Programs for Children with Special Needs

Our programs for children and teens with special needs are designed by experts and led by skilled teachers and experienced staff.

We start by focusing on your child's abilities—and how we can help him or her engage with others in their setting, class or program. Through a wide variety of activities, we foster social skills, build fine and gross motor skills, enhance communication and language, support intellectual development, and provide exceptional opportunities for growth. Please explore our links below to discover more about our programs.

Camps for Children with Special Needs

Camp Tova and Bari Tov provide children with an exciting camp experience within a nurturing and supportive environment. Each day, our campers are transported in comfortable, air-conditioned buses to our campgrounds in Rockland County. There, they participate in a variety of camp activities, such as swimming, sports, art, music, nature and trips, which are designed to foster each child’s emotional, social and physical growth.

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No matter how small or great a child's challenges might be, 92Y provides a variety of sport opportunities for children and teens of any ability. Our knowledgeable staff will provide children with all types of needs an enriching and entertaining experience.



Our swim program provides a comfortable environment to build confidence and have fun in the water. We focus on the unique attributes of each swimmer customized for each child's emotional and developmental abilities, with the goal of learning the life-saving skill of swimming.

For more information contact the Director of Aquatics, Lane Wineski at 212-415-5718 / email.



Our gymnastics program is designed to give children with special needs an opportunity to learn gymnastics in a comfortable setting, build strength, and improve motor skills.

For more information contact the Director of Gymnastics, Katera Noviello at 212.415.5724 / email.


ATiD Jewish Education for Kids

ATiD Jewish Education for Kids is a new program for children with special needs, which will draw upon all the best that 92Y has to offer to bring Judaism to life. Our talented and engaging Jewish educators, artists and musicians capture the imagination and interest of every child, offering a unique opportunity for children with special needs to learn about Jewish values, holidays, the Bible and much more. Hands-on activities will include crafts, storytelling, music, conversation and textual study, and drama.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

Everyone one is unique and we feel that your Bar/Bat Mitzvah should be too. Our approach is simple as we mold the experience to the family and child’s needs and abilities.

Enjoy Judaism—don’t just memorize it!

For more information contact Dana Gottfried at 212-415-5414 / email.

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