Our team is highly skilled and has years of experience. We approach each class with passion and enthusiasm. You can feel confident leaving your unique needs teen or adult the hands of trained, caring professionals.
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Sue Spreen has a life-long passion for nutrition and fitness and has experience as both a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her compassion coupled with her extensive experience working with individuals with autism has made her the perfect addition to the Helping Hands Art and Exercise program. An extensive traveller to many different countries, Sue also worked with autistic students while living in Arizona and then locally in NJ for residential agencies with individual and group therapies and has extensive experience in behavioral support and respite care. Receiving her degrees in Elementary Education and English at The College of New Jersey and Hunter College of NY, Sue’s special education training includes crisis management, verbal intervention and medication training. Sue currently works at a local high school with autistic students. At Helping Hands Art & Exercise Sue has been developing her vision for a brand new yoga program where she hopes to instill not only confidence, but a sense of peace and balance in our unique needs individuals.
We're passionate about our work with people with Unique Needs. Teens and particularly people over 21 are often an under-serviced population. We want to change that and offer unique opportunities.
Lori Alexander has been a teacher in a public high school for the past 22 years. For the past ten years she has been teaching in a self- contained autism program. She became passionate about autism education when her son was diagnosed on the spectrum twelve years ago, at age two. She shifted her career from teaching honors English to teaching people with autism. Ms. Alexander is a co-founder and teacher of the Helping Hands Art and Exercise program. She has a Bachelors degree in English from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Arts in English Education from Rutgers University. Ms. Alexander enjoys exercising, and choreographed the DVD Move WIth Us.
Lori and Colleen have co-authored several articles in Autism Parenting Magazine.