By NYMetroParents Staff

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs

October 2, 2013   |  Activities Tips  

The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays. 

fitness class for kids with special needs

The 14th Street Y's KOL Program offers weekend programming including sports, swim, Capoeira, music, movement, and art for children with special needs and their families. This program is geared for children on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum and children with communication and language delays.

"Kol" is a Hebrew word that means "voice," says Amanda Kayam, special needs coordinator for the 14th Street Y. "We believe that every child in the program has a 'voice' and [the right] toward a promising future." KOL is also an acronym for kindness, openness, and love, Kayam adds.

 

Ultimate Fitness

Ultimate Fitness encourages a supportive atmosphere through a variety of exercises designed to increase physical fitness and promote teamwork. Activities include obstacle courses, exercise circuits, relay races and fun team related games. For ages 10-16. $225 per session ($190 for members).

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class Nov. 30)
9-9:45am

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 1 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18 or Feb. 15)
9-9:45am

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
9-9:45am

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
9-9:45am
Price: $112.50; $95 for members

 

Super Soccer Stars

This program helps children understand notions of structure and task completion through entertaining and engaging soccer activities. Each child learns, builds self-confidence, enhances social skills, and has a blast! $375 per session ($360 for members).

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class 11/30)
Ages 4-6:
9-9:45am
Ages 7-11:
9:45-10:30am
Ages 12-16:
10:30-11:15am

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 4 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18 or Feb. 15)
Ages 4-6:
9-9:45am
Ages 7-11:
9:45-10:30am
Ages 12-16:
10:30-11:15am

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
Ages 4-6:
9-9:45am
Ages 7-11:
9:45-10:30am
Ages 12-16:
10:30-11:15am

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
Ages 4-6:
9-9:45am
Ages 7-11:
9:45-10:30am
Ages 12-16:
10:30-11:15am
Price: $187.50 ($180 members)

 

Play Capoeira

Capoeira is a Brazilian form of karate that involves practice with music. It helps to develop motor coordination, balance, flexibility, and an awareness of space. Students gain confidence in their physical abilities. Skills developed include focusing, communication, and socialization. $265 per session ($225 for members).

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class Nov. 30)
Ages 4-6:
9:50-10:35am
Ages 7-11:
10:40-11:25am
Ages 12-16:
11:30am-12:15pm

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 4 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18, Feb. 15)
Ages 4-6:
9:50-10:35am
Ages 7-11:
10:40-11:25am
Ages 12-16:
11:30am-12:15pm

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
Ages 4-6:
9:50-10:35am
Ages 7-11:
10:40-11:25am
Ages 12-16:
11:30am-12:15pm

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
Ages 4-6:
9:50-10:35am
Ages 7-11:
10:40-11:25am
Ages 12-16:
11:30am-12:15pm
Price: $132.50 ($112.50 for members)

 

Musicworks

Exposure to various styles of music, sounds, rhythm, and song provides a therapeutic environment and allows children to explore different cognitive modalities. It encourages creativity and helps increase a child’s confidence, focus, leadership, and learning through playing instruments, singing, and improvisation. $175 per session ($150 for members) for ages 4-6. $230 per session ($195 for members) for ages 7-11 and 12-16.

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class Nov. 30)
Ages 4-6:
10:40-11:10am
Ages 7-11:
11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 12-16:
12:20-1:05pm

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 4 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18 and Feb. 15)
Ages 4-6:
10:40-11:10am
Ages 7-11:
11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 12-16:
12:20-1:05pm

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
Ages 4-6:
10:40-11:10am
Ages 7-11:
11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 12-16:
12:20-1:05pm

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
Ages 4-6:
10:40-11:10am
Ages 7-11:
11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 12-16:
12:20-1:05pm
Price: $87.50 ($75 for members)

 

Creative Movement: ARTS Rx

Movement therapy focuses on the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. It helps a child to express and deal with emotions, communicate, and further develops social integration. $170 per session ($135 for members) for ages 4-6. $250 per session ($210 for members) for ages 7-11 and 12-16.

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class Nov. 30)
Ages 4-6:
11:20-11:50am
Ages 7-11:
12:20-1:05pm
Ages 12-16:
1:10-1:55pm

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 4 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18 and Feb. 15)
Ages 4-6:
11:20-11:50am
Ages 7-11:
12:20-1:05pm
Ages 12-16:
1:10-1:55pm

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
Ages 4-6:
11:20-11:50am
Ages 7-11:
12:20-1:05pm
Ages 12-16:
1:10-1:55pm

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
Ages 4-6:
11:20-11:50am
Ages 7-11:
12:20-1:05pm
Ages 12-16:
1:10-1:55pm
Price: $85 ($67.50 for members)

 

Art: ARTS Rx

Many individuals with autism think visually "in pictures." Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making as a form of expression, which can open doors to communication. The ARTS Rx program utilizes art making within the group setting to foster social skills and provides a framework for increased self-awareness and emotional expression. $170 per session ($135 for members) for ages 4-6. $250 per session ($210 for members) for ages 7-11 and 12-16.

 

Fall 2013 Session:
8 Saturdays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 7
(No class Nov. 30)
Ages 4-6:
12-12:30pm
Ages 7-11:
1:10-1:55pm
Ages 12-16:
2-2:45pm

 

Winter 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, Jan. 4 – March 8
(No class Jan. 18 and Feb. 15)
Ages 4-6:
12-12:30pm
Ages 7-11:
1:10-1:55pm
Ages 12-16:
2-2:45pm

 

Spring 2014 Session:
8 Saturdays, March 15 – May 31
(No class March 22, March 29, April 19, May 24)
Ages 4-6: 12-12:30pm
Ages 7-11:
1:10-1:55pm
Ages 12-16:
2-2:45pm

 

Mini Session: June 2014
4 Saturdays, June 7-28
Ages 4-6: 12-12:30pm
Ages 7-11:
1:10-1:55pm
Ages 12-16:
2-2:45pm
Price: $85 ($67.50 for members)

 

Special Needs Instructional Swim Class

The program aims to meet the safety and swim development of your child. A small class sizes will ensure your child receives optimal focus and attention throughout the course. Swim class is taught by experienced certified water safety instructors. $160 per session ($120 for members) for ages 5-10. $300 per session ($225 for members) for ages 4-7 and 8-12.

 

Fall 2013 session:
8 Mondays, Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Ages 5-10:
2-2:30pm

14 Saturdays, Sept. 14 – Dec. 21
Ages 4-7:
4-4:30pm
Ages 8-12:
4:30-5pm

 

For more information about the KOL Program or to register for classes, contact Amanda at Amanda_Kayam@14StreetY.org or 646-395-4339.

 

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