Thanks to the North Arlington Knights of Columbus for the donation of their large room and unlimited soda and the many wonderful 5 star restaurants that donated more food than we could eat Christmas with Santa was a hugh success with close to 200 people attending. Our wonderful area and not so close restaurants donated lots of wonderful food for the families to feast on including some of the best assorted desserts, coffee and tea. A beautiful cake from the Cake Boss from foodnetwork was the perfect ending to our feast. The children visited 5 craft stations with their large goody bags provide by PTPT and they made a different craft and got candy at all 5 stations to fill their goody bag with. All of a sudden through the Christmas music our President Deborah Wertalik heard the hoofs of reindeer and bells from Santa and low and behold there he was larger than life Santa to hand a toy to every child along with goody bags. This event was a free event to the families and paid for by Putting the Pieces Together. Thanks to my hard working Board we had a wonderful time. What a magical night! One parent was quoted as saying "This is the first time my son got to see Santa and he is 10" another parent was quoted as saying "This is the first time since the diagnosis that we have gone out as a family"




Putting the Pieces Together has been dedicated to families affected by autism and other different abilities since 2005. We are here to support and educate families with our speaker meetings and workshops and enhance the lives of children and adults affected by autism and other different abilities with year round sports and leisure activities. You’ll never walk alone as long as we are here. When you are a part of our organization you are not alone we embark on this journey together as a force to be reckoned with.  Putting the Pieces Together is an Organization dedicated to bringing Autism Awareness to communities and families not affected by Autism in an effort to bring about understanding and acceptance. Please take a look at our website and what we have to offer and know that though this may not be the journey you expected to take you are not alone.

Breaking News....

Putting the Pieces Together will be paying and hosting staff training for 3 local libraries so they can have an in-depth training workshop educating them on how to better serve the autism community. The 3 libraries will be North Arlington, Lyndhurst and Rutherford. The goal of this in-depth customer service training is to heighten library staff awareness of issues related to the autism community and empower them to provide better service to this growing population. The film was produced by Mary Olive Smith a 2009 Emmy award winner for her documentary A Walk to Beautiful. We are supplying a continental breakfast along with a hot lunch donated by local businesses.

Putting the Pieces Together is dedicated to educating families businesses and communities because education is our best weapon against autism. We are the baby boomers of autism and in the near future our State will be flooded with an overwhelming population of adults with autism. Our goal is to help our State find a way to better to serve and understand this growing population. Autism is at an epidemic level especially in New Jersey. It’s our duty as family members of children with autism to make sure our State is prepared for them when they are adults. I see no plan in sight so we need to put together a plan and make sure it’s implemented for the good of our children. Putting the Pieces Together is doing their part to ensure that our future adults with autism have every opportunity to grow, flourish and co exist in this world that is so foreign to them.

Jam Cats Music Therapy * NEW PROGRAM


Music Therapy with the Jam Cats – I met DJ at Tyler’s Rocking Horse Rehab Camp this summer and thought he was amazing with the children. Every child was engaged and having a great time.  This program is a themed weekly program for 10 weeks 1 hour a week on Thursdays at 7pm. The first class starts with All About Me, Fall, Holiday themes and so much more. DJ brings his acoustic guitar, bongo and several other instruments that he and the children will play along with songs that children know and love and new songs that they will grow to love. This is a program that we are very proud to have and if you would like more information on this program you can give us a call.

Thanks to our music therapy classes provided by The Jam Cats our children are being exposed to many forms of music including but not limited to Classical, Raggae, disco, rap, 60's, beatles, country, rock and so much more! We can't thank DJ enough for opening the world of music for our children. The instruments our children are learning about are instruments I have never known about and I see the parents enjoying this class as much as the children. I know I am and I'm a grandparent!

Parent Reviews
*Richard had a good time (knew he would).  On the drive home he wanted to know if he could come back tomorrow.  I think DJ from Jam Cats kept the kids engaged and gave lots of opportunity to follow directions.

*Ian LOVED it! The Jam Cats rule!

*As a mom I loved it - so did Crystal.  

*Tyler came home and searched their site he loved DJ and the program Jam Cats Rock!!!!!


Abrakadoodle Art Therapy * NEW PROGRAM

Abrakadoodle is an art therapy that is taught by a teacher of the handicapped trained by Abrakadoodle in art and guaranteed to bring out the young Picasso in your child. Abrakadoodle helps launch Crayola's "Lights, Camera, Color!" Campaign. Abrakadoodle won Nickelodeon's 2009 Parents' Picks Winner and Abrakadoodle won more first place awards for "Best Art Class" than any other art program in the country!  We are proud to offer the opportunity to enrich our children’s lives with art. Art is a great way for our children to express themselves and is very therapeutic. The classes are on Friday evenings at 6:30pm for 1 hr and go on for 10 weeks. For more information please give us a call.

Adaptive Tennis is Here

We were trained by the USTA to teach adaptive Tennis and just started our program on Saturday afternoons for ages 8 through 18. We are teaching basic skills and are going to take some trips to help the children understand what our goal is. Our first trip will be to an indoor tennis court to watch a junior. game. The second trip will be to the Children’s Day at the US Tennis Opens to really open the children’s world to the sport of Tennis. We are very excited about this program and hope to see our children understand the game and be able to play singles and doubles. Each session will be 10 weeks long and will end with a celebration to reward our children for working hard to learn a difficult sport.

Jed Baker and Bridget Taylor to PTPT

We recently had the honor of hosting 2 very informative speaker meetings at no cost to anyone that attended. 

On July 23rd, 2009 Bridget Taylor came to speak to us about how to increase skills in our children. Medical professional. Taylor is actually co-founder and Exec Home associated with Alpine Learning Group. She's specialized within the education and remedy associated with children together with autism for the previous twenty-four a long time. The lady retains any Doctorate associated with Mindsets via Rutgers College, and been given the woman's Master’ utes stage inside Early on Years as a child Specific Education and learning via Columbia College. She is any Board Licensed Conduct Analyzer as well as a Certified Shrink. Medical professional. Taylor is actually mixed up in autism study group and it has published quite a few articles upon powerful interventions regarding autism. The lady provides on the column planks in the Log associated with Used Conduct Evaluation, Behaviour Surgery, and Conduct Evaluation used. She is likewise a part in the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Core regarding Behaviour Scientific tests, is often a person in this Professional section in the Nationwide Autism Center’ utes Nationwide Expectations Project, and is particularly any aboard person in this Relationship regarding Scientific disciplines inside Autism Therapy. Medical professional. Taylor can be senior professional medical counsellor regarding Reconsider Autism (an revolutionary web-based programs regarding children together with autism). She is any national and global phone speaker and it has written quite a few study articles and e-book chapters in connection with autism.

I would like to tell you that we learned so much from this expert. She allowed us to ask questions and really gave us some tools to increase our children’s skills. We are very thankful that she came to speak to us and look forward to having her again. She had so much knowledge to share and everyone walked away with something.

On September 17th Jed Baker came to speak to us at a free speaker meeting our organization offered to anyone that wished to attend. We are very thankful for having Dr Baker come to speak with us and hope he will join us again real soon. Everyone walked away with something and Dr Baker allowed us to ask questions both in the group and privately before he left. He is incredible and we want to thank him for his valuable time and knowledge.

These are just 2 of the wonderful speaker meetings we have had in the past few months. Look for more to come!


Our own President/Co founder, Deborah Wertalik, was an honoree at the prestigious Jefferson Awards Ceremony for 2009. She was one of 26 chosen from over 300 people that were nominated to win this National award. Throughout 1972, together with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with U. Azines. Senator Robert Taft, Jr .., Mr. Beard co-founded the particular Jefferson Accolades pertaining to General public Service to produce a Nobel Reward pertaining to community assistance. This Jefferson Accolades acknowledge both equally ordinary individuals who complete extraordinary items along with men and women as their community assistance has brought a simple country wide result. National invariably winners include integrated four Justices with the Best Courtroom, which include Sandra Morning O' Connor along with Thurgood Marshall; 7 Secretaries associated with Point out, which include Colin Powell along with Cyrus Vance; along with Joe Greenspan, Joe Wish, Lance Armstrong along with Stephen Work. In excess of 155 classifieds, television set along with r / c herald nearby " Unsung Heroes" the particular nation' utes greatest media partnership fostering volunteerism.

First, the selectors review acts of courage, vision, dedication, and tenacity. Is there anything outstanding, unique, heroic about the nominee and his or her character?

Second, they review the impact on the community. Public service is about serving people and communities. As the nominee addresses important issues facing local communities or the country, has the nominee had a measurable impact? Through our Jefferson Awards Media partners, we are applauding "Unsung Heroes." Eligibility includes volunteers as well as paid professionals who go well above and beyond their expected service. "Unsung" means not normally in the media. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America.

Below is the piece that Jessie Zacche wrote that helped the Board to choose Debbie over the many other deserving nominees.

Debbie Wertalik is an excellent granny in order to the woman's grandson Tyler who has autism. As a consequence of Tyler, Debbie in addition to the woman's little girl, Tara, have got commenced the assistance group, Adding the Bits Collectively, regarding households along with special-needs kids. She has commenced the year-round sports category named Particular Angels Adventure so that just about every baby along with special wants can enjoy sports similar to Tee basketball, soccer, golf ball, bowling, cheerleading in addition to dance classes making use of their colleagues.

Specific Angels is usually ready to accept any kid or family members irrespective they will stay or the character on the child’ azines incapacity. Your lover performs tirelessly in these kind of software programs plus the a lot of fund raisers had to assist all of them for example moves, art work sales, complicated trays, eat in order to donates, coin throws and also the upcoming bike function and also tennis outing. The girl child Tara as well as other team members aid her although the girl with your basis on the team that includes in excess of 100 households. Your lover performs night and day to run this specific business also to increase resources in order that particular angels can buy its own discipline and in the end its own developing to run your software programs.

As being a mom involving a few specific needs young children I'm sure what a concern it can be to deal with issues in your own home as well as in public; but Debbie is going far above her very own family to produce factors simple for different little ones. My wife designed for us a huge extended family. The girl with some sort of mother in my experience as well as a grandmother in order to the little ones as well as a great friend as well as a remarkable pal as well as coach.


Tara Banuls, Vice President/Co Founder

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