THE SOAR EXPERIENCE AND SOAR COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

West Bergen’s Asperger’s Related Services is pleased to announce that it is again sponsoring the SOAR Experience, a summer program for children and teens, ages 6-16, with Asperger’s Syndrome and other related disorders. The SOAR Experience, a therapeutic social skills program in a day camp-like environment, will be held at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane in Ramsey. The SOAR Counselor In Training (CIT) Program offers teens and young adults (14-24 years old) with Asperger’s vocational training and an opportunity to develop various work and social skills.

This is the seventh summer that West Bergen is able to provide these unique services. The SOAR Experience is a small, nurturing program, specifically designed to help children with social challenges thrive and succeed in a supportive environment.

The Program is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The six-week program is from July 6 to August 14, 2015. The three-week programs are from July 6 to July 24 and from July 27 to August 14. Other highlights include: social skills training; weekly themes; outside trips and fun filled activities.

Under the direction of West Bergen’s professional staff, participants will expand their skills in a number of important areas including: building relationships; increasing flexibility; resolving conflicts; successful transitions; improving social scanning; decreasing anxiety; experiencing newness and change and coping with sensory issues.

Contact Courtney Weiss, LAC for additional information at (201) 857-0080 or cweiss@westbergen.org. Please visit our website: www.westbergen.org.

West Bergen Asperger’s Services will participate in the CAPE Resource Center Camp and Recreation Expo on March 26, 2015, 327 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus. (C.A.P.E. Special Services Resource Center: Collaboration, Access, Planning, Education).

Information sessions on the SOAR Experience will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 to 7:10 PM, Thursday, April 23, 7:00 to 7:40 PM and Monday, May 4, 6:30 to 7:10 PM at the Asperger’s Services Center, 615 Franklin Turnpike, Ridgewood. SOAR Counselor In Training (CIT) Program Information Sessions will be the same dates immediately following the general information sessions for 45 minutes. RSVP to Kelly Weaver at (201) 857-0080, ext. 7500, ASAP.