Special Needs Programs
Welcoming. Community. Respect.
Inclusion at the JCC means welcoming all, regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, need or ability. This belief helps make us a strong and supportive community and upholds the Jewish values of welcoming guests, kindness, respect, and communal responsibility. Individual differences are to be celebrated and can only further enrich the JCC community ... We are encouraging those with special needs to participate in various programs, whether that is within our traditional classes or in our specialized programs.
If you wish to join any class or program please contact Dinushka De Silva at 203.487.0946 or email@example.com to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you or your child’s needs and abilities. Don’t forget to look on our board for the latest events, programs, lectures, and much more!
Hand in Hand
An Inclusion-based, therapeutic summer program
Who is Hand in Hand for?
Children with a variety of needs, including,
but not exclusive to, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, communication and learning differences, and those on the spectrum.
What is Hand in Hand?
Hand in Hand is a part of O-la-mi, the Stamford JCC’s Summer Day Program, and includes a daily combination of therapeutic social skills provided by local clinicians and an inclusion program to reinforce what was learned and encourage social connections with their O-la-mi peers.
What happens during a typical day?*
• Morning Flagpole (Sing songs, receive the day’s updates and activities)
• Morning sessions of yoga and therapy (Social Skill Building: initiation of friendships, joining conversations, self-control,
feelings and empathy, taking turns and sharing)
• Morning Electives (Instructional Swim, Dance, Art, etc.)
• Picnic Lunch under a tent
• Afternoon Electives (Water Polo, Mini-Golf, Ropes, Acting/Improv, etc.)
• Afternoon Flag Pole (Sing songs, Announcements, and other news)
• Pick-Up by tent
*Every Wednesday we go on field trips or welcome entertainers with our O-la-mi peers*
Hand in Hand children participate with their O-la-mi friends in activities and trips throughout the summer. All children are encouraged to participate in activities, but individualized care through assistance with a counselor is part of the Hand in Hand experience.
R&R (Recreate & Relate)
Grades 6 – 8
R&R is an active social program for a variety of needs, including, but not exclusive to, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, communication and learning differences, and those on the spectrum. During the academic year, R&R will meet at the JCC to participate in activities such as cooking together, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which is not only fun but also promotes team building. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships.
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.,*
Sundays, 1:30 p.m.*
Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 5, Mar. 19, Mar. 23, Mar. 30
Member $200 / Community $250
*If you need transportation assistance from public schools, please let us know.
*Admission fees for trips are to be paid separately.
Serving children ages 2 – 3½
Part of our family of early childhood education programs, JumpStart is a therapeutic early childhood classroom experience for 2- and 3-year-olds with special needs. The only program of its kind in the greater Fairfield County area, the JumpStart classroom follows the pattern of a typical nursery school classroom, offering invaluable social and educational experiences in a group setting for children who typically get one-on-one services at home, in a more isolated setting. For more information, please contact JumpStart Director Sue McGraw at 203.487.0980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music, Movement, and Yoga
Parent and child
Through meditation, movement, and chants, Mark Covello provides techniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, and self-control as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body! There is music, singing and games, all designed to teach yoga in a fun way!
Grades K – 2
Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Feb. 9
Member $120 / Community $150
Grades 3 – 5
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Feb. 9
Member $120 / Community $150
Other Special Needs Offerings at the JCC
We help children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and even land-based therapy. For more information, contact Aileen Tisser at 203.969.6431 or Ailene@AngelfishTherapy.com.
The purpose of Adventure Club is to provide meaningful and enjoyable after-school social opportunities for children with special needs, facilitated by experienced therapists. For more information or to register, contact Jill Sherman at email@example.com.
Who should join?
Children 6-10 years of age with identified needs including social, language and learning delays. (Adventure Club is not appropriate for children with significant behavioral issues such as aggression).