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. 


Due to new safety measures and limitations, some of our program offerings have changed.

Rest assured, keeping you safe while adapting to continue serving the needs of our community remains our #1 priority. To explore available programs, view our Welcome Guide. For question on participation policies and/or registration, please contact us.

Welcome Guide




For questions or additional program information, please contact Allison Zeimann at (908)273-3330 Ext. 1196 or Allison.Zeimann@thesay.org, or by filling out the form below.

We also host a variety of special events, like the annual "You're a Star Prom Night" hosted in partnership with the Berkeley Heights YMCA, St. Bartholomew Church of Scotch Plains, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and various local sponsors (2018, 2019).



To read more about the development of Special Needs programs at the Summit Area YMCA, please visit thesay.org/Special-Needs-Programs. To volunteer or get involved, please contact us!