Resources for special needs children and caregivers:
Weighted Blankets are helpful to so many people. I know they are helpful to my students. If you are shopping for one and haven't heard of Weight on Me, you can visit their website here.
Original music used for A Dance Class For Me! performances, Come on By, written by Timothy Bennett is on Highly Irregular. For more of music written by Tim Bennett, please go to TBennettMusic.com
NEW! TOPSoccer - The Outreach Program for Soccer is a recreational program designed for special needs athletes who play the world’s most popular sport. We focus on fun and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition. We modify the game of soccer to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete and provide opportunities for building relationships, fitness and self-esteem. The special needs of our players come in all shapes and sizes – physical, cognitive, emotional and social.
Everyone plays and one-on-one assistance is available. We play every Saturday afternoon between September and November from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Arena Soccer Park (2190 Canal Street, Orange, 92865). There are no practices or weekday events.
Orange Junior Soccer Club, TOPSoccer if you want to learn more go to: www.ojsc.org
Any interested players should contact: Jim Watson, TOPSoccer Coordinator
Down Syndrome Association in Orange Count Center (DSAOC)
There are a lot of creative classes at the DSAOC for kids all ages, To get more information please call the DSAOC Center at 714-540-5794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the DSAOC please go to www.dsaoc.org.
Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) in Santa Ana offers classes for children with special needs. Monthly Open Houses! To learn more, go to www.occtac.org/.
The Autism Hope Alliance "embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism." For more information, please go to http://www.autismhopealliance.org
We Rock the Spectrum is a franchise of play gyms specifically designed for autistic children and children with sensory processing issues. You can find them in many places, if you look at their main website, but they finally opened one in Orange County! It's in Laguna Hills, it's big and looks like a lot of fun. To learn more please go to werockthespectrumlagunahills.com.
If you haven't already heard about Gigi's Playhouse, it's a special activity center set up for children through adults with Down Syndrome. I've kept my eye on the franchises throughout the US and one is coming to San Diego, California. To learn more, please go to Gigi's Playhouse.
Capoeira Batuque Lake Balboa, CM Girafa leads great capoeira classes and also Capo-therapy for special needs. To learn more, click here
You can now find Autism Movement Therapy in Orange County and other activities on the Autism Speaks Resource Page under Interventions and Social Skills in California, please go to AutismSpeaks.org.
To learn more about Autism Movement Therapy® and Joanne Lara, MA, please go to AutismMovementTherapy.com_ To find a provider in your area, please go to her Contact a Provider Page. You can also find books and more information on Autism Movement Therapy® on the Store page of that website.