Early Enrollment Discount

Save on your HI-STEP 2018 Registration

Register and pay in full before March 31st 2018 to qualify for a $250 Early Enrollment Discount.

What Is the HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program?

HI-STEP® is a 5-week day program focusing on children’s social skills, problem-solving skills & emotional-behavioral skills through group training, individual attention, sports & recreational activities, creative arts, & academic-related activities. With locations in Pennington, Scotch Plains & Marlton, HI-STEP® is designed for children with social skills difficulties regardless of diagnosis. Many children attend as part of their Extended School Year (ESY) program, paid for by their school district. View Our HI-STEP® Promo Video

 Who is HI-STEP® for?

HI-STEP® is designed for children with difficulties displaying appropriate social skills and problem-solving skills. The program commonly is appropriate for children with special education needs, including Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and symptoms of anxiety, shyness, obsessive-compulsiveness, etc. A diagnosis or special education classification is not required for enrollment in HI-STEP®.

The HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills program is for children ages 6-17. Prior students who have aged out of the program may apply to be considered on an individual basis. Children are grouped based upon age, strength and needs relative to the other children in the group, and based upon the determination of the best match with specific counselors.

What will my child do?

The daily schedule includes social skills and problem-solving training, sports and recreational activities, creative arts activities, lunch, snack, supervised play activities to promote friendship-building and learning to play various games appropriately, academic-related activities focusing on social skills, and exchanging points for prizes at the reward store. There are also various special activities, which may include many of the following: Therapeutic Dogs, science presentation/activity, magician, drum circle, animal show, musicians, carnival games, etc.

Why Choose The HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program?

HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program provides more frequent and more intensive social skills training compared to traditional summer programs and weekly summer social skills groups. Generalization opportunities are provided through activities recommended for the home and community, parent training, and a summary of strategies staff members found to be effective.

Many children attend HI-STEP® as their Extended School Year (ESY) program, funded by their respective school district; an excellent opportunity for learning, fun, and friendship-making.

Registration is open for HI-STEP® 2018

To register your child please fill out our HI-STEP® 2018 Screening Form. See options below:

Screening Form (Print):

Please fill out the form and fax to our office at 732.873.2584 or email to histep@comcast.net

HI-STEP® 2018 Screening Form (Print)

Screening Form (Digital):

Please fill out the form via Google Forms. You will receive an email upon successful submission.

HI-STEP® 2018 Screening Form (Digital)

Your Child Will Learn How To:

  • Make Friends
  • Take Perspectives
  • Communicate Feelings
  • Recognize Impulses
  • Solve Problems
  • Give (and Receive) Compliments
  • Deal with Teasing
  • Identify Anger Triggers
  • Manage Anger
  • Anticipate Consequences
  • Improve Telephone Communication
  • Think Critically
  • Think Abstractly
  • Develop Inferential Thinking
Register for free HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program seminars.

Upcoming Free HI-STEP® Seminars

Join us for one of our upcoming seminars where you can learn more about best practices for social skills programming, our HI-STEP summer program, meet our HI-STEP® Directors, and participate in our Q&A. These seminars are available to interested parents, educators, and professionals.

Getting Started

All applicants are screened prior to acceptance to ensure appropriateness for HI-STEP®.

We require a $500 deposit (which is refundable) or school district letter of intent to send the child before we screen the child. The HI-STEP® screening form can be submitted via fax or online. Please use the links below to start your register today.

A more detailed program packet, directions, & questionnaires will be sent following acceptance.

Screening Form (Digital):

Please fill out the form via Google Forms. You will receive an email upon successful submission.

Screening Form (Print):

Please fill out the form and fax to our office at 732.873.2584 or email to histep@comcast.net

  • $3,700 total cost for our 5-week program (24 days at all HI-STEP® locations)
  • A $500.00 deposit is required with screening form. If your child is accepted, balance is due within 10 days following acceptance notification. Deposit will be refunded only if the child is not accepted or if the responsible party notifies HI-STEP® within 10 days following acceptance notification.
  • A $250 Discount for Early Enrollment will be applied for any child paid in full by March 31, 2018.
  • School Districts may receive a 10% discount if they enroll 10 or more students. Please contact us for more details.

Mail Application Information

If you wish to mail the application form, please send to:

HI-STEP c/o Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A.
35 Clyde Road, Suite 101 – Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-873-1212 Fax: 732-873-2584
We accept payments by credit card or check. Please make checks payable to “HI-STEP”.
  • Children are grouped based upon age, strength and needs relative to the other children in the group, and based upon the determination of the best match with specific counselors.
  • There are specific social problem-solving skills targeted for all students in the program. We also teach children how to problem-solve so they can potentially handle any social situation. Additionally, there are individual goals for each child (determined after the first several days of the program and based upon parent input).
  • Staff members rate each child’s behavior and social skills after each activity every day and provide ongoing feedback to the children. A daily scorecard and comments are sent home every day for parent feedback.
  • We offer 2 Parent Seminars, focusing on gaining compliance, providing reinforcement, reducing negative behaviors, promoting social skills, generalizing positive behaviors across settings, etc.
  • Please note that HI-STEP® is not considered a mental health service & no CPT code will be provided. Contact your insurance company to determine if any reimbursement is available for part/all of the cost of the program.
  • HI-STEP® may be considered part of an extended school year program, paid by the school district. If the district is paying for part/all of the fee, the district must send confirmation letter & purchase order.
  • Districts must pay in full by June 30, 2018 or acceptance may not be guaranteed.

Important Downloads

Interested in the HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program? Download these resources to learn more and get started.

Dates and Times

Dates: Monday, July 2, 2018 – Friday, August 3, 2018 (24 days total); closed July 4th.
Time: 8:45 AM – 2:45 PM daily
Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 6-17. Prior students who have aged out of the program may apply to be considered on an individual basis.

Need Assistance?

One of our trained professionals will be happy to assist you with any questions.

Phone: 732.873.1212 | Email: histep@comcast.net

HI-STEP® 2018 Locations

Coles Elementary School

Scotch Plains, North Jersey

Program Director: Rory Panter, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist (NJ#4904)

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Stony Brook Elementary School

Pennington, Central Jersey

Director: Rebecca Schulman, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist (NJ#5860), Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral

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Van Zant Elementary School

Marlton, South Jersey

Director: Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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