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 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!
Fall 2016 Programs
Being a part of the programs offered by the TR department this season means fun, adventure, learning, and more. By participating in the many programs offered for various ages, individuals engage 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
With this approach to programming, participants can now attend programs with peers that share more common interests. We work to ensure a fun and trusting environment for you or your child that is conducive to learning while engaging in recreation activities.
This season program offerings include Pasta Making, Born to Jive music and dance program, Dining Out, Body Shop Fitness, Out and About, Seasonal Botanicals, Holiday Party, Fall Formal, and much more. Kids Yoga is back for both children and teens. There will be more craft, cooking, and enrichment programs offered. Call the TR office to 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 @ 711
Camp Okee Sunokee
A six week day camp for children with learning disabilities or Asperger's Syndrome, ages 7-14, 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. The camp will begin on June 27. A limited number of spaces are available on a first come-first served basis. There are still spaces available. The camp is also open to out of county residents. For additional information please call 908 526-5650.
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.
Pictures with Santa (PDF)
Come have your picture taken with Santa and capture memories that many take for granted during the holiday. Families that have a child with autism dread the mall during the holiday but here at the TR Activity center there will be no crowds of shoppers, Christmas carolers, or bright/flashing lights. No waiting in long lines with nothing to do or bells ringing that bother your child. You can avoid the mall and have your child’s picture taken in a more sensory friendly environment. While waiting for your picture to be taken, your child with a disability can engage in a game or a crafts. There will also be a trackless train ride for you to enjoy. Staff will work to keep your child occupied why he/she waits. There will be a trampoline or bean bag chairs for your child to use if they are getting anxious.
Each family will receive a 4 x 6 photo. Additionally the TR department will have the pictures on file so we can email you your photo for you to make holiday cards to share with others! The photographer may take many pictures however we will only be emailing you one or two of the pictures.
Each child/family will get no more than 10 minutes
to have a picture taken by our professional photographer. If you child is not ready when it is
his or her turn we will move on to the next person
and let your child and try again when he or she is ready. If you have further questions, please call the
TR department at
Program Brochures & Fliers (PDF)
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
Camp Okee Sunokee Forms and photos
Week One Photos
Week Two Photos
2016 Camp Okee Sunokee Brochure
Different Person Pick-up Permission Slip
2016 SUNSCREEN/BUG SPRAY USE FORM
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