The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to offer programs for children and young adults with special needs. 

The Dragonfly program for young adults 18-26 with special/adaptive needs offers physical, recreational and social programs free with membership. Classes include:

  • Strength & Conditioning:  Ambulatory participants learn about muscle development, cardio fitness and group sports. 
  • Personal Training: Participants work one-on-one with a nationally–certified Y Personal Trainer to develop or enhance their strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and/or other physical goals.
  • Boxing:  Danny Kaltneckar, Y Personal Trainer and Jiu-Jitsu champion, addresses specific needs and goals with pads and bags.
  • Yoga:  Students who are ambulatory blend various styles of yoga breathing, relaxation and postures. 
  • Dance & Stretch:  A combination of Dance and Aerobics is followed by stretching. 
  • Games & Cards: Participants learn and play different card, board and social games in a relaxed and fun environment.
  • Current Events Group:  Various topics are discussed including what is going on in the world and within the community.
  • Group Social Games:  Participants play group-oriented games in a social and relaxed environment.
  • Crafts:  Materials are provided for participants to create gifts for themselves, friends and family members.

For questions regarding the Dragonfly program and classes, contact Jill Koerber at (908) 233-2700 x417 or email jkoerber@westfieldynj.org.  This program is supported with proceeds from the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone.

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Interested in swimming? The Y offers Rainbow Fish, swim lessons for children ages 3-teen with special needs. During this 30 minute class, participants learn to swim in a group setting with smaller ratios. Swimmers work on skills that are appropriate for their ability level. New participants receive a free skill assessment prior to registration. Questions? Please contact Rob Faggiano at rfaggiano@westfieldynj.org or (908) 233-2700 x276.

The Westfield Area YMCA offers Inclusion Camp in which children with special needs entering grades 1-8 are mainstreamed into a full-day traditional camp.  Parents interested in this camp program may contact Marty Collett directly at (908) 233-2700 x405 or email mcollett@westfieldynj.org to schedule an individual appointment to determine if this is the right program for your child. Limited spaces are available. This camp is funded in part by the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation.

Registration is going on now for all programs.  Members can register online at www.westfieldynj.org and non-members can visit the Welcome Center at the Main Y Facility. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.