Special Needs

Referral agencies, support groups and activities. Also see programs listed throughout Kidsguide, they are often open to special-needs families. More opportunities are found through recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs; see Recreation Departments and Colleges and Youth and Family Groups for contact information. For additional resources, see our current issue.

AD/HD Support Group and Resources

Resources to find support groups and professional services.

Autism Programs

A list of Autism organizations.

Family Resources and Referrals

A comprehensive list of directories and/or referrals that are available for parents of children with special needs.

Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio

Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment.

Learning Disabilities

A comprehensive list of resource organizations for dyslexia and ADD/ADHD.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Special events are offered monthly for families with children on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in a sensitive-friendly environment along with other families.

Rancho Rio Verde

Special-need students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance School for Children with Disabilites

Dance and music school for children with disabilities, such as visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome, as well as children that are developmentally typical, to explore movement, music and creativity.

Special Olympics

Sports training and competition for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities.

The Buzzz

The Buzzz is about all sorts of neat stuff: Exhibits, festivals, seasonal highlights, current topics, new things, fun things and free things … if it’s fun, family-friendly and happening in our area, it’s in here! With our Clickable Calendar, you can find fun things to do every weekend, and with our weekly features you can […]

Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey

The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for participants with special needs, all ages and ability levels are welcome. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games.