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COMMUNITY SENSORY PROGRAMS

 

The Social Recreation Programs provide opportunities for children with autism to participate in a variety of creative activities in social settings to promote and maintain their growth and development. The programs listed below are provided by CVASA, the additional sensory activities are hosted by third-parties.

 

YOUNG ADULT GROUP

The mission of the Young Adult Group (Y.A.G) is to promote and facilitate social events and community involvement activities for young adults with Autism to develop friendships and independent skills. Started in April 2010, the Y.A.G. has enjoyed many activities such as hiking, bowling, movies, miniature golf and much more. This group is open to any individual with Autism or Asperger’s that is 21 years and older. Participation in the Y.A.G activities is free.


TEEN GROUP

The mission of the Teen Group is to promote and facilitate social events and community involvement activities for teens with Autism. This group is open to teens with Autism that are 13 to 20 years old. Participation in the Teen Group activities is free for any adolescent affected with autism plus one parent/guardian. Annual trip highlights include, train ride to San Clemente Pier, Living Desert Wild Lights, Riley’s Apple Farm, and more!

 

TEEN/YOUNG ADULT ART PROGRAM *NEW PROGRAM*

In partnership with the Old Town Artisan Studio, we offer a a new Teen/Young Adult art program offered to individuals with autism between the ages of 13 – 20. CVASA Art students will create art projects using various art experiences including glass, clay, painting, and more! Classes are offered every 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Old Town Artisan Studio, 78134 Calle Tampico, Suite 160, La Quinta, CA 92253. *Limited space available* 

 

KIDS GROUP 

The mission of the Kids Group is to promote and facilitate social events and community involvement activities for children with Autism and their siblings. This group is open to children Autism and their siblings that are 5 to 12 years old. Participation in the Kids Group activities is free for children with autism and their siblings. Parent/guardian supervision is required.


LEGO CLUB

The LEGO club focuses on helping children with Autism work together in small groups to build Lego models while encouraging play and social interaction.  This club is open to children with Autism and their siblings ages 7-14. Prerequisites for this group include being able to sit for 15-20 minutes and follow directions.


GROUP MUSIC THERAPY

Music Therapy sessions are open for kids with Autism and their siblings between the ages of 3-10. Music Therapy works with kids to increase their social interaction skills, increase their fine and gross motor control along with assisting with some basic educational goals all while singing, dancing and playing instruments. CVASA’s Group Music Therapy is held at the Palm Desert Library and is facilitated by a licensed Music Therapist.

 

HANDS ON ART PROGRAM (HOAP) *NEW PROGRAM*

In partnership with Old Town Artisan Studio, we now offer a “Parent and Me” art class offered to children with Autism ages 5 – 12. Children and parents work together to make art projects including clay, painting, drawing, and more. The Hands on Art Program (HOAP) is offered every 1st Saturday of each month from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Old Town Artisan Studio, 78134 Calle Tampico, Suite 160, La Quinta, CA 92253. *Limited space available*

ADDITIONAL SENSORY ACTIVITIES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

* Note: This information is being shared free of charge for the benefit of our members. These are NOT CVASA events. CVASA does not represent or warranty the quality of services provided by third-party provider(s).

Sensory Sunday’s at Chuck E. Cheese

For two hours, every 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 am Chuck E. Cheese Palm Desert helps to create a safe and fun place for children with autism and other special needs by dimming the lights and lowering the volume. Contact and/or visit Chuck E. Cheese directly for more information at (760) 341-3964, 72513 California 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260.*

My Way Matinee at Regal Cinemas

The My Way Matinee program, is a sensory-friendly movie-going experience that features lower sounds and brighter lights in the theaters. In addition to the volume and lighting adjustments, those visiting the theaters for these once-a-month showings will be able to dance, sing, and shout along with the characters in the films. Each monthly My Way Matinee show begins at 10:30 a.m. local time, and tickets are only $6.50. For more information, please contact Regal Rancho 16 & IMAX directly at (844) 462-7342 Ext. 693, 72-777 Dinah Shore Drive Rancho Mirage, CA.*

Get Air: Sensory Saturday’s

Every Saturday from 8-10 am

Get Air Palm Desert, offers dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs every Saturday from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Music is played at a lower volume and the park’s atmosphere is calmer. Prices are $10 for Special Needs jumpers and one parent or guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for Free. Siblings of jumpers are welcome to jump with paid admission, but should be more careful during this time. Price does not include socks. Contact and/or visit Get Air directly for more information at (760) 206-7211, 34450 Gateway Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211.*

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