Students in Therapeutic Afterschool Recreation (STAR)

NWSRA, in collaboration with Clearbrook, is proud to present the STAR Academy After School program! Through the collaboration, state-certified staff will lead a variety of educational, social and recreational activities after school for students with disabilities throughout the northwest suburbs. Staff are currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Department of Human Services (DHS) so that participants can use Medicaid Waiver funding to help cover costs.

The program will be held throughout the entire school year based on the NSSEO school year calendar after school until 6:00 pm. Transportation may be provided for students attending NSSEO and District 15 schools. Students that do not attend an NSSEO or District 15 school are welcome to attend the STAR Academy but need to arrange transportation to the program

Core Elements of Programming:

  • Recreation & Leisure: Developing gross and fine motor skills, experiencing cultural arts – dance, drama, arts and music and participating in passive and active activities
  • Health & Wellness: Developing skills to enhance a healthy life style, improving physical health and improving self-respect and self-image
  • Social Skills: Expanding communication skills, enhancing interaction with peers, and developing interpersonal skills

The program, held in Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park, will provide a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who will oversee a variety of educational, social and recreational activities daily. All core elements are facilitated in a neutral and safe environment supported by staff, allowing participants to independently choose their recreational activities.

Like us on Facebook to stay tuned for more info! For more information, please contact Liz Thomas at 847-392-2848, ext. 227 or e-mail lizt@nwsra.org to sign up for the STAR Academy interest list!

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