As a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA is proud to offer quality programming designed to improve the foundations of the community inclusive of all backgrounds and abilities. The Y’s Special Needs Programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence, socialize with others, as well as nurture a healthy and active lifestyle while in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is excited to offer a free class, Young Adult Special Needs Yoga, taught by a specially trained yoga instructor from Ashrams for Autism. The class will focus on empowering and guiding the special needs community toward peacefully achieving their highest potential through yoga.  The class is open to ages 13-21 and runs from February 24th -April 28th from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Preregistration is required.  For more information, please visit https://www.thesay.org/Schedules/Session/2213107/February-24-2017 or contact Lisa McQuilkin at (908)464-8373 Ext. 2026 or lisa.mcquilkin@thesay.org.

Special Needs Introduction to Sports Clinic is our new introductory sports class, free of charge, for kids ages 6-9 with intellectual disabilities. Each week the kids will learn a new sport.  Class begins February 28th and meets weekly from 3:45-4:15PM at the Summit YMCA.  For more information and to register, please visit https://www.thesay.org/Schedules/Session/2054873/February-28-2017 or contact Allison Zeimann at (908)273-3330 Ext. 1196 or allison.zeimann@thesay.org.

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Special Needs Gym invites anyone from the community who has a special needs child ages 3-12 to join us at the Summit YMCA for some fun, active play with our gym equipment, parachute, balls and more. This free class will be offered during spring break on Wednesday, April 12th from 11:00-12:00 PM and Friday, April 14th from 1:00-2:00 PM.  For more information, please visit https://www.thesay.org/Schedules/Session/2055220/April-12-2017 or contact Maria Marinaccio at (908) 273-3330 Ext. 1166 or maria.marinaccio@thesay.org.

Our Parent/Child Water Acclimation Class, designed for children with autism, is geared to children ages 3-8 with an introduction to water where they will learn basic swim skills in a safe and fun environment.  This weekly class runs from Saturday, March 4th- Saturday, April 22nd at 1:45 PM at the Summit YMCA.  There is a fee for this class.  For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.thesay.org/Schedules/Session/2036711/March-04-2017 or contact Mary Loeser at (908)273-3330 Ext 1163 or mary.loeser@thesay.org.

Sundays in Motion is a free two-hour recreational program for children with autism and their families. The program is open to the community and will include games and physical play, as well as open sensory activities in the Auditorium. Participants can also enjoy open swimming in the Buntin Pool of the Summit YMCA. Upcoming dates are March 19th, April 23rd, and May 21st. For more information, please visit  https://www.thesay.org/Calendar/Detail/2529/Sundays-in-Motion or contact Susan Guber at (908) 273-3330 Ext.1164 or susan.guber@thesay.org.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.