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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 and health while enhancing each participant’s abilities. With highly qualified staff at programs, participants can register for many types of programs. By providing a variety of social, cultural, artistic, and culinary programs, as well as sports, fitness, community outings, horticulture, and special events, participants can recreate in the day, evening, or weekend.

Benefits to participation may include improving social skills, enhancing self–esteem, improving overall health and well-being and physical ability, enhancing communication skills, constructive use of leisure time and eliminating boredom, and reduction of stress and anxiety. 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 NEW
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 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!

Fall 2019 TR Programs

Now that summer is over, head on over to the TR Activity Center for programs and activities that will get you out of the house and active. The TR Department is excited to be offering fun and enriching programs this fall season. By participating in the many programs offered for various ages, individuals engage in activities that provide an avenue for leading a more active and fulfilling life.

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

Why stay home when all the excitement is happening at the TR Activity Center. While we are bringing back some favorite activities, the department is excited to be offering some new programs. It has been a while but Line Dancing TR Style is back along with Dinner with Friends, TGIF, and Social Club! Looking for something new, then join us for Crazy Cards Crafts, Hand Chimes Choir, a Fall Festival extravaganza or a Holiday Mocktail Party. There will also be other crafts, games, cooking, and fitness activities offered. Community outings include trips to Space Farms, Halloween Putt Putt at Colonial Park and a trip to Raritan Valley Community College to see A Christmas Carol.

New this season is an adult day recreation program. Adults ages 21 and older will come to the TR Activity Center every Thursday beginning in September to participate in a variety of weekly activities including but not limited to games, arts and crafts, cooking, exercise/fitness, current events, and community outings. 12 sessions are planned. The goals of the program are to foster independence and skill acquisition, enhance health and well-being and acquire new leisure interests.

These are just a hint of the fun activities we have planned. Call the TR office to find out what programs are being offered for children and teens. 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.

Camp Okee Sunokee
A summer camp program for children with learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome or a mild intellectual Disability, ages 7-17, which encourages the development of recreation and social skills and enhances self-confidence and educational growth through the participation in a variety of activities including arts & crafts, sports & games, music, cooking, trips, and swimming. The camp will begin on June 24. New this year will be two 3-week sessions options. Spaces are available on a first come-first served basis and campers must reside in Somerset County. Applications will available in late January/Early February. For additional information please call 908 526-5650.

T.R.A.I.L.S.
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 September 10 and September 11 for 10 consecutive weeks. All riders must provide one (1) volunteer each week for the ten weeks. Two classes are offered each day:

*Beginner Classes             Tuesdays 6:15pm–7:30pm or 7:15pm–8:30pm 
*Advanced Classes           Wednesdays 6:15pm–7:30pm or 7:15pm–8:30pm 

*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 2019 fall season for young adults and adults will be held on Saturday, August 24 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)

FALL Young Adult & Adult Programs
(Ages 18 and older)

Pictures with Santa

Pictures with Santa


Come Celebrate
Your Birthday with Us!

 

Birthday party packages are available on select Saturdays. Click here for brochure
For additional information, please call the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650.

 
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Camp Okee Sunokee Forms

2019 Camp Brochure

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