The J SQUAD’s mission is to provide a social club for teens with special needs to allow them the opportunity to engage in fun social activities that will foster social, life and communication skills.

Contact Ellie for an Intake Evaluation

What is our Teen Social Club?

As a member of the J Squad:(Teen Social Club), teens with special needs along with teen peer mentors will have an opportunity to engage in fun social activities that will foster social, life and communication skills.  The goal is for the teens to choose and plan many of the group’s activities themselves. Swimming, cooking, board games, sports, crafts, music/dancing, teen chit chat, life skill activities and community outings will all be a part of this new and exciting program.

The program will provide 2.5 hours (ages 13-18) of social and recreational fun to teens with special needs.

At the J SQUAD, your child can expect to enjoy fun filled activities, form new friendships and have peer interaction in a well supervised and structured environment.

The intake process?

An intake meeting will be scheduled for each teen and their family. During the intake process a detailed profile will be created for your child and we will utilize that information to address their needs and care while at the J-SQUAD.

Who is the Social Club open to?

The teens in the J SQUAD Teen Social Club have a wide range of special needs, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, just to name a few.  Each teen in our program is unique and different and all want to socialize, have fun and make new friends.

Hours of Operation

Sundays: 11:00am-1:30pm (13-18 years of age)

FALL Program Information coming soon.

Questions? Contact Ellie at 908-443-9029

How are behaviors handled?

When behaviors occur we utilize positive behavior supports or a sensory/ quiet room.

What type staff support will be provided?

We are thrilled to have Cheryl Figliano as our Lead staff person who will be facilitating the J Squad and has over 30 years of experience as a special-needs educator. She has worked with students from preschool through high school. She currently is working in a life skills based program for students with multiple disabilities at the Bridgewater Raritan Middle School. In addition Cheryl is a parent of three children, two who have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This gives her the very unique perspective of understanding home as well as educational needs. All of our staff must complete a background check and trainings before they are allowed to work in the program. We will also have volunteers who complete the background check and an orientation.

Contact Ellie Willoughby, Director of Special Services for more information or to enroll at or 908.443.9029.