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Shames JCC VOD!

Shames JCC VOD!

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Special Needs • Children

Funding for special needs programs is provided through generous grants from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Kids Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, UJA Federation, Hudson Valley DDSO and individual contributions.

Programs noted below are on-going and fees will be pro-rated.  Please contact Director of Special Needs Services, Amanda Gabel, for additional information and to register.

Going Beyond the School Evaluation: How to obtain a comprehensive speech and language evaluation to identify—and advocate for—your child’s specific needs

Sunday, March 15; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Free.
Schools do their best to detect speech/language issues. However, the district might not have all the resources to be able to perform all evaluations necessary to detect speech/language and reading issues. Please join us for this informative presentation to better understand which speech and language evaluations properly assess and identify speech and language and reading disorders. Dr. Diane Slonim, Speech and Language Pathologist, P.h.D. will explain how to make sure your child receives a comprehensive evaluation.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.


Almost Home Plus

Director of Youth & Teen Engagement, Kayla Reisman, kreisman@shamesjcc.org
Grades K-6; September to June

As part of our Almost Home after school program, Almost Home Plus is our after school program for children who need support due to cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral differences requiring more individualized attention to ensure a safe, fun, and successful experience.  If a child is observed to require a greater level of supervision once enrolled in Almost Home, whether or not there is a formal diagnosis, the Almost Home director will meet with parents to discuss transitioning the child to Almost Home Plus.  If you suspect your child may require additional support or supervision, we recommend scheduling an intake interview before registering. Almost Home Plus students participate in all Almost Home activities; additional fees apply.


Vacation Sensations Plus

Program Manager, Samantha Lewis, slewis@shamesjcc.org
Ages 5-12

As part of our Vacation Sensations program, Vacation Sensations Plus is geared towards children on the autism spectrum or with related developmental disabilities. Vacation Sensations Plus provides programming during specified school vacations dates. Programming included field trips and on-site programming.  Vacation Sensations Plus is a 2:1 staffing ratio setting. Intakes and IEP/504 is required.

Amanda Gabel

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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