Families consistently indicate that Social Recreation services are their biggest needs. In fact only 23% of parents indicate their their adult with disability has enough friends or social opportunities (ASC 2016 Survey).
As a parent, there seems to be three stages to acquiring the play, communication, and social skills for social recreation activties:
- Acquiring skills – usually done in home, school, or therapeutic setting
- Practicing skills in a safe environment
- Practicing in more independent settings
The resources below provide a wide range of activities and supervision. Please make sure you check out the group or activity to make sure it will be a good fit. We have a list of resources that are “autism friendly,” but also check your city’s Park and Recreation Department. Many will have adaptive sports, special needs programs, or your child or the adult may be able to participate in the typical class.