All young people need to develop key social skills to thrive in the 21st Century, all of which can be learned and developed through participation in the Bristow Center’s Core Program.
The Bristow Center is a place for all children 3-18 to develop and gain the skills required to navigate the social nuances of the modern world, free from stigma and with a strong emphasis on mental wellness.
We help members develop problem solving strategies as well as the chance to practice and generalize new skills in a safe, controlled--and fun-- setting. Our program is designed for children with or without a diagnostic label who struggle with social interactions.
Your child's initial placement within the 4 Levels of our curriculum is based on their current developmental social skills set and other factors.
The Bristow Center is committed to teaching our children the core concepts they lack and the ability to self-advocate, expanding on the nuances of every day social awareness.
The benefits will create stronger social problem-solvers and effective communicators. They will become more confident young adults who will maintain better relationships in all facets of their lives.
Our goal is to make sure that every member has a firm foundation in each of the social concepts taught before advancing to the next level of the curriculum.Read More About Our Curriculum
We’re here to help your child become more confident with their place in the world. That confidence comes in part from knowing how to live and work with other people -- both of their own age and across generations.
Key benefits of the Bristow Center’s approach to developing social skills include:
Participation in engaging, animated, and fun sessions led by an experienced, caring mentor
Hands-on activities allowing opportunities to practice in a safe space
Meeting and engaging with other young people
Providing parents with frequent updates and tips on reinforcing social concepts outside the Center
We conduct sessions primarily in groups of 4, and students are placed in groups based on our evaluation of their stage of development.
We provide a safe, open environment for each session in our state-of-the-art facility, and our staff is highly qualified and trained to provide the best experience for your child.
Certified School Psychologist Bari Bristow has launched the Bristow Center in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. After 33 years in public education and advocacy for families, she discovered that many children evidence social developmental gaps and are struggling with peer interactions and at an increasing rate... Read More >