Listings in After School Programs

Effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to children with all types of special needs. Afterschool programs can increase social skills, promote physical health, boost academic performance and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.

After school programs available for special needs in New Jersey run the gamut from social skills groups to theatre classes to karate and dance. There are hundreds of programs to choose from. 

In addition to socialization, many parents seek out quality after school programs in lieu of child care for their child with special needs. "It is hard to find a caregiver who understands how to deal with a special needs child" said one parent, "I would rather put my son in a quality after school program where I know he won't be stuck in front of the tv. I want my child to spend those hours after school engaging with other children, having fun and possibly learning a new skill."

As an added bonus, many after school programs for special needs consist of a "social thinking" curriculum where children learn appropriate social behaviors, including interacting with others, rules of conversation and other integral social components.

Some after school programs include fun programs that cater to different categories of special needs learners like robotics and gaming. These can go a long way toward helping your child feel included and find like-minded friends. The great thing about these programs is kids are learning without feeling like they are still in school. By harnessing a child's interests and turning it into a structured program, children don't even realize their academics are being fortified and supported during the "after school" hours. 

Some programs offer homework help which helps reduce stress and anxiety in children with disabilities. By finishing their homework in their after school program, kids can look forward to real "free time" at home unencumbered by the stress of homework hanging over their head. 

 

 

The Bounce Factory

in Sensory Jump, Birthday Parties, Occupational Therapy

The Bounce Factory owners and employees have been trained by Missing Piece Awareness, Inc. in Autism Awareness and Acceptance. We hold weekly ‘Gentle Jump’ Sessions through the winter months and monthly at other times during the year.

150 Mount Bethel Road
Warren, New Jersey 07059
United States

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CulinaryAcademy360

in Vocational Training, Cooking Classes

CulinaryAcademy360 is a program of Spectrum360, a non-profit organization that serves children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities.

6 Regent Street
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
United States

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FilmAcademy360

in Film Schools, Animation Classes, Video Editing

FilmAcademy360 is a program of Spectrum360, a non-profit organization that serves children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities.

6 Regent Street
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
United States

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Sensory Bounce Therapy

in Sensory Jump, Occupational Therapy

With over 15 locations all over the East Coast, Sensory Bounce Therapy has been around for three successful years. We work with various Pump It Up’s and Bounce U’s offering a fun and exciting way to experience occupational therapy.

16-00 NJ-208
Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410
United States

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Mayo Performing Arts Center

in Musical Theatre Classes, Theatre Classes

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, NJ is pleased to offer The Miracle Project, our fully inclusive music and theatre program for children with autism and other special needs. Classes are offered on Tuesdays for children ages 9 - 15.

100 South Street
Morristown, New Jersey 07970
United States

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ISP Event Center

in Day Camps, Dance, Social Skills Training, Social Skills Groups - Ages 6 - 9, Social Skills Groups - Ages 10 - 12

ISP Event Center proudly offers programs for children & young adults with special needs ages 18 months-20 years.

16 West Hanover Avenue
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
United States

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Camp Shine

in Day Camps, Musical Theatre Classes, Acting Classes

Shining Stars Network’s Camp Shine is a performing arts camp for students ages 10+. Our 2018 camp will be August 20th to August 31st.

74 South Martine Avenue
Fanwood, New Jersey 07023
United States

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Theatre in Motion

in Musical Theatre Classes, Acting Classes, Social Skills Groups - Ages 6 - 9, Social Skills Groups - Ages 10 - 12, Social Skills Groups - Ages 13 - 15

Sept. - Dec., 2018. Theatre in Motion teams with Paper Mill Playhouse to offer FREE drama/music classes, starting Sept. 14, but you can actually join any time! Fridays, 4 - 5 pm, Age 7 - 21 Typical siblings and families welcome. 908-723-0564

C/o New Providence Library
377 Elkwood Ave.
New Providence, New Jersey 07974
United States

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