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 Programs for Families with Special Needs
supporting children with autism

Programs for Families of Individuals with Special Needs

Somerset Hills YMCA

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.

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

Recently celebrating its 26th 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.

Media Coverage of Saturdays in Motion

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.


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 via webmail.



  • 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.