EXCEL at the Houston Street Center



The EXCEL program provides fun, engaging and recreational services for children, teens and young adults with Special Needs. EXCEL includes instruction in swim, baking, art, drama, computers & technology, career development and healthy expression.

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FOR CHILDREN Early Spring
 Session
March 1st  - April 26th    

  
LEGO Creations

Sundays: 11AM- 12PM Children age 4-11
Enrollment $60/ 8 week course         
                                                                      
Lego Making provides children on the autism spectrum (or with special needs) the opportunity to engage with peers and improve their social interactions and motor skills through a fun and engaging Lego-Making activity. Each week, children will engage in shared Lego projects that encourage peer collaboration, communication and creativity.    


Sunday Funday
12PM-1PM Children 4-11
Enrollment $60/ 8 week course   

Led by a Behavioral Therapist, Sunday Funday uses games, Legos, sensory movement activities and musical instruments to facilitate peer interactions and improve engagement such as joint attention, sharing, turn taking and communication. Have fun in a play-based environment that supports children's growth, self-confidence and social skills.


Imagination Playground
Sunday 1:15 - 2:15PM  or Saturday 2-3PM Children age 4-11
Enrollment $100/8 week course 

Imagination Playground is designed to prompt creativity and sensory exploration with a manipulable environment that uses custom designed blue building blocks and other materials to encourage child-directed free play. Trained Play Associates will guide children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. Come play with us.


Swim Level 1  
Sundays 2:00-2:30 PM or 2:30-3:00 PM
Saturdays 3:00-3:30PM or Saturdays 3:30- 4:00                             Enrollment $80/ 8 week course  

Thursdays 3:45- 4:30 PM or 4:30- 5:15 PM                                      Enrollment $96/ 8 week course     

Basic swim instruction for individuals with special needs. Swimmers will learn techniques in breathing, floating, and kicking. If you need special accommodations, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of needs. Small class size.  


Move-N-Grove Dance
Saturdays 11AM - 12PM  
Enrollment $60/ 8 week course                                                                 


Through simple, FUN and gentle dance moves, students will gain confidence and build skills through movement and dance. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement's professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.   


Learning through Drama                                                                  Saturdays 1-2PM                                                                               Enrollment $60/ 8 week course 

In a fun theatrical setting, this class is uses drama to enhance socialization, creativity, teambuilding and vocalization. Each class incorporates vocal exercises to promote diction, articulation and projection as well as healthy breathing. 


Yoga for Families
Sundays 1-2PM                                  
Enrollment $30/ 8 week course 
up to 3 family members 
  
Yoga for Families is a light-hearted approach to classic Yoga in which parents, caregivers, and kids can share the joy of movement and breath. Please dress in comfortable clothing and be prepared to sit and move. All levels welcome.


QiGong for Families
Sundays 1:00-2:00 PM
Enrollment  $50/ 8 week course      

Through graceful movements, meditation, and controlled breathing techniques, QiGong promotes the circulation of qi, the ancient notion of "energy flow," within the body, enhancing physical and emotional health.


Baking Saturdays 12:00-1:00PM 
Enrollment  $75/ 8 week course 

In addition to baking a variety of tasty treats and learning recipes, students will develop socialization, sensory integration skills and improve their focus and attention.
 


Imagination Playground Sunday 1:15 - 2:15PM  Children age 4-11
Enrollment $100/8 week course 

Imagination Playground is designed to prompt creativity and sensory exploration with a manipulable environment that uses custom designed blue building blocks and other materials to encourage child-directed free play. Trained Play Associates will guide children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. Come play with us.



Young Adults  
Early Spring
Session:
March 1st - April 26th 
                                            
EXCEL Swim Level   
Saturdays 4-5:00 PM for teens/young adults
Enrollment $96/ 9 week course     
                                                          
Beginner and intermediate swim instruction designed especially for children with special needs.


Drama
Saturdays 10AM- 12PM 
Enrollment $75/8 week course 

In a team setting, students will develop creativity and performance skills while discovering new things about themselves. This course uses drama to enhance expression skills and build confidence, friendships and community. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement's professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.


Hip Hop Dance
Saturdays 2:30- 3:30 PM 
Enrollment $60/8 week course 

Through simple, FUN and gentle dance moves, students will gain confidence and build skills through movement and dance. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement's professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.


Work It - Career Development 1
For Teens & Young Adults                                                                      Sundays 2:00-3:00PM  
Enrollment $50/ 8 week course
  
Through an teambuilding projects participants will develop basic communication and problem solving skills for school, the work place and other social settings, as well as acquire new leisure skills. Class is suitable for those with limited verbal abilities.


Work It - Career Development 2   
For Teens & Young Adults                                                         
Sundays  3:00 -4:30PM  

Enrollment $50/ 8 week course

Learn how to effectively express thoughts, feelings and ideas in interviews, the work place and other social and professional settings through teambuilding projects that
develop skills for career development and enhance social skills.
   


Computers and Technology
Sundays 1:30 - 3PM
Enrollment $75/ 8 week course

This class is designed to enhance basic computer skills as well as knowledge on how to use the internet (with emphasis on social media) for career development. Laptops will be provided for each student to practice on in class.


Call 212-475-5008 to enroll and/or complete the enrollment form and submit to houstonstreetcenter@universitysettlement.org or University Settlement at the Houston Street Center's front desk. 
  
Enrollment Form in Chinese and Enrollment Form in Spanish.     

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