Special Needs


The Special Needs Programs at the Summit Area YMCA are thoughtfully designed for children with diverse abilities like communication, social, behavioral and learning differences to thrive in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Our mission is to encourage, help, build and strengthen healthy physical activity, confidence, social skills and more.

From yoga to structured play dates, to swim arts and crafts, participants can enjoy a variety of activities that promote health, wellness, creative enrichment, socialization and more. Click on a link below to register and/or learn more about available programs:


fitness programs


We also host a variety of special events, like the first ever "You're a Star Prom Night" held this year, in partnership with the St. Bartholomew Church of Scotch Plains, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and various local sponsors (View Event Press Release).


To read more about the development of Special Needs programs at the Summit Area YMCA, please visit thesay.org/Special-Needs-Programs



Special Needs


  • Francesca Garrard

    • Program Director
      • Berkeley Heights YMCA
    • 908 464 8373 x 2020
  • Lisa McQuilkin

    • Wellness Director
      • Berkeley Heights YMCA
    • (908) 464 8373 ext. 2026
  • Susan Guber

    • Wellness and Membership Engagement Director
      • Summit YMCA
    • (908) 273-3330 ext. 1164