Special Needs Adaptive Programs

Recognizing the need for quality adaptive programming for individuals in the Snohomish County area, the Special Needs Adaptive Programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence and responsibility, socialize and work with others, as well as nurture a healthy and active lifestyle. All programs are lead by qualified, trained individuals who help promote a safe, friendly, and
supportive environment.

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Adaptive Swim Classes

During the adaptive swim classes, the parent is in the pool with the child if needed. They are joined by a swim instructor and an occupational therapist that rotates throughout the class.

The class is limited in size to ensure quality, focused time with each child. Please contact the Aquatics Director of your branch to inquire about the availability of adaptive swim lessons.

Adaptive Needs Cooking & Art Program

Adaptive Needs classes are designed for individuals aged 5+ requiring additional assistance with programs. Participants will create creative art projects and healthy foods in the kitchen.

Adaptive Open Swim
The First and Third Saturday of the month, the Marysville YMCA opens its pool to all families and children with special needs. $2 per participant. Gender-neutral locker rooms available 6:15-7:45 pm.
Miracle League Baseball

The Rotary Club of Monroe formed the Miracle League, a youth baseball team co-sponsored with the Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA, for children with special needs.

Many of our players have profound physical and cognitive challenges. These kids have never had the opportunity to do the exciting things every kid should get to experience. Miracle League offers these children an opportunity to suit up in a uniform, step up to the plate, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.

A player can be assigned a buddy if they need one. It is a dream most of them would not be able to realize as members of a traditional youth baseball league.

Miracle Team Bowling

Miracle Team Bowling takes place at Brunswick Majestic Lanes in Lynnwood. There are ramps available and bumpers in the gutters. Those who need assistance are provided with a buddy.

SKIP: Special Kids in Play

SKIP teaches basic basketball skills and allows kids to participate in their own game. The kids love to go from hoop to hoop and they make a basket every time! Parents sit on the sidelines to watch, and cheer their kids playing a sport they never thought they could play.

SNAP: Special Needs Aquatic Playtime

Each Sunday noon-2 pm, the Monroe Y opens its pool to all families and children with special needs. Free of charge, adults 18 and over need to show photo ID.

SPIN & Fit

A unique dance party designed for those with special needs. This one of a kind event features a performance by “Voices Of The Village” and is sure to encourage fun, exercise and friendship in a safe, positive environment! All participants are also invited to dance their way to fitness with ZUMBA®.

Third Thursday of the month at the Marysville Y. $5 per participant, pre-registration not required. Donations of pre-packaged cookies and treats requested. Volunteers graciously accepted!

Dance Party: 4:30-6:30 pm
ZUMBA®: 7-8 pm

Contact Ronda Hardcastle with questions on this program at 360 651 1605

What are special needs?

The term “special needs” refers to a wide range of developmental disabilities and conditions that can impact a person’s ability to move, communicate, or learn. These may include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, seizures, hearing loss, blindness, learning disorders, and other developmental delays.

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Next Sessions:

Miracle Team Bowling
January 16-February 20

Adaptive Swim Lessons
Ongoing. Contact your branch Aquatics Director for details, or browse our program guides.

Every Sunday at the Monroe Y
Noon-2 pm

SPIN & Fit
Last Thursday of the Month at the Marysville Y
Dance Party: 4:30-6:30 pm
ZUMBA®: 7-8 pm

Adaptive Open Swim
First & Third Saturday of the Month at the Marysville Y
6:30-7:30 pm

Miracle League Baseball
Next season May 2016


Nick Hamblet