youth & families with special needs

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EXCEL, our program for children, teens, and young adults who have special needs, engages our neighbors with fun recreational activities, including swim instruction, baking, art, drama, computers and technology, career development, and healthy expression.

EXCEL also includes classes for the whole family and special events geared toward caregivers. We serve children and adults from age 4-35 years old. Classes run in 12 week cycles and take place on the weekends. Siblings are welcome to join, and receive a discount.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all in-person EXCEL classes are suspended.

EXCEL COURSES FOR CHILDREN: (age 4-13)

In a team setting, students will develop creativity and performance skills while discovering new things about themselves. This course uses drama to enhance expression, speech and vocal skills as well as build confidence, friendships and community. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement’s professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.

Basic swim instruction for individuals with special needs. Swimmers will learn techniques in breathing, floating, and kicking. If you need special accommodations, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of needs. Small class size.

Gain confidence and build skills through simple, gentle dance moves. Movement and dance can also improve cognitive, emotional, physical and social health in your child. In addition to a fun learning environment in the classroom, each student will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate their new skills and perform at University Settlements professional theater! Lights, Camera, Action!

Stress relief for the whole family! Family Dance is when parents/caregivers and their children have fun while dancing together. Movements are gentle and easy follow while the music is upbeat to energize you as you move together. Bond, burn energy and smile!

EXCEL COURSES FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS: (age 14-34)

Basic swim instruction for individuals with special needs. Swimmers will learn techniques in breathing, floating, and kicking. If you need special accommodations, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of needs. Small class size.

In a team setting, students will develop creativity and performance skills while discovering new things about themselves. This course uses drama to enhance expression, speech and vocal skills as well as build confidence, friendships and community. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement’s professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.

A feel-happy workout that combines a motivating fusion of Latin and international music with unique moves and dynamic combinations. Each student will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate their new skills and perform at University Settlements professional theater! Lights, Camera, Action!

This class is designed to strengthen students' communications skills, enhance fundamental computer skills (including MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint), build on knowledge on how to use the Internet (with emphasis on social media) for social as well as career development purposes. Laptops will be provided for each student to practice exercises in class. Students will be placed in Level 1 or Level 2 class based on their current skill level.

Through graceful movements, meditation, and controlled breathing techniques, QiGong promotes the circulation of qi, the ancient notion of "energy flow," within the body, enhancing physical and emotional health.

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