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Special Needs Spotlight Fox Trail Memory Care Living

Fox Trail Memory Care Living is working with Peregrine Senior Living in revolutionizing expectations of the aging process at Princeton and Chester through a unique approach to memory care we call The Peregrine Way®. This exclusive approach follows three fundamental principles: We focus on long-term memories our residents still recall. We nurture each resident’s long-term memories to promote mental stimulation as well as a sense of comfort and calm. We help families cope with their loved one’s memory loss. We encourage family members to participate in every aspect of their loved one’s life to keep relationships strong. We train our staff to treat each resident like family. Constant staff education and training ensure each resident receives the best care possible. Fox Trail Memory Care Living of Chester and Princeton offers exceptional care, medication management, engaging programming, fall prevention, and ongoing education. We proudly utilize CarePredict© senior health care monitoring technology

as safety is paramount at Fox Trail. This technology provides insights for care staff and management, and peace of mind for seniors and their loved ones. Each resident has his/her own individual care plan overseen by medical personnel. With suites available for just 16 residents, our care team is truly able to get to know and connect with your loved one.

Freeman Law Offices, LLC

Watching family members with disabilities struggle through life is difficult. You want to help them succeed, but you are not sure how you can help. You reach out to your local school district for support, only to be told that everything is fine in school. You reach out to state agencies for other supports, but do not get a response. You name your family member as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, but you are then advised that was not right either. Almost exclusively in advocating for individuals with disabilities, Freeman Law Offices, LLC is able to rely on personal and professional expertise to provide a onestop shop to assist you in navigating this process at every stage of life. We do the work for you so you can

spend more time enjoying each other instead of trying to make sense of it all. We utilize a holistic approach to help your family member succeed: advocating for services from school districts, insurance companies, and state agencies. We are committed to serving our clients with understanding and compassion. Knowledge is power, and we provide the knowledge needed to advocate for your family member. Schedule a consultation today by calling (609) 4545609 or visit one of our office locations nearest you.

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coaches and volunteers. Our junior coaches are high school-age players who play in traditional hockey programs. These junior coaches assist the coaching staff onice, enabling a low player-tocoach ratio and fostering an environment in which hockey players come together to learn and form meaningful relationships. To learn more about the program, visit

www.mercerspecialhockey. com or contact Jackie at (609 ) 915-0458 or jackiezohn@gmail.com.

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Mercer Bulldogs Special Hockey

Founded by a group of parents and volunteers, the Mercer Special Hockey program works to provide a fun and safe opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in the sport of ice hockey in a specially-adapted learning environment. Mercer Special Hockey is comprised of over 30 developmentally disabled players (ages 5-adult) across a wide range of abilities — from learn-to-skate to advanced — who participate in a brand of the sport known as Special Hockey. Players learn the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship, as well


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Mercer MercerBulldogs Bulldogs SpecialNeeds NeedsHockey Learn to Special & Skate Learn Program to Skate Program

Mercer Bulldogs Special Hockey & Learn to Skate Program is designed to teach special needs individuals TWO FREE SKILLS CLINICS about teamwork, achieving their goals, and the benefits of staying fit and active through the sport of hockey

This is your opportunity to try out ice skating and hockey, as well as ask any questions you may have! This is open to new and returning players. Attend FREE SKILLS CLINIC both clinics. Sunday, September 15 (9-10 am)

Saturday, September (10:30-11:30 Mercer Bulldogs Special Hockey & Learn to21 Skate program is am) designed to te special needs individuals about teamwork, achieving their goals, and the be At the Loucks Ice Center at The Lawrenceville School of staying fit and active through the sport of hockey. There are no age Lewisville Road/2500 Main Street Route 206 North, requirements and you don't haveLawrenceville to live in Mercer County or in New Jersey NJ 08648 participate. All ages are welcome. Helmets are mandatory.

IS REQUIRED am Sunday, SeptemberREGISTRATION 15th, 2019 9:00-10:00 www.mercerspecialhockey.com or call 609.915.0458 Saturday, September 21st, 2019 10:30-11:30 am Location: Loucks Ice Center at The Lawrenceville Sc Lewisville Road/2500 Main Street Route 206 N, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

The Clinics are FREE, but you MUST register ahead of time at: www.mercerspecialhockey.com Allow 48 hours for registration to process. **Helmets are required.** Please contact us by email, phone or through our Facebook page for more information or with any questions you may have. mercer.specialhockey@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/mercerbulldogs Coach Jackie Zohn: 609-915-0458


who practice in this area of law. RLG is one such firm with the expertise to assist you in setting up the right type of trust for you and your family. The focus of Rao Legal Group is to give each client’s file the due attention it deserves, and to treat every client with respect and compassion. For fur ther

MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Discover what is possible for your child — visit TheNewgrange.org or LaurelSchoolPrinceton.org for more information or to schedule a visit.

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challenges affecting their learning, behavior, social, and emotional well-being. In her private practice the creative and in-the-present aspects of play and movement provide a natural therapeutic modality particularly appropriate for helping children work through their challenges. Located at 416 Route 518, Blawenburg. ( 609 ) 844.0151; movementwithjoy@gmail.com.

The Newgrange School/ The Laurel School

The Newgrange School in Hamilton and The Laurel School in Princeton are sister schools with over 70 years of experience in addition to the commitment and expertise that non-traditional learners need to reach their full educational and social potential — and to love coming to school each day. The Newgrange School stands out among schools for students with languagebased and nonverbal learning differences, including autism spectrum disorder. Newgrange incorporates the teaching and practice of social skills into our academic curriculum, in addition to a formal transition program, in order to prepare students for life after high school. Using proven research-based methodologies, our nurturing

faculty, which includes social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and learning disability consultants, support our students in and out of the classroom and across academic disciplines. The Laurel School is one of the leading schools for language-based and related learning differences, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Laurel School now serves students from grade 1 though high school, with a curriculum emphasizing developing academic and life skills through projectbased learning. Our trained, cer tif ied, and nur t ur ing faculty provide individualized instruction for students across disciplines throughout the school day.

Rao Legal Group

Let Rao Legal Group assist you and your family with any guardianship or special needs planning that you may need for a loved one. We are experienced with court appointments where we are asked to represent the “Alleged Incapacitated Person” or “AIP.” We have also represented several proposed guardians to submit guardianship petitions to the court so that they can take over the responsibility of caring for the AIP. Parents are often surprised to hear that they need to petition

the court to become guardians of their special needs son or daughter when he or she turns 18, but that is how the current legal landscape is. When medical or financial decisions need to be made, parents are often not allowed to make such decisions without the guardianship letters. We have also handled g u a r d i a n s h i p c a s e s for adult children of incapacitated parents, who are often heartbroken when they find out that if the parent had established an estate plan with a proper General Durable Power of Attorney executed before they became incapacitated, the expensive process of petitioning for guardianship and subsequent posting of a bond could have been avoided. Finally, our experience in special needs planning is extensive. We can guide families with special needs members who are receiving government benefits. Let us help you ensure that any assets coming to such family members either now or in the future are properly housed in specialized special needs trusts to continue their eligibility for these important benefits. Knowledge and experience in this type of planning is limited to only a few attorneys and firms

information or questions, contact RLG at (609) 3722855 or visit www.estateelderplanning.com.

Rock Brook School

Rock Brook School is a private, nonprofit school for Communication Impaired and Multiply Disabled children, from age 3 through age 21. Rock Brook School is approved by the New Jersey

State Department of Education and received accreditation from The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES). We invite you to learn more about Rock Brook School by contacting us at (908) 4319500; www.rockbrook.org. Located at 109 Orchard Road, Skillman.

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Providing the highest quality of individualized special education services to children, families and professional since 1974.

To meet the individual needs of each student, celebrating and honoring each child’s ability; To provide a supportive, positive and nurturing environment; To provide intensive speech/language and other therapies as well as academic remediation in a customized approach; To help each child reach his/her potential as a fulfilled and self-confident person through proven techniques that foster success. Learn more about our school by visiting www.rock-brook.org or call (908) 431-9500.



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Rock Brook School is a private, non-profit school for Communication Impaired and Multiply Disabled children, from age 3 through age 21. Rock Brook School is approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education and received accreditation from The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES).

109 Orchard Road, Skillman NJ 08558