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Inclusion/Special Needs at the J

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 oddesilva@stamfordjcc.org 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!

 

Teamwork & Social Skills Building

 

JumpStart
Serving 2-year-olds with special needs
Part of our family of early childhood education programs, JumpStart is a therapeutic early childhood classroom experience for 2-year-olds with special needs. The JumpStart classroom follows the pattern of a typical nursery school classroom, offering invaluable social and educational experiences in a group setting. For more information, see page 1 or please contact JumpStart Director Jane Faherty at 203.487.0980 or jfaherty@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) at O-la-mi
Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of O-la-mi, offering a unique summer experience for rising 3rd-8th graders with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, and those on the spectrum. The mission of this program is to improve each child’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in their community and with peers, as well as create a fun inclusionary summer experience!

 

Music, Movement and Yoga
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement and chants, instructors provide techniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, self-control, and relieving anxiety, as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Class sizes are small in order to modify and accommodate individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body!
To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

2 – 4 years (with parent present)

Sundays, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 (No class Oct. 11)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

5 – 8 years (parents may stay if they wish)
Sundays, 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 (No class Oct. 11)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

 

ArtWorks: Arts for Healing
ArtWorks is art therapy in a small-group setting. Its purpose is to help children express themselves through art projects. Art therapy is a process used to improve communication skills (expressive and receptive), social interaction, enhance motor function, stimulate emotional development, and foster self-expression. Art sessions are offered to those who like to express themselves through a variety of art activities. Materials including paint, clay, collage, drawing pens, markers, pastels, and charcoal give group members a wide variety of choices for personal expression. The group leader is a professional artist who brings original and unique ideas to encourage individual creative expression. 

To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

Grades 2 – 5

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:40 p.m.*
Sept. 9 - Dec. 9 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $240 / Community $300 (12 sessions) 

Grades 6 – 8
Wednesdays, 5 – 5:40 p.m.*
Sept. 9 - Dec. 9 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $240 / Community $300 (12 sessions)
* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick your child up from the Stamford Public Schools!


R&R (Recreate & Relate)
R&R is an active social program that meets during the academic year. We meet at the JCC to participate in activities together such as cooking, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which are not only fun but also enhance team-building skills. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships. The program is open to all abilities and can benefit those with a variety of needs, including, but not exclusive to, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, communication and learning differences, cognitive delays, and those on the spectrum. The goal of R&R is learning to work together! To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

Grades 3 – 5

Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.*
Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov.  5, 12, 19, Dec. 10
Member $150 / Community $200 (10 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.* and Sundays, 12 – 3 p.m.*
Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 27, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 18,
Nov. 4, Nov. 15, Nov. 18, Dec. 2
Member $150 / Community $200 (10 sessions)
High School and Young Adult
Sundays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1,
Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 20
Member $160 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick your child up from the Stamford Public Schools!
* Admission fees to all Sunday trips must be paid separately.


NEW! Classic Cooking
Children will collaborate on fun recipes while learning basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. All needs and abilities welcome! To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

Grades 2 – 5

Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 12, Nov. 26)
Member $120 / Community $180 (12 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8
Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 12, Nov. 26)
Member $120 / Community $180 (12 sessions)


NEW! Upper Body Core
Grades 9 and up
Work on your upper body and core strength, control, coordination, range of motion, and balance. Through this class individuals with limited mobility can work on enhancing and improving back, stomach, and arm muscles. To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 - Dec. 9 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $120 / Community $180 (12 sessions)

 


 

Other Special Needs Offerings at the JCC

 

Angelfish Therapy
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.

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