New Jersey Wave – Free Summer Camp for Children Who Have Medical Needs

 

NEW JERSEY WAVE is a summer camp for children who have medical needs sponsored by Voorhees Pediatric facility and funded by New Jersey Pediatric Patient Charitable Trust Fund.  WAVE is a free camp for children who have medical needs such as the need for medical ventilation, trachs, feeding tubes, or help with daily care.  The aim of the program is to allow this population to experience what many New Jersey kids enjoy at our shore.  Time at the beach, boardwalk, arcades, picnics, campfires, crafts, and hanging out with other kids.

WHERE

The community center of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, in Egg Harbor Township.  This is located about 10 miles from Ocean City.  The camp is not affiliated with any religious organization, but merely uses these spacious and handicapped facilities.

WHO

Children 8 – 18 or still in school, who are cognitively functioning within 2 years of their age level.  Children will spend most of their day involved in activities, so each child should be able to tolerate spending time outdoors (within reason) and spending the day in his/her wheelchair if one is used.  Hospital beds will be present at bedtime.

MEDICAL CARE

We have very experienced nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors, including a pediatric pulmonologist at the camp.  Staff is provided 24 hr/day.  Any child with a stable medical condition will be considered, such as children with neuromuscular disease, lung disease, hearing or visual impairment, etc.  our typical campers have consisted of children with trachs, ventilators, wheelchairs, BiPap, feeding tubes, or complicated  and spasticity management routines.  However;  we have also had children who only need help with positioning and tube feeds.  All are welcome, and we aim to tailor our activities to try to let each child have fun.

MISSION

New Jersey WAVE was created to facilitate new friendships among children with specialized medical needs, enhance their group interactions, and promote networking with role models.  Children have the opportunity to participate in exciting outdoor activities such as the boardwalk, beach, boating, and the zoo.

This information is directly from the New Jersey Wave website.

For more information please go to:
www.newjerseywave.com

 

March is National Social Work Month

2015 – Social Work Paves the Way for Change

2015 marks a special year for the social work community. This March the National Association of Social Workers will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The National Association of Social Worker’s (NASW’s) goal during Social Work Month and throughout 2015 will be to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future. 

New Behavioral Network would like to say Thank You!

To all of our Social Workers and all of our Clinical Behavioral staff, thank you for the wonderful contribution you have made to the community and to the lives of the families and children you work with every day! The following is from a letter received by the clinical director of New Behavioral Network, Maria Visco:

“Maria,

Please share this email with your boss. 
I am so grateful for your expertise and the direct staff from NBN.
The help from NBN has kept my daughter safe and avoided our family from falling apart.  NBN staff allows us to shower and use the bathroom.

My daughter is displaying serious SIB’s during all waking hours (20 hrs daily). Keisha, Amy, Alicia, Sam, Val and Koshie have the patience of SAINTS!!

As always, Maria is kind, professional and experienced in helping us help my daughter. Without NBN, I would have already had a nervous breakdown.
I am beyond grateful!!
Thank you!!!”

 

At New Behavioral Network we are very proud of the programs we have introduced to the community in New Jersey and Delaware.

New Behavioral Network’s Behavior Consultation Program utilizes best practice strategies that will help individuals achieve their greatest potential. Our Behavior Consultation Program staff consists of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Behavior Interventionists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Occupational Therapists, and Behavior Assistants. All of our professionals are dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment across all settings. We place value in identifying and building each client’s strengths in an effort to maximize personal potential within the home, school and the community.

New Behavioral Network’s Child Mental Health Program provides in-home therapy for children ages 4 to 21. We have a family – centered focus to encourage positive growth in each child. Our therapeutic services are provided by the area’s top clinicians. Our staff which consists of Mobile Therapists, Behavioral Assistants, Clinical Supervisors and Case Managers has experience helping children and families overcome challenges through providing direction in areas such as conflict resolution, behavior modification, effective coping skills and enhanced family communication to help the family act stronger as a unit. Our program has been very successful in working with children who have the following diagnoses and symptoms:

 

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Socialization Challenges
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

These services are provided by New Behavioral Network through the NJ System of Care. By calling PerformCare at 877-652-7624, parents are able to access our services free of charge. Please remember to request New Behavioral Network. All children in New Jersey are eligible for these services based on clinical needs regardless of family income.