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Bounce! Trampoline Sports Offers Sensory Bounce Time
Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, an indoor trampoline park, now offers Sensory Bounce, trampoline time tailored to children with special needs. (read the story...)

Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs
Traveling with children can be a challenge, but traveling with children with special needs can be even more challenging. Here are seven vacations, including Autism on the Seas and AdventureSmith, that cater to special needs to make your vacation an actual vacation, plus tips for traveling with a wheelchair. (read the story...)

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...
It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.' (read the story...)

Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano
IF you thought piano lessons were not an option for your child with special needs, think again. Kristyn Rushton, a residential program manager at Life's WORC shares what to look for in a piano teacher and details about a program that was designed specifically for children with special needs. (read the story...)

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs
Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A Long Island expert shares tips for planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child with special needs. (read the story...)

Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James
Be the Best Sport, a nonprofit sports program for children with special needs, now offers its sports classes at Sports Arena in Saint James. (read the story...)

KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana
KEEN New York has been awarded a $25,000 partnership with Turbana by winning the organization's "Win $25K for Your Cause" contest on Facebook. KEEN is a nonprofit program dedicated to athletes with special needs. (read the story...)

Sky Zone Offers Programs for Toddlers, Those with Special Needs
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Center in Deer Park now offers two special jump times: a sensory jump time for children with special needs and a toddler jump time. During both times, the facility is closed to others to provide a safe jumping environment. (read the story...)

Air Trampoline Sports Dedicates Time for Kids with Special Needs
Air Trampoline Sports, an indoor trampoline facility in Ronkonkoma, now offers sensory jump time for children with special needs. (read the story...)

Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center
Mid-Island Y JCC’s center for special needs in Plainview has a new name—the Adler Center for Special Needs—due to a donation from Kenneth and Ann Dorman Adler. The center provides services for children and adults with special needs. (read the story...)

Easter Seals' Inclusive Preschool Opens in Sayville
Easter Seals Child Development Center recently opened an inclusive preschool for children with and without special needs on Long Island. The preschool’s lesson plans are designed to fit the unique needs of the students, and the creative curriculum meets children where they are at developmentally. (read the story...)

Mommy and Me and Inclusive Zumba Classes Offered in Flushing
Flushing dance and fitness center Vibez Studio now offers Zumbini, a mommy and me Zumba classes, and inclusive Zumba classes for children with and without special needs ages 4-12. The 10-class Zumbini program offers a chance for mothers to bond with their child, as well as meet other mothers in the community. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs
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. (read the story...)

Fast Flash Cards Help Teach Reading to Kids with Down Syndrome
Teaching kids with Down syndrome how to read may not use the traditional phonics methods used widely by traditional schools. Instead, a fast flash method of going through flashcards of words and pictures at a quick speed helps kids with Down syndrome how to read. (read the story...)

Kids Learning Loft Offers Animal Therapy, Social Skills Program
Williston Park-based therapy center for children with special needsWilliston Park-based therapy center for children with special needs now offers two new therapy programs: animal therapy and an after-school social skills peer-based program. The loft, which caters to children on the autism spectrum and with ADD or ADHD, also offers in-home therapy, speech therapy, and yoga, as well as consultation services. (read the story...)

92Y Opens State-Of-The-Art Gymnastics Studio on UES
92Y, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, recently opened a state-of-the-art gymnastics studio. Gymnastics Studio in the Sky now offers gymnastics classes for children with special needs, private lessons, cheerleader tumbling, and birthday parties. (read the story...)

MILO Bear Helps Children Learn to Communicate
MILO Bear, an educational toy for children with special needs that uses Gardner's eight intelligences, helps children build communication skills. (read the story...)

Prasanthi Yoga Studio Offers New Class for Children with ASD
Prasanthi Yoga Studio, a yoga studio located in Pelham, recently expanded its space to allow for more programming, including yoga classes for children, children with autism spectrum disorders, teens, and men and women. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?
Lindsay Malejko, co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Westchester, explains how yoga can benefit kids who have special needs, how yoga classes are modified for children with special needs, and why she recommends yoga for parents of kids with special needs. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: What Challenges Make it More Difficult for Children with Autism to Stay Fit?
Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese. Louise Weadock, founder of sensory gym WeeZee, The World of "Yes I Can," discusses fitness obstacles for children with special needs and the physical and social benefits of sensory integration. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: The Gift of Friendship
The Circle of Friends promotes inclusion and friendship for kids and teens with special needs among their peers with several programs, including a weekly Home With Friends program or a Sunday Teen Program. (read the story...)

A Guide to Fun For Families in the NYC Area with Kids with Special Needs
Looking for inclusive events and activities for your child with special needs? We've compiled a list of fun workshops, family shows, museum and library activities, and much more for kids with special needs in the New York City area. (read the story...)

Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs on Long Island
Children with special needs can have fun and make friends with kids of all abilities with special programming, workshops, and kid-friendly events and activities on Long Island, including in Plainview, Great Neck, and East Meadow. (read the story...)

Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs in NYC
New York City offers countless cultural events and fun kid-friendly activities for all families, including those of children with special needs. Visit the museums, local community centers, and more for special programming that is created with your child with special needs in mind. (read the story...)


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