Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Summer Programs

marguerite-74886_1280The information and resources contained on this web page are for educational and informational purposes only and are not considered to be a full endorsement from the Autism Society of Iowa. 

 

ASI Offers Programming Grants.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage existing community recreation and leisure programs, to include individuals within the autism spectrum, by providing financial support to develop successful integration opportunities. 

For more information on Programming Grants available through ASI, click here. 

Grant applications will be accepted from January 1, 2017 until March 15, 2017. After review, grants will then be distributed on April 15, 2017.

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

2017 ASK RESOURCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP LIST – Check out this link for a more comprehensive list put together by ASK Resource Center, of summer activities for those with autism and other special needs.

 

Art Spectrums – Des Moines Art Center – Des Moines, IA

  • Art Spectrums is a free program for children with autism ages 5 – 10 years old and their family members to explore and make art together.
  • Participants will visit and discuss a work of art in the Art Center’s collection for inspiration. Next, children and family members make their own artwork. This program is a great opportunity for children with autism, siblings, parents, and other family members to have fun and make memories with art.
  • To register, visit http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org or contact Kara Fedje, museum educator, via email: kfedje@desmoinesartcenter.org or call: 515-271-0349.

 

Courage League Sports – Ankeny, IA

  • Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreational facility that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.
  • Where:  100 N. Ankeny Blvd (next to Palmers Deli)
  • Phone: 515-421-4021 or http://www.courageleaguesports.org/ankeny

 

Courage League Sports – Urbandale, IA (Des Moines, IA area)

  • Click here for upcoming Courage League Clinics and Camps!
  • Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreational facility that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.
  • Where:  4405 121st St. Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Melissa Clarke-Wharff, Founder/President   melissa@courageleaguesports.com  Phone: 515-423-9930
  • Porshia Perkins, Development Coordinator
  • Phone: 515-421-4020 or http://www.courageleaguesports.org

 

Davenport Junior Theatre- Spectrum Theatre

  • The Spectrum Theatre Program of Davenport Junior Theatre provides a safe and tailored environment for children with special needs to confidently and creatively enjoy the theater experience.  One on one assistance from a peer mentor is available for any child by request. The Spectrum Program works on the following skills through play: communication, vocalization, socialization, interpreting body language, recognizing emotions, and teamwork.
  • Class starts Thursday June 5th and runs until August 19th with a showcase on Saturday August 19.
  • Class is on Thursdays from 7-8pm for children ages 10-18+.
  • Davenport Residents: $112 Non-Residents: $140
  • Scholarships are available through the Autism Society of The Quad Cities.
  • Visit http://www.davenportjuniortheatre.org/theatre/spectrum.html for more information and to register!

 

Grimes Public Library – Special Access Browsing- Grimes, IA

  • Grimes Public Library will be opening at 8am on the second Saturday of each month to offer an hour of quiet(er) browsing. Anyone with a special need as well as parents and/or caregivers is welcome to attend.
  • The library will open to the general public at 9am.
  • For questions or more information, feel free to contact fionn@grimes.lib.ia.us

 

Kids in Harmony- Adaptive Social Music Groups

  • Watch your child engage and succeed while building confidence and social skills!
  • WHAT: Each class is designed having the child with special needs in mind. Our experienced music therapists strive to engage individuals with each other in order to provide rich social experiences not available in other settings. Responsible adult required to attend with participant. BONUS: Siblings encouraged to attend for free with signed consent.
  • WHO: Children ages 6 years – 8th grade and their sibling Participants must have completed kindergarten to attend. If your child has not completed kindergarten, you will want to enroll in our parent/child developmental music classes! Contact Shelly Peterson, MA, MT-BC at 515-494-4618 or kidsinharmonymusic@gmail.com to see if this class is right for your child.
  • WHEN: Visit the Waukee Parks and Recreation for upcoming sessions!
  • WHERE: Waukee Parks and Recreation, 805 University Avenue, Waukee, IA 50263
  • COST: $12 per class, register classes individually to try it out and see how it works
  • HOW DO I REGISTER? Visit the Waukee Parks and Recreation for more information and to register!

 

Kids in Harmony- Parent/Child Developmental Music Classes

    • Our board certified music therapists (MT-BC) design classes to provide children of all abilities with developmentally appropriate and enriching opportunities to sing, move and explore musical play. Classes are taught by highly trained MT-BCs who provide quality live music. Sessions are playful and designed to meet developmental needs of the students as well as provide a positive bonding experience with parents/caregivers. Class size is limited to 10. Our classes will surely be a highlight of your day! CONTACT SHELLY at 515-494-4618

 

Metro West Kids Learning Center – Clive, IA (Des Moines, IA area)

 

Des Moines Playhouse/Spectrum Theatre – Des Moines, IA

  • Spectrum Theatre of Cedar Falls is partnering with the Des Moines Playhouse for Spectrum Stories for those on the autism spectrum, ages 6 -18, in the Des Moines area.
  • Join us for an exciting day of drama! Come to one session or come to all! Open to any student, Spectrum Stories is specifically designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction, and non-verbal communication. Each session is carefully designed to enhance creative expression of spectrum youth while supporting the profile marker needs of each participant. Developed with the guidance of Professor Gretta Berghammer of the University of Northern Iowa, and the Sturgis Youth Theatre, Spectrum Stories uses story, music, and art to bring imagination to life! Pre-registration online at dmplayhouse.com is encouraged but drop-ins are also welcome.
  • $5.00, pre-register online or at the door.
  • For more information please contact Anna Zimney (515) 974-5356, azimney@dmplayhouse.com or to register, click here:  https://www.dmplayhouse.com/events/ages-6-18-spectrum-stories

 

Sturgis Youth Theatre Summer Production – University of Northern Iowa

 

Sports Leagues For Those With Disabilities  

      • The Miracle League – Kiwanis
        • Are you between 5 and 18 years old? Registration is now open! Click here for info and registration!
        • Are you 19 and over? Plan to join one of the Miracle League adult teams! Registration is now open! Click here for info and registration!
        • For more information call 515-280-5017 or http://www.kiwanismiracleleague.org
      • Challenger Sports League, Helping Kids with Special Needs Participate in Sports, (515) 276-0477 or http://www.challengersports-ia.org/mission.html
      • Special Olympics, http://www.soiowa.org
      • Link Associates (Soccer), Kids through age 18, any ability level, 515.262.8888

 

Camp High Hopes – Sioux City, IA

      • 2017 Fall Weekends and After Hours Sessions are OPEN! Click here for programming info and to register!
      • Camp High Hopes offers year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites in Sioux City, IA designed to enrich the lives of youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs.
      • For more information call 712-224-2267 or click here!

 

Camp Winnebago – Caledonia, MN

  • All sessions are full for this year. Call to get the waiting list (507) 724-2351
  • At Camp Winnebago we focus on providing children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities fun recreational, social and educational activities in a safe and caring environment.  Each summer we offer eight weeks of camp.  Our youth week is specifically geared for kids ages 5 to 15.  For individuals ages 16 and older we offer a young adult week.
  • For more information contact Anne Selness director@campwinnebago.org or at 507-724-2351 or visit their website at www.campwinnebago.org