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Programs and Classes

For more information on the classes below, contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032.


Pre-K Play Skills

Ages: 4–5
Join us for fun and exploration as children learn and strengthen their social skills through active play in a safe and supportive environment. This class is designed for children who would benefit from learning appropriate interactions during cooperative play. Children will be guided through play-based activities to enhance their skills in turn-taking, playing together, sharing, winning/losing, using your words to express thoughts/feelings, understanding/regulating emotions, and much more! The goal is for each child to develop appropriate play skills to use in all social environments. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Session I: January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16)

Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $225
Code: #10083

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Session II: April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24)

Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $175
Code: #10082

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Let’s Play

Ages: 6–8
Join us for an hour of fun and exploration as children learn and strengthen their social thinking and skills through active play in a small group and safe space environment. This class is designed for individuals with Autism level 1, ADHD, and/or social communication barriers to help foster social-emotional learning and self-regulation skills in a recreational setting. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled before class starts. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Session I: January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16) 

Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $225
Code: #10081

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Session II: January 15–March 25 (11 weeks)

Wednesdays, 5pm–6pm
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Fee: $330
Code: #10080

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Session III: April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24) 

Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $175
Code: #10078

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Session IV: April 22–June 3 (7 weeks)

Wednesdays, 5pm–6pm
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Fee: $210
Code: #10079

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Friends

Ages: 9–12
A fun class designed to help children explore and understand their emotions through recreational play. Discussion topics include dealing with anger, understanding feelings, the power of positive thinking and handling stress. This class is designed for individuals with Autism level 1, ADHD, and/or social communication barriers to help foster social-emotional learning and self-regulation skills in a recreational setting. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Session I: January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16) 

Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
Location: The J
Fee: $225
Code: #10066

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Session II: January 15–March 25 (11 weeks)

Wednesdays, 6:15pm–7:15pm
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Fee: $330
Code: #10068

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Session III: April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24) 

Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
Location: The J
Fee: $175
Code: #10065

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Session IV: April 22–June 3 (7 weeks)

Wednesdays, 6:15pm–7:15pm
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Fee: $210
Code: #10067

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Teens (for boys)

Ages: 13–15
Join us for an hour class designed to help teenage boys navigate the social scene. Topics include developing and maintaining friendships, understanding and responding to verbal and non-verbal cues in social situations, coping strategies for dealing with teen emotions, self-advocacy, self-confidence and more. This class is designed for boys with high functioning autism and related disorders. Teens must be able to verbally participate in group activities. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Session I: January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16)

Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $225
Code: #10088

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Session II: April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24) 

Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $175
Code: #10087

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Gal Pals

Location: The J
A social skills group just for girls! This fun, recreational group encourages girls to express themselves and work towards personal and social goals. Topics include how to make and keep friends, conversation skills, improve self-esteem, manage anxiety, and much more! This class is designed for girls with ADD/ADHD, high functioning autism and related disorders. Children must be able to participate verbally in group activities. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Kids

Ages 6–8, for girls only

January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16)
Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Fee: $225
Code: #10070

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April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24)
Sundays, 1pm–2pm
Fee: $175
Code: #10069

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Tweens

Ages: 9–12, for girls only
January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16)
Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
Fee: $225
Code: #10074

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April 19–June 7 (7weeks; no class May 24)
Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
Fee: $175
Code: #10073

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Teens

Ages: 13–15, for girls only

January 26–March 29 (9 weeks; no class Feb. 16)
Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Fee: $225
Code: #10072

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April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no class May 24)
Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Fee: $175
Code: #10071

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TOPSoccer

Ages: 5–18
TOPSoccer was developed through US Youth Soccer for young athletes with intellectual, development, or physical disabilities allows the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a safe, nurturing, and self-empowering environment. The program’s goal is to enable young athletes with special needs to grow and develop physically, socially, and emotionally as members of US Youth Soccer with the assistance of volunteer coaches and youth mentoring buddies.

April 19–June 7 (7 weeks; no practice May 24)
Sundays, 4pm–5pm
Location: Sprague Center, 4414 Holborn Ave, Annandale
Fee: $77
Code: #10086

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Adapted Basketball

Ages 5–18
Adapted Basketball provides children of all abilities, with an opportunity to learn the basic fundamental skills of the game. Players learn techniques, perform drills, work in teams and participate in non-competitive games. Participants are supported by volunteer buddies, under the guidance of the head coach, in a fun, supportive, and engaging environment. This program promotes a variety of benefits including building confidence, practicing social skills, increasing gross motor skills and much more!

Class I: Ages 5-11

January 25–March 21(8 weeks; no practice Feb. 15)
Saturdays, 3:15pm–4pm
Location: The J
Fee: $88
Code: #10061

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Class II: Ages 12-18

January 25–March 21(8 weeks; no practice Feb. 15)
Saturdays, 4:15pm–5pm
Location: The J
Fee: $88
Code: #10060

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incrEDIBLE Kids Cooking

Ages: 10–15
This program provides children the opportunity to learn beginner cooking skills and prepare simple meals in a fun, social, and structured environment. Kids learn to follow a recipe, set up/clean up, and utilize basic kitchen utensils and appliances. Each child will actively participate and practice each step of the cooking process. Participants bring home recipes, valuable tips, and yummy food! The goal is to leave with the tools required to develop life skills and be successful in the kitchen. Children end each class by socializing and enjoying a meal together!

February–June (5 weeks, Feb. 22, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16, Jun. 6)
Saturday’s once a month, 5:30pm–8pm
Location: The J
Fee: $175
Code: #10232

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J Cooking 101

Ages: 16+
In this class, adults of all abilities will learn how to prepare simple, healthy, and delicious meals. Participants will learn about basic cooking equipment and skills using appliances and cooking utensils such as measuring cups, knives, and pots/pans, etc.  In addition, participants will learn about grocery shopping, nutrition, and simple meal planning. The goal of the class is for participants to become more independent in the kitchen and learn to cook simple meals. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration. Contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032 to schedule your interview.

Partially funded by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.

Session I: January 26–March 8 (6 weeks; no class Feb. 16)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $240
Code: #10077

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Session II: March 22–May 3 (5 weeks; no class Apr. 12)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $200
Code: #10076

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Session III: May 10–June 14 (5 weeks; no class May 24)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $200
Code: #10075

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Cooking With Class

Ages: 18+
Location: TBA

Prerequisite: Participants must have mastered J Cooking 101.

This class provides adults of all abilities an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of food and meal preparation in a fun, social, structured, and supportive environment. Individuals will learn life skills by following a recipe, setting/cleaning up, and understanding how to utilize basic kitchen utensils and appliances. Plus, they will feel more comfortable navigating the kitchen. Participants work cooperatively and share meals in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere! For more information, contact Arlene.Lechner@theJ.org.

Session I: January 26–March 8 (6 weeks; no class Feb. 16)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Fee: $240
Code: #10064

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Session II: March 22–May 3 (5 weeks; no class Apr. 12)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Fee: $200
Code: #10063

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Session III: May 10–June 14 (5 weeks; no class May 24)

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
Fee: $200
Code: #10062

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Adaptive Cardio

Ages: 16+
Build your strength and endurance in this cardio class adapted to fit the needs of all individuals. Participants learn to use a variety of cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes to maximize their workout.

Session I: January 28–March 31 (9 weeks; no class Mar. 10)

Tuesdays,7:30pm–8:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $81
Code: #10280
Drop-in: $10
Code: #1005

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Session II: April 21–June 16 (9 weeks)

Tuesdays, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $81
Code: #10281
Drop-in: $10
Code: #1005

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Travel Program

Ages 18+
Trips, locations, and times will be announced!
Are you looking to get away for some fun while connecting with peers? Look no further! Our travel program will take you on different trips throughout the year. It is open to adults with disabilities, ages 18+. Each event will be geared towards a different age group. For more information, contact Lauren.Soljanyk@theJ.org.
Fee: Depends on the trip.

Partially funded by The Harvey S. Lowe, Jr, and Susan Hitchcock-Lowe Foundation.

  

Customized Aquatics

The Adapted Aquatics program is designed for individuals of all ages with communication spectrum disorders. The goal of the 30-minute private lesson is for the student to experience the relaxing pleasure of being in the water, while at the same time feeling comfortable, safe, and independent.

Contact Teo Albu, Aquatics Director, at 703.537.3053


Before- and After-School Enrichment (BASE) Program

Before-School Care: AM BASE

Beginning at 7:30am each morning,  AM BASE is a great place to start your morning!

For the 2019 - 2020 school-year, the AM BASE program is available to students who attend the following schools:

  • Wakefield Forest
  • Canterbury Woods
  • Mantua Elementary
  • Gesher Jewish Day School

After-School Care: PM BASE

Make the most of every afternoon! The PM BASE program runs from the time the school dismisses until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

For the 2019-2020 school-year, schools BASE serves include:

  • Wakefield Forest
  • Canterbury Woods
  • Little Run
  • Olde Creek
  • Mantua Elementary
  • Gesher Jewish Day School

Upon arrival from school, your child will be escorted to their age-appropriate home base room where they will have the option to choose from the following activities: 

  • Homework help from staff
  • Food art and arts and crafts projects
  • Free creative play in home base rooms, stocked with age-appropriate toys, games, and books
  • Organized sports and team-building activities in our full-sized gymnasium and outside on the playground or field
  • Snack provided daily
  • Free swim twice a week in the J’s 25-meter, heated indoor pool

To arrange support for your child, contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032.

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