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Ongoing Educational Resources and Services

CJE's J.N. Somers YAD Hebrew School for Children With Special Needs in West Palm Beach

Enrolls children who are developmentally delayed, have severe speech delays, autism spectrum disorders and/or attention deficit disorders who do not learn effectively in supplementary religious school programs. Varied media and modalities, including the arts and Hebrew language, help children learn about their Jewish heritage. Contact Director of Special Needs Education Wilma Turk at 561-209-2617, wturk@cjepb.org  or visit www.cjepb.org for more information.

PJ Library®, coordinated by the CJE of the Palm Beaches

Delivers free Jewish-content books to 1,200 Jewish children ages 6 months to 6 years on a monthly basis. Available to children with special needs who are older than 6 years by contacting CJE Director of Jewish Family Life Amy Bergman at 561-209-2608, a.bergman@cjepb.org or visit www.cjepb.org for more information.

JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches

The following classes are available for children with special needs in Boynton Beach from January to May 2013. Contact Special Needs Program Coordinator Sheri Kramer at 561-736-4758, SheriK@JCConline.com or visit www.JCConline.com for more information.

Social Pragmatic Group

A social group for children and teens that introduces conflict resolution, decision-making, responding to teasing, anger control strategies and showing respect to self and others.

Exceptional Theater Company (ETC)

Create options for personal growth by exploring all the learning opportunities theatre has to offer. Techniques in improvisations, movement and music are taught. Participating special needs actors have the opportunity to express ideas through easy and fun exercises.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Building with a variety of Lego bricks, including letters, animals and buidlings for children and teens to learn about engineering principles and how things work.

Sports Club with Coach Yale

Basketball, soccer, pillow hockey, whiffle ball, tennis, volleyball and much more will be played.

Art Speaks When Words Cannot

Offering children the patience, freedom and guidance to take the lead in developing their own artistic direction at their own pace as they share creative experiences with other children.


Camp

The JCC offers camp opportunities during summer, winter break and school break in both Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach. Both inclusion and separate groups are available for children with special needs. Contact Special Needs Program Coordinator Sheri Kramer at 561-736-4758, SheriK@JCConline.com or visit www.JCConline.com for more information.

Winter Break Mini-Camp at the JCC

Each day will be filled with favorite camp activities such as gaga, arts & crafts, sports, scavenger hunts and more! Campers will enjoy field trips or a theme for each day. Open to all children; the JCC will provide a lower staff-to-camper ratio for children with special needs.

Spring Break Mini Camp at the JCC

Scheduled for March 28 to April 1 and open to all children; the JCC will provide a lower staff-to-camper ratio for those children with special needs.

Summer Camp at the JCC

A summer camp experience for children and teens with varying exceptionalities, such as cognitive, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities. New campers are assessed through the cooperative efforts of the Camp Shalom Director, parents or guardians and input from school or private service providers. Low staff-to-camper ratio is 1:3 or 1:4; families may also provide their own aides.

Inclusion Camp is available for campers in K through 6th grade. Inclusion campers will participate with their typically developing peers with a little more assistance -- 1:3 or 1:4 ratios. Approval must be obtained from the Camp Tikvah Director prior to camp registration.


Long-Term Care

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Contact Director of Admission Andrea Cohan at 561-713-1909 or visit www.ljrfs.com for more information.

Melvin J. and Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service LifePlanning Program

Working with parent caregivers of chronically mentally ill, developmentally disabled and/or physically disabled adults to make future plans for their children when the parent is no longer able to care for them and providing caregivers with information about community services.

Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service Pooled Special Needs Trust

People with disabilities and special needs often have financial concerns that extend well beyond vital medical care. A special needs trust can be created to ensure that beneficiaries who are disabled or mentally ill can enjoy the use of property which is intended to be held for their benefit.

Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service Guardianship Program

The Guardianship Program accepts wards with or without assets who reside in the greater Palm Beaches. The staff inclues RNs, MSWs, a psychiatrist, a physician and an accounting department. The Board of Directors maintains a governance responsibility with an Asset Management Committee reviewing the financial situation of each ward and an Advance Directives Committee to review critical care-based decisions. Visit www.jfcsonline.com for more information.

The Melvin J. and Claire Levine Residential & Family Service -- Residential Program for Adults with Special Needs

Operating two group homes and a supported independent living residential apartment program. All residents benefit from on-staff psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, medical director and counseling staff, as well as vocational programs, volunteer opportunities, transportation and enriched social programming.

The Apartment Program is an independent residential supported living program for adults with chronic mental illness and developmental and/or physical disabilities. Individuals in this program live in their own apartment, with a 24-hour "awake" staff in a separate apartment.

Freedman East, a program designed for adults in the 20s and 30s, is a component of the Apartment Program. Residents have a full schedule of activities, which may include attending college and working or volunteering in the community.


School Consulting and Professional Development

Commission for Jewish Education Consulting and Special Education Assistance

Assists education director and instructors at 25 Jewish preschools, religious schools and synagogues in the greater Palm Beaches. Contact Director of Special Needs Education Wilma Turk at 561-209-2617,  wturk@cjepb.org or visit www.cjepb.org for more information.

CJE Professional Development

Provides year-round professional development programs to more than 300 education directors and instructors at area religious schools and preschools. Courses offered on instructing children with different ability levels. Contact Senior Director for Professional Development and School Services Lynne Lieberman at 561-209-2606, l.lieberman@cjepb.org, or visit www.cjepb.org for more information.






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