SPECIAL NEEDS

Our Special Needs programs help children with disabilities gain confidence, promote independence and responsibility, socialize and work with others, as well as nurture a healthy and active lifestyle. All programs are lead by qualified, trained individuals who help promote a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

Adaptive programs have a goal to help individuals transition to a larger integrated community. The Y also encourages participation in non-adapted programs. The Y continuously evaluates its programs and is open to new ideas and suggestions to ensure a successful experience for all.

Programs and Classes

PUMP IT UP

Youth Inclusion and Special Recreation Fitness
Ages 7 to 15 

Offered at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA

This is a wellness class for non-special needs, home schooled students and special needs children with cognitive delays or physical challenges. They will learn and work-out on different fitness exercise machines called the FITZONE, increase strength, core muscles and agility through obstacle courses and other fitness activities.  Registration is required and limited to 10. 

 

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SATURDAY FUN CLUB

Youth Special Recreation Fitness
Ages 7 to 15 

Offered at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA

This is a wellness class for ages 7-15 which offers opportunities for fitness training and social learning. Class will be staffed with a 1:4 ratio to accommodate individual special needs. Caregivers and/or family are welcome to attend with child/children, especially if your child requires 1:1 assistance. Benefits include: motor skill development, increase confidence, improve social skills, improve self-awareness, and brain/body connection. Registration is limited to 10 but members on the waiting list will be called when we are notified of weekly absences. In addition, a Special Recreation Yoga class will follow at 10:30 AM. Our staff can transition your child to the class.

This program is FREE – supported and sponsored by Shannon Kennedy and Bill Shepard

YOUTH YOGA

Youth Special Recreation Fitness
Ages 7 to 15 

Offered at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA

A youth yoga and contemplative art class for ages 7-15. This class features breathing, movement and awareness development. The many benefits of yoga include motor skills development, sensory integration, improved self-awareness, brain and body connection and encourages calmness and concentration. It is staffed with a 1:4 ratio to accommodate individuals with special needs. Drop off or caregiver and/or family members are welcome to attend with child/children and highly recommended if your child needs 1:1 assistance. Registration is required and is limited to 10. 

ADAPTIVE SWIM LESSONS

These lessons are best suited for children who need individual instruction. Lessons are taught one-on-one with an instructor who makes water-safety skills developmentally appropriate for each child.

Please contact the branch Aquatic Department for availability and to schedule a time.