Ocean County College to Host Programs for Children, Adults with Special Needs

Aug 23, 2017

Registration is going on now for Ocean County College’s programs for children with autism and adults with disabilities, both held this fall on the college’s main campus in Toms River.

Sensitivity Super Powers, an enrichment program for high-functioning children with autism, aligns sensory-sensitive kids with their “super powers” so they can become “the hero of their own story,” OCC explains. “This program focuses on each child’s unique abilities and fosters empowerment, confidence and compassion. Children will be exposed to art, music, yoga, and animals, laughter and play therapy.”

Possible outings include visits to Charlot Riders Horse Farm, Insectropolis, Jakes Branch Park, the Toms River Library and Novins Planetarium. A calendar of all events and trips will be provided during parent orientations, scheduled for Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. and Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Classes will be held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28, or from Nov. 4 to Dec. 16. The cost is $225 per session.

To register, call camp and youth coordinator Kerry Holzschuh at 732-255-0400, extension 2072.

Later in the fall OCC is offering a new program, Developing Abilities for Disabled Adults, which provides enrichment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Different topics will be offered each semester.

“Adult students will be provided with social skills opportunities including role-playing activities and mini-lessons, which will directly address conflicts and issues that arise in or outside of class,” the college notes. “Adult students will be encouraged to share their concerns as well as successes. Each class will teach a lesson pertaining to the course topic including group activities and class discussions.”

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $175.

To register, call 732-255-0409.

All classes are run through OCC’s Department of Continuing and Professional Education. For more information, visit ocean.edu. —J.K.-H.

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