2010-08-11 / Features

Special Needs Programs For Kids Ages 5-15

The Samuel Field Y, in partnership with The Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is offering Social Skills groups, a weekly evening program for children ages five to 15 with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and similar special needs.

The Social Skills groups will take place at the Samuel Field Y, at the Bay Terrace Center in Bayside. The program includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) designed by The New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and will focus on skills such as non-verbal communication, social initiation, problem solving and coping strategies.

Each group, led by trained and experienced staff, will consist of five to eight children and meet once a week for an hour. Simultaneously, a voluntary parent discussion group will meet once a week for a half hour with staff.

Registration is now open for the program which begins September 13. For more information, including fees and registration, call Meredith Guberman, 718-423-6111, ext. 228, or e-mail MGuberman@sfy.org

The Samuel Field Y also offers Project Child, an after-school program for children ages five to 15 with ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, learning disabilities, as well as high-functioning children on the Autism Spectrum.

Project Child offers high child-to-staff ratios and includes programming specifically designed to meet the needs of children with learning differences and special needs. Homework help and a snack is provided daily, as well as educational and recreational activities. Project Child operates from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. daily when school is in session, and is also located in the Bay Terrace Center. To register call, 718-423- 6111, ext. 228.

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