The Autism Society of Central Texas offers several recreational opportunities for families to meet one another in an informal setting. Every month, families enjoy play dates for children on the spectrum of all ages, AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for adults. Some of our other special events during the year include a roller-skating party for teens, Round Rock Baseball outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, our big Candlelight Ranch Picnic, summer fun pool parties, and our holiday wine-tasting party in December. Join the fun!
Upcoming Summer 2015 Offerings
ASpIRe Summer Social Skills Groups: Monday-Thursday afternoon groups June 8th-August 14th. Please contact Suzanne Byrne: firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Gonzales: hlk.gonzales@gmail.
**Please watch this space as more 2015 offerings become available to us!**
Previous Summer 2014 Offerings
Camp Guide for Children with Special Needs in Central TX and Surrounding Areas (Summer Camp Guide 2014_Eng)
Camp Guide for Children with Special Needs in Central TX and Surrounding Areas (Spanish) — (Summer Camp Guide 2014_Span)
Adaptive Kayak Camp — 2014 Adaptive Kayak Camp, Week of July 14th
The Autism Project, Exercise, Explore & Engage (starting June 9) — Exercise, Explore & Engage
Camp Grace FEFC — Skiin’ With the Galilean
Center Stage Texas Theater Classes — Information Here
The Bridge: Social Learning Center — The Bridge Summer Camps 2014
Equine Rehabilitation of Central Texas — Summer Field Trips for Horseback Riding
First Leap ABA Therapy will not have weekly summer camps, but ABA services will be available through the summer.
For more information, contact Laura at (512) 887-2126 or Laura@first-leap.com
SNAP Gymnastics Summer at Northwest Family YMCA
Spark Learning — Information — (Summer Camp)
Spectrum Summer Camps — Information on website here.
Texas State University — Autism Summer Camp
VSA Texas — NEW MEDIA ARTS SUMMER CAMPS 2014
YMCA Camp Twin Lakes — The Pioneers Program
kidsActing Foundation is providing free classes for kids and teens ages 8-18 again this Spring. Young actors and actresses will have the opportunity to explore their theatrical sides in a safe environment through singing, acting, dancing, and set design. KidsActing for Spring will start on Sunday, January 29th and meet weekly until the showcase on Sunday, March 26th. Each week, practice will be from 2pm-3:30pm. This has been a wonderful partnership. If your child is interested, please sign up!
If you have specific questions, please email email@example.com.
RSVP/Register for class using link:
Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about promoting independence in children with autism and other special needs. This is a free presentation and training led by our Austin-based BCBA.
Childcare is provided! The schedule is as follows:
6:45 – 7:00 – Registration/Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 – Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A Session
8:15 – 8:30 – Closing
Please RSVP with Christina Westendorf via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
JumpStreet Special Needs Hour is FIRST Saturday of every month at 830am -10am (can stay until 11am) for ALL AGES special needs children and siblings.
Adult supervision is required during this special needs hour!
Children cost $8 each (only $4 if under 4) and parents are FREE to participate! Doors open at 8:30am and we have the entire place reserved until 10am. They have a large trampoline area, 2 dodge ball courts, 2 inflatable slides, foam pit, mechanical bull, maze, tube slide, video games and toddler trampoline area.
They relax a lot of the rules for the Special Needs group so that our kids can access ALL areas and adults can play too! Kids can jump with or without socks. At 10am, the doors open to the public so then we must follow the standard rules. We are allowed to stay until 11am! (Example: kids under 4 must stay in small trampoline area or bounce houses)
When Gerald and Piggie get together, anything is possible. They might wear silly hats, get invited to a fancy pool costume party, or learn a crazy new dance. Based on the wildly popular, beloved book series, this lively musical features Gerald and Piggie and the delightful back-up singers, the Squirrelles, who together discover the fun of being in a play and the joy of friendship. Bring your “bestus” friend and share the laughter.
What is Sensory Friendly?
ZACH Theatre has always made inclusivity a mainstay of our productions. To continue this tradition, we have created a sensory-friendly performance. A sensory-friendly performance is specifically geared toward families with members on the autism spectrum. The term “sensory friendly” is a common term for events and experiences at theaters and museums.
For ZACH’s performance:
We will make environmental alterations including lighting, sound, and more relaxed house rules.
We will use glow sticks to indicate where potentially loud noises, big movements, or changes may occur.
All seating will be general admission to better accommodate individual family needs.
Each family will have more space to spread out in the theatre before, during, and after the performance
Families will be allowed to come and go as needed during the performance.
We will provide quiet space in the lobby or on our plaza (should weather cooperate).
Caregiver Group Meeting / Grupo de apoyo para Padres
As always, ALL are welcome. Remember gathering with families who “can relate” is very helpful in understanding, coping and learning what we need to in order to continue our journey with our loved one(s) affected by Autism. #AutismSocietyofElPaso
Como siempre, todos son bienvenidos. Recordemos reunirse con las familias que “puede relacionarse” es muy útil en la comprensión, el afrontamiento y el aprendizaje de lo que necesitamos para continuar nuestro viaje con nuestro ser querido (s) afectadas por el autismo.
Pizza and refreshments will be provided and child care is available from UTEP NSSLHA.
Pizza y refrescos serán proporcionados y cuidado de niños está disponible por UTEP NSSLHA.