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UPDATED March 2018: After-school activities, classes, and other fun programs for kids with special needs and learning differences on Long Island.
Special Needs Classes & Fun
ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN
1116 Main Road, Aquebogue
600 South Service Road, Dix Hills
14 Research Way, East Setauket
168 Hill St., Southampton
Providing quality affordable day care and special education services since 1988. Creating a natural learning environment fostering each child’s development. Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education evaluation site and provider. Preschool special education, integrated classes, daycare classes taught by NYS special education early childhood teachers, and certified daycare staff promoting a child’s development through individualized instruction that will support them for the rest of their lives. Special education services of physical, occupational, and speech therapy provided by licensed therapists. Children leave Alternatives For Children ready to learn and ready for kindergarten.
ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND
107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
My Companion and Me! Art with a partner for children and young adults. This series provides each participant and his or her special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Using a multitude of mediums, each young person goes home with a completed craft project each session. This program is led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past fifteen years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for Children with Special Needs.
BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
Building Blocks offers a wide array of early childhood learning opportunities for children ages newborn to 3 years. Both parent-child groups and separation classes are available. Early intervention experiences are provided within the framework of a multidisciplinary team. Their goal is to work collaboratively with families to build upon children's strengths to enhance their skills and overall level of independence. Building Blocks' personnel are respectful of the unique nature of each child and cognizant of creating educational opportunities that are mindful of individual strengths, weaknesses, and preferred learning styles.
EAST END PTPC PREVENTATIVE THERAPEUTIC PLAY CENTER
170 Mill Pond Path, Westhampton
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
We believe that all children learn best through play. We focus on each individual's unique abilities and needs to help them grow and maximize their learning potential. Therapists with more than 10 years of pediatric clinical experience, we offer physical and occupational therapy, sensory play, handwriting groups, children's yoga, mommy and me classes, fitness, and nutrition. We instill fun, confidence, and strength in the children we treat. Our passion is to teach children to believe in themselves and their dreams despite any physical limitation they may encounter.
HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN (THE)
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
The Hagedorn Little Village School is a not-for-profit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and daycare centers include: speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapy, behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis, counseling, and support groups.
Picasso Kidz is now offering art classes for children with special needs. “Extraordinary Picasso” classes are taught by NYS-certified art teachers who have also been trained by Missing Piece Awareness to cater to the needs of these children. Mommy and Me classes are offered for kids ages 2-4. Additional classes are offered for kids 5 and older. Classes are kept small and a caregiver must be present with the child. Therapists such as behavioral or occupational therapists are also encouraged to attend to help children achieve their specific goals.
SPIN DJ ACADEMY
202 Merrick Road, 2nd floor, Rockville Centre
16 Broadway, Amityville
DJ For Everyone and Music For Everyone is the first special education program of it's kind, focusing on students of all ages, interests, and abilities. We provide amazing classes in a fun and supportive environment where students learn new skills, participate, and gain confidence! Students work one- on-one with world class instructors and begin a path to musical success and new passions.
STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.
TJE DANCE FORCE
556 North Country Road, St. James
310 Main St.
TJE’s Hearts of Gold program provides dance for the developmentally and physically handicapped. Your child will overcome their limitations and reach their dance potential. They will feel excitement, gain confidence and poise that dance gives to all of our students. We are striving to be a leader in the world of special needs dance by concentrating on their successes. This nine-month program meets for one hour each week. Your child will perform at the Patchogue Theater in June. We look forward to your child discovering their greatest potential while enjoying the love of dance!
VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC ) provides programs and services to over 750 children (ages birth to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); Special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.
VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER CENTER SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown, NY 11756
Variety Child Learning Center offers Social Skills Training Groups for children and teens (ages 4–16) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships. It also offers Saturday enrichment groups (Sparkling Artists and Movement) focused on social and emotional development, for children ages 3-8, on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171, x2179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customized classes are designed to give unique artists a positive experience. Our art educators work with parents or therapists to create a special program that suits the individual's or group’s needs. They will have the opportunity to paint, sculpt, draw, or craft in a nurturing and friendly environment. Process vs. product will be emphasized while exploring the different mediums. In the past 22 years we have been fortunate to teach the highly creative and enthusiastic individual in a private or group setting.