VSA Arts Of New Jersey Announces Spring Workshops For Autistic Children

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NEW BRUNSWICK – VSA arts of New Jersey announces spring program offerings for children with autism.  Programs are open to children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members.  The registration deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.

Now in its 26th year, the Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism is a signature program of VSA arts of New Jersey.  Through participation in weekly workshops in the visual and performing arts, young people will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts while developing skills essential for academic and personal growth.  The family arts experience offers unique opportunities to engage children, siblings, and parents in enjoyable and enriching activities that will support communication and interaction in the workshop setting and at home.

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The Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism or Autistic Behaviors is offered on Saturdays, February 6 – April 10 in New Brunswick (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), Morristown (1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Little Falls (9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.), and Mullica Hill (9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.).  Each ten-week workshop meets for one hour per week.  Art forms vary by site.

Founded in 1978, VSA arts of New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  VSA arts of New Jersey is dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities.  Statewide programming and services include arts education, professional development, award competitions, exhibits, festivals and performances.

There is a $30 registration fee for families whose children receive class placement in the parent/child program.  Fee waivers are available upon request.  For information and registration applications, contact VSA arts of New Jersey, 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 1-732-745-3885 or info@vsanj.org.


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