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Programs for Children with Special Needs

Hillsborough YMCA

Creative Movement (Ages 6 years to 14 years)
  • Creative Movement for Children with Different Abilities or Special Needs (Ages 6 years to 14 years)
    Come dance with us in a safe, structured environment led by staff with 15+ years experience with children with different abilities. We will work on creative self expression, body awareness, social skills and developing strengths. Being different is what makes us beautiful! We welcome everyone in this class.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Somerset Hills YMCA

Our programs for children, ages 5 years to 18 years, with special needs provide the opportunity to engage in exercise and recreation while they enjoy building self-confidence, social skills and a sense of accomplishment.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or email.


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Dance & Gymnastics (Ages 4 years to 16 years)

  • Creative Movement
    A dance class specifically designed for children with special needs, this class teaches gentle stretching, rhythm, and body awareness. Parent/Guardian must provide an aid for this class.

  • Music and Movement
    Specifically designed for children with special needs, this dance class teaches rhythm, movement and body awareness. Parent/Guardian must provide aid for class.

  • Music and Movement II
    A dance class designed for children with special needs. Must have teacher approval prior to registration of class.

  • Jam-nastics
    A gymnastics class designed for children with special needs. Parent/Guardian must provide an aid for the class.

Saturdays in Motion (SIM) (Ages 3 years to 15 years)

Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Saturdays in Motion is the longest running recreational program for children with autism in the United States. Children living with autism and their families join together at the Y on certain Saturdays for two hours of recreation at Somerset Hills YMCA. This program is run by YMCA volunteers who carefully guide the children through an hour of gym time and a second hour in the pool. Siblings are welcome. This mission-based program is free to the community.

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In an effort to ensure that we have adequate space and volunteers, and to ensure safety, we require that every child participating in SIM be pre-registered for each event. Walk-in registrations cannot be accepted. Parents must stay at the Y for the duration of the program. Program runs Fall - Spring.

More 2017-2018 Dates Coming Soon!


You may register by phone by calling 908 766 7898 or online.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or email.



  • Saturdays in Motion
    At Saturdays in Motion, children living with autism and their families join together at the Y on certain Saturdays for two hours of recreation at the Somerset Hills YMCA. This program is run by YMCA volunteers who help monitor and guide the children through an hour of gym time and a second hour in the pool.

    At the Y, we understand the stress and challenges that often come with caring for an individual with special needs. We hope to support families with programs that offer fun and joy while helping you to connect and grow together through enriching experiences.

S.T.A.R.S. Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs (Ages 3 to 12 years)
S.T.A.R.S. (Sharing Therapies And Realizing Self Strengths) Swim Lessons for children with special needs group children together based on similar abilities and guide them through swim lessons in a smaller staff-to-student ratio than traditional swim classes. To help select the appropriate class for your child, please see our Swim Lesson Selector tools. For children who require individual attention, please inquire about our Private Swim Lessons.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Beginner (Ages 3 to 12 years)

    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 1 or Stage 2 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Advanced Beginner (Ages 3 to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 3-4 or School Age Stage 2 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Intermediate (Ages 3 to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 4 or School Age Stage 3 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

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