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Many Asperger's kids have extreme difficulties with transitions. This can be a simple transition, such as moving from one activity to another, or a more significant transition like school letting out for the summer. Planning ahead and scheduling summer activities can help with the transition from out of school and into the less structured summer-time. There are many alternative therapies out there that thrive on outdoor, warm weather fun outside of a school setting. This article presents a list of 50 ideas for summer activities for children with Aspergers.
This website has many articles for parents and professionals working with children with special needs such as sensory processing disorder, autism, or other socio-emotional, learning, or physical difficulties. Check under the Activities tab for information related to Therapies; Music, Art and Movement; Sport and Recreation; and, Learning Games.
This site provides tips for working with children with the following special needs: hearing disabilities, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, social and emotional disabilities, special dietary needs, and visual disabilities.
For kids to lead a healthy lifestyle they need to move about as much as they can. They need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day to make sure they're looking after their hearts and bones - but if they have an impairment, this may be more difficult. This article presents a range of ideas to help disabled kids be more active every day, as well as links to other related organizations.
Bowling is a very popular recreational and competitive activity enjoyed by individuals of all abilities. It is an indoor activity with minimal equipment adaptations and is easily accessible. This article describes various easy adaptations for various levels of ability.
How iPlay was developed in partnership with AbilityPath.org and Nickelodeon to illustrate the power of play for ALL children. This playbook, written for the 2011 Worldwide Day of Play and Pala Challenge 2011, includes amazing stories of athleticism, victory, and most importantly FUN!  Included are toolkits and resources to provide families and teachers with tips about simple ways to encourage or engage more children with disabilities in the many forms of play. These tools can be shared with friends, family, teachers, or camp and service club leaders so they can better understand how a...
Six tips for introducing execise for children with disabilities.
The Site has many different resources such as games, songs and activities for children with special needs  for recreation practitioners working with them: Academics: http://www.do2learn.com/academics/overview.html Social Skills: http://www.do2learn.com/SocialSkills/overview.htm Behaviour Management: http://www.do2learn.com/BehaviorManagement/overview.htm Picture Cards: http://www.do2learn.com/picturecards/overview.htm Games: http://www.do2learn.com/games/learningames.htm
This resource provides an explanation of various games best suited for children who may have cognitive or physical limitations caused by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Due to the nature of a spectrum disorder not all of the selected games will be appropriate for all children. Some changes and modifications will need to be made in order for the participants to safely participate. For example, some children with hyposensitivity may not recognize when they are becoming overheated. Most of the games can be played indoors and outdoors, with some minor changes.
Creativity is the ability to invent or make somehting new, using one's own skills without the specific use of patterns or models. Creative expression develops through a child's participation in dramatic play, movement, music, and the visual arts.  Research has shown that young children with disabilities develop skills more easily if these are embeded in authentic play activities. This process is widely recognized in early childhood special education as activity-based intervention.  This article looks at strategies promoting creativity, planning tips and intervention examples.
The site provides ideas for creative activities for children with disabilities as well as suggestions on how to incorporate recreational art in the lives of children with special needs. 
The information in this article was presented at a developmental conference by Mary Owen Ed. Specialist in Santa Barbara in 1998. It looks at different types of disabilities, the typical development of object and social play, strategies to support play with toys and objects, strategies to support social play skills and the stages of relating to others.
An inclusive active environment is one that provides the opportunity for active kids of all abilities and interests to participate in a variety of activities. An active kid with a disability benefits from quality active experiences as much as any other active kids. Active kids without a disability can learn about the abilities of friends and family members and gain an appreciation that individual differences exist and that participating in an activity in a different way does not lessen its value.This article looks at how children with multiple disabilities, in wheelchairs, with an...
Ball games for disabled children not only help to improve overall strength and agility, but also enhance hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. According to a study conducted in Italy and cited by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, throwing, catching, passing and rolling a ball improves the disabled child's muscle response time. This site provides ideas for adapting four types of games, as well as links to other games and sports for children of all ablities.
Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports oday because of its availability to those of all ages, ability levels, and sizes. It offers a chance to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, specific types of agility, eye-foot coordination, and a chance to have fun.  Soccer can be adapted for individuals with disabilities. With instructional emphasis on personal skill development and a classroom environment that encourages everybody to participate to the best of their ability, each student can benefit and inclusion can flourish.
Young children learn literacy skills in a variety of ways as they play, handle books, observe adults using print materials, and interact with others during storybook reading. One of the keys to successful acquisition of literacy is children's active participation in literacy activities. Children need to be actively involved in handling books and interacting with family members and teachers during reading time. Although active involvement of children in literacy may seem natural, for children with disabilities active participation may be a challenge. Children who have physical and cognitive...
Paper presented at the National Association for the 2003 Education of Young Children Annual Conference. This paper provides guidance in appropriately adapting toys and the play situation to allow many children with disabilities to engage in meaningful interactions with toys and other play experiences. The paper offers five suggestions for selecting toys for children with special needs to allow positive learning outcomes, including the use of responsive toys and the inclusion of naturally occurring objects as toys. Suggestions for adapting toys relate to toy...
This webpage provides teachers and educators with general adaptation ideas for various sports concerning equipment, rules, prompts and cues, action, boundary/playing field, etc.
People with disabilities benefit greatly when they participate in community recreation programs and settings. Like their peers without disabilities, they learn the same leisure skills and behaviors - although sometimes at a different pace and in a slightly different way. Including people with disabilities in community recreation is both a goal and a process. The final outcome of the process is the goal - i.e., people are, in fact, active and accepted participants in community leisure experiences alongside their nondisabled peers. There are many elements of the process that community...
This article examines how can you make sure the outdoor play area is a safe, exciting, and challenging space for everyone.

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