Sundays – Sept. 18th – Jan. 22nd
1:00 – 1:45pm     Teens
1:45 – 2:30pm     4-8 year olds
2:30 – 3:30pm     Advanced

Sibling Discount
We offer a 10% discount to each registration for siblings.

Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us with questions before the trial classes.
646 213 0973

Sensei Glenn

Special Needs Karate Fall Registration Now Open with Early Bird Special Through Sept. 2, 2011

Passing this along from Sensei Glenn at Fitness For Focus:

Dear Parent,

We hope your summer has gone well so far!  
We’re very happy to announce our Fall schedule and we look forward to more good progress by our wonderful students!

Fall Session Begins – Sunday, September 18thMonday, September 19th
We plan a 14-15 week Fall Session ending on January 22 and 23, 2012.

Free Classes / Trial Classes on September 11th
We’re encourage your to bring a friend of your child’s who might like to try a class.
If the friend signs up, we offer a registration discount for your child and the friend(s).

Early Registration Form
Please click here for a registration form, and if interested in this discount – please make sure to mail your registration and check by Friday, September 2nd!

If you are planning on bringing a friend of your child on September 11th with the thought that they might sign up, we’ll refund the discount to you once the 2nd and or 3rd child have registered.

Sensei Glenn

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