Creating meaningful opportunities that enrich the lives of people with autism, their families and their communities.

Enrichment Activities

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

These include studio arts, performance art, music and creative movement.

Our enrichment services are an enhancement to the Adult Day Hab Services we provide and also include bi-monthly evening arts classes (Supplemental Day Hab) for members of the community with autism spectrum disorders.

Challenges in communication and social skills are two of the defining factors in people with autism spectrum disorders. Many people with autism spectrum disorders also have additional sensory challenges which contribute to their communication and/or social skills challenges. Participation in different forms of art, music and dance exercises can be beneficial to people with autism on many levels – it gives them the opportunity to express themselves in ways other than words, which for many of them is a daily struggle. We have seen our participants gain strengths and skills that we would not have found without these activities.

Some highlights include:

• Our drumming group, No Words Spoken. They perform at various community events and other in-house agency celebrations.

• Our annual musical performance in June. Past performances include: Grease, The Sound of Music, The Lion King,The Wizard of Oz., Mary Poppins, A Christmas Story and Sesame Street.

• Participation throughout the year in art exhibits and workshops in the community – in group shows, our own exhibits and collaborations with local artists.

Creative Movement sessions are a place for relaxation, fun, and exercise. Interactive participation is encouraged with choice of song and activity, and guided instruction for therapy is provided with some brain gym movements and autism movement therapy dances. We play games with peers, bounce on therapy balls and explore movement with giant scarves and ribbon props. Sessions begin with a series of warm up stretches and end with yoga to cool down into stillness.