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Programs at Bethel Ridge

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We are committed to serving individuals with special needs and we offer the additional classes through our partnership with Bethel Ridge in Basking Ridge. Bethel Ridge’s mission is to provide comprehensive community-based support for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Special needs classes at Bethel Ridge are designed to ensure that each individual becomes a contributing member of his/her community. Classes are taught by a certified special educator or employment specialist, and class size is small to maximize the potential for success. We serve students ages 14 years and above.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.


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The Bubbling Gourmet

This cooking course is designed to teach basic cooking. Students will be taught how to improve their culinary skills through the proper use of kitchen appliances and utensils. They will prepare quick, easy and healthy meals! Held off site, please call 908 221 0801 for directions.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

Creative Arts (and Crafts )

Students explore their creativity and personal expression through a variety of imaginative arts and crafts projects.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

Cyber Explorer

This course will offer the participant a chance to become more familiar with the basics of computer use. Mouse movements, keyboarding, basic editing features of creating documents and e-mail use will be introduced. Various computer and web games will be used to help the user build new skills. E-mail internet exploration and internet safety will be taught and practiced.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

Math Matters

This course is designed to heighten mathematical skills used for daily living. Students will review and refresh their problem solving skills, practice basic use of a calculator and learn budgeting techniques such as writing a check, balancing a checkbook, managing a weekly budget and making change. These skills will help the participant increase his/her confidence with handling money, as well as reviewing basic math concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

Reading for Life and Social Skills

This course is designed to develop and strengthen reading skills for greater success in everyday life. Time will be utilized to develop social skills through small group activities.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

The Savvy Driver

This course is designed to review the New Jersey Drivers Manual and to assist the student in learning the rules of the road. This course will help the student understand the manual and better prepare them to take the NJ Drivers Permit.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

1:1 Tutoring Now Available

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.

Yoga for Better Living

This course is designed to improve strength, flexibility, and balance through the practice of yoga. This “gentle” class combines physical poses to enhance tone with breathing techniques for relaxation. The goal is to improve overall health and body image with greater self-confidence. Strengthening Social Skills will be the focus of the last half hour as participants will enjoy a greater sense of community with emphasis on respect and empathy. Bring a snack to enjoy. Held off site, please call for directions.

For more information about classes offered at the “Learning Center” at Bethel Ridge, please visit www.bethelridgenj.org or call us at 908 221 0801.