PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Recognizing the need for quality, adaptive, programming for individuals in the north shore area, H.A.W.K.S. (Helping All Wonderful Kids Succeed) special needs programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence and responsibility, and work together, as well as nurture a healthy and active lifestyle. All programs are led by qualified individuals who help promote a safe, friendly, and supportive environment. H.A.W.K.S. classes offer a variety of accommodations for participants as needed, including reduced class size, increased structure, and individualized attention.
View a complete list of available classes below.
SATURDAY H.A.W.K.S CLUB
HELPING ALL WONDERFUL KIDS SUCCEED
Join us for a full morning of programs on
Saturday. It includes exercise, relaxation,
In partnership with the YMCA’s H.A.W.K.S
Program, Exercise Connection (EC) leads
a class for individuals with Autism, Down
syndrome, and other special needs.
This highly visual, well-structured class
encourages independence and enhances
social skills while improving fitness levels.
Visit www.exerciseconnection.com for more
information on Exercise Connection.* 1:1
aids available for an additional fee.
Enjoy weekly yoga designed for those with special needs. Improve strength, balance, and flexibility while reducing stress. Practice
guided meditation along with breathing techniques designed to calm the mind and body.
Participants will have a supervised period
of time for a break, snack, and socialization
between yoga and cooking.
FORM YOUR OWN GROUP
MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS
Don’t see a group that fits your needs? Contact Liz Frusti at efrusti@
nsymca.org about forming your own group today!
Special Needs Private Swim Lessons
Private swim lessons for those with special needs have
been developed or children on the spectrum as well as
all special needs. The lessons are based on the individual
needs of each participants with water safety being the
first concern along with clear goals and direction. For
more information, please contact Don Enger
Special Olympics Aquatics Team
Join us for fun and exercise or
train with us for competition.
The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team
competes in the Special Olympics of Illinois swim meet,
offering our swimmers the best combination of team
sport and individual challenge.
• All participants for competition must be at least 8
years old and able to swim 25 yards on their back
• Friday beginner classes do not require the child
to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach
them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun
environment. Beginner class participants can be as
young as 6 years old.
• Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups
for practice. Practices occur Fridays and Sundays.
• *Swimmers are welcome to come join us in the water
to try the program.
assessment and class placement.
The National Lekotek Center, a Division of Anixter Center, is offering a wonderful opportunity for families with children with special needs, ages 2-12, to participate in specially designed play groups. The customized groups will be facilitated by
an experienced Lekotek Inclusion Play Specialist, and will encourage engagement, communication and interactive play with other children and families with similar needs and ages. Parents will have an opportunity to meet other families learn how to support inclusive play. Siblings included and encouraged! The 1.5 hour play groups will be held once a week for 7 weeks. Minimum of 2 families required to run. For more information about Lekotek, visit their website here.
Total Link 2 Community
Our friends at TotalLink2 Community, are joining the NSYMCA for TGIF! TGIF is designed for young adults, ages 18+, with special needs to enjoy fitness, fun, and friendship and activities the Y offers. TGIF will feature a group activity and include a healthy snack and time to chillax with friends. The friendly face of a TL2C community coach will be part of the fun to help EVERY one feel welcome. The events will be held once a month from 6:30-9pm, and are fee-based.
For more information about Total Link 2 Community, please click here.