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:
South Bound Brook
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 one hour prior to the stated registration time in the brochure or flyer and individuals will be allowed to 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 not living in a group home residence may register one other participant at the time of registration.
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.
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 and develop then develop a written accommodation 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!
Winter/Spring 2014 Programs
The TR department offers various recreation and leisure
opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities residing in Somerset County in a TR participating municipality. Activities help to improve your social, cognitive, physical,
and emotional skills all while participating in activities you enjoy. Register and become a part of the fun at the TR Activity Center.
Program offerings are divided into specific age groups.
Adults ages 18 and older
Teens /Young Adults ages 14 - 21
Children ages 6-13
Adults can choose from arts & crafts, fitness, cooking,
cultural and community outing. Teen/Young Adults may participate in programs such as Friday Night Drop In,
Dining Out, and many other fun activities. For children
activities focus on developing communication and social skills as well as improving self-confidence and play skills through creative arts programming, crafts, cooking, and sports and games activities.
Call the TR office find out what programs are being offered for your age group. 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 at 711.
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. This program is run conjunction with Lord Stirling Stable. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning September 9 for 10 consecutive weeks. Two classes are offered each day:
*CLASS ASSIGNMENT WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE RIDING INSTRUCTOR AND TR STAFF. IT WILL BE BASED UPON THE RIDING AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITY OF THE RIDER, AND NOT AGE, TO ALLOW FOR PROGRESSION TO A HIGHER SKILL LEVEL.
Camp Okee Sunokee
A six week day camp for children with learning disabilities or Asperger's Syndrome, ages 6-14, that 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. Only 40 children are accepted on a first come-first served basis and must reside in Somerset County. Applications will be mailed in February. For additional information please call 908 526-5650.
Click here for the Camp Okee Sunokee brochure
Registration will be accepted for Camp Okee Sunokee beginning Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:00pm in person at North Branch Park TR Activity Center, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. (Snow date is Thursday, February 20 at the same time.) Registrations received prior to the above dates will not be accepted and will be returned.
A sign in sheet will be available one hour prior to the start of registration (at 5:00 pm). At that time the doors to the TR Activity Center will be open. They will not be open earlier regardless of weather. The only valid and official sign in list is the one provided by the TR department at 5:00 pm
When registration begins at 6:00 pm you must be present when your name is called. If you are not, you forfeit your space and your name moves to the bottom of the list. Families may register only one other person who is not a member of their household.
As of Friday, February 21, we will begin accepting registrations by fax between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, by mail, or you may drop it off at the office during office hours. No email or phone registrations will be accepted.
Looking for a great way to have some summer fun? Then Summer Adventure is the program for you. Through trips, outdoor activities, swimming, and cooking, this will be a great way to experience new recreation opportunities and develop your leisure skills. The goal of this program for teens is to build self-esteem and confidence, develop friendships, encourage team building, and improve life skills. There may be some additional costs for activities during the two weeks. This program is open to teens/young adults ages 15-21 who are receiving special education services due to a learning disability, Asperger's Syndrome or cognitive impairment-mild. Sixteen teens will be accepted on a first come first served basis and must reside in a TR participating municipality in Somerset County. Applications are not available until the spring. For additional information, please call 908 526-5650.
E-mail the Therapeutic Recreation Dept. with any questions or comments.