Top 12 Resources for Kids & Teens with Special Needs

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

It seems like you have to know a guy who knows a guy who runs a class for children with special needs. But! We’re here to make your life a whole lot easier! We’ve rounded up 12 of our best resources and events for the special kids who make our lives complete. Plus, find out how you can help at the end of this post! 🙂



1. Rancho Rio Verde:
Special-needs students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary.
1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach.
(714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060.


2. Pretend City
Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families.
29 Hubble, Irvine
(949) 428-3900


3. Kelly Summer Music Therapy
Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities can help your child reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development.
Long Beach
(562) 833-6444


4. Segerstrom Dance and Music School & Sensory-Friendly Performances 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has just launched a new dance and music school for children with disabilities like visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome as well as children that are developmentally typical to explore movement, music, and creativity. They also offer sensory-friendly performances for many of their popular shows.
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
(714) 556-2787


5. Lake Forest End of Summer Special Needs Picnic & Classes
Families of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon full of food, fun and games on August 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. The city also offers comprehensive recreation programs, leisure and cultural programs, and activities to build daily living skills. Many other cities offer programs designed specifically for children with special needs as well so be sure to check out our Recreation Departments directory to see what your city may offer.
Lake Forest Sports Park
(949) 461-3447


6. Top Flight
The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for children of all ages and skill levels with special needs. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience is required and gear can be provided. Top Flight Street Hockey is offered at The Rinks in Huntington Beach; and Top Flight Ice Hockey at The Rinks Lakewood ICE.
Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629
Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805

7. Special Needs Play Dates at Big Air
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, guests will have a blast exploring trampolines and other attractions. Parents, siblings, aides, family and friends are all welcome to join in on the fun! $8/jumper for up to two hours, one caregiver/therapist is free and family members also jump for $8. 3 p.m to close.
8320 On The Mall, Buena Park
(714) 831-1092


8. OC Child Care Association
A free referral service for parents seeking licensed in-home child care. Includes referrals to providers for children with special needs.


9. Little League Baseball Teams

The Miracle League: removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.
(770) 760-1933.

Little League Challenger: teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league.


10. AYSO VIP Soccer
AYSO is proud to offer a very special program for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. Their VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a safe, fun environment with trained coaches and volunteers who facilitate an enriching experience that the players and their families will cherish forever.
(800) 872-2976


11. Kick It Up
Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness and party studio. Special needs classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away.
8125 and 8129 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach
(562) 430-1812


12. We Rock The Spectrum
This kid’s gym is an all-inclusive center where children can benefit from their unique sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders.
2533 N Lakewood Blvd #200
(562) 386-2495



Help us help you! If you, or anyone you know, also offers special needs programs we’d love to include them in our upcoming Special Needs Guide!
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