Super Soccer Stars
Super Soccer Stars run soccer development programs for children. Their Shine Program uses soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities including but not limited to ASD. They work with a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that promotes the complete growth of each individual and encourages players to improve at his or her own pace. Their classes are non-competitive and use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment. Their unique curriculum is designed by a combination of education, behavioral, and soccer specialists to ensure that each child is developing skills, improving their self-confidence, and having fun. For the past 2 years, the Brooklyn Autism Center has partnerered with Super Soccer Stars Shine Program to offer soccer programming during our summer session.
SNACK Swim Program
snack* Swim provides children with a 1:1 private lesson and a fun environment to learn to swim while being able to socialize with other children. We have a great facility all to ourselves at St. Bartholomew’s Church with a locker room, heated pool and gym.
Downtown Little League
The most exciting and inspiring baseball is played every Saturday morning when our challenger division kids compete together on the north field at our Battery Park City Ball FIelds. These children, who prior to 2007 never had the opportunity to participate in the Downtown Little League, now come out to show their enthusiasm and baseball spirit on the field, with the help of parents, NYU volunteers, DLL coaches and players from other divisions.
Kicking the Spectrum
Kicking The Spectrum® is a Martial Arts inspired program developed to teach and inspire students with special needs to combine fitness and wellness for life. This innovative program incorporates fitness and wellness into the fundamentals of Japanese Shotokan Karate. Kicking The Spectrum® combines a martial arts instructor with an behavioral therapist in every class.
Jewish Community Center (JCC) Swimming
This focused swim class for children with special needs features small class sizes and dedicated instructors. Children will be placed in groups with swimmers at similar abilities.
92nd Street Y Nesher Program
Nesher provides a series of recreation-based programs, designed to strengthen and support the social development and learning experiences of children with developmental disabilities. Nesher is staffed with experienced teachers, specialists and teaching artists, with a 1:4 staff-to-child ratio. Nesher offers kids just about every day of the year between afterschool enrichment programs, minicamps on school holidays and camps during the summer.
Chessability Chess Lessons
Chess is a popular mental hobby and effective teaching instrument shown to boost academic performance. Chess improves spatial reasoning, memory, focus, mathematical ability, critical thinking and discipline. Fabio Botarelli is a former special education student who runs chess programs at special education schools throughout NY State. He has designed a chess curriculum tailored towards the strengths of students with autism. He feels chess is a complex game but can be taught to any student with the right method and approach. Cost is approximately $30 per ½ hour. Contact: 917-913-0134 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Swim Academy
Reach Swim Academy provides swim lessons to children of all abilities and needs by creating a learning environment that respects the needs of each individual and manner in which they learn best.
In the Adaptive Aquatics Program at SWIM WORKS, individuals with disabilities receive specialized one-on-one attention from qualified and compassionate instructors. All of our special needs instructors have experience teaching students with a wide array of disabilities and have been personally trained by SWIM WORKS. Natalie, a certified Special Olympics coach, has over a decade of experience developing and teaching Adaptive Aquatics programs for children and adults with special needs.