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Special Needs Enrichment Classes in NJ

In addition to the enrichment programs below, see Special Needs Recreation & Sports, Therapeutic Services and Education Services for more programs.

Art Cooking Performing Arts Yoga
The Center for Special Needs, Inc.
38R Main St., Chester, 908-879-9648
    Yoga for special needs children and teens. Increase strength, flexibility, body awareness, confidence, focus, concentration and communication. Soothe delicate nervous systems. Have fun and relax with yoga! Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat.
Sat
         Yoga for ages 5-8, 9:30-10:15am.
         Yoga for ages 9 and up, 10:30-11:15am.
Thurs
         Yoga for Teens and Young Adults, 4:15-5pm.

Bethel Ridge Learning Center
175 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-221-0801
    Non-profit organization servicing the developmentally disabled population ages 14 and older in Somerset, Morris and Union Counties offers job placement and coaching, support and education services. Internet courses; homework club available for 14-21 yr. old students in school.

EPOCH (Educational Program of Children Handicapped)
Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Rd., Madison
    Afterschool recreational program and summer program for special needs children and teens offers a variety of enrichment and social opportunities.

Metropolitan Speech & Language Center
66 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. 973-994-4468
Email: therapy@metspeechnj.com
    Social skills groups, Mommy & Me classes, group speech and OT. Lillian Dollinger, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, NJ License: 41YS00083500.

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art

The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Rd., Demarest, NJ 07627, 201-767-7160
     The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit cultural art center, offering more than 90 classes each semester, as well as free gallery exhibitions, cultural events, and outreach programs. Classes include sculpture, drawing, painting, collage, and more, with an emphasis on process rather than product. Sessions also available for children with physical and developmental challenges.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121 x213
    Art outreach program of weekly classes serves special needs students, ages 7-12, from Union, Essex and Morris Counties.

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cooking

Chef Carls Pizza
888-794-8540
    Our award winning party lets your little chefs make their own pizza. Parties for schools, summer camps, special needs and fundraising.

Classic Thyme Cooking School
710 South Ave. West, Westfield, 908-232-5445
    During hands-on classes for ages 4 and up, students prepare a meal, learn food safety and other skills and work as a team. Register online.

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performing arts

Paper Mill Playhouse Creative Drama
Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Dr., Millburn, 973-376-4343
    A six-week creative drama class for students ages 9-12 with developmental disabilities is offered in partnership with VSA-NJ.

Sensory-Friendly Performances 2018
         A number of venues adapt the theatre environment to offer sensory-friendly events in a comfortable and judgment-free space.
• AMC Theatres
  Films shown monthly for families affected by autism and other disabilities. Visit website for schedule.
• Bergen Performing Arts Center 2018
  30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030
  Feb 24
          Turtle Dance Music.
• Kean Stage
  Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469
  Jan 27
          Click, Clack, Moo, 11am.
• Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
  100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008
  Mar 11
          Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, 2pm.
  Apr 10
          Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, The Musical, 12:15pm.
  Apr 23
          Pete the Cat, 4pm.
• McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
  91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787
  Feb 3
          Night Train 57, featuring Dan Zanes. Sensory-friendly folk "opera" for all ages. 3pm.
• Raritan Valley Community College
  Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd.
  (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420
  Apr 21
          The Polar Bears Go Up, Fish & Game/Unicorn Theatre. Ages 2+. 2:30pm performance is sensory-friendly.
• Raritan Valley CC Planetarium
  Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt, 22W)
  North Branch, 908-231-8805
         The Sky Above, Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show, one-hour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities, all ages. Call or check website link for schedule.
• Union County Performing Arts Center
  1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226.
   "This is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
  Jan 21
         Champions of Magic, 2pm. $8.
• Theater Development Fund
  212-912-9770.
  Through the Autism Theater Initiative, TDF presents autism-friendly performances in New York City at discount prices to families. Sign up for mailing list online.
  Feb 4
         Wicked, 1pm. On sale Dec. 2, 2017.
  Mar 4
         Aladdin, 1pm. On sale late Jan. 2018.
• New Victory Theater
  209 W. 42nd St. (just west of Broadway), 646-223-3010
  Selected performances are autism-friendly.
  Feb 10
         Bromance, all ages 7+.
  Mar 18
         
Black Beauty, all ages 6+.
  
Apr 14
         
Air Play, all ages 5+.

Special Stars
Bergen PAC, 1 Depot Square, Englewood, 201-482-8194
    Registration is ongoing for small group arts education program for children and adults with special needs.

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yoga

The Center for Special Needs, Inc.
38R Main St., Chester, 908-879-9648
    Yoga for special needs children and teens. Increase strength, flexibility, body awareness, confidence, focus, concentration and communication. Soothe delicate nervous systems. Have fun and relax with yoga! Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat.
Sat
         Yoga for ages 5-8, 9:30-10:15am.
         Yoga for ages 9 and up, 10:30-11:15am.
Thurs
         Yoga for Teens and Young Adults, 4:15-5pm.

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