For more information, please contact us at
info@dawntoduskwellbeing.com

Phone: 732-447-9429

Our Day Program is inspired by the Leisure Ability Model. This model is based on the concepts of internal locus of control, intrinsic motivation, personal causality, freedom of choice, and flow. It uses these ideas as the basis for three service components: Treatment, Leisure Education and Recreation Participation.

You can find our Virtual Day Program schedule for April 2021 here.

Previous Month’s Schedue:

Dear Friends and Families of Dawn to Dusk,

On October 5th, we opened our doors to supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities. On October 12th, we started supporting our first individuals and were consistently growing and having several active conversations with individuals, families, group homes and support coordinators when DDD notified us of the upcoming closure of Day Programs.

As you may know, positivity rates and community spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey have increased in recent weeks. To reduce exposure risk for the individuals we serve, and their families and caregivers, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities has made the difficult decision to close all Division-funded in-person congregate day service facilities for a second time. Further, on January 7th, 2021, DDD announced that congregate day programs will not reopen on January 19th, 2021 as they had originally anticipated. A reopening date is not available at this time. The Division will provide at least two weeks’ notice once a reopening date is identified.

While we recognize that it is critically important to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our participants, we also believe that it is equally important to provide continued supports to participants already enrolled in our program as well as new participants seeking our services.

On Monday, 11/30/20, we relaunched our Virtual Day Habilitation Program and we continue to enhance and evolve it as we grow. This program is available to both participants currently enrolled as well as new participants (contact your Support Coordinator for information on how to enroll). The Virtual Program is being delivered and facilitated by our staff via a secure virtual platform – Zoom. While some programs like community visits are not being offered as an option at this time, we encourage all of our current and future program participants to enroll and participate in these daily classes.

Dawn to Dusk is also a provider of the following other DDD services: Individual Supports, Community Based Supports, Community Inclusion Services, Behavioral Supports, Respite and Prevocational Training.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration to bring the best and continued set of services and programs for our participants. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@dawntoduskwellbeing.com or call 732-447-9429.

Wishing you good health and wellbeing,

Sesh Subramanian, Anandi Nagarajan: Owners

Adult Day Habilitation Program

Dawn to Dusk Wellbeing Center offers an Adult Day Habilitation Program that is inspired by the Leisure Ability Model (Stumbo and Peterson, 1998). This model is based on the concepts of internal locus of control, intrinsic motivation, personal causality, freedom of choice, and flow. It uses these ideas as the basis for three service components: Treatment, Leisure Education and Recreation Participation. In addition, we are committed to working with individuals and families to identify individual goals and outcomes and align those with the strategies that can assist the individual in reaching the outcome(s) related to the Day Habilitation services as indicated in the ISP.

  • compassion – Compassion
  • active – Action
  • respect – Respect
  • empathy – Empowerment

Program Philosophy

Our entire program of services is built on 4 core principles of CARE. We provide a comprehensive set of professionally designed and developed services to enable our clients to take more control of their daily activities, and progress towards becoming more active members of their communities. We offer a compassionate, caring and secure environment to ensure their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing during their time with us.Our entire staff has been trained on these core principles and embody them when interacting with program participants and with each other.

Strategies and Skills

Following a person-centered approach, and in keeping with the goals and outcomes outlined in the Individual Service Plan (ISP), we identify the main strategies that are the primary focus and goals for the individual, and develop these through the different activities we offer.

The primary six strategies we focus on include:

  • Social and Communication Skills:
    • This includes but is not limited to modeling and reinforcing behaviors such as: greeting each other, participating in conversation and activities, taking turns in a group activity, asking questions or asking/gesturing for assistance, sharing an opinion or preference, complimenting or applauding a peer during an activity and so on.
  • Physical Health and Safety:
    • This includes but is not limited to exercise programs such as yoga, tai chi, zumba, chair exercises, and dance. In addition, we are also certified to offer the Health Matters Program, a 12 week curriculum that includes 36 interactive online health education lessons and physical activity videos, that covers a wide variety of topics on healthy habits, personal hygiene, and safety.
  • Mental Wellness:
    • This includes but is not limited to activities that focus on visual imagery, meditation, breathing, and mindfulness exercises.
  • Decision-making and Autonomy:
    • This includes but is not limited to activities and conversations around choice, evaluating options, identifying steps to complete a task, selecting activities from available options, making shopping lists, and so on.
  • Self-care skills:
    • This includes but is not limited to activities and conversations around how to do laundry, how to load the dishwasher, how to organize one’s closet, how to create a grocery shopping list, how to tell time – time management skills, money management skills, prepping-cooking-assisting with simple meals.
  • Creativity and Recreation:
    • This includes but is not limited to theme-related arts and crafts, conversations and activities related to different art forms, crafts that focus on fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination, games and puzzles that foster individual skills development as well as group interaction, and understanding and following rules.

Timing and Duration of the Day Program

We offer up to 6 hours of activities each day, five days a week. You can select the activities based on interest, personal choice, and availability. Each activity spans 30 – 60 minutes. These can be availed of in person or via an online platform like zoom. For some activities that may require materials or supplies, an email will be sent the previous Wednesday to the family or group home so they can have them available. Wherever necessary, we can mail art supplies and printouts as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many activities can I sign up for?

You can sign up for as many as 6 hours of activities per day. Please let us know in advance (By Wednesday of previous week) so we can plan accordingly.

How do I sign up for the activities?

If you are an existing program participant, please speak to us and your support coordinator to confirm your participation in our Virtual Day Program. If you are a new participant, please work with your support coordinator to ensure valid prior authorizations. If a prior authorization is not present, a plan revision is required. In all cases, services must fit within the individual’s overall plan year budget.

What will I need in order to participate effectively?

You’ll need…

  • a laptop or tablet with internet connection
  • a dedicated table/counter where you can set up the laptop/tablet and others materials needed to participate in the Day Program
  • art and crafts material as needed
  • printer if available to print out activity and game sheets*
  • cooking supplies as needed

Can you send me materials?

In case you do not have access to a printer, we can mail the printouts to you for the upcoming week’s activities. We will also provide an arts and crafts package for you to get started with our program.

How would it work if I need assistance with remote activities?

The division has allowed for support staff to work with the participant and help them with remote activities as long as the individual’s need for one-to-one support to participate in remote services is documented in a COVID note.