May 2017 Sensory Events & Groups

Every month we will share events that are just for our kiddos with special needs.  Be sure to verify date and times with venues as they can change.  Also, be sure to RSVP for those who require it. 

Adaptive Aquatics of Georgia can help develop your child’s swimming skills from learning to independently swim with their face in the water to pre-competitive stroke instruction. Every child learns differently and at their own pace. Adaptive Aquatics is very aware of this and prepared to teach children with all types of learning modalities and disabilities. They offer a learn to swim survival program, private one-on-one lessons, semi-private classes, and adapted group classes for children, teens, and adults with special needs.

Atlanta Soccer Association 
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a program for young athletes with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 8-19, who has a mental or physical disability. NASA’s TOPSoccer Program was developed and implemented for the purpose of providing athletes with special needs, a fun and safe soccer environment focusing on the player’s abilities, not his/her disability. In addition to focusing on the player’s abilities, NASA’s priority is to build the self-confidence of special athletes. Through NASA’s TOPSoccer Program, these special young athletes feel that they are an integral part of the North Atlanta Soccer Association.

The Georgia Ballet 
The Dance-Ability program will be open to eight children per semester. The goal of the class is to give children with special needs a traditional dance class experience while tailoring the class to allow for their comfortable participation. A professional dance instructor will teach the dance class with support from teaching assistants who are assigned as needed to help the participating children on a one-on-one basis. Each participating student receives full tuition for the semester, a uniform for the class, a costume for an end-of-semester performance opportunity and five tickets to the year-end performance for their family. Funded by the Resurgens Foundation.

Moores of Atlanta Chinese Martial Arts
The Little Warrior program (ages 4-6) focuses on building skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, self-defense and basic martial arts skills. They emphasize discipline and self-confidence as well as having fun! Kids will learn all of this mixed into one awesome program. The students that are in this program test approximately every 6 weeks on the material they have learned. The Shou Sho Warrior (ages 6-12) focuses on physical fitness, discipline, coordination, agility, building self-confidence, and creating a true self-defense skill. Students are required to know all material and maintain a certain level of discipline for their test based on their belt rank. Students are challenged to focus and have fun with the structure and pace of the class. Building character within kids is something that Moore’s is passionate about, in addition to tailoring classes for children with special needs.

Haven Hills Equestrian Center 
This is a forty-three-acre farmland located in Fairburn, GA which offers riding lessons. Lessons include basic horse care, tacking up, and riding. They provide equine education for enthusiasts in a no-pressure, hands-on, family-friendly environment. Therapeutic horsemanship has been added as a service to cater toe special needs children.

MOVIES

Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings

Studio Movie Grill and Official Sponsors are pleased to sponsor a private screening of a family-friendly movie every month. Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6. For more info: click HERE  

 

MAY 13: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

MAY 27: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

JUN 3: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

JUN 10: CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS

JUN 24: CARS 3

JUL 8: DESPICABLE ME 3

NCG Cinemas

A sensory friendly movie is a movie which is shown without previews, the sound is not as loud as a regular movie, and the lights are not as dim. You can also talk, shout, scream and run around the movie theater during these movies!  Click HERE  

May 6: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

June 17: CARS 3

July 1:  DESPICABLE ME 3

Carmike 

Different locations have different dates and times.  Check with your local theater.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month.  The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday. For more info click HERE  

May 9: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 13: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 23: Alien: Covenant

May 27: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

June 10: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

 

VENUES

Sensations TheraFun
A self-serve multi-sensory activity fun center for the entire family. It offers a wide range of services to families to satisfy the sensory needs of their children. It gives parents, kids, and therapists an additional place for therapy, outside of the therapists’ office that is fun for kids and their families. It is most effective for kids being seen by a private therapist. Yet, Sensations TheraFun is a great place for kids ranging from those currently in therapy or those who just need a good place to play.  Click HERE for more information.

Chuck E Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. Click HERE for more information.

The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered
ALBANY – 2601 DAWSON ROAD, ALBANY, GA 31707
ALPHARETTA – 925 NORTH POINT DRIVE, ALPHARETTA, GA 30022
ATHENS – 3654-I ATLANTA HWY, ATHENS, GA 30606
ATLANTA – 2990 CUMBERLAND BLVD. SE, ATLANTA, GA 30339
AUGUSTA – 3435 WRIGHTSBORO RD, AUGUSTA, GA 30909
BUFORD – 1690 MALL OF GEORGIA BLVD, BUFORD, GA 30519
COLUMBUS – 3201 MACON RD, COLUMBUS, GA 31906
JONESBORO – 335 UPPER RIVERDALE ROAD, JONESBORO, GA 30236
KENNESAW – 827 BARRETT PARKWAY, KENNESAW, GA 30144
MACON – 3374 MERCER UNIVERSITY DR, MACON, GA 31204
SAVANNAH – 6700 ABERCORN, SAVANNAH, GA 31405

Stone Summit

The Pinnacle Team offers children and adolescents with various special needs rock climbing instruction that encourage social skills and relationship development. This program is tailored for high-functioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, among other developmental disabilities or delays. Head Coach, Scott Gross has a Master’s degree in education, focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  http://www.ssclimbingteam.com/pinnacle-team

Special Needs Sensory and their families at The Center For Puppetry Arts

This special early-entry morning will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to experience the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and specialized educational activities in a sensory-friendly environment. Guests will be welcomed to activities (including guided storytelling as well as touch tables) by Center for Puppetry Arts staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.   Click here for more information.

  • Cinderella Della Circus
    Sun, July 9, 2017

    With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic.

Explore The Museum: Early Hours’ events for special needs children and their families at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The first Saturday of every month, the Museum will open at 9 AM for families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Friendly Saturdays include a sensory modified setting, limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Admission will be $5 per person for non-members and free for members. Call Reservations at 404-527-3693 to book your space or purchase tickets online.   CLICK HERE

May 6

June 3

July 1

August 5

SENSORY FRIENDLY BROWSING HOUR, ALL AGES with Gwinnett County Public Libraries  – new program and not all location yet.

All families of children with special needs are welcome to experience a quieter and calmer library all to themselves once a month on Sunday mornings at two select Gwinnett County Public Library branches. Visit gwinnettpl.org for more information and to watch a special social story designed to help prepare your children for a library visit.  This is a special event to families with special needs- the library is not open to the general public during this time frame.

The following activities come from Rockdale County and A.S.P.I.R.E.   THERAPEUTIC RECREATION ROCKDALE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION

Please register in advance as soon as possible to guarantee slot REGISTER IF POSSIBLE ONLINE @ https://secure.rec1.com/GA/rockdale-county/catalog
Registration is also available in person at Johnson Park or call (770) 278-7529

TENNIS  FOR  ALL
This class is for individuals who want to have fun learning or getting better at playing tennis.
Whether you want to be a skilled player or just hit the ball with friends, this group is for you!

TWO CLASSES – MORNING & EVENING (may sign up for either or both classes)
Evening Class:
Date:           Mondays, May 1, 8, 15
Time:           5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location:    Rockdale Tennis Center, 1370 Parker Road, Conyers
Fee:              Free to Special Olympians, $10 others
Morning Class:
Date:          Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time:          10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location:   Johnson Park Tennis Courts, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee:            Free to Special Olympians, $10 others

WHEELCHAIR  TENNIS 
This class will develop and teach basic skills necessary to enjoy wheelchair tennis. Wheelchair tennis is the fastest growing adapted sport and for good reason – it’s a blast!! We will provide racquet and balls for those who need them; you provide the desire to have a good time! Wheelchairs will be available for those who need them.
TWO CLASSES – MORNING & EVENING (may sign up for either or both classes)
Evening Class:
Date:   Mondays, May 1, 8, 15
Time:   5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Rockdale Tennis Center, 1370 Parker Road SE, Conyers
Fee: Free to Special Olympians, $10 others
Morning Class:
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Johnson Park Tennis Courts, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: Free to Special Olympians, $10 others

MOVEMENT TO MUSIC
Movement to music will consist of warm up exercises to songs, and line dancing to exercise in a fun and exciting way.
Date: _ Wednesdays, May 3, 17 & 31 July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: _ Free

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASTERS SWIM TEAM
This group is open to individuals 22 years and older. We will train for Special Olympics meets and to qualify for the State Games. Recommended: the ability to swim one length of the pool independently.
Date: Thursdays, May 4, 11
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: Free, for more information contact Coach Daryl 678-779-9540

CINCO DE MAYO
Learn about this lovely Country. We’ll introduce some famous Mexican food, experience Mexican culture through music, and enjoy what Mexico has to offer.
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $8

SPECIAL OLYMPICS JUNIOR SWIM
This group is open to individuals 8 – 21 years and younger. We will train for Special Olympics meets.
Date: Saturdays, May 6, 13 (contact Coach Angela 925-301-6257 for time)
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: Free

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE DISCO DANCE
Looking for something fun to do? Come join us for our disco night where we will listen to popular dance music, dance with friends, and meet new friends. Be ready to participate in our Cha-Cha slide and learn some new dance moves. Come prepared to have fun!!
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $2

STRAWBERRY PICKING
Is there anything more delicious than fresh strawberries picked right from the field? Join us as we raid the 5 acre Southern Belle farm strawberry patch for the freshest, most succulent berries off the vine. You can eat while you pick.
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Bus leaves Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $14, bring extra money if you want more than 1 bucket of berries, bring a sack lunch to enjoy after we pick strawberries
DINNER TRIP – Five Guys Restaurant
Enjoy a great night out catching up and eating yummy food with friends.
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Bus leaves from Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $15

MAKE IT TAKE IT CRAFTS
We’ll be crafting something to put in our homes tonight! Join us for a fun night of DIY monogram letters that we’ll decorate to hang up proudly.
Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: _ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $7, you must register by Monday @ 12:00 pm so we can have your monogram letter ready for the class

MOVIE TRIP
We’re going to a local theater to take in a first run movie. Get out of the house and join your friends for a relaxing good time in the evening. The movie will be determined by the majority.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Bus leaves from Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers
Fee: $15 includes movie ticket, small popcorn, and drink

Do you know of any additional programs or recreational activity catering to children with special needs not listed above?  Feel free to comment and share!

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