About Social Connection

Social Connection provides children and teens an environment to come together and have fun. Children’s Specialized Hospital’s recreational therapists create structured activities focused on building friendships, self-expression, and improving confidence, in an enjoyable environment. These programs include:

Cooking for Independence
Ages 15 to 21 years old 
This cooking program is designed for teens and young adults to learn and practice independent cooking skills. Participants can expect to learn kitchen safety and cooking skills including measurements, recipe reading, budgeting for groceries, and navigating shopping with minimal support. Self-advocacy and appropriate social skills will be incorporated into each lesson. 
Participants will attend two trips to a local grocery store to practice and complete age appropriate community integration skills including money management and self-advocacy.
 
Thursdays in Mountainside, January 16-February 27, 2020 6:00pm-7:30pm
 
Creative Cooking
Ages 9 to 14 years old 
 Learn basic cooking skills including kitchen safety, hygiene, following a recipe, and preparing healthy meals. These therapeutic cooking and food-based activities are provided in a safe environment to promote a positive and fun experience with food. All participants receive an apron!

*This program is not running during Winter 2020*

Social Club
Ages 7 to 14 years old 

Join us for Social Club! This group helps youth meet new friends and improve social skills in a fun and supportive environment. This club offers a variety of popular social and recreational activities for youth and teens who are looking to try new activities and have fun with their peers!
 
Wednesdays in New Brunswick, January 15-February 26, 2020 6:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays in Mountainside, January 18-February 29, 2020 2:30pm-3:30pm 

Teen Night - STEM: Food Edition!
Ages 13 to 21 years old

Mad scientists need to eat too! Especially dessert, which is the topic of this weeks project! Participants will be making their own ice cream and learn how science and math play a role in culinary arts in a fun group setting!

Friday, December 20, 2019 5:30pm-8:30pm in Mountainside, Click here to register

Teen Night - End of Year Family Celebration
Ages 13 to 21 years old

Come celebrate the upcoming new year with your friends and family at Teen Night!

Families are invited to join us for a fun night filled with food, games, music and more! Feel free to bring care providers, parents and siblings along! Please note that at least one adult over the age of 18 is required to attend this event with their registered teen.

Friday, December 27, 2019 5:30pm-8:30pm in Mountainside,

 

Click here to register

Teen Night - Drumming
Ages 13 to 21 years old

Join us for an evening of drumming and percussion! Our friend from The ArtWorks Foundation will lead the group in learning about percussion instruments and playing djembes, bongos, hand drums, and more. All are welcome-this is a very inclusive activity!

Friday, January 17, 2020 5:30pm-8:30pm in Mountainside, Click here to register
 
Teen Night-Talent Show
Ages 13 to 21 years old
Lights, camera, action! Showcase your special talents! Enjoy a night of skits, special skills and a performance from friends!
Friday, January 24, 2020 5:30pm-8:30pm in Mountainside, Click here to register
 
 
Teen Night-Winter Carnival
Ages 13 to 21 years old
Join us to celebrate the season. Keeping the cold outside, join us for a night of carnival games, crafts and prizes! 

Friday, January 31, 2020 5:30pm-8:30pm in Mountainside, Click here to register
 
 
Teen Night-Pool Party
Ages 13 to 21 years old
Surfin’ USA! Join us for a pool party in our therapeutic swimming pool! Teens will enjoy fun group games while socializing  with their friends and learning water safety skills.

Friday, February 7, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register
 
 
Teen Night-Valentine's Day
Ages 13 to 21 years old
Time to spread the love! Tonight’s activities include candy making, creating valentines for family and friends, and other getting to know you games. 
 
Friday, February 14, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register

Teen Night-Spa Night
Ages 13 to 21 years old
DIY face masks! Teens can have the opportunity to pamper themselves! Face masks, beading, manicures, and more!

Friday, February 28, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register

Teen Night-Family Feud

Ages 13 to 21 years old
Test your teen knowledge!  Teens will be challenging their friends in a game of family feud. See all that goes into the making of a game show.

Friday, March 6, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register 

 
Teen Night-Taco Party
Ages 13 to 21 years old
Join us for a social night of cooking tacos! Teens will have the opportunity to learn basic kitchen safety and skills while cooking a popular meal to share with their friends.

Friday, March 20, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register

 
Teen Night-Jeopardy     
Ages 13 to 21 years old
What is the best way to end your week? “What is Teen Night?” is correct! Come on down and test your skills in our teen themed Jeopardy night. This fun filled evening with be packed with fun facts and friendly competition.

Friday, March 27, 2020 5:30pm- 8:30pm Click here to register 


 

 

 

Friday Night Fever
Friday Night Fever is a monthly social and recreational program for teens and youth with special healthcare needs. The program provides opportunities for members to foster new relationships, participate in new leisure activities, access a variety of community facilities, and just be a teen! All participants demonstrate a desire to meet new friends & participate in new recreational experiences. The group meets monthly for activities at the hospital location or at various locations in the community. Read more about membership criteria and registration information.