Activities for Kids With Special Needs
By Desiree Rohrbach, ‘Hood Intern
The last thing a parent wants to feel is as though their child is missing out. This can be extra frustrating when your child has a disability and cannot participate the same way as his or her peers. We live in a community that is helpful and supportive of all children. Here are a few local programs that are geared specifically towards children with special needs:
Dakota Spirit Sparklers
Starting as early as six years old, children can join the Sparklers cheer team. This non-competitive team has weekly practices and five to six performances at local events. The Sparklers require no previous experience, and offer financial aid for low budget families.
Adaptive aquatics at the Sanford Wellness Center in Sioux Falls, offers children a unique program. With help from parents, doctors, and therapists; teachers create goals for each student. These goals range from getting over that initial fear of the water to increasing strength, balance, dexterity and motor skills.
Camp High Hopes
Camp High Hopes in Sioux City, Iowa offers weekend camps. This camp offers sessions with a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio, and multiple seasonal activities for children of all ages.
Lifescape is an organization dedicated to helping those with special needs throughout their entire lives. Lifescape offers different programs and services in the Sioux Falls area and Rapid City area, along with free parent training. Services offered range from adaptive aquatics to everyday therapy sessions including speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Music Therapy of South Dakota
Music therapy can be used to enhance anyone’s quality of life. It can also be used to improve physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. Music Therapy of South Dakota gives all children the chance to learn the art of music while working on social skills, expression, and problem solving.
Miss Amazing Pageant
The Miss Amazing Pageant is a beauty pageant that believes in giving every girl the opportunity to reach her full potential. They hope to give girls with disabilities the chance to participate, have fun, and gain confidence.
Miracle League is a non-competitive baseball team open to anyone, regardless of ability. Fun and safety are a top priority. Miracle league offers handicapped accessible dugouts and cushioned fields. In addition, each participant is given his or her own “ball buddy,” to help teach and assist.
Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation
Sioux Falls Parks & Rec offers a list of adaptive activities all year round. Whether it’s bike rides or theme parties, there is always something going on.