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Martial arts. Art. Music. Drama. Horseback Riding. Improved coordination and stability ... recreation specialists use sports, games, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, ...

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Recreation Resources

NCCSE Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Feb. 17, 2010

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Improved social skills

Social awareness in mainstream community

Connecting with peers

Improved self esteem



Gaining a sense of achievement through competitions, drills and skill session

􀂉 Improved teamwork skills

Benefits of Recreation

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Physical Benefits

  • 􀂉 Improved fitness

  • 􀂉 Improved strength

  • 􀂉 Improved co ordination

  • 􀂉 Improved skills

  • 􀂉 Improved health / wellbeing

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Benefits of specific activities

  • Horseback riding

  • Swimming

  • Baseball, football, soccer

  • Track and field

  • Martial arts

  • Art

  • Music

  • Drama

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Horseback Riding

  • Improved coordination and stability

  • Improved sensory input ability

  • Stronger hip, back and trunk muscles

  • Opportunity to relax

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  • Buoyancy

  • Strength and endurance

  • Flexibility

  • Cardiovascular benefits

  • Ability to adapt program

  • Ability to excel on one’s own terms

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Baseball, football, soccer

  • Physical benefits

  • Learning about teamwork and that you don’t always win

  • Peer identification

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Track and field

  • Physical, cardiovascular and weight management

  • Ability to adapt workouts

  • Ability to achieve on own terms

  • No special equipment or program needed

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Martial Arts

  • Teaches discipline

  • Builds control

  • Enhances self-development, fitness, confidence, relief from stress and self defense

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  • Opportunity for self expression

  • Adaptability

  • Builds awareness of dimensions and distinctions

  • Can be used to facilitate discussions

  • May lower depression, fatigue, anxiety

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  • Builds physical coordination, concentration, communication, social interaction and self-confidence

  • Can be used for self calming

  • Can help individuals to focus on their movements by focusing on the sounds they enjoy

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  • Opportunity for self expression and interpretation

  • Opportunity to go “outside oneself”

  • Opportunity for peers to relate on a different level

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Recreation Resources

Therapeutic and generic community resources for children with disabilities or special health and learning needs.

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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation specialists use sports, games, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, sightseeing excursions and non-traditional recreation activities to improve or maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals with disabilities.

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Therapeutic Recreation Resources

  • United Cerebral Palsy

  • Special Olympics

  • San Diego Parks and Rec (and other cities – see resource list)

  • Easter Seals

  • Together We Grow

  • Kids Included Together (KIT)

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United Cerebral Palsy Association

  • Toy Library

  • Respitality

  • Aquatics

  • Sibling Group

  • Teen groups

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Toy Library

  • Developmental ages 2-10

  • Stops throughout County

  • 2 week check out

  • Literacy theme kits

  • Resources & networking

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  • For parents of children with special needs

  • Stays in resort style hotels

  • Child care stipend may be available

  • Approximately 6 month wait list

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  • Ages 6 months to adult

    • All disabilities welcome

    • Mommy and me for 6-36 mos.

  • Intermediate to advanced

  • Elite program

  • Aquatic resources

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Sibling Group

  • Ages 8-12

  • Brothers and sisters of children with any disability

  • Schedule varies with demand

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Teen Group

  • FWOM- Friends with Open Minds

  • For teens and young adults with and without disabilities

  • Social activities

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Contact UCP

Toy Library: Katherine Freeborn


Aquatics: Nina Tarango


Respitality, Sibling Group and Teen Group: Rhonda van Eklenberg,


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Special Olympics

  • Year round programs

  • Competition at all levels of ability

  • For people age 8 and up with intellectual disabilities

    • Case by case for other disabilities

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Parks and Recreation

San Diego

  • Sport events, social activities, trips day camps and play days for 3-adult

  • Therapeutic division or inclusion

  • 619-525-8247; also available online

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Easter Seals

  • Weekend and summer camps

  • Contact info: 714-834-1111

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Together We Grow

  • Medically fragile weekend program:

    • Provide parents with the opportunity to temporarily rest from their role as a primary care giver

    • Skilled nursing care and assessment

    • Safe and fun environment

    • Sensory stimulation

    • Special eligibility and funding requirements apply

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Kids Included Together (KIT)

  • Work with child care providers and after school programs

  • Increase opportunities for children with special needs to participate

  • Technical assistance

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Generic Recreation Resources

  • Boys and Girls clubs

  • YMCAs

  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

  • San Diego Parent or Family magazines

  • School newsletters

  • City Parks and Recreation departments

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Recreation Resource List

  • Comprehensive list of therapeutic and generic recreation resources throughout San Diego County. Includes information about camps, play days, sports and more: and click on resources, then recreation

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Thank you!

Every effort is made to ensure that the information included in this presentation is accurate. However, due to seasonal and budget concerns, information that is currently appropriate may change at any time. Please contact the individual program in which you are interested for the most complete information available.

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Exceptional Family Resource Center

Contact us at 800-281-8252

or visit us online!