Special Needs Programs

The Connection is committed to providing opportunities for everyone. In addition to our own programs,  we work in partnership with Our House, Inc to provide a variety of programs for children and adults with special needs.

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  • Drop In & Play | infants – 7 years
    Drop in play time in our big gym. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, passes are available at the Front Desk. You do not need to be a Connection member. Available on the following Sundays from 2:30-3:30pm: September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20.
  • Young Athletes Special Olympics | ages 2.5 – 4 & 5 – 7
    Co-Sponsored with NJ Special Olympics, this program emphasizes sports and skill development in physical activity and play. Program develop the fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare students to be future athletes.
  • Special Needs Swim | ages 3 – 6, ages 7-10, and ages 11+
    Our special needs swim lesson (SNSL) provides 30 minutes of instruction provided by our trained staff and volunteers.   This program is designed to teach and improve each student’s swimming skills while working in a group environment to improve their focus, comfort, and overall understanding of safety in the pool.
  • Adapted Aquatics | ages 3 – Adult
    This one hour program provides individuals who are physically or intellectually challenged the opportunity to use the pool for exercise, learn basic swimming skills, be part of a social group, and play games while having fun in a safe aquatic environment.*Medical form must be completed and returned to The Connection one week prior to participation in program.  Click Here for Medical Form.
  • Yoga | ages 5 – 12
    Fun stretches and poses designed to engage the body, mind and spirit. Modifications provided as needed.
  • Dance Foundations | ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individual modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • One-On-One Adaptive Fitness |ages 12+
    Supervised by a certified trainer, training is based upon input and direction from participants’ therapists. Evaluation and medical clearance necessary. Contact Russell Graham, 908-273-4242 x 113 to schedule an appointment.
  • Teen and Young Adult Social | ages 13-30
    Teens and young adults meet twice a month for an evening of fun and camaraderie on the following dates: November 3 & 17, December 1 & 15, January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18, June 1 & 15.

Download our Special Needs brochure

A special THANK YOU to the Summit Area Public Foundation for their support of our Special Needs Programs.


  • Club Oh!
    Sponsored by Our House, these monthly Friday night dances for adults with special needs are held at The Connection throughout the year. For dates and info please contact Tory Kania at tkania@ourhousenj.com or 908-464-8008 x138


Make a difference! Become a volunteer for our special needs classes. No experience required! Contact Christina Piccirillo at Christina.Piccirillo@theconnectiononline.org or phone: 908-273-4242 ext 131.