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Summer Recreation Programs for Youth with Special Needs

Monday, June 23, 2014 • 2:29pm

Youth with unique needs will be able to continue in the summer with recreation programs at the Summit Community Center, in cooperation with TryCAN.

In Summer Reading Camp, children ages 5-9 who may be struggling a bit or reluctant readers and could use a little support, encouragement will get reading practice during summer down time.  Children will use games, books, music and other activities to improve reading skills, while capitalizing on strengths to instill self-confidence and a Can-do! attitude.  Kids work on decoding, phonics, comprehension and choosing books for pleasure reading.  We work with each student depending on what level she/he is starting at.  Sarah Hanson, Certified Teacher is the instructor. The program runs 4:45-5:30 pm three days a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (July 1– July 24).  You can register for one day a week, two days or three days. 

In Summer Fun with Art, children will be able to engage in hands-on art experiences while socializing with peers.  Children will create utilize various art skills such as drawing and painting, while working with sensory-based materials.  Children will take turns and share with one another, develop fine and gross motor skills, and learn to work together in a group.

Led by Cindy Hamilton, Certified Art Instructor and Art Therapist. Class runs Wednesdays 6:00 – 6:45 pm (July 9, 17, 23, 30).  Contact summitcan@gmail.com for more information.

In Music with Jammin’ Jenn, children (ages 4-8) engage in singing, movement and instrument exploration in a fun and lively setting to increase body awareness, awareness of others, attention and listening skills and encourage a love of music.  Class runs Thursdays 6:15 - 6:45 pm (July 10, 17, 24, 31).  Jenn Goodman, Certified Music Therapist is the instructor.  

All groups meet at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue.  Please call 908-277-2932 for prices, questions and to enroll.  For online registration and credit card payment go to https://register.communitypass.net/summit  Groups include assistance from teen Peer Mentors from local middle and high schools to enhance your child’s participation, learning and fun! 

TryCAN is a collaboration of local communities offering an array of recreation programs for youth with special needs or those who need special accommodation. There are no resident fees involved and all are welcome!

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