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Activities & Recreation

There are a variety of activities that can help children and adults with Down syndrome to socialize, express their feelings, release their creativity and stay healthy. Activities are most successful when based on an individual's skills, interests, physical abilities, level of socialization and therapeutic benefits.

Activities in the Arts:  Most individuals respond favorably to music, dance, drama and visual art. Artistic venues stimulate the senses, and therefore, can inspire creativity, broaden life experiences and help to improve an individual's mental, social and emotional well being.

Physical Activities: Physical activity, especially when performed as independently as possible, helps children and adults with Down syndrome reach their physical and mental potential. Indoor activities allow plenty of opportunities for personal growth while outdoor activities offer the chance to be out in the open air while learning more about the world around them.

Look for teachers that exhibit compassion, acceptance and patient goals for progress. Instructors who exemplify these qualities are teachers who are known, loved, admired and recommended for the positive relationships and results they have had with their students. They are excellent role models and inspire their students reach their full potential.

Briarwood Ballet

2200 Briarwood Way, Birmingham, AL 35243
205-776-5284
www.briarwood.org/ballet

Children’s Dance Foundation
1715 27th Court South
Homewood, AL 35209-1827
(205) 870-0073
www.childrensdancefoundation.org
 
All Stars Baseball
Held Wald Park in Vestavia. To request a form Contact: Hugh B. Dye
(205) 257-7612 or 979.2104
hbdye@southernco.com
 
Opportunity League - Easter Seals
For more information please call
Kelli Keith at 314-2187 or Billy Crandall at 620-6426
 
Oak Mountain Youth Baseball/Softball Challenger League
5452 Cahaba Valley Rd. , Birmingham, AL 35242

205 995 1776
www.omybs.com

Challenger League at OMYBS provides boys and girls with disabilities the opportunity to experience the emotional development and the fun of playing Youth League Baseball. The purpose of the league is to provide an athletic experience for children who are physically or mentally challenged, in a wholesome, supervised environment, and expose those children to the benefits offered by team sports.

Miracle Leagues

Hoover Recreation Center
600 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216

205.444.777
www.hooveral.org/

Swim Well - Check with your local YMCA

No More Training Wheels
customerservice@notrainingwheels.net or 205.218.0756
 
Ace Cheer Company - Bows & Arrows Coach

Bill Presson Chairman, USASF Parent Action Committee  & Vice Chairman,
USASF Special Needs Committee
3820 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL  35209
(205)769-3369    (205)994-4070 cell phone
www.acetribe.com

Special Equestrians
900 Woodward Drive, Pelham, AL 35124

205 987 9462   www.specialequest.org  
Horseback riding program at Indian Springs School. Recreation and therapy for children or adults who are physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged.

Special Olympics Alabama
880 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
334 242 3383
http://specialolympicsalabama.com/

Shelby County Coordinators for Special Olympics - Deb Sullivan and Gaye Litton

Great Park for Children with Special Needs
Veteran's Park on Valleydale Rd. This park features two handicapped accessible playgrounds for special needs children. It's located right next to Spain Park High School on Valleydale Rd. The playground for younger children is equipped with padded flooring and five sensory centers. Children love the music center, the convex mirror and the gear turner. The metal sign language chart is even fun for everyone. There are two sets of stairs with hand rails, good for practicing that all important step-up and step-down therapy, and ramps with railing are available for those still crawling or using a walker. Even if a child is in a wheelchair, just a roll up and down the ramps will offer enjoyment. For children who like swinging but are unable to use a rubber seat swing, there are two large plastic swings with pull down locks. The playground for older children is also handicapped friendly. AstroTurf flooring keeps kids safe if they hit the ground, and the area offers tunnels which are not too steep to navigate.When it comes to fun and safety for special needs children, this is the place to go! No wood-chips! (ref by Margot Hamilton)