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NJ Social Club Caters To Adults With Special Needs

In Lyndhurst, NJ, there is a new club at the scene. This one is particularly special as it caters to adults who have special needs. At The Social Scene Club, they can relax, have fun and unwind just like everybody else.

The Social Scene Club is a membership-based club for adults with special needs. What it provides is a place where they can interact and socialize during after work or after program hours. This also allows them to reinforce skills that they learn every day. The club happily accepts adults who have autism, Down syndrome, multi-chromosomal disorders and other conditions. They are also open to brain tumor survivors or anyone else experiencing cognitive impairment.

“This is an opportunity to do things as adults without mom and dad, and unwind after a long day with their friends,” Lauren Turiello explained. Turiello is the president and co-owner of The Social Scene Club. She runs the place with her sister, co-owner Melissa Howard.

Howard started the club in her own living room.

Howard is actually special education teacher who came up with the idea first. She had been teaching at the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi and decided to start the club in her living room. Here, Howard hosted her long time client, a 23-year old by Nikki Thiess. Thiess has Down Syndrome and Howard has been her caretaker since she was eight years old. Over time, Howard’s living room became too crowded during social hours. This is what led Howard and Turiello to find a new space.

At The Social Scene Club, adults with special needs get to have fun while learning to make choices. According to a report from USA Today, club members even get to choose what menu they want to prepare. At the same time, they can also readily pick out what games they want to play and movies they want to watch.

Currently, there are nine members in the special club. When they’re in, they enjoy various activities including board games, art, yoga, cooking, music and exercise. Howard says they don’t really supervise the members when they are busy with their activities since they want them to have more freedom. “We’re more like lifeguards. We watch a situation and see if we need to jump in or not,” Howard said.

ALSO READ: ‘Chance To Dance’ Gives Special Needs Children Their Time To Shine

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