Training For Youth to Help with Special Needs Recreation
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 1:37pm
On Oct. 28, TryCAN and New Providence Recreation will host a two-hour training class for those wishing to assist kids with special needs during recreation classes.
TryCAN is a collaboration of several communities that provide recreation programs for children with special needs. Peer mentors, who serve as assistant coaches, buddies and cheerleaders for program participants and earn community service hours for their efforts, are a integral part of TryCAN programs.
A certified behaviorist will lead the training session. Attendees will learn how various developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD and Visual and hearing impairments impact how children play and learn. They will also learn techniques to work well and interact with TryCAN program participants so as to help them have enjoyable sports and recreation experiences.
Those who attend will be able to work as a peer mentor volunteer in any TryCAN special needs program. Those who go on to mentor will receive credit for community service and will gain valuable leadership experience while contributing to the community.
The Oct. 28 training class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Conti Room of the New Providence Memorial Library, 277 Elkwood Ave. Attendees must be age 11 or older, and there is a $10 fee. Advanced registration is required and can be done online through the New Providence Recreation website at www.newprov.org/recreation by selecting the Online Registration link, New Providence Recreation and 2013-2014 Special Needs & Mentoring.