Adapted Aquatics Programs
The JCC of Greater Buffalo is proud to serve the Western New York Community by organizing swim programs for numerous groups and special populations.
At the Holland Family Building, they include:
The JCC Early Childhood program partners with Aspire of Western New York, an organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities. Children ages 3-5 years old in the Aspire program participate in swim lessons with their peers.
A learn to swim program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Thanks to funding from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and Autism Speaks, we are happy to offer this program at a discounted rate to the Western New York Community.
Cornerstone Manor Summer Camp
A program of the Buffalo City Mission. Children ages 5 - 12 years old attend group swim lessons and recreational swim.
Journeys Child Enrichment Center
A neighborhood day care program. Children ages 3 - 5 years old attend group swim lessons and recreational swim in the summer.
Path To Success
A summer camp organized by a collection of neighborhood churches. Children ages 5 - 12 year old attend swim lessons and recreational swim.
At the Benderson Family Building, they include:
Special Friends© is a NEW Adapted Swim Lesson class, for all children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome. All swim lessons are one on one, with combined group play activity at the beginning and end of the lesson focusing on swimming, safety, and cooperative skills. Maximum of 5 participants per session; these time slots have been selected because they are quieter times at the pool, with the intention of preventing sensory overload and minimizing distractions. However, if your child is unable to attend during the designated time slots, we will offer alternative times if you contact us about it.
NEW! You & Me on Land & Sea©
You & Me on Land & Sea© is an adapted swim program combined with a relationshipbased Parent-Child and Peer Play Group. It was developed by Julie Kingsley and Erin Ruszaj, the Director and Assistant Director of Aquatics at the JCC, in partnership with Sue Bundy-Myrow, PhD. Julie and Erin are both instructor trainers for the American Red Cross who bring a combined 40 years of experience of teaching students with special needs. Sue Bundy-Myrow is a Licensed Psychologist and Theraplay® instructor and supervisor, who specializes in working with developmentally disabled children, teens, and their families. All instructors for the program are Red Cross certified as both lifeguards and water safety instructors and have received additional certification as adapted aquatics instructors. The water component of the class provides lifelong safety and fitness skills in an environment where the hydrostatic pressure of the water provides participants with proprioception and spatial feedback outside of the visual and auditory spectrums. The land-based group session uses principles from Group Theraplay® that promote focused engagement, regulation, and relationship skills through active cooperative play with parents and peers.
We are always looking for new ideas. The JCC is happy to create a learn to swim program for your group.