Friends on the Go supports children who have difficulty with social relationships and wish to connect with others. This group hopes to support kids ages four and older who have social challenges and wish to make friends in a low stress environment. Monthly or bi-monthly outings will be scheduled to local destinations such as Wildflower Studio, Petra Cliffs, Spare Time and more! Descriptions of each event will include cost, age range, noise level, etc. so families can choose the activities that best fit their needs. Age appropriate siblings are invited to join in as well!
Activities are listed on Event Calendar as well as Facebook.
Kids Rehab Gym, a non-profit, is an incredible center which provides physical and occupational therapy to children of all ages. Their staff is amazing at working with children with special needs, communicating with treatment providers, and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. They have a heated pool, treadmill, bikes, and climbing wall in order to enhance overall physical skills.
Laura does a remarkable job working with children who have ASD and need help with social skills. She will service kids in their home, at an office, or in the community. She communicates very well with families and other treatment providers.
Join UVM’s Ballet Viridis Ballet Company in a dance workshop for children with disabilities. The first half of the program will consist of simple warm ups and movement, while the second half will be focused on choreography and improvisation. Every child will be paired with a company member who can tailor movements to their specific needs with the goal of helping every child discover the joys of dance. This class happens several times a month during the school year.
Bonnie Benson is well-known for her amazing ability to teach children with special needs how to swim.
The Autism Spectrum Program is an intensive and evidence-based service supporting children aged 2-22 through the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in developing communication, social, adaptive behavior, daily living, and functional learning skills. This Howard Center program partners with many school districts throughout Chittenden County. In coordination with home, school, and family support services, ASP offers intensive instructional and behavioral support year-round which is individualized to meet the needs of each child and their family. ASP is led by a team of highly skilled Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) with extensive experience working with youth with autism.
Referrals are made through school district special education departments.
Boston Children’s Hospital does an very thorough job at evaluating and diagnosing autism. Their expertise in this area is remarkable. The staff at Children’s are also very friendly and make your child and family feel comfortable in a hospital setting.
An incredible 2 week camp that is run through the Stern Center for children that want to enhance their social skills. The camp helps children navigate their way in social situations through direct teaching, coaching, and practice to learn the fundamental building blocks of social success.
Camp Kaleidoscope is a summer camp for families who have a child on the autism spectrum. It is for the WHOLE family to enjoy. We have been going for the past four years but unfortunately our child has aged out. I can’t tell you how freeing it is to spend four days in the mountains (Starksboro, VT) with other families who get it. You never have to apologize for your child, you never have the feeling of embarrassment and you get to witness your child making connections. Every family is paired with a “Family Partner”, generally college students from the Boston area. In the mornings, all kids go to “Kidville” where they can choose from a myriad of choices. Adults can go off by themselves and hike, sleep, read, connect with other adults doing a craft or attend a workshop. After lunch, there is time for rest or a quiet movie in the clubhouse. Then there are activities for the whole family such a huge water slide or swimming at the pond. After dinner, there might be a talent show or a dance party or a bonfire. All meals are provided and are absolutely delicious (local, fresh & vegetarian but things such as hot dogs and chicken nuggets are available). We have chosen to stay in a cabin for all four years (we requested the same one every year and loved it!) but there are other more comfy accommodations if you choose.
Camp Rainbow is a summer day camp run by NCSS for children with ASD or DD. The idea of the camp is to provide “a typical summer camp experience – fun activities, outdoor play, swimming, crafts, singing, friendships. Such an experience is not always available to children with these diagnoses due to cognitive, physical, and behavioral challenges.
The camp runs from 8:30-2:30 for several weeks. For more information click here: Camp Rainbow
Danielle enjoys working with both children and adults with varying communication and swallowing disorders. She has a strong background in working with children who are on the spectrum. Although based in Montpelier, she will be working in Chittenden County a few days a week.
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts does an incredible job at accommodating children with special needs. Several performances throughout the year are presented in a sensory-friendly format. The Flynn Center also has provide workshops for children on the autism spectrum throughout the year. We will keep you updated on our event page regarding those performances.
Imagination Station is an incredible sensory space that was designed for individuals on the autism spectrum. However, it is a space that can be utilized for individuals with any disorder who want to experience a calm and relaxing environment. The fun, interactive space is filled with colors, soft music, aromatherapy, different textures, and lighting effects. Its purpose is to make sure that individuals have a positive and calm experience.
Imagination Station is operated by Washington County Mental Health Services. However, individuals who are not accessing their services are able to access the space during particular hours. Check out their website!
A Registered Music Therapist providing evaluation and sessions for children with special needs. She is available to meet clients at school or in their home.
Jennifer comes highly recommended by several local providers. She has 20 years of experience working with children with special needs. She also does “incredible” work with children who are autistic.
This is one of the best occupational therapy centers I have come across. Lori Sullivan, MS OT, and Hayley Contois are two incredible individuals who are eager to help children on the autism spectrum disorder. Lori has extensive experience working with children and their families. This practice is focused on the child and enables the child to lead the way for treatment. The center has a warm, welcoming sitting area with a kitchen for coffee and tea where parents can wait. The facility offers amazing activities for the children. They also have a “calming” room which is filled with different lighting fixtures that children can touch. They soon will have a therapeutic horse named “Sparky!” Overall, the center is very creative and offers a warm and welcoming environment.
Linda Rosenblad comes highly recommended by several service providers in the the area. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice working primarily with people with ASD and their families. She does individual and family therapy, parent support, consultation and diagnostic evaluations. She has occasional openings for ongoing clinical work and consistent availability for time-limited consults or evals.