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Therapeutic Recreation

355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater NJ • 908 526-5650

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The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is dedicated to providing year round recreation and leisure opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The goal of the TR Department is to promote an active leisure lifestyle that improves social, physical, cognitive and emotional functioning while enhancing each person's abilities in order for them to become integrated into their community.

Therapeutic Recreation teaches new recreation skills and skills that can be transferred into everyday life as well as the constructive use of leisure time, enhances self-esteem and confidence, improves overall health and well-being, increases physical activity, fosters peer relationships, improves social skills, and develops life-long leisure skills.

With trained staff, adaptations, a structured, goal oriented program and activities modified to meet the needs of our participants, a variety of arts and cultural, social enrichment, culinary, sports and fitness, horticulture, and community outing programs and activities are offered in the evening or occasional weekends. Come discover the benefits with us.

The program is a cooperative effort between the Park Commission and various municipalities. Participating municipalities include:

Bedminster
Bernards Township
Bernardsville
Bound Brook
Branchburg

Bridgewater
Green Brook
Hillsborough
Manville
Montgomery
North Plainfield

Raritan
Somerville
South Bound Brook
Warren
Watchung

If you would like to be included in local recreation programs offered by your municipality, call us and we will assist with the inclusion process and help with activity modification or adaptation.

To be placed on our mailing list, find out about registration, or obtain more information about these programs, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650. We are here to help you recreate! Individuals with a hearing/speech impairment, please call the Relay Service @ 711. Click here for the Therapeutic Recreation Brochure. (PDF)

TR Registration Process for general programs
For programs when in-person registration is required, the doors to the TR Activity Center will open at the designated start time of registration and everyone will sign the TR sign in list. Doors will not open earlier regardless of weather. The TR sign in list is the only official list. Registration will begin promptly at the time specified in the brochure or flyer and you must be present when your name is called. Names will be called as they appear on the list. If a person's name is called and they are not present, their spot is forfeited.

Participants may register one other participant at the time of registration. No email registration will be accepted.

The TR Activity Center is located in North Branch Park; a public area that is open from dawn to dusk. Since individuals are free to be in the park from dawn to dusk, the TR department holds no responsibility as to when people decide to stand at the door and wait for it to open.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The TR department strives to provide quality therapeutic recreation services to individuals in our programs.  Please review our policies and procedures. (PDF)   If you have any questions about the policies, please feel free to contact the TR department at 908 526-5650. 

Inclusion Services
The Therapeutic Recreation Department recognizes that some people with disabilities may choose to participate in local recreation programs and/or camps with persons without disabilities. The TR staff is here to help support inclusion by assisting other Somerset County Park Commission departments and municipal recreation departments with program adaptation or modification, behavior management support, and staff training. When a referral is made, TR staff will conduct an assessment of a person's abilities then develop a written plan that includes modifications and supports necessary in order for the person to successfully be included in a program or activity. Call Dina Trunzo, CTRS at 908 526-5650 for more information. Remember, inclusion benefits everyone!

To be placed on our mailing list, find out about registration, or obtain more information about our programs, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments, please call the Relay Service @ 711. We are here to help you recreate!

Winter 2020 TR Programs

What is your New Year's resolution? We think a great resolution is a commitment to stay active and healthy by attending programs offered by the TR Department. Come join us at the TR Activity Center for a season that is sure to be exciting, fun, and affordable. Hopefully you will find a program that will inspire you to register. We work to ensure a fun and trusting environment for you or your child that is conducive to learning while engaging in recreation activities. By participating in the many programs offered for various ages, individuals participate in activities that promote skill development and social enrichment.

Why should you or your child participate in TR programs?
1. Increase physical activity
2. Learn new and innovative recreation activities
3. Make friends
4. Have fun
5. Become more independent

Programs are offered for the following age groupings:
Adults 31 and older
Young Adults 18-30

Kids and Teen Connection 6-17

2020 gets off to a great start with our weekly Rec-Connect Adult Day Recreation program. The group meets every Thursday for the day throughout the year and participates in a variety of recreation activities both in the center and out in the community. You can warm up with our Soup Making classes and exercise in our Get Fit program and Walking Club. If you prefer more of an art program then check out Embossing or Wonders of Wood. For more passive recreation options there is Tabletop Games, Movie Night, Chairside Adventures and Dinner with Friends. The ever popular programs return such as Social Club, TGIF, and Friday Night Out. There will be programs for teens and children too such as soccer with Coach Aly! Our special events include a dinner dance, a boat trip, and a trip to the Mayo Performing Arts Center to see Finding Neverland. Keep checking back to our website for more updates and information!

If you have questions or if you want to receive a flyer/brochure please call the TR department at 908 526-5650 or visit us on the web at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments, please call the Relay Service @ 711.

Summer Explorations (formally Camp Okee Sunokee)
The TR Department is excited to offer this new summer program in 2020! Open to children ages 8-14 with learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, high functioning autism or a mild intellectual disability. Six one week sessions will be offered beginning June 29, 2020. Each week will be a different theme and consist of a variety of activities including special guests, swimming, and a trip. The program is designed to encourage the development of recreation and social skills through the participation in a variety of activities including arts & crafts, sports & games, music, cooking, trips, and swimming. Extended day program may be available. Please call the TR Department for more information about this program.

T.R.A.I.L.S.
Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling. Adapted horseback riding instruction for children, teens, and adults ages 9 and older who have a developmental disability and reside in Somerset County. Riders must weigh less than 225 pounds and able to balance themselves on the horse with minimal assistance. All riders will be weighed the first night of class. The program is run conjunction with Lord Stirling Stable. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning April 7 and April 8 for 10 consecutive weeks. All riders must provide one (1) volunteer each week for the ten weeks. Two classes are offered each day:

*Class 1 6:15-7:30 pm
*Class 2 7:15-8:30 pm
*ACCEPTANCE WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE RIDING INSTRUCTOR AND TR STAFF AND BASED ON THE AVAILAIBLITY OF AN APPROPRIATE HORSE THAT CAN SUPPORT THE RIDER'S WEIGHT. CLASS ASSIGNMENT WILL BE BASED UPON THE RIDING AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITY OF THE RIDER, AND NOT AGE, TO ALLOW FOR PROGRESSION TO A HIGHER SKILL LEVEL.


TR Video

Program Brochures & Fliers (PDF)

Registration for the 2020 winter/spring season for young adults and adults will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020  from 9:00-10:00 am  Please review our registration policy listed here on our webpage under TR Registration Process for General Programs.  You can preview the brochure below

Annual Information Form

Adapted horseback riding instruction

kids & teen connection fall programs
(Ages 6-17)

2020 winter/spring Young Adult
& Adult Programs

(Ages 18 and older)



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Your Birthday with Us!

 

Birthday party packages are available on select Saturdays. Click here for brochure
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