Choose your preferred language
SOMERSET COUNTY & PLAINFIELD YMCA
Your Gift Supports Less Fortunate Children
Your Gift Fights Childhood Obesity
Your Gift Redefines Retirement
GIVE NOW
SOMERSET COUNTY & PLAINFIELD YMCA - HomeFor Youth Development; For Healthly Living; For Social Responsibility
 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.

SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (53)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (51)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (20)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (40)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (46)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (3)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (7)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (38)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (18)
SIM_SHY Feb 2016 (11)

Collapse all | Expand all

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

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.

The Saturdays in Motion Program runs from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The first hour (4:00-5:00) is in the gym and the second hour (5:00-6:00) is in the pool.

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. 

The safety of children and all who use our facility is a top priority at the Somerset County & Plainfield YMCA. All adult members, guests and visitors must provide a state or government-issued photo ID to enter the facility. Our buildings are protected by Raptor, an instant screening program which will allow the Somerset County & Plainfield YMCA staff to better protect our members and guests from potential threats. The Raptor System screens for registered sex offenders in all 50 states and is used by more than 12,000 schools and facilities nationwide to keep children safe.  Please come to the Y prepared to present a photo ID.

For more information, please contact Kim DeZutter at 908 766 7898 x507 or via webmail.

During the 2019-2020 school year the program will run on the dates listed below, which may register for by clicking on the register button. Please note that you  may only register for the next session of SIM once the current session is completed (for example, the 10/12/19 session will open up on 9/29/19). 


  • Saturdays in Motion