Day Program

Please enjoy these updates, photos, & more that involve our New Jersey Day Program spaces. We update this page often so check back in with us soon for more live updates.

Banana Split Pudding Cup Group

Day Program in Long Branch today was super sweet! Clients participated in a collaborative occupational therapy and day program activity that created banana pudding sundae treats from scratch. Clients were involved in each step of the process, including being able to taste-test at the end.

March 11th – Universal celebrates Traumatic Brain Injury & Developmental Disability Awareness Month

We had an amazing day sharing laughs, cries, and stories as we all gathered in unison to talk about our clients’ experiences living with traumatic brain injuries and developmental disabilities. Our clients shared stories of their resilience and recovery in an open-mic setting. Clients utilized therapy sessions during the weeks leading up to the event to write their stories with therapists if they wished to participate in the event. During the day of the event, therapy departments assisted by providing their skilled services to ensure that our clients were able to share their stories in a way that captured their courage and resilience. It was an amazing day filled with empowerment.

Friday, January 28th: National Have Fun at Work Day

We had the best time during our National Have Fun at Work Day celebration to end the month of January. We played “large” games in each of our day program spaces, as well as all wore our pajamas to work. What is a better way to have fun while on the job?!

Friday, January 21st: Love Your Brain Yoga & Universal Begin a 6-Week Journey

Today we started a six week journey with Love Your Brain Yoga at our Long Branch day program. Sessions will each be 90-minute sessions that focus on healing, coping, acceptance, and loving our bodies and brains exactly as they are now. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for our clients, and we are excited for the journey to come.

Friday, January 21st: National Be Healthy Day

We celebrated and promoted a healthy lifestyle this past Friday at UI Rehab in observance of National Be Healthy Day. Our clients were provided with fitness groups and activities that targeted moving around while also having a great time. All day long we offered heart-healthy activities, heart health-based discussion groups, and even client-led fitness videos.

January 14th: National Crazy Hat Day

Today we celebrated National Hat Day at UI Rehab with some crazy hats. We worked all week long during our program hours to ensure that each client had a fun hat to wear that matched their personalities & interests. Our activity specialists made sure that we had a fun day. We also had a Crazy Hat Contest with a mocktail hour cart that toured each of our day program spaces.

December 17th: Christmas “Ugly Sweater” Party

December 10th & 11th: Cookie Baking Week at Day Program

It’s not the holiday season without cookie baking! We spent the last week at our Long Branch & Livingston day programs prepping, baking, and decorating holiday cookies with our special guest, Tiramisuzie. From choosing the type of cookie, to shopping for all of the ingredients, to baking and decorating…we have been very busy! We look forward to packaging up our cookies and donating them to client-chosen places later this week. We hope this post finds you enjoying the holiday season in every way!

Wednesday, December 8th: We are TRU!

“We want all of our visitors to know that we are a team. We are TRU.”-Jenn D., UI Livingston client

Right: Jenn, Charles, & Naty (a UI Activity Specialist) working together to create our custom wall located at the entrance of our vocational center. The letters were both designed and created by our clients and utilize a variety of creative materials.

Friday, December 10th: Hanukkah Celebration

Happy Hanukkah!

Our Long Branch facility celebrated the last day of Hanukkah with some very intense dreidel games.

Dave playing Dreidel at our Long Branch Day Program

Above: Michelle & AJ

Friday, November 19th

Today we celebrated Mickey Mouse’s birthday at UI Rehab in Livingston. What a special day! Following Disney karaoke and Disney arts & crafts, Mickey Mouse made a guest appearance to take photos with all who were interested. He even joined us as we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Pedaiah.

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