Contacts for Special Needs

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

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Aryn Cahen, M.Ed
703.537.3032
Aryn.Cahen@jccnv.org

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed
703.537.3040
Melissa.Hochberg@jccnv.org

Upcoming Events

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Programs and Classes

Let’s Play

Ages: 6–8
Sundays, March 23–June 1 (8 weeks, 1pm-2pm
(no class Apr. 20, May 11, May 25)

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: $160/ $120 member
Code: #4529
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Friends

Ages: 9–12
Sundays, March 23–June 1 (8 weeks), 2:15pm-3:15pm
(no class Apr. 20, May 11, May 25)

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: $160/ $120 member
Code: #4533
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Gal Pals Tweens

Ages: 9–12, for girls only
Sundays, Sundays, March 23–June 1 (8 weeks), 2:15pm–3:15pm
(no class Apr. 20, May 11, May 25)

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: $160/ $120 member
Code: #4535
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TOPSoccer

Ages: 5–18
Sundays, March 23–June 1 (8 weeks)
(no soccer Apr. 20, May 11, May 25)
4pm–5pm
Location: Sprague Center, 4414 Holborn Ave., Annandale, VA 22003

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: #4747
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Make Your Move

Ages: 18+
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
January 16–May 15
(no class Apr. 17)
10:45am–11:30am

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 the JCCNV Dance Academy.
Fee: $80/ $64 member
Code: #4470

Inclusion Programs

Adapted Aquatics

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

The Adapted Aquatics program is designed for individuals of all ages withcommunication 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 Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org, or (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 nutritional 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

Dance

Contact Chris Dalen, JCCNV Dance Academy Director, at Chris.Dalen@jccnv.org, or call (703) 537-3037.

The JCCNV Dance Academy offers quality dance classes to toddlers through adults in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and more!

Kids’ Night Out!

Ages: 18 months–12 years old

To arrange support for your child, contact Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org, or (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 Center!