What We Do
The Autism Project
The Kennedy Center Autism Project was created in partnership with parents of children on the spectrum to address the day-to-day challenges that autism can present.
For more details on The Kennedy Center Autism Project, please read our informational flyer. If you need further information or would like to be put on our mailing list for news about programs and other activities, please contact Children's Services at 203-908-3913 or email.
Current Programs & Services include:
Social Activity Programs
These small group programs are for children whose social, communication and behavioral skills require direction and support, but do not require intensive behavioral and/or physical intervention. Groups provide opportunities for children to learn social skills through age appropriate activities and are facilitated by experienced staff with volunteer support. Groups are designed to elicit and support the strengths and needs of children with varying levels of skills in the areas of independence, verbal communication and are grouped by age and ability.
Prior to registration, an intake interview is required. An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs will be completed and a group best suited for your child will be recommended. Enrollment cannot be guaranteed.
For more information, please contact Children's Services at 203-908-3913 or email.
Parent & Family Programs
Parent and Family Programs are comprised of the following groups: Parent, Sibling and Respite. Goals for these groups are to increase parent and sibling support and connections; build advocacy and coping skills; and educate parents of updates.
The Kennedy Center Recreation Programs provide children with an opportunity for fun and movement. Activities can include but are not limited to; music, dance, stretching exercises and a sensory-integrated yoga. Programs are designed to help increase focus, body awareness, muscle tone, and motivation, as well as increase the ability to follow directions, take turns and try new things. The design of the programs is geared toward children who require direction and support, but do not require intensive behavioral and/or physical intervention.
For more information, please contact The Kennedy Center Children's Services at 203-908-3913 or email.
After School Support Services
- Bridgeport Lighthouse Program
A partner in the Bridgeport Lighthouse program, we enable children to be more successful in typical after school programs. The Kennedy Center can help children with disabilities or at risk be more successful with their social skills, behavior and homework at participating Lighthouse After School sites.
Participants must be a resident of Bridgeport. Requests for support services are completely voluntary at no extra cost to families.
For participating sites, please contact the Lighthouse Office at 203-576-7252 or The Kennedy Center Youth and Family Services Coordinator at 203-612-6111 or email.
Summer Camp Support Services
A partner with the Lakewood/Trumbull YMCA's Camp Tepee, The Kennedy Center has been providing individual support services through a care of professionally supervised volunteers. Parents are responsible for camp fees however specialized support services are provided at no additional cost.
For information, please call The Kennedy Center Children's Services at 203-332-4535, ext. 265 or email.