Creating a safe and fun environment.

A welcoming, safe environment for youth to come, spend time and be themselves. Fun activities include:

  • Cooking/Nutrition
  • Board Games & Puzzles
  • Sports
  • Biking
  • Computers

Activities will include the use of peer leaders, and pre-screened adult mentors who have experience in a given field.

  • Gardening
  • Cooking Classes
  • Bike clubs
  • 5K Clubs
  • Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Park Play
  • Tennis
  • Wall Ball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Geocaching
  • Dance
  • Nutrition
  • Themed months for food/desserts
  • Groups/exhibits
  • Art classes (Art Show)
  • Video/photography classes (Short Film/Photo show)
  • Writing exhibits (Short Stories, Poems)
  • Music as Therapy
  • Equine Therapy

Independent Living Skills: A course that teaches important life skills for adulthood, including: budgeting, finding an apartment, choosing a career, buying a car, and much more!

Healthy Relationships: A group that teaches about healthy friendships, family relationships, and romantic relationships. Subjects include: communication, abuse, choosing a partner, boundaries, decision-making, and much more!

Cooking & Nutrition: A six-week course about nutrition where you make a different recipe each week.

Young Moms: A group for young moms and pregnant teens to talk about their daily stressors, share resources, help one another, and learn about parenting

The Children’s Garden Activities

  • Vegetables, herbs and fruit
  • Shaded seating for parents
  • Walking track
  • Grilling/Cooking station
  • Area for outdoor classes such as yoga, cooking, art and music classes
  • Fenced area for safety

Sensory play integrated throughout garden (i.e. music station, bean tee-pee or play house, sand box/water station and panels that encourage creative play)

Partnering with 4H Clubs, Boys and Girl Scouts and area schools.

Therapy Activities

All of RIL’s therapy programs are funded by donations. If you would like to donate instruments, music equipment, art supplies, Legos or provide a cash contribution.

Lego Therapy

Several educational and medical studies in the UK and the USA found that facilitated group projects with Legos can help develop and reinforce play skills and social skills such as:

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Joint attention
  • Task focus
  • Sharing and turn-taking
  • Collaborative problem-solving

Building with Lego bricks is a multi-sensory, open-ended experience, so the building projects can be tailored to any person’s unique needs, such as blindness, deafness, mobility impairment, autism or ADHD. Lego therapy  started because therapists noticed that children and adults naturally gravitated toward Legos in a room full of toys.  It’s a fun way to build upon existing interests and emerging skills – and the possibilities are endless!

Lego therapy is currently offered at our Cumberland and Salem County offices.

Please contact the office for enrollment.

Equine Therapy

Equestrian therapy (also known as equine therapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy [EAT]) is a form of therapy that makes use of horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, anxiety, autism, dementia, developmental disability, downs syndrome and other genetic syndromes, depression, trauma and brain injuries, behavior and abuse issues and other mental health disabilities.

In the process, equestrian or equine therapy aims for its patients or students to:

  • Build sense of self-worth, self-concept
  • Improve communication
  • Build trust and self-efficiency
  • Develop socialization skills and decrease isolation
  • Learn impulse control and emotional management
  • Set perspective
  • Learn their limits or boundaries.

Equine therapeutic activities

What are the equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes? The activities are not limited to horseback riding. Many students may feel intimidated by the horse’s size and features and may take some time to develop trust when around the horse. So included in the therapy program are lessons on horse care, horse grooming, saddling and basic equestrian.

How does equine therapist suit the activity to the patient’s needs? The process or technique to be applied during the session depends on the type of disorder and its severity. But the primary techniques are:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Practicing activities
  • Activity scheduling
  • Play therapy
  • Storytelling and talk therapy

In all equine activities, safety is the primary concern. Therapists ensure that patients or students are wearing helmets and other protective gears in case they fall from the horse during the session. Equine Therapy is available for residents of Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties.

*There is a co-pay for this therapy.