Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer programs designed to meet the social, emotional, educational, and recreational needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer programs specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, educational, and recreational needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. An individual interview is required for each of these programs so that our professional team can welcome your child and assist in the selection of programs that would be most successful.

For more information on our programs for youth with disabilities or to register for classes, please contact Amanda Smith, LMSW, Senior Director of Special Services at [email protected]

Below are several of our program offerings:

Sam Field Center

Special Services After School Program

This after school care program is for children with developmental disabilities ages 5-21. Groups meet daily after school under the direction of professionally supervised staff. New York City Board of Education transportation is provided from school to the Sam Field Center, and van transportation may be provided by the Sam Field Center to the child’s home at the end of the day.

For more information, please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

School Holiday Program

We provide children with developmental disabilities with an exciting assortment of trips to places of interest on most school holidays and vacations throughout the year. Interview required. For more information, please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Weekend Teen

A once monthly recreational program that meets on Sunday afternoons geared for high functioning and independent teens with developmental disabilities. Contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Bay Terrace Center

Project Child After School Program

This after-school program at the Bay Terrace Center offers the opportunity for children to enjoy safe, supportive and successful after-school experiences with a 3:1 child to staff ratio. Each afternoon, children participate in educational, recreational and socialization experiences designed to enhance academic and social skills while boosting self-esteem. Daily schedule includes homework help, arts & crafts, yoga, cooking, science and gym time. Program is offered 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and runs for the length of the school year. Snack is provided.

Please call us at (718) 423-6111 or email [email protected]

Project Teen After School Program

This after-school program located at Bell Academy offers the opportunity for children to enjoy safe, supportive and successful after-school experiences with a 3:1 child to staff ratio. Each afternoon, children participate in educational, recreational and socialization experiences designed to enhance academic and social skills while boosting self-esteem. Daily schedule includes homework help, arts & crafts, lego building, cooking, science and gym time. Program is offered 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and runs for the length of the school year. Snack is provided.

Please call us at (718) 423-6111 or email [email protected]

Social Skills Group

Commonpoint Queens and The Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine will be jointly sponsoring a social skills program. This program includes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) structure for teaching skills, and will focus on skills such as non-verbal communication, social initiation, problem solving and coping strategies for children on the autistic spectrum. Each group will consist of 5-8 children and meet once a week for an hour and a half. Peer mentors, typically developing, age matched children, will be incorporated in the social skills therapy group on a periodic basis. Simultaneously, once a week a parent discussion group will meet for half an hour with our trained staff. We will have groups for children ages 5-8 and children ages 9-12.

Call (718) 423-6111 or email [email protected] for more information.

Central Queens

These 10 class sessions all take place in the evenings, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and cost $135 Members/ $160 Non-Members, except for Snapology $150 Members / $175 Non-members. Schedule changes from season to season, below are our class offerings for Fall 2019.

For more information or to register for these classes, please contact Alia Vias, Assistant Program Director at [email protected] or by calling (718) 268-5011 ext. 165

Programs for Children Ages 5-8

Snapology – 10 Mon. beg. Oct. 7 ($150 Members / $175 Non-members)

Snapology creates an environment that encourages children to create and interact with materials and technology enabling them to explore solutions through hands-on “playful” learning.

Karate Kids – 10 Tues. beg. Oct. 15 

HI YAH! In our energetic karate class, children will have the opportunity to learn basic karate skills while helping them focus on discipline, routine, regulating their emotions and behaviors all in a fun, energetic environment!

Soccer Stars – 10 Wed. beg. Oct. 2 (up to age 12)

Soccer Stars is an engaging children’s soccer program that focuses on social development and soccer skills.

Social Time – 10 Thurs. beg. Oct. 3

Social Time offers an opportunity for youth to practice their social skills by developing play, conversation skills, friendships, communication skills, social boundaries, and so much more!

Programs for Children Ages 9-16

Building Blocks – 10 Mon. beg. Oct. 7

Building Blocks is designed to teach youth valuable life skills while also working on social skills. We will be exploring money management, travel training, group planning and problem solving, and so much more! Our goal is for youth to gain independence and learn the core life skills they will need as they grow!

Snapology – 10 Tues. beg. Oct. 15 ($150 Members / $175 Non-members)

Snapology creates an environment that encourages children to create and interact with materials and technology enabling them to explore solutions through hands-on “playful” learning.

Shake It Up – 10 Wed. beg. Oct. 2

Shake your body until you drop- a dance fitness program that makes exercise less like a gym class and more like a dance party! Children will have the ability to twist and twirl to the music. This class will have them up and moving in a fun and playful environment while learning safe routines and connecting with their inner dancer.

Karate Kids – 10 Thurs. beg. Oct. 3

HI YAH! In our energetic karate class, children will have the opportunity to learn basic karate skills while helping them focus on discipline, routine, regulating their emotions and behaviors all in a fun, energetic environment!

Programs for Children Ages 17-21 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Building Blocks – 10 Mon. beg. Oct. 7

Building Blocks is designed to teach youth valuable life skills while also working on social skills. We will be exploring money management, travel training, group planning and problem solving, and so much more! Our goal is for youth to gain independence and learn the core life skills they will need as they grow!

Shake It Up – 10 Wed. beg. Oct. 2

Shake your body until you drop- a dance fitness program that makes exercise less like a gym class and more like a dance party! Children will have the ability to twist and twirl to the music. This class will have them up and moving in a fun and playful environment while learning safe routines and connecting with their inner dancer.

Summer Programs

Special Services Summer Day Camp

Our day camps specialize in serving children 5-21 who have developmental disabilities. Younger campers enjoy center-based summer camp programs at the Sam Field Center while older campers have the adventure of full day summer camp experiences at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. For more information please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Autism Summer Respite

This youth summer camp program serves children with autism and other similar disabilities ages 5 – 21. Children participate in an array of educational, recreational and socialization activities following their summer school program. Day camp activities are designed and implemented by professional educators and clinicians. The summer program is offered 2:30 – 5 PM daily. At the end of each program day, participants receive mini-bus transportation home. At summer school’s end, a one-week, full day respite program is offered to day camp program participants. Contact (718) 423-6111 or email [email protected] for more information.

Academic Summer Enrichment

Have your child continue their academic learning throughout the summer with our six week Academic Summer Enrichment inclusion camp program! Choose from our three or five day options where learning and fun go hand-in-hand at the Sam Field Center in Little Neck. Instruction by New York State Certified teachers includes Math, Reading, Writing, and Science as part of the exciting and dynamic curriculum. In addition, the curriculum is personalized according to your child’s needs. Weekly programming also includes a bake sale, computer time, sports, swimming 3 times per week and playground time.

Transportation from target areas in Eastern Queens and Nassau County is available for an additional fee when registering. Snack is provided daily. (Lunch must be sent in daily.)

For more information email Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Sports Programs for Children with Autism

Basketball Buddies/Soccer Stars

Children ages 5-21 are meticulously paired up with teen mentors who act as the children’s coaches and buddies throughout the season. The 1 hour class is run by a physical education instructor along with other staff including a licensed social worker. Each child learns specific basketball or soccer skills each week and the class ends with a snack break and social skills learning piece. This is a great way for children to socialize with their peers while learning social skills and sports each week. The children play in the gym and benefit from the individualized attention provided by their mentors.

For more information please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

A Time For Us

A Time for Us allows adults with Developmental Disabilities to participate in social and recreational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. Participants will have the opportunity to make lasting friendships while taking part in fun activities with peers and caring and professional staff and community members. We meet one Sunday per month, from October through June, and participate in fun and interactive activities and trips like bowling, cooking with personal chefs, arts and crafts, field days, a year-end prom and so much more. A small fee is typically collected. Times, locations, and prices will vary based on the event. For more information please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Self Advocacy Group

This group meets directly after the A Time For Us events one Sunday a month and helps to promote self advocacy skills among the participants. Adults in program are encouraged to express their interests and needs and learn essential advocacy skills to help them navigate their lives. For more information please contact Giaclyn Cespe at [email protected]

Opportunities to Work with Children with Developmental Disabilities

Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations (C.L.A.S.S.P.)

High school students are hand selected to learn and work in programs serving children with special needs, while taking a class for college credit at Long Island University – C.W. Post

Advanced C.L.A.S.S.P.

Current college students are hand selected to learn and work in programs serving children with special needs, while taking a class for college credit at Long Island University – C.W. Post

Ha Dereckh: A Path

Ha Dereckh is a teen prevocational internship opportunity for Jewish 15-19-year-olds on the autism spectrum who display future potential to work and live in a community-based setting. Youth are paired with neuro-typical teen mentors, encouraging independence and vocational development.

For more information on these programs please contact Amanda Smith at [email protected]