If your child has hypotonia (low muscle tone)
    like our son; sensory motor issues; vestibular
    and proprioceptive difficulties; or auditory,
    language or visual processing delays just to
    name a few,  this page is where you'll find
    great "gyms" that specifically target those
    areas and many others for special needs
    kids. These instructors give our kids the
    opportunity and confidence to take a
    gymnastics class, for example, that gives
    the body the correct input and regulation it
    needs as well as safely teaches how to have
    fun. It also gives them a safe outlet for all
    their pent-up energy in an environment where
    they can go full speed -- or whatever speed
    they like -- without hurting themselves.

    Arlington Therapeutic Recreation/Prevention
    Intervention Office,
    Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park
    Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, 703-228-4740,
    contact office to request a TR brochure,
    www.arlingtonva.
    us/departments/parksrecreation/parksrecreatio
    nmain.aspx

    We provide Arlington residents who are at-risk,
    have a disability, special need, and/or activity
    restrictions the opportunity to increase their
    quality of life through recreation and leisure
    pursuits, thereby achieving a fulfilling leisure
    lifestyle.

    Our office provides specialized recreation
    services/programs around prevention and
    intervention to meet identified needs not met
    through traditional recreation programs. Through
    this involvement, individuals gain the knowledge,
    skills, and abilities to participate in community
    recreation experiences that meet their personal
    interests and needs.

    Check out our current listing of specialized
    programs, read about accommodations available
    under Access & Inclusion and call us for
    assistance in selecting a program to best meet
    your abilities, interests and needs.

    Arlington County, Department of Parks,
    Recreation and Cultural Resources,
    2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201,
    703-228-3000
    www.arlingtonva.us

    Arlington County Parks & Rec, Therapeutic
    Recreation Department presents Family Fun
    Night is a new drop-in program for families of
    children and teens on the autism spectrum.  On
    the first Friday of every month they plan new
    leisure activities for families to participate in
    together.  This is a simple, low-key opportunity
    for the community to come together and have fun
    playing and socializing.  Try new games, crafts,
    and sports--activities will vary.
    Please contact Becky Suttell, Parks and Rec. for
    details at 703-228-4740 or
    bsuttell@arlingtonva.us.

    Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.
    Location: Langston-Brown Center, 2121 N.
    Culpepper St. Fee: $1.00/person, per session, no
    registration

  Bridge to Learning, Yoga for the Special Child,

    This program is a comprehensive program that
    provides effective treatment for children,
    infants to adolescents, diagnosed with special
    needs.


    Eddie's Club, Inc.,
    P.O. Box 523493, Springfield, VA 22152,
    703-304-2330,
    www.eddiesclub.org

    Eddie's Club is a non-profit organization geared
    towards giving youngsters, boys and girls ages  4
    - 21 that have any form of disability, an
    opportunity to participate in a supervised,
    volunteered based, activity and recreational
    program.

    Expressive Therapeutic Movement,
    Lynne Bauer, BIS, LPTA, CMA, RSMT
    Locations: 12487 Rose Path Circle, Fairfax, VA
    22033, 703-218-0751; 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd.
    (Cary Bldg), Suite A-210, Springfield, VA  
    22152; Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351
    Hunter Mill Rd. (Adult Room 1), Vienna, VA  
    22181,  
    www.etm-movements.com

    Fairfax County Department of Community and
    Recreation Services,
    12011 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 1050,
    Fairfax, VA 22035-1115, 703-324-4FUN,
    (4386), www.fairfaxcounty.gov

    Fairfax County Department of Therapeutic
    Recreation,
    Pennino Building 12011 GOVERNMENT CENTER
    PARKWAY, #1040, FAIRFAX, VA 22035,
    703-324-5532,
    www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rim

    Uses leisure activities as a tool to promote
    personal growth, physical development, and
    independent functioning for individuals with
    disabilities. Offers over thirty-five programs
    for people with disabilities. Assists participants
    in activities such as learning new recreation
    skills, socializing with peers, getting
    accomodations for participation in community
    activities, and participation in sports activities
    including the wheelchair sports program.

    Fairfax County Park Authority - Adapted
    Aquatics, 12055 Govt. Center Pkwy., Ste. 1050,
    Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-8565,
    www.fairfaxcounty.gov

    Swimming and water safety classes for adults
    and children with physical and/or developmental
    disabilities.

    GMS  Institute,
    7226 Newmarket Court, Manassas, VA 20109,
    703-369-7800, www.gmskids.com

    WHAT WE DO:

    Sensory Motor Integration can be best
    described as a multi-sensory approach to
    addressing the needs of children who suffer from
    various developmental delays, low muscle tone,
    dyspraxia and attention deficits. By
    incorporating methodologies of sensory
    integration and perceptual motor development,
    the SMI approach enables children to
    sequentially and successfully acquire motor
    capabilities and motor planning skills.
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