Adler Center For Special Needs

The Adler Center For Special Needs empowers participants — ages 3 through adulthood — to become independent and productive individuals and establish life-long friendships. Programs facilitate the development of appropriate social and life skills at home, in school, and in the community. Our staff will continually monitor and evaluate your child’s progress and provide lots of individualized attention. Participants are grouped by age and ability and adaptations are made to facilitate active participation. Our goal is to provide the support and guidance needed for all participants to reach his or her fullest potential. 


Our Award-Winning Programs & Services

•  Family workshops and support

•  Field trips into the community

•  Teen travel vacation programs

•  Inclusion and shared summer camp experiences

•  Vacation respite

•  Saturday evening teen & adult programs

•  Teen & adult fitness programs (offered weekdays and weekends)

•  Weekend social skills & recreation programs

•  Pre-Vocational & Vocational training

•  Exceptional Swim Center

•  Camp Adler Summer Programs

•  Sports classes

•  Art classes

•  Cooking classes


Special Programs Features

•  Low child-to-staff ratio

•  OPWDD family reimbursement if eligible

•  Discounted full-year ongoing registration

•  Assistive technology including iPads

•  Professional staff including NYS Certified Special Education Teachers, Licensed Social Workers,

   Behavior Therapists, Adaptive Sports Specialist, Music & Art Therapist and Psychologists


Targeted Social Skills Include

•  Making eye contact

•  Taking turns and sharing

•  Using appropriate body language

•  Initiating social interactions

•  Responding to interactions

•  Engaging in activities with others

•  Vocational and life skills training

•  Problem-solving and trouble-shooting

•  Understanding other people’s body language

•  Understanding and expressing emotions


Specialized Strategies & Approaches

•  Role playing

•  Social stories

•  Video modeling

•  Video feedback

•  Positive practice / rehearsal

•  Self-monitoring

•  Behaviorally-based teaching strategies