Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs

Amanda Smith, LMSW
Program Director Community-Based Services for Children with Disabilities
(718) 423-6111 ext. 242

We have a lot of exciting and innovative programs for children with special needs. Before your child is placed in one of our programs an assessment is done to evaluate which programs would be most beneficial for your child. To set up an intake or with any questions, please contact Amanda Smith.


    After School Program for Children with Learning Disabilities at Bay Terrace Center
    An after school program specifically designed to meet the needs of elementary school children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and mild autistic spectrum disorders. Program is offered from 2:30-6:00 PM Monday-Friday.Each afternoon, children participate in educational, recreational and socialization experiences designed to enhance academic and social skills while boosting self-
    esteem. Homework help is provided each day. The after school activities program, designed and supervised by professional  educators and clinicians, offers the opportunity for children to enjoy safe, supportive and successful after school experience. This project is made possible by a grant from the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation.
    Contact: Amanda Smith at (718) 423-6111

    For Children with Autism or Learning Disabilities
    The Samuel Field Y is proud to work with The Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in offering social skills programs.  The program includes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) structure of teaching skills and will focus on skills such as non-verbal communication, social initiation, problem solving and coping.  Children are placed in groups consisting of 5 - 8 children according to age and current areas of strength and concern.  Groups meet once weekly for an hour and a half.  Help your child carry the skills home through participation in a voluntary parent discussion group that will meet for a half hour with our trained staff.
    Contact: Amanda Smith, LMSW at 718-423-6111
    This day program serves children 3-6 years of age that have developmental disabilities and their families. The year-round program, which is also a special Summer program offering Pool Parties and and opportunities to swim and play, includes weekly recreation programs that feature an adaptive physical education followed by a professionally facilitated play experience. We provide special activities for siblings and supportive assistance for parents.  Call Amanda Smith at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 for more information.


  • Basketball Buddies/Soccer Stars for children with special needs (at Little Neck site)
    Children ages 5-21 are meticulously paired up with teen mentors who act as the children’s coaches and buddies throughout
    the season. The 1 hour class is run by a physical education instructor along with other staff including a licensed social worker.
    Each child learns specific basketball or soccer skills each week and the class ends with a snack break and social skills
    learning piece. This is a great way for children to socialize with their peers while learning social skills and sports each week.
    The children play in the gym and benefit from the individualized attention provided by their mentors.
    Contact: Amanda Smith, LMSW 718-423-6111

    The 2016-17 Basketball Buddies program begins on Thursday, November 3!


  • Summer Weekday Recreation Program for Pre-School Children with Developmental Disabilities
    The Samuel Field Y has a twice weekly, summer program for Pre-School Children with Developmental Disabilities. This program
    features an adaptive physical education or swim activity followed by a professionally facilitated play.

    This program will offer gym and creative exploration at the Samuel Field Y, every Tuesday, from July 15 through August 19, from
    3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. It will also offer a Swim & Play opportunity at the Bay Terrace Pool & Tennis Center of the Samuel Field Y,
    every Thursday, from July 10 through August 21 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Registration for both of these programs is ongoing.

    Contact: Amanda Smith at 718-423-6111 (Bay Terrace Center)

    This youth summer camp program serves children with autism and other similar disabilities ages 5 - 21.  Children participate in
    an array of educational, recreational and socialization activities following their summer school program.  Day camp activities are
    designed and implemented by professional educators and clinicians.  The summer program is offered 2:30 - 5 PM daily.  At the
    end of each program day, participants receive mini-bus transportation home.  At summer school's end, a one-week, full day
    respite program is offered to day camp program participants.
    This program is made possible by a grant from New York State OMRDD-Queens DDSO.
    Contact: Amanda Smith at 718-423-6111 (Bay Terrace Center)

  • Academic Summer Enrichment (at Little Neck site)
    Have your child continue their academic learning throughout the summer with programs daily from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Learning
    and Fun go hand-in-hand at ASE! Instruction in Math, Reading, Writing and Science are all part of the exciting and dynamic
    curriculum, personalized according to your child’s needs and led by a New York State Certified Teacher.  American Red Cross
    Swim Instruction will also be a part of the program at the Deepdale Pool across the street from our site on selected days.
    Transportation from target areas in Eastern Queens and Nassau County is available for an additional fee. Snack is provided
    daily. If your child needs that bit of extra help or if you just want to keep your child up-to-date and ready for the new school year,
    ASE is the Place to Be!

    Contact: (718) 225-6750 or email

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Samuel Field Y
58-20 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck, NY 11362
(718) 225-6750

Bay Terrace Center of the Samuel Field Y
212-00 23rd Ave
Bayside, NY 11360
(718) 423-6111


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