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West Bergen Mental Healthcare

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Ridgewood NJ, West Bergen’s Social Discovery Program is pleased to announce that it is again sponsoring the SOAR Experience, a program for children and teens, ages 6-16, with solid verbal skills who experience the social communication and social skills challenges seen in Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities) and related disorders such as Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. The SOAR Experience, a therapeutic social skills program in a day camp-like environment,
will be held at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane in Ramsey. The SOAR Counselor in Training (CIT) Program offers teens and young adults (14-24 years old) with the same diagnostic criteria listed above, vocational training and an opportunity to develop various work and
social skills.

This is the eleventh summer that West Bergen is able to provide these unique services. The SOAR Experience is a small, nurturing program, specifically designed to help children with social challenges
thrive and succeed in a supportive environment.

The Program is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Six, four and two week programs are available from July 8 to August 16. Other highlights include: social skills training; weekly themes; field trips and fun filled activities.

Under the direction of West Bergen’s professional staff, participants will expand their skills in a number of important areas, including: building relationships; increasing flexibility; resolving conflicts; successful transitions; improving social scanning; decreasing anxiety; experiencing newness and change and coping with sensory issues.

Contact Richard Miller, LPC, NCC, Director of The Social Discovery Program, for additional information at 201.934.1160 x7234 or

Free information sessions on the SOAR Experience and the Counselor In Training Program will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 PM; Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8:00 and
Monday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane,
Ramsey, NJ. Reserve a spot by calling (201) 934-1160, Ext. 7200.

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