BOOST! After School Programs teach socialization and communication skills to children and teens on the autism spectrum through recreation and social interaction. Participants learn to develop friendships with each other and with typically developing peers in structured play and discussion sessions that are supervised by trained coaches.
Created by NEXT for AUTISM with the JCC Manhattan, BOOST! grew out of SibFun, a sibling program initiated by NEXT for AUTISM co-founder Ilene Lainer. NEXT for AUTISM then developed BOOST! at the JCCs in Manhattan and Long Island, modeling it after Have Dreams, an after school program in Chicago.