Helping Hands Art and Exercise class is designed for with people autism and other developmental disabilities aged high school to adult. Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment that helps develop social, cognitive, emotional, and physical awareness – an environment anyone would love to be in. The two hour weekly class includes an art lesson, an exercise session, life skills, and socialization activities.
In art therapy, the most important part of participation for our artists is the process. This therapeutic creativity is a means of communication that needs no spoken words. It allows the artist to speak his mind and heart when he can’t use his voice.
Integrating physical activity into your day is good for the mind and body. The class focus is on dancing and fun, yet the participants also experience the energizing and healthy benefits of movement which helps participants learn, focus and grow.
Life skills are also an integral part of being independent. In this class, participants will have an opportunity to practice various kitchen skills and learn recipes. Not only does this help to foster independence, but participants can enjoy the snacks they have made in a comfortable social setting. Many participants have generalized what they have learned in class and prepare the recipes at home.
After several weeks of classes, an art gallery opening is held for family and friends of the artists. Artists set up the art gallery store where reproductions of their work are available for purchase. Each sale is rung up on the store’s cash register, providing a sense of pride and confidence as they become contributing members to society. It is a priceless experience for all.
This unique program has been created by NJ certified special education teachers and an art therapist, who specialize in autism.
Colleen Hordichuk, B.A. Art Therapist
Lori Alexander, M. Ed. Highly Trained in Autism Education
Christine Baier-Kenduck, M.A.T. Highly Trained in Autism Education
ALL CLASSES HELD ON SATURDAY 10AM - 12 NOON
Fall 2014 2015
Sept 6, 13, 20 Jan 10, 24, 31
Oct 4, 18, 25 Feb 7, 21, 28
Nov 1, 15, 22 March 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec 6, 13, 20 April 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 30
June 6, 13, 20
We welcome flexible scheduling allowing you to choose the dates that fit your schedule, but request sign up PRIOR to class so that proper supplies and staffing will be available for optimal preparation. Helping Hands Art requests that participants sign up for classes prior to the start of each month, which will enable greater flexibility for scheduling for busy families.
The fee for the Helping Hands Art and More Class is $21 per class. This includes all art supplies and a snack, which the participants will prepare in class. All participants are asked to bring a drink to each class.
Classes take place at the Southard School/Howell Township PAL Program Building at 115 Kent Rd, Howell, NJ, 07731.
Application for class may be downloaded below, filled out and mailed with check payable to "Howell PAL" at above address or brought into class. Extra applications are always available at class. Please send an email to info@HelpingHandsArt.com to notify program of your intention to attend class.