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Youth Social Skills Classes

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


Pre-K Play Skills

Sundays,1pm–2pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1) Location: The J
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.

Fee: $275
Code: #10054

 

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 prior to registration.

Sundays, 1pm–2pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sep. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1)
Location: The J
Fee: $275
Code: #10053

Wednesdays, 5pm–6pm
September 18–December 18 (12 weeks, 
no class Oct. 9, Nov. 27)
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Fee: $360
Code: #10052

 

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.

Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1)
Location: The J
Fee: $275
Code: #10045


Wednesdays, 6:15pm–7:15pm
September 18–December 18 (12 weeks, 
no class Oct. 9, Nov. 27)
Location: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, VA
Fee: $360
Code: #10046

 

Teens (for boys)

Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1) Location: The J
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.

Fee: $275
Code: #10057

 

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.

[Kids]
Sundays, 1pm–2pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1)
Ages 6–8, for girls only
Fee: $275
Code: #10047


[Tweens]
Sundays, 2:15pm–3:15pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1)
Ages: 9–12, for girls only
Fee: $275
Code: #10049


[Teens]
Sundays, 3:30pm–4:30pm
September 15–December 15 (11 weeks, 
no class Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Dec. 1)
Ages: 13-15, for girls only
Fee: $275
Code: #10048

  

Adapted Basketball


Location: The J
Adapted Basketball provides children of all abilities, ages 5-18 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 that include: building confidence, practicing social skills, increasing gross motor skills and much more!

For more information, please contact Aryn Cahen, 703.537.3035.

[Class I]
Saturdays, 3:15pm–4pm
October 19–December 14 (8 weeks, no practice Nov. 30)
Ages 5–11
Fee: $88
Code: #10039


[Class II]
Saturdays, 4:15pm–5pm
October 19–December 14 (8 weeks, no practice Nov. 30)
Ages 12–18
Fee: $88
Code: #10038

 

incrEDIBLE Kids Cooking

Saturdays (Once a month), 5:30pm–8pm
September–January (5 weeks, 
Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18)
Ages: 10–15
Location: The J
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!

For more information, contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032. A welcome interview for new participants must be scheduled prior to registration.

Fee: $175
Code: #10231

 

J Cooking 101

Location: The J
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.

Sundays,1pm–3:30pm
November 3–December 15 
(6 weeks, no class Dec. 1)
Ages: 16+
Fee: $240
Code: #10050

Partially funded by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.

 

Cooking With Class

Location: TBD
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! 

Participants must have mastered JCooking 101.

Sundays, 1pm–3:30pm
November 3–December 15 (6 weeks, 
no class Dec. 1)
Ages: 18+
Fee: $240
Code: #10043

Partially funded by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.

 

Adaptive Cardio

Dates TBA
7pm–8pm
Location: The J
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.

For more information, please contact Arlene Lechner, 703.537.3032.

Fee: TBA

 

  

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
  • Little Run
  • Olde Creek
  • Mantua
  • 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
  • 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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