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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
New York is brimming with kid-friendly events and activities that are fun for the whole family. We've compiled a list of things to do with children of all abilities, including kids with special needs, in the New York City area, including Manhattan, the boroughs, New York City suburbs like Westcheter and Rockland, Fairfield County, CT, and on Long Island. (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...)

Inclusive Activities and Events for Kids with Special Needs in NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County
A guide to kid-friendly activities and events in the suburbs of New York City and Fairfield County, such as Scarsdale, Westchester, Stratford, and Paramus, to help families of children with special needs, including sensory issues, have fun during these inclusive events and activities. (read the story...)

Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area
For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Adds Ultimate Fitness for Children with Special Needs
14th Street Y recently added Ultimate Fitness to its class schedule. Ultimate Fitness is an exercise class for children with special needs in NYC. The class targets children on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, as well as children with communication and language delays. (read the story...)

Yoga Gives Kids Strength, Removes Stress, and Builds Confidence
You may wonder "Is yoga right for my child?" but the answer is simple: yoga is beneficial for everyone. Yoga helps kids stay healthy but it also helps kids release stress and gain confidence. Yoga classes for kids are all-inclusive, and you can practice yoga poses at home with your child, too. (read the story...)

Scarsdale Library Offers Free Programming for Kids with Special Needs
The Scarsdale Library partners with a parent-teacher committee to add more free programming for families of children with special needs, including reading to therapy dogs and creating an accepting atmosphere. (read the story...)

Everybody Can Cook
The Creative Kitchen founder Cricket Azima drew from personal experience to create a cooking class that allows children with special needs to learn and grow. (read the story...)

Yoga for Kids
Choosing yoga as a lifestyle will lead you and your child to success that has nothing to do with standing on your head and everything to do with balance. Doing yoga together with your child with special needs gives you peace of mind and will remind you to appreciate the most challenging moments. (read the story...)

Programs, Camps, & Teams for Children with Special Needs in Westchester, Rockland, & Fairfield County
Children with special needs can make great gains playing sports, whether in programs just for them or on integrated teams. Here are some places in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield County to keep your kids active... (read the story...)

Inspirational Stories on Autism by a 9-Year-Old
Samantha McLeod was 9 years old when she penned her first children's book inspired by her 8-year-old brother affected by autism entitled, "Normal?" Now, an author of two more books at the age of 15, McLeod reminds us of the poignant insights children can have that teach everyone a life lesson or two. (read the story...)


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