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The Westport Y offers new classes for youth with special needs

Published 4:06 pm, Thursday, January 16, 2014
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The Westport Weston Family Y is introducing a range of new classes and programs designed to make exercise manageable and fun for teens and young adults with special needs.

"We're committed to providing all our children with fitness classes that keep them strong and healthy, and have worked closely with parents of these children to develop new programs specifically for them," said Meg George, the Family Y's youth and camp director.

At the Family Y, the special needs programs are presented in a setting that includes reduced class size, peer mentors, increased structure, a slower pace and other accommodations.

Among the new offerings:

Yoga for Kids with Special Needs is designed for children 6 to 12 to help build strength, balance and flexibility. The program has classes on Fridays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The cost for Y members is $90, $130 for nonmembers.

In Shape Special Needs provides the opportunity to have fun and learn to work out safely and properly with a Y certified personal trainer. It's offered on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. for ages 12 and older, and on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. for children 8 to 11. Winter session classes are underway and continue until March 27. The cost for members is $225.

Jazz 1, offered on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., is designed for young dancers with mild special needs. It incorporates music, movement and socialization, along with skills to build self-esteem. Dress requirements are black leotard, black dance pants and black jazz shoes. For details, contact Lillian Cenatiempo, Y Dance Center director, at lcenatiempo@westporty.org or 203-226-8981, ext. 197.

Private swim lessons are available. To register, complete a private swim lesson request form, at www.westporty.org, and submit to Nicole Turechek at nturechek@westporty.org.

To learn more, visit www.westporty.org or contact Meg George at mgeorge@westporty.org or 203-226-8981.