Programs for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer programs specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, educational, and recreational needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders and other disabiliti

Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer programs specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, educational, and recreational needs of children with autistic 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, Special Services at ASmith@Commonpointqueens.org

Below are several of our program offerings:

After School Programs – Central Queens and Sam Field Center

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

Project Child – After School Program for Children with Learning Disabilities at Bay Terrace Center

Project Child is an after school program specifically designed to meet the needs of children ages 5-15 with learning disabilities, ADHD, and mild autistic spectrum disorders where children participate in educational, recreational and socialization experiences designed to enhance academic and social skills while boosting self-esteem. We provide homework help, and a 3:1 child to staff ratio.

This project is made possible by a grant from the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation. Please contact Charlotte Barrett at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or email CBarrett@Commonpointqueens.org

Special Teens

A once monthly recreational program that meets on Sunday afternoons geared for high functioning and independent teens with developmental disabilities. Contact Giaclyn Cespe at GCespe@Commonpointqueens.org

School Holiday Program

We provide children having 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 GCespe@Commonpointqueens.org

Summer 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 GCespe@Commonpointqueens.org

Summer Respite Program

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.This program is made possible by a grant from New York State OMRDD-Queens DDSO. Contact Charlotte Barrett at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or email CBarrett@Commonpointqueens.org for more information.

Weekday Recreation Program for Pre-School Children with Disabilities

This day program serves children 3-6 years of age that have developmental disabilities and their families. The year-round program, which is also a special Summer program offering Pool Parties and and opportunities to swim and play, includes weekly recreation programs that feature an adaptive physical education followed by a professionally facilitated play experience. We provide special activities for siblings and supportive assistance for parents. Contact Charlotte Barrett at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or email CBarrett@Commonpointqueens.org for more information.

Programs for Children with Learning Differences:

C.H.I.L.D. – Center for Helping Individuals with Learning Differences
C.H.I.L.D. has been established to help families with children who have been diagnosed as having a learning differences and/or ADHD. The child care center offers four basic components:

  • Homework Helper Program
  • Lecture Series
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Hebrew Homework Helpers

In addition, we are here to provide support and guidance around issues that arise concerning children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD and their families. For more information call Gerrie Mayerhoff at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email GMayherhoff@Commonpointqueens.org

This program is made possible by a grant from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation.

Social Skills Group – For Children with Autism or Learning Disabilities

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 Charlotte Barrett at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or email CBarrett@Commonpointqueens.org for more information.

Programs for Families With Loved Ones with Autism

Cap Connects

This community-based initiative serves families having loved ones with autism within the Clearview Gardens Cooperative and in Northeast Queens. The program offers support as well as special education consultation services and advocacy. Special holiday celebrations and workshops within synagogues serve to increase inclusion within the wider Jewish community.

Contact Gary Babad, LCSW at (718) 352-4157 or by email GBabad@Commonpointqueens.org
This project is made possible by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.

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 GCespe@Commonpointqueens.org