Special Needs Events April 2018

Published on April 3, 2018

The Frisco In-Home Trainers put together a great list of special needs events.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FISDSpecialNeedsEvents

  • Jumpstreet is hosting jump times for children with special needs at all of their DFW locations.  Children with special needs and their siblings are welcome during the semi-private morning playtime at the indoor trampoline park on the 1stSaturday of each month.  Their next event is Saturday, April 7th from 9-10 (semi-private) & 10-11 (open to the public).  The cost is $8 for children 4+, which includes 2 hours and a fun pass.  Children 3 and under are $4.  Parents enter for free.  Jumpstreet West Plano is located at 6505 W. Park Blvd #200 Plano.  For more information, call 972-378-5867 or visit www.gotjump.com
  • Studio Movie Grill continues to host sensory-friendly special needs movie screenings each month, at no charge for children with special needs (sibs are free, too!).  This month, they are screening “Ready Player One” (rated PG-13) on April 7that 11:00. For more information visit:  https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings.
  • Urban Air in Frisco hosts sensory-friendly jump times on the first Sunday of each month from 10am-12pm. The park is transformed into a calmer atmosphere for those with special needs and sensory processing difficulty, their siblings and caregivers. No flashing lights, no music and no whistles. Their next event is this Sunday, April 8th.  $12 for children, parents are admitted free of charge.  For more information, visit: https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/sensoryfriendly/
  • The Frisco Public Library hosts “Sensory Story Time” for families of children ages 8 and under!  This event is intended to be a family story time geared toward children with Autism and/or who may experience sensory overload.  They read books, sing songs, and do sensory activities.  Their next event is Saturday, April 14that 10am.  No RSVP is necessary.  The library is located at 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard Frisco, TX 75034.
  • Whether your child loves to perform or shies away from the spotlight, improvisational comedy techniques can enrich their lives and boost their confidence. Improv exercises and games encourage emotional awareness, self-confidence, social and communication skills, self-expression, and creativity. In this interactive and fun 8-week class, students are introduced to the basics of improv, and can practice social skills and behaviors while gaining awareness in what the “real world” finds acceptable. This will be done in a safe and fun setting where the students can explore and challenge themselves. This class also serves as a support system where those with Autism can connect with new friends. This class is taught by psychotherapist Andrea K. Baum and an improv comedy instructor. No improv experience necessary; beginners welcome.  This class is open to students 14-18 and begins April 21st at 10 am.   Classes are held at Stomping Grounds, located at 1350 Manufacturing Street #109 Dallas, TX 75207.  For questions or concerns, email Andrea at improvforlife@stompinggroundcomedy.org. To learn more visit: http://artandseek.org/calendar/event/88150/improv-for-autism-teens-14-18-course
  • Starcatchers” is a unique program available through North Texas Performing Arts.  It is designed to enhance the development of social and communication skills, motor skills, and cognitive/memory functions of children with special needs through performance and visual arts, such as drama, music, art, etc.  for students in grades 4 and up.  After noticing many of their students commuting from Frisco to Plano, they decided to serve the Frisco community locally!!  This is an amazing option for local Frisco families! Their first offering is a theatre class designed to teach basic acting skills to students and adults with special needs. The final showcase integrates performance skills the children develop through weeks of practice and training in a supportive class environment. With one-on-one direction and careful teaching, children learn the essentials of stage presence, speech, and movement. Classes are held weekly each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 at Power House of Dance in Frisco and have begun for the season.  They are hoping to grow the class ASAP so they are able to continue this amazing program.  For more information, visit: https://northtexasperformingarts.org/event/2018-starcatchers-ariel/
  • The Starcatcher Dance workshop is for students with special needs and will include dance technique related to songs from musicals. Students will learn the fundamentals of dance through instruction and movement games. By exploring and expressing through dance, students will also further develop social, communication and motor skills.  For more information, visit: https://northtexasperformingarts.org/event/class-2018-starcatchers-dance/
  • Would you enjoy some time to relax or run errands while your child with special needs is treated as a “VIP”?  A lovely & passionate woman brought the Buddy Break respite program to our area and would love for your family to join them!  Each event is free and will be held at Chase Oaks Church in Plano from 10am-1pm.  The next event is Saturday, May 19th(future date: 6/16).  For additional information/registration, visit: http://www.chaseoaks.org/connect/kids-students/buddy-break/  For registration issues or to volunteer, please contact Sara Chacon:buddybreak.coc@gmail.com
  • Sound Starts Music is hosting summer (6/11-6/15 & 7/16-7/20) camps at their location in Frisco.  Camps are held from 9-12 daily.  The cost is $247/week and includes registration, snacks, crafts & more!  Please call 469.443.6224 to register
  • Plano Adapted Recreation is hosting fun nights of dancing along with other fun activities each month to increase socialization, self-esteem, & physical exercise.  Light refreshments are provided.  The event is $15 for Plano residents and $19 for non-residents.  Young adults ages 15 & up are invited to participate.  Register online at apm.activecommunities.com/planoparksandrec/homewith these codes for scheduled 2018 dates:Friday, April 27: 196645 (Disco Dance Party – Wear your favorite ’70s dance attire)

    Friday, May 18: 196646 (Sock Hop Dance – Wear your favorite ’50s dance attire)

    For more information about Plano’s Adapted Recreation programs, visit plano.gov/408/Adapted-Recreation or call supervisor Dianne Dillon at 972/941-7272 or Ashley Smith at 972/941-7327. For questions about the venue, call the Plano Senior Recreation Center at 972-941-7155

  • The Dallas Children’s Theater is offering sensory-friendly performances specifically designed for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and/or other special needs.  All performances are only $5 per person and will take place at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts 5938 Skillman St. Dallas 75231.  The next performance will be “Jungalbook”on May 5th at 1:30 PM – See Kipling’s original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  They are also showing “Blue” on May 5th at 1:30 PM – Dallas Children’s Theater is proud to be part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young. BLUE is returning to the schedule as part of this initiative while additional new works for these audiences continue to be developed.  Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy in their blueness. When a red sock enters their kitchen, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by the way their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance in an age-appropriate, soft-hearted theatrical experience. It is filled with fun, humor, and whimsy—and at the end of the show, you will be too! Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families. To purchase tickets, call 214-740-0051.  For additional information, check out dct.org/sensory

 Special Needs Events Sensory-Friendly Performance Day Schedule

12:30pm – 1:30pm Optional pre-show activities including face painting, clown performances and other activities. Participate at whatever level is best for your family.
1:00pm Doors to the theater are opened
1:30pm Show begins

  • Sound Starts Music is excited to announce a Special Needs Community Band!   This program is specifically for middle and high school children with special needs who are looking for support in playing a band instrument as well as additional opportunities to make music with like-minded peers.  The program will be supported by a board-certified music therapist in collaboration with a certified band teacher.  Rehearsals will be held weekly, beginning Spring 2018. Date and time to be determined. Please email mary@soundstartsmusic.comor call 469-443-6224 to see if this might be a good fit for your child!
  • Special Strong is hosting their first ever outdoor summer camp for children with special needs (MWF 4pm-5pm)!  They created it with fun and physical activity as the main focus. Children will be dancing with Powered 2 Move, enjoying strength & conditioning activities, water activities, and more! 2 weeks ($20/class Pick 6 Classes) or 4 weeks ($15/class All 12 Classes).  Space is limited; register here:https://goo.gl/nLKTRb Flier with more information is attached!
  • The Parent-directed Treatment Project will provide a webinar and face-to-face/online individual parent training sessions at no cost for parents, caregivers, teachers, and service providers of children with Autism. You will be instructed in how to improve your child’s communication skills.  This project is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, or service providers who have a child up to age 22 with ASD or similar characteristics and who need instruction in communication skills. If you and your child decide to participate in this project, you will participate in one webinar and individual parent training sessions to learn to implement a communication intervention with your child. Your child will receive communication/behavioral assessments and a communication intervention which will be implemented by you. The individual parent training sessions will be conducted for approximately 12 to 14 weeks in total for 1 hour per session. This project will have ongoing enrollment throughout the next one and a half years, so you may participate right away or your services may start later in the year. If you are interested in participating in this project, complete the online application form at https://u.tamu.edu/parenttrainingor contact the project coordinator, Ching-Yi Liao at TAMUAuParent@tamu.edu.  Please see the attached letter for more information.
  • Around Town Kids has a calendar of community events on their website: http://www.aroundtownkidsfrisco.com/events.htm These events may not be tailored to families of children with special needs, but you may still find some things to suit your family.
  • Frisco Parks & Rec publishes the “Frisco Fun Guide”, which is packed with activities for families.  For more information about fees & a complete list of classes, visit: https://issuu.com/friscofun/docs/2018_spring_fun_guide_final_online If you would like to know if a class is appropriate for your child, please contact Programming & Fitness Superintendent, Elissa Malone at 972-292-6524.
  • The Plano Parks and Recreation Adapted Recreation Program offer recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs from 12 months to over 60 years of age. Programs are offered year-round and provide a variety of activities such as fitness, crafts and fine arts, education, outings and a variety of other programs that meet the needs of children/teens and adults with disabilities. Most classes are held at Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Drive Plano, TX.  For more information, visit: https://www.plano.gov/408/Adapted-Recreation
  • Have you ever wondered if Texas State Parks would be a good it for your family?  This article details special needs accommodations at Texas State Parks: http://www.dfwchild.com/features/3653/texas-state-parks-kids-special-needs
  • If you would like to learn more about the PATH Project’s events, you can find their calendar here: http://prntexas.org/events/month/

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