Kids' Connection

Abilitations
Abilitations Children's Therapy & Wellness Center
919 844-6611
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  1. Abilities Indoor Soccer League Fall and Winter League A soccer league for children with all levels of physical and cognitive abilities. Ages 5 and up
  2. Theatre and Dance Camp A camp that emphasizes the hidden talents in children with special needs. Ages 5 and up
  3. Kook Kidz Social Club: Ages 4 and up

A social networking for children with special needs to promote peer interaction. Activities include spa parties, super hero parties, hiking and scavenger hunts, movie outings

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Adaption Recreation and Inclusion
Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation

Acting is Awesome! engages actors in separate groups by age, ranging from six to twenty nine years, in performing stories, plays, and improvised roles. Actors use expressive voices, faces and bodies to communicate emotions, relationships and social situations. Actors on the Autism Spectrum and with development disabilities who can follow directions enjoy this fun and lively activity led by Amy Elliott, a Drama Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Full class information and online registration available under Adapted Recreation at: http://www.chapelhillparks.org.

Atlantis Swim
Atlantis Swim School
919 342-6756
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Atlantis Swim School is a full service learn-to-swim program that focuses on serving children and adults with special needs. Private as well as group instruction is offered throughout the Triangle. Atlantis teaches in indoor facilities in Cary, Durham, and Raleigh and neighborhood pools throughout the community.

Bridge II Sports
Bridge II Sports
866 880-2742
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We serve children with physical disabilities, such as: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, SCI Amputee, to name some. Sports offered: Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Golf, Junior Paralympic Program, GIGE (Girls inspired, Girls Empowered), Wheelchair Soccer We start working with children at 8 years old. Children ages 5 to 8, must be supervised by a parent/guardian to participate. We adapt the game to each child. We believe in encouragement, but as a child born with a disability, we will push them to find their own limits. We discuss our disabilities, good pain vs. bad pain, fears, stretching, how to keep our bodies in good shape.

Camp Royall (The Autism Society of North Carolina)
919 542-1033
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Camp Royall hosts the nations oldest and largest summer camp for people on the Autism Spectrum as well as many other year round activities. Summer camp and other programs are tailored to meet the needs of people of all ages on the Autism Spectrum Please visit our website for the most up to date programming information.

Cat5 Canes
CASL TOP Soccer
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TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a US Youth Soccer community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of athletes ages eight and older with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. TOPSoccer athletes will meet with coaches and volunteer "buddies" every Sunday at WRAL Soccer Park for an hour to develop their soccer skills, scrimmage, and most of all to have FUN.

Cat5 Canes
Cat5 Canes
866 880-2742
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The Cat5 Canes purpose is to educate, motivate and encourage, individuals, who have developmental or physical disabilities to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes. The program uses the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, confidence, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment.

Requirements:

  • Potential players must have a developmental or physical disability that prevents them from playing in a typical program.
  • They must also have the ability to try to skate.
  • We exclude no child!
  • We are developing a sled hockey team for players who cannot use skates.

Colonial Sports Ministry
Colonial Sports Ministry
919-233-9100 ext. 1061
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Our Special Needs sports ministry is for children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. We offer both a spring & fall league on Saturday mornings. For the fall league we will offer soccer and T-Ball. If you would like to serve in this league as a volunteer/coach, please complete a registration form. The fee to participate in this league will be $35 (jerseys and end-of-season trophies will be provided). While we need parents to register to coach/volunteer, we will also have various "buddies" helping. If you know of someone wanting to help, or if you have additional quesitons, please contact us.

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Creativity in Motion
(919) 924-2659
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Does your child have dreams of dancing? Dance can be a wonderful way to allow children of all ages and abilities to express themselves, to improve social interaction with others, and to gain increased  flexibility and control through greater body awareness. Creativity in Motion offers private and semi-private dance classes to children with special needs. Interns and Peer Buddies, (volunteer assistants and younger students without special needs from local mainstream dance studios,) are utilized in class to serve as teacher helpers/ student models to foster an integrated dance environment.

Developmental Therapy Associates
Developmental Therapy Associates, Inc.
919 493-7002 (Durham)
919 465-3966 (Cary)
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Bike Riding Lesson (available in Durham or Cary) - Clinics are 1-on-1 sessions instructed by an occupational therapist. We can help address many concerns such as: proper bike fit, balance, coordination, sensory processing problems, poor endurance, safety awareness, starting, braking, steering, and bike control. Sessions are scheduled individually with families. Yogafitabilities (only available in Cary) -Build Self awareness, increase focus and concentration, increase flexibility and strength, build good breathing habits in everyday life, release stress and encourage relaxation, raise awareness of your body. This class is especially designed for 7 to 10 year old children with decreased coordination and balance concerns.

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
919 435-4487
www.helpinghorse.org
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HHTRP offers riding instruction to physically, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled persons of all ages in Wake County and surrounding areas. We were founded in 1989, and are a certified non-profit, wholly volunteer operated organization dependent on the charitable support of locally interested individuals and businesses.

Holly Springs School of Dance
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Springs Dance Company

919 557-3270
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Holly Springs School of Dance and Springs Dance Company Presents...Shining Stars! A free dance program for children with special needs. Meets the first Saturday of each month from 10-11 am at the Holly Springs School of Dance. Register one week prior so that we have plenty of buddies lined up to dance with kids. Wear comfortable clothing and bare feet. Dancers of all ages and abilities welcome.

Hope Soccer
Hope Soccer
888-706-0660
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Hope Soccer aims to give children with intellectual and physical disabilities a fun activity they can engage in where they can interact with others in a safe and healthy outdoor environment. We are dedicated to helping children learn, to helping them grow through a team-oriented outdoor activity, and to helping them build a lifestyle that embraces physical activity and integrity in the sport.

Miracles in Motion by Dance Dynamics, Inc.
Miracles in Motion by Dance Dynamics, Inc.
919 554-0036
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Miracles in Motion is a nonprofit program at Dance Dynamics, Inc. offering free dance classes to children with special needs. We provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere in which students with physical, developmental, and/ or mental disabilities can explore creative movement and dance technique while connecting with peers and other Dance Dynamics students. Our goal is to assist our students in building self-confidence, dance technique, and motor skills in a fun, friendly environment. Students will explore rhythm, ballet, and jazz technique in each class, as well as have time for movement games and free dance.

The Miracle League of the Triangle
The Miracle League of the Triangle
919 238-0333

We are a baseball league for children with special needs ages 5 and up. We play 2-8 week seasons every year, Fall and Spring.

Pathways For People Day Program
Pathways For People Day Program
919 297-7254
919 462-1663
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Pathways for People Day Program offers a summer day program for high school age teenagers with developmental disabilities. Participants will be exposed to group based programs that will nurture new skills through art, music, photography, technology, life skills trainings, therapeutic movement (dance, yoga, etc.), and other activities. We host respite events (movies, games, and more!) on weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages.

PopWarner Football/Cheerleading: Challenger Division
PopWarner Football/Cheerleading: Challenger Division
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The Challenger division is a Pop Warner football and cheer program for youth ages five to 18 with physical and/or developmental disabilities who are enrolled in school. The Challenger program provides a safe and structured environment for everyone to participate in the great game of football. Rules are very similar to the rules for the Pop Warner flag football program. The Challenger program is non-competitive and no score is kept. Participants may play with a "buddy" who assists them with the ball and navigating the field.

Raleigh Little Theatre Access Theatre Now Classes
Raleigh Little Theatre
Access Theatre Now Classes

919 821-4579 x225
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ACCESS THEATRE NOW!
This class gives students with physical, emotional, learning and developmental disabilities an opportunity to gain self-esteem, improve social and communication skills and explore new modes of self-expression – all in a non-competitive, structured atmosphere. Each session will culminate in an open classroom highlighting the individual talents of all involved. Support staff is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Raleigh Parks & Recreation
Raleigh Parks & Recreation
919 807-5402
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Buddy Soccer is for individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities. This program is an instructional soccer program to teach introductory soccer skills. Siblings are also allowed to join this program. All participants must have a parent/guardian or other adult attend with them. Ages 4-16. This program runs in the Fall.

Friendly Track Out: Participants will enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, field trips, and more. This program is run for Track 4 only. Ages 6-16.

Sibshops: This activity is for siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. Meets once a month during the school year.

Friendly After School Program: Participants must be able to display appropriate behavior and function independently on a 1:4 ratio. Program is held based on the Wake County Traditional Calendar.

Buddy Basketball: This program is an instructional basketball program directed by parents to teach introductory basketball skills. Siblings are also allowed to join this program. This program runs in the Winter. Ages 4-16

Buddy Softball: This program is an instructional softball program directed by parents to teach introductory softball skills. Siblings are also allowed to join this program. Ages 4-16. Program runs in the Spring.

Game Night: Come and hang out with your friends! We will have board games, Karaoke, and video games. Program meets once a month during the school year. Ages 12-21.

Recreational Bowling: This bowling program is recreational in nature and provides a fun and exciting place for youth with developmental and/or physical disabilities to participate in a bowling league. Ramps and bumpers will be available. Participants will be placed on lanes based on age, ability, and style of bowling. Siblings are also allowed to join this program. Program runs Winter, Spring. Summer, Fall. Ages 6-18.

Youth Social Club: The Youth Club is for teens in middle school and high school who have a developmental disability. The purpose of the group is to provide social activities, perpetuate friendships, and develop community skills. Programs are held once a month throughout the school year. Ages 12-21.

Camp Friendly: Participants will enjoy outside activities, including swimming, arts & crafts, nature programs, sports, and field trips. This program is held at Durant Nature Park for 8 weeks in the summer. Ages 4-16.

Rhythm & Rehab, LLC
Rhythm & Rehab, LLC
919 961-2605
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Rhythm & Rehab provides Music Therapy services for children and young adults with special needs. Services include individual music therapy, small group music therapy, adapted piano lessons and musical theater.

The Sensation Nation
The Sensation Nation
866 292-5290

The Sensation Nation was developed in 2008 to offer successful recreation, athletic, therapeutic and educational opportunities for those with different needs. We believe everyone should have opportunities to maximize their development in safe, nurturing, and natural environments. Whether the students learn the fundamentals of gymnastics, swimming, handwriting and other developmentally appropriate activities our program is designed to attend to the sensory and behavioral needs of each individual and we tailor the goals of each student to match their specific needs. The Sensation Nation is a unique team of Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists, Recreation Therapist, and Coaches. Bringing our skills and knowledge together to motivate and teach our students. We offer a variety of programs ranging from one-on-one instruction to groups and birthday parties.

Signs of Learning
Signs of Learning
919 469-5244
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Signs of Learning offers parent-child classes, playgroups, and workshops in the NC Triangle designed to introduce American Sign Langauge in a playful and fun environment. Sign Language for Budding Babies is an introductory class for babies 6 months-15 months (and parents) and Sing and Sign Playtime is designed for children 15-30 months (and parents). We also offer some drop in play classes for the above age groups as well as hosted classes for older children.

Surfers Healing
Surfers Healing
866 647-HEAL

Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism and the lives of their families by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.

Swim Lessons Raleigh
Swim Lessons Raleigh
919.676.0271

Laura provides a special curriculum for children with special needs. For the last five years Laura has been working with children with special needs in Raleigh, to empower them to more fulfilling lives. She is experienced with autistic, deaf and blind students of all ages. We recommend private or family private lesson with Coach Laura. We ask that you email Laura before attending your first class so you can discuss your child's progress and your expectation.

Triangle Academy of Dance
Triangle Academy of Dance
919 387-1298
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Dance Movement Class for Young Children with Special Needs & Autism. Age: 3-7 years.

Voices Together
Voices Together
919 942-2714
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Voices Together "Little Voices" program is targeted to 7-11 year olds. The program is a research based approach and technique that combines music therapy, music training, communication and social skill training in the structure of small choruses. Each group of 6 participants is lead by two board-certified music therapists. The weekly 1-hour sessions develop advocacy, self-determination skills and leadership skills through a fun, enriching and adapted program. Participants don’t need to know how to sing -- the training is weaved inside the music itself as each group learns to work together, support each other and eventually build bridges towards their families, friends and communities.

Wake Forest All-Stars’ Special Needs Cheer Team The WONDER WOLVES
Wake Forest All-Stars’
Special Needs Cheer Team
The WONDER WOLVES

We are so excited to get the special needs community involved in our gym. There is no cost to join the team. The only cost associated with the team is the uniform (around $125). Kids of all ages are welcome to join. The team will practice every Sunday from 2pm-4pm. The athletes will learn a 2 ½ minute cheer routine that they will perform 5 times throughout the year at cheerleading competitions starting in December. They will perform at 1 competition a month from December-April. The majority of these competitions are in Raleigh with one in Greensboro, NC. We do advise everyone that is interested that there will be loud music and bright lights at the cheer competitions. Spaces are limited and you MUST register online.

Wake Forest Dream League
Wake Forest Dream League
919 554-6183

The Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department proudly debuted its Dream League program in 2008. The league is designed for children ages 5-18 in the Wake Forest area who have special needs. The league will operate on Saturdays from late April through early June at Tyler Run Park.

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Weehabilitate - Pediatric Therapy, PLLC
919-880-5770

Weehabilitate offers socials group for two different age groups. Children who may benefit from social skills groups are children who have difficulty interacting with friends and peers, taking turns, expressing feelings to peers and adults, making eye contact with others, and conflict resolution. Please call our office or visit our website for dates and times.