• Classes For Kids With Special Needs

    By New York Family

    These days, more and more of the city’s activity centers and
    sports programs are offering classes designed for children with special needs.
    Here are just a few:

    Chelsea Piers
    Long known for their quality educational programs for little ones, the sports
    complex now offers an enrichment program for children with developmental needs
    ages 18 months to 5 years. Called “CP Building Blocks,” the program targets
    language development, cognition, motor development and socialization. Each week
    children learn a new language concept and practice it through gross and fine
    motor activities, multi-sport activities, story time, music and cooking.

    Gymtime Rhythm
    & Glues

    Gymtime’s special needs program, called The Julian School,
    is designed to address the unique needs of preschool-age children with learning
    disabilities. Classes prepare children ages 3-5 who struggle in a typical
    classroom setting to transition into a mainstream school environment. Student-teacher
    ratios are kept low (one instructor and two assistants serve a class of no more
    than 12 children), and structured circle time activities facilitate
    concept-building as well as socialization. (gymtime.net)

    Super Soccer Stars
    Designed by early childhood, behavioral and soccer
    specialists, the Super Soccer Stars Special Needs program is geared toward kids
    with developmental disorders like ADHD, autism and Down syndrome. Classes deliver
    individual attention with a 2-to-1 child-to-coach ratio. Birthday parties and
    private classes of at least four children are also available. Classes are
    offered in Manhattan, Queens,
    Brooklyn and The Bronx. (supersoccerstars.com)

    Pictured: “CP Building Blocks” at Chelsea Piers.

    Resources For NYC Families Of Children With Special Needs

    ABC Early Intervention


    Advocates For Children,

    Bank Street
    Family Center,


    Early Childhood Associates,

    Important Steps,

    The JCC in Manhattan,


    Los Ninos Services,

    Resources For Children With Special Needs,



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