Connection is proud to announce their new Special Needs Program Director,
Kristie Hanley, Psy.D. and her new additions to the program!
Kristie Hanley, Psy.D, has worked in the special education field as a school psychologist for the past 14 years. She is dedicated to advocating for individuals with disabilities and emphasizes the importance of fairness and acceptance. Kristie is excited that her role at The Connection will enable her to integrate her experience meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of students of all ages with the recreational aspects of the lives of children and adults with disabilities. She looks forward to offering fun-filled opportunities for socialization, exploring interests, and self-discovery.
A part time
instructor of psychology at New Jersey City University at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels, Kristie holds a doctorate in school
psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received a bachelor’s
degree in English from Rutgers University and earned her master’s degree in
counseling and school psychology certification at New Jersey City University.
Kristie is proud to announce new classes coming this fall for The Connection’s Special Needs Program including: Yoga (grades 2 -4), “Girl Talk” (girls grades 6 -8), and Open Gym (grades 9 – 12). Returning this Fall, members may also participate in “Young Athletes”, “Teen Club”, One-On-One Fitness, “Adapted Aquatics” and Special Needs swim lessons.
Boys and Girls grades 2 – 4 can engage their mind, bodies, and spirit through fun stretches and poses in the new Yoga class, offered Saturdays 11-11:45am. Modifications provided as needed.
“Girl Talk” is a support group geared toward increasing positive social connections, problem solving skills, self-concept, and competence in young adolescent girls with learning disabilities. This group will focus on topics such as achievement, friendship, individuality, body image, positive thinking, and assertiveness through activities including interactive games, drama, journaling, poetry, and craft projects. “Girl Talk” is offered Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.
Open Gym gives teens a chance to engage in a variety of physical activities with an emphasis on fun and socialization Saturday afternoons from 1-2pm.
The Connection’s Special Needs programs also present a rewarding volunteer opportunity for members of the community. Free Volunteer Training Sessions for Special Needs Programs will be offered on Saturday, September 14, from 11 - 1 p.m., and Tuesday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m.
The purpose of the training is to provide potential volunteers with general information regarding autism, ADHD, and other disabilities affecting children and adolescents. Participants will also learn positive reinforcement techniques and strategies for addressing challenging behaviors to best ensure a positive and safe experience for all.
Those interested in volunteering as an assistant for a special needs class are required to have either been trained by TryCAN’s Peer Mentor program or to attend one of the upcoming volunteer training sessions at The Connection.
To sign up for one of the Volunteer Training Session for Special Needs Programs, please call the Front Desk at 908-273-4242.For questions, please contact Kristie Hanley, Special Needs Program director, at 908-273-4242, ext. 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connection for Women and Families is a non-profit, human service organization providing a variety of programs and activities open to everyone in the community regardless of physical ability or economic circumstance.