Contacts for Special Needs

Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler, M.Ed, CTRS
(703) 537-3031

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Aryn Cahen, M.Ed

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed

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Programs and Classes


For more information on the classes below, please contact


Let’s Play

Ages: 6–8
Sundays, September 7–December 7 (12 weeks)
(no class Oct. 12, Nov. 30)
Join us for an hour of fun and exploration as children learn and strengthen their social skills through active play in a safe and healthy environment. This class is designed for children with ADD/ADHD, high functioning autism (formerly Asperger’s syndrome), learning disabilities, and developmental delays. Children must be able to participate verbally in group activities. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled before class starts.
Fee: $264/ $198 member
Code: #5326


Ages: 9–12
Sundays, September 7–December 7 (12 weeks)
(no class Oct. 12, Nov. 30)
A fun class designed to help children explore and understand their emotions through recreational play. Discussion topics include dealing with anger, understanding feelings, the power of positive thinking and handling stress. This class is designed for children with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. Children must be able to participate verbally in group activities. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled before class starts.
Fee: $264/ $198 member

Class I
Code: #5327

Gal Pals Tweens

Ages: 9–12, for girls only
Sundays, September 7–December 7 (12 weeks)
(no class Oct. 12, Nov. 30)
A social skills group just for girls! A fun, recreational group in which girls can explore their emotions, discuss important issues going on in their lives, learn how to make appropriate friendships, learn to improve self-esteem, manage anxiety, and work on a variety of social skills in a safe and caring environment.
Fee: $264/ $198 member
Code: #5330


Ages: 5–18
Sundays, September 7—November 2 (8 weeks)
(no soccer Oct. 12)
Location: Sprague Center, 4414 Holborn Ave., Annandale, VA
The JCCNV and Annandale Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) are excited to announce our partnership with The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer), a soccer program developed through US Youth Soccer for young athletes with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities. This program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a safe, nurturing and self-empowering environment. The goal of the program is to enable young athletes with special needs to grow and develop physically, socially and emotionally as members of US Youth Soccer with the assistance of volunteer coaches and youth mentoring buddies. TOPSoccer is not for competition. Players are matched up by abilities, not age. TOPSoccer is for all youth ages and ability levels. Come and enjoy the fun and excitement of soccer while learning some great skills along the way!
Fee: $30 (includes insurance and shirt)
Code: #5331

Make Your Move

Ages: 18+
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
September 4–May 7
(no class Oct. 16, Jan. 1)
Join us in this great movement program that incorporates dance, music, and a whole lot of fun! This program is for adults of ANY ability. You will have the freedom to move to your own beat while maximizing your own individual strengths. This program is run by through the family services department.
Fee: $150/ $120 member
Code: TBA



Cooking With Class

Sundays, September 28–November 23
(no class October 19)
1pm–4pmAges 18+

Cooking With Class provides adults (ages 18+) of all abilities an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of food and meal preparation in a fun, social, structured, and supportive environment. Classes will take place at George Mason University’s Nutrition Kitchen and will be run by trained chefs. Individuals will learn life skills by following a recipe, setting/cleaning up, learning about nutrition, understanding how to utilize basic kitchen utensils and appliances, and feeling comfortable navigating the kitchen. Participants will work cooperatively and share meals in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere!

Location: George Mason University’s Nutrition Kitchen, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee: $360/ 8 week session
This is a pilot program. For more information, please contact or 703-537-3032.
Code: #5565
Click here to download the registration form.



Sunday Family Swim Time

Sundays, 11:30am–12:30pm

The JCCNV pool is open Sunday mornings for families to enjoy swimming together. Children exploring the water with their parents tend to make a smoother transition to organized swim classes when they turn three. Children not yet potty trained must wear swim diapers, and all children under the age of 10 must be supervised by an adult when at the pool.
Fee: $6 Guest Pass/ Free for member

Inclusion Programs

JCCNV Bowling League

Ages: 18+
Contact:, (703) 323-0880
Sundays, September 7–December 7 (13 weeks)
(no bowling Nov. 30)
Location: Bowl America, Fairfax Circle
Join the JCCNV bowling league and enjoy 13 weeks of fun and camaraderie as we compete for cash prizes and bragging rights at completion of our Fall/Winter Session! Commitment for the entire 13 week session is a must with weekly payments (even if absent).
Fee: $234/ $208 member (includes shoes and 3 games per week)

Adapted Aquatics

Contact Teo Albu, Aquatics Director and SFA Associate Director, at, (703) 537-3053.

The Adapted Aquatics program is designed for individuals of all ages with communication spectrum disorders. The goal of the 30-minute private lesson is for the student to experience the relaxing pleasure of being in the water, while at the same time feeling comfortable, safe and independent.

Before- and After-School Enrichment (BASE) Program

To arrange support for your child, contact, (703) 537-3031.

Make the most of every afternoon! The PM BASE program runs from the time the school dismisses until 6pm daily. Upon arrival from school, your child will be served a snack, comprised of two nutritious food groups, and will be able to choose from the following activities:

  • A quiet homework room with staff on hand to assist
  • Science, arts and crafts, and cooking projects
  • Free creative play in either the Junior (grades K–2) or Senior (grades 3–6) BASE rooms stocked with age-appropriate toys, games and books
  • Organized sports and team-building activities in our indoor gymnasium and outside on the playground
  • Board games and foosball in our game room
  • Free swim twice a week in the JCCNV’s 25-meter heated indoor pool


Contact Brenda Forsley, Dance Coordinator, at, (703) 537-3057.

Ballet | Tap | Hip Hop | Tumbling | Jazz | Modern | Contemporary | Israeli | Cultural | Social

Kids’ Night Out!

Ages: 18 months–12 years old

To arrange support for your child, contact, (703) 537-3031.

At Kids’ Night Out (KNO), children enjoy a Saturday night chock-full of swimming, movies, games, sports, and more — all at the JCCNV! The supervised activities provide parents with the opportunity to enjoy an evening out or attend programming around the J!