Special Needs Programs

Special Needs Programs

We offer a varied selection of activities and services designed to meet the social and recreational needs of people with disabilities. These groups offer them opportunities to enhance their self-esteem and improve social skills while developing meaningful relationships. Whenever possible we work to integrate participants into ongoing classes and events.

Karol Musher STARS Early Childhood Intervention Program

Karol Musher STARS Early Childhood Intervention Program was designed to enable preschool children with language, social pragmatic and sensory motor challenges to attain skills required for transition into traditional school settings. Our program provides multi-disciplinary intervention in a highly structured, language based, creative and nurturing environment within a Jewish setting. Families are collaborative partners in the ongoing observation, treatment and education of our students. Children have the unique opportunity to develop communication, play and social skills with typical peer groups at a traditional preschool campus. 

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Gymnastics Superstars   3 Yrs+

Parent and child explore a fun world together in the gym and enjoy an introduction to physical play promoting coordination, balance and strength. Full state-of-the-art gymnastics facility and equipment is used. Fantastic way to improve motor skills and even cognitive awareness! Excellent way for children with special needs to join the fun and learn to develop and interact with challenging activities and friends. Open to the public. Shadow could be required for class participation. For more information or to register, please contact Staci Silva at or 713.595.8179 or 713.595.8179. 

Sport Stars Soccer   4-22 Yrs   

Sport Stars Soccer is a community-based training program for young athletes with disabilities. The overall program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to boys and girls ages 4-22. This program is organized by J staff and volunteers and is for children with disabilities who require specific modifications on the game. Open to the public. For more information and to register, please call 713.729.3200. 

Sport Stars Basketball  4-22 Yrs

Sport Stars Basketball offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn basketball skills in a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment. Players will focus on basketball fundamentals such as ball handling skills, drills, and offense and defense. This program is organized by J staff and volunteers and is for children with disabilities who require specific modifications on the game. Open to the public. For more information and to register, please call 713.729.3200. 

Nite Owls   

Tuesdays | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
The Nite Owls started over 45 years ago as a social group for Jewish teens with disabilities. The group stayed together over the years and has grown into a special needs group for all adults in the community. The Owls participate in many activities throughout the year including arts and crafts, athletics, cooking, yoga, Jewish and secular holiday celebrations and field trips. The program allows for families of the group members to interact with each other and form a support network. Through community involvement, the group hopes to decrease the stigma surrounding people with disabilities. You do not have to be Jewish to join the group, but you do have to be a member of the J. Single adult memberships are available as well as scholarships for those who qualify. For more information, please contact the Nite Owls Coordinator, Carol Silverman, at

If you are physically impaired and need handicap access to the gym and recreational area, please notify the Membership Office in advance at 713.729.3200 or