PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Through P.L.A.Y.S. we offer a variety of programs and events that we feel support our families and youth on the ASD Spectrum and that also fall in-line with our Mission Statement. At our events we always offer qualified "Respite Works" to support our youth and allows parents some free time. We also pride ourselves in exclusivity and include siblings/friends in all of our programing.
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Dance and Movement Class
This one-hour weekly program is run in partnership with Mabel Hernandez, owner of Dance Obsessed Studios and certified dance instructor. Mabel is kind and patient with our children who learn at different levels and different ways. In this program the children start out doing stretches, learn various dance moves, and finish with some calming yoga poses. Throughout the course of the program the children learn a dance routine which they perform for their parents and friends during a recital.
This two-hour weekly program is offered to children ages 8 and up. The children learn kitchen safety and how to use kitchen appliances. They also learn about food groups and healthy food choices. They are taught food preparation, how to use kitchen gadgets properly, how to read recipes, and measure ingredients. The children are included in all aspects of cooking from setting the table to clean up. Once the meal is prepared the children sit together to enjoy their food creations and practice table manners.
Builders Block Club
This 1.5-hour weekly program is for children ages 6 and up. Children come together once a week to explore many different types of building blocks and build all kinds of structures using instructions or their imagination. They learn social skills while building with peers. A healthy is provided which allows children to learn table manners and enjoy eating with friends. The children love to share their creations with all their peers.
This weekly 1-hour program is geared for children ages 3 to 7 to help them to grow and develop their play skills, gross motor, imitation, and coordination. They will also learn to follow simple instructions while engaging with peers in play based activities, including group activities, sensory play, and circle time in the gymnasium.
Youth Sport Skills Groups
This weekly 1 hour program is for youth ages 8 and up and to learn the basics of team sports. Various sports will be taught throughout the program (basketball drills, soccer, and floor hockey). Each lesson will start with warm up stretches and core strength exercises. We also offer a summer soccer program and a golf “Tee to Green” program.
These evenings are offered throughout the year on Friday evenings for ages 10 and up. Activities include various themes (game nights, pizza parties, karaoke, dancing, movie nights) for youth to interact with their peers through social activities.
This program is provided by certified Sibshop facilitators for siblings of children with autism. Sibshops provide siblings with the following:
Meet other brothers and sisters of children with autism
Talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good) parts of having a sibling with special needs
Learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive
Have some more fun!
Monthly Parent Support Groups
This is a monthly support group which brings parents and caregivers together to offer friendship and a network of support who all share the unique challenges and experiences of parenting a child on the ASD Spectrum. We share resources and provide special guest speakers to aid in support such as relaxation techniques and answer questions about services available ie. Autism Registry, Respite, RDSP Information and much more. We also offer a coinciding social skills group for children with autism and their siblings. Always the 3rd Wednesday of the Month (except December) from 5 to 7
We also offer an Annual Summer Camp, March Break Programs, and other special events, including: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day parties.
Community Autism Awareness and Advocacy
Autism training for respite workers and volunteers
School advocacy at meetings
Assistance with applications and forms
Currently trialing a job skills readiness program for some of our youth