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 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 one Sunday per month from 2:30-3:30 pm. Contact christina.piccirillo@theconnectiononline.org for more information.
  • Jr. Warrior Gym Challenge | ages 6 – 11
    Class held one Sunday per month in the big gym utilizing gymnastics equipment and specially designed ninja challenge course equipment (rockwall, cargo net, climbing rope, mini-trampoline and more); activities modified based on athletes’ needs and abilities. This coed class focuses on strength, agility, speed and most of all, FUN! Dates: Sept. 9 / Oct. 14 / Nov. 11 / Dec. 9 / Jan. 13 / Feb. 10/ March 10 / April 14 / May 5 / June 2
  • Young Athletes Special Olympics Program | ages 2 – 4 and 5 – 7
    Co-sponsored with Special Olympics New Jersey, this program emphasizes sports skill development in physical activity and play. Programs develop the fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare students to be future athletes. Click here for the Special Olympics Registration Form.
  • S.N.S.L. | ages 3 – 6, ages 7-11, and ages 12+
    Our special needs swim lesson (S.N.S.L.) provides 45 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 – 14
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individualized 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 Socials | ages 13-30
    Teens and young adults meet twice a month for an evening of fun and camaraderie on the following dates: September 14 & 28, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21, January 4 & 18, February 1 & 15, March 15 & 29, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24, June 7.

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
  • Connection instructors lead private fitness classes and aquatic experiences for Our House participants; if you are interested in establishing similar opportunities for your organization, please contact Lauren Nisenson, lauren.nisenson@theconnectionline.org or 908.273.4242 x119


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.