Summer Recreation Opportunities for Kids with Special Needs
Summer is a great time for kids to get outdoors and play, but for some kids, summer activities may require adaptive equipment or specialized coaching. Luckily, there are many great therapeutic recreation programs for children with special needs. Check out these great programs:
- Miracle League is dedicated to providing children with special needs and other developmental disabilities with an opportunity to play baseball. Find out more about this free program here.
- Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer Club is a community-based program dedicated to offering the game of soccer to children with special needs. TOPSoccer is open to children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Players are grouped by ability, not age. The is cost is $20 per child. Learn more.
- Camp Cranium is a four-day camp for children who have had brain trauma, stroke, brain tumors or other brain-related illnesses. This fully accessible camp has on-site medical facilities and a one-to-one camper to counselor ratio. Visit Camp Cranium's website or call 610-592-4475 for more information.
- LV Special Olympics provides children with intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn and compete in various sporting events. For more information, click here.
- They Will Surf Again is a program sponsored by Life Rolls On (LRO), a non-profit organization that provides free programs that “empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility.” This summer, the They Will Surf Again program will be in Wildwood Crest, NJ, on Saturday, June 16. To learn more or register for this free event, click here.
- Learn to golf. The Good Shepherd Therapeutic Recreation Department is pairing up with Bob Buck from the Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA) to teach golf to our former patients using adapted equipment and techniques. Anyone interested can contact Lydia at 610-807-4241. If you are not a patient or former patient, visit the EAGA website here for a list of seminars and golf clinics.
If you don’t live in the Lehigh Valley or surrounding areas and would like to find out about therapeutic recreation opportunities where you live, search the web. Search terms such as “wheelchair sports,” “adapted sports” and “accessible recreation” can yield great results.
For more information about pediatric rehabilitation at Good Shepherd, click here.