Special Needs Activities in Plano

When you have children with special needs, it can be difficult to find activities in your community that accommodate your whole family. Some places in Plano are making an effort to include children and adults with special needs.

Here are a few special needs activities in Plano:

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1. Adapted Recreation

The City of Plano has a program called Adapted Recreation for children and adults with special needs. There are activities available to children as young as 12 months and adults as old as 60! These activities are fun for the whole family and vary enough to keep everyone’s interest.

Adapted Recreation offers the following activities to people with special needs in Plano:

  • Fitness
  • Fine arts
  • Arts and crafts
  • Learning activities
  • Outings
  • And more!

Activities for children with special needs are designed to not only entertain them but to also improve important skills, such as:

  • Motor skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Spacial awareness
  • Body image
  • Self-esteem
  • Confidence

2. Jack Carter Park

In 2017, Plano built a special-needs-friendly playground in Jack Carter Park so that children with special needs could play alongside their able-minded and -bodied peers. A number of attributes make this park special-needs-friendly, namely its accessibility. There are not only wheelchair ramps leading into the park but also up to each piece of equipment. What’s more, is that platforms are lower to the ground to make transitioning in and out of a wheelchair easier.

Other features at this park that make this a great special needs activity include:

  • A swing set children can lay on, rather than sit in
  • Security bars on equipment
  • Sense-stimulating equipment
  • Equipment that inspires learning and development

 

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