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Announcements

Fall semester begins in September.

  • EAST SIDE Elementary FIT and CIT FIT begin Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. @ Hanna Perkins
  • EAST SIDE FIT Jr and Bridge to Elementary begin Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively @ Hanna Perkins
  • WEST SIDE Bridge to Elementary and Elementary FIT begin Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. respectively at the Wellness Center in Rocky River
  • We are looking for typical peers at all locations. If you think your child would be a great typical peer and would like to volunteer, please email Hilary Anderson for more information.

Please check the FIT Calendar for Semester Dates for all FIT Programs!


FRIENDSHIP IN TEAMS

“Friendship, fitness and fun.. helping each child grow socially.”

Fall semester begins in September!


What is FIT about and who is FIT for?

Are you looking for a fun, movement-based venue in which your child can make friends?

Does your child need some guidance using social thinking skills in an authentic environment?

Facts about FIT:

FRIENDSHIP IN TEAMS (FIT) is Northeast Ohio's only social skills program that offers all children a chance to make friends in a fun, movement-based environment. At FIT, children learn valuable social thinking, conversation and self-regulation skills; the tools for connecting with peers and forming friendships. We believe strongly that kids learn by doing, which is why we present lessons in a short, direct format and then jump right into cooperative games and gross motor activities for practice. We also know the value of slowing things down to really focus on a particular skill and giving kids feedback about their performance. That’s where the “halftime discussions” come into play. We always include typical children in all of our activities because we know that kids learn best from their peers. Feel free to come and check us out. We’re sure you’ll love what you see.

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Location:

  • Hanna Perkins Center in Shaker Heights (East side)
  • Rocky River Wellness Center (West Side)

Ages and program levels:

Programs AgesDays and Times Content
FIT Jr. for young children ages 3-5 East Side Saturdays 3:00 - 4:00 Content focuses on early developing social and communication skills (sharing, turn-taking, listening, speaking)
Bridge to Elementary ages 6-10 East Side Saturday evenings 4:00 - 5:00
West Side Saturdays 11:00 - 12:00
Content focuses on social thinking, self-regulation, following directions, communication and friendship building; Some children who cannot attend Elementary FIT due to the weekday schedule attend Bridge. Children tend to be somewhat younger in this group than in the Thursday evening, Elementary class.
Elementary FIT ages 8-12 East Side Thursday evenings 6:00 - 7:00
West Side Saturdays 12:00 - 1:00
Content is the same as Bridge, but presentation is slightly more advanced and children tend to be somewhat older. Some children who cannot attend Saturday Bridge attend Elementary FIT.
Counselor in Training Program (CIT) ages 12-18East side Thursday evenings 6:15 - 7:30This is our teen program. Kids learn the same lesson content as in Elementary FIT plus valuable skills in leadership and communication so that they can work at our summer FIT Camp.
FIT Camp ages 3-18End of July / beginning of AugustThis is a three week summer program that offers kids a chance to learn FIT skills in an intensive format that includes daily social skills, Lego class, Science, Art, Music , PE and leisure activities. This program takes place at the Ratner School in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Cost:

FIT Prices vary, depending on the number of sessions in a given semester and the program level. Please call us for pricing information.

FIT is tuition based. We do accept third party payors such as Autism Scholarship, PASSS and county funding.