• Category Archives Special Needs

    At Children’s Art Therapy, we use art materials to express ourselves!  IMG_1740.jpg
    Children’s Art Therapy uses various art techniques and materials to explore feelings, develop social skills, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem, as well as simply learning to enjoy the art process and all it has to offer. Art opens the doors to communication in a non-threatening way, allowing great success for all!

    Please visit our website at www.childrensarttherapy.com
    For more information about art therapy.

    Below is our Summer Schedule happening at Celebrate Life Studio, 1200 Park Avenue in Hoboken! Our 4-week groups begin the second week of July and end the first week in August- a great way to check us out and see what art therapy is all about!
    Space is limited.

    Tuesdays (July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd):
    9:30 - 10:20: Ages 2-4, Mommy or Daddy and Me group
    3:30 - 4:20: Ages 4-6, Art Therapy group
    4:45 - 5:35: Ages 6-8, Art Therapy group

    Thursdays (July 14th, 21st, 28th and August 4th):
    2:30 - 3:20: Ages 4-6, Art Therapy group

    All 4-week sessions are being offered for $200 (10% discount for siblings).
    If you don't see a time OR age group that works for you please contact us for other possibilities!

    Contact Jodi Goldberg to register at jodigoldberg@nullchildrensarttherapy.com

  • Take me out to the ballgame with Special Olympics

    For the second season, the Hoboken Recreation department, Hoboken Family Alliance and Special Olympics have partnered to offer up two levels of baseball clinics starting Tuesday, April 28 on the Little League Field.

    The program is open to area individuals with cognitive disabilities ages 3-5 for T-Ball and 6-12 for Developmental Baseball.

    Children enrolled in the T-Ball program will learn baseball basics including how to hit the ball, run the bases, and the spirit of team work. Youths enrolled in the Developmental will learn and practice the game play and technical aspects of the sport and is designed for the emerging athlete.

    The program runs Tuesdays from April 28 - June 9 at the Little League Field from 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM. Participation is free but registration is required. Please email Andrea Moore at avm@nullsonj.org today to enroll your child today.




  • Athletic programs for children with special needs return for Fall

    After an incredible summer with the 3rd Annual Hoboken Bike Camp for children with special needs, the HFA is happy to report that soccer with the Red Bulls and the Special Olympics Young Athlete Program are back for the fall.

    For the third year, the Red Bulls will operate is Believe program that teaches youths with cognitive disabilities to play soccer. The free program begins  Sunday, Sepetember 15 and runs through November 10. The  clinic runs every Sunday from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the City's Multiservice Center, located at 2nd and Grand. The program is open to 3-year-olds to 18-year-olds. The sessions will group playing partners by age and ability. You can register today at: http://Red Bulls Believe

    Aditionally, the Young Athlete Program begins on Sept. 28 and will run  each Saturday from 10 am - 11 am at the St. Francis Community Center through Nov. 2. The program is open to 2.5-year-olds to 7-year-olds and is designed to help teach athletic fundamentals  to help children prepare for Special Olympics competition, which is open for individuals eight and older. Registration is required. Please email Theresa Howard to register today.

    The programs are part of a broader push by the city of Hoboken and parents of Hoboken to continue to offer and expand recreational and sporting opportunites for children with disabilities.

  • Sign up your child or volunteer for Special Olympics


    The Hoboken Family Alliance is getting ready for the spring session of the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program. The free, seven-week session begins Saturday, April 6 and is open to children with developmental and physical disabilities.

    The program fosters social skills, athletic fundamentals and the most important aspect - fun! The program began about three years ago as a way to introduce special needs children into the world of sports. Children must be 8 or older to compete in Special Olympics and the organization recognized that there was a need to introduce children to athletic basics earlier on in their development.

    Registrants will also receive a free at-home pack of gear that parents and caregivers can use with their children.

    We're also looking for individuals to help volunteer to work with the children and help lead the sessions. If you would like to volunteer or register your child please email thoward315@nullgmail.com today.


  • Special Olympics Young Athletes Program Returns to Hoboken

    It's Fall and time for the Young Athletes program. The Special Olympics training program for children with special needs is designed to foster fundamental athletic skills for cognitively delayed children, 2.5-years-old to 7-years-old. The six week course runs Saturdays, starting on Oct. 13, from 10 am - 11 am, at the St. Francis Community Center, 310 Jefferson St. Register today: email Theresa at thoward315@nullgmail.com

  • Sidewalk Carnival raises money & awareness for bike camp

    The sun and smiles shined brightly as hundreds turned up at Ben & Jerry's Thursday for ice cream, face painting and balloons for the Sidewalk Carnival to benefit the HFA's 2nd Annual Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp.

    Sibel Berberoglu, owner of the Hoboken Ben & Jerry's, hosted the benefit that provided 20% of sales for the night to the camp. Ben & Jerry's, along with the City of Hoboken, Clearview Cinema, Coca-Cola, h-Mag, Hoboken Harriers, Litzky Public Relations,  Macy's,  Orlando Physical Therapy and WPLJ are sponsors for the camp. The night raised $500 for the camp. But more importantly the event raised awareness for the camp and the importance of providing an opportunity for children with disabilities to achieve a milestone that comes easily for many children.

    Lose the Training Wheels has an 80% success rate in teaching children with disabilities to ride a bike in five days. Families may struggle for years unsuccessfully to teach their children to ride a bike.  But adaptive equipment and the help of two certified bike technicians help advance camp participants through the program to learn to ride in just a week. The camp runs July 8-13 at Hoboken High School. To volunteer, donate or register a participant click on the Lose the Training Wheels poster.

  • h-Mag Mixer to benefit Hoboken Family Alliance bike camp for children with special needs


    The Hoboken Family Alliance is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bicycle and proud to be the featured charity at the monthly h-Mag Mixer Thursday, March 29. Join us at Carpe Diem starting at 7 pm.

    The popular lifestyle magazine, h-Mag, works in conjunction with local organizations and bars and restaurants to to raise awareness and donations for local not-for-profit groups. Recent mixers have benefited local VFW and the Homeless Shelter.

    HFA hosted New Jersey’s first camp last summer when nine out of ten children learned to ride with help from two pro biking staffers from Lose the Training Wheels and dozens of volunteers.  This year's camp runs July 9 – July 13 at Hoboken High School.

    This is the first in a series of fundraisers for the camp including the  High Stakes Bowling Bonanza Friday, April 20, at Stevens Institute of Technology. If you have a child 8 or older with a disability  or would like to volunteer to help with the camp please contact thoward315@nullgmail.com

  • Join Team HobokONE today to support Special Olympics!

    The race is on to be the biggest team to compete in the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge to benefit Special Olympics.

    The Hoboken Family Alliance invites members and friends to be part of One Race, One Team and One Town on Sunday, April 29. Compete in the unique, fun-filled 5K race, a Grand Prix 500 point USATF-sanctioned event with more than 3,500 people. The race goes under the Hudson River, through the tunnel to Manhattan and back.

    In its inaugural run last year, Team HobokONE fielded a team of more than 60 people and was the second biggest fund raiser with $4,300. Two races are available depending on your pace. Choose the 8 a.m. if you can complete the race in under 25 minute and choose the 8:45 a.m. if you need more than 25 minutes.

    Join and help make Team HobokONE, number one! Register today at http://bit.ly/GoTeamHobokONE

    Team members will be able to pick up bibs the day before the race and join the team after the race at City Bistro for complimentary fare and cocktails. Please contact Theresa Howard at thoward315@nullgmail.com with any questions.




  • A Special Day of Reading For Special Needs Children

    Children with special needs and their friends and family are invited to participate in a fun, free day of reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 AM at Symposia Book Store. Alpha Phi Omega students from Stevens Institute of Technology will lead the reading of the Eric Carle favorite. Afterward, children can participate in an art and craft project about the book.  Register today by emailing Theresa Howard at thoward315@nullgmail.com


  • Fall sports programs for special needs children kick off Saturday

    HOBOKEN, NJ - Register today for fall  programs starting Oct. 1 for children with special needs. Sports activities go into full swing with the return of the Young Athlete Program training program as part of the Special Olympics and the return of the Red Bulls Believe Soccer Youth program.

    On Saturdays  children with special needs who would like to start preparing to compete in the Special Olympics are invited to join the Young Athlete Program, starting Oct. 1. For the past several years the Hoboken Family Alliance has organized fall and spring classes that help children (ages 2 ½ – 7-years old) build sports and athletic fundamentals.

    Each session targets a particular skill including throwing, running, kicking, balance, jumping. Classes will run on Saturdays, from 10 am - 11, through Nov. 5, at the St. Francis Community Center, 310 Jefferson St. Register today by calling Theresa Howard at 201.795.5404 or email thoward315@nullgmail.com

    On Sundays, children can participate in the community-based soccer training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and player soccer to any child with special needs. The clinics will take place at the Hoboken Little League at 5th and Hudson St. Email Dave Jervis (dave.jervis@nullnewyorkredbulls.com) to register.