Kids Club is an after-school, interdisciplinary wellness program for children with special needs. Research clearly identifies a gap in appropriate fitness activities for children with special health care needs, as well as negative long-term effects of a sedentary lifestyle. This program provides enjoyable wellness activities for school-age children. It does not provide additional therapy services.
Kids Club is for children five to ten years old with various developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, and global developmental delays. Students can provide additional support to ensure success; however, children must meet the following enrollment criteria:
- Express basic needs through verbal or non-verbal communication
- Participate in small group activities with peers
- Follow simple directions
- Use the bathroom independently or not need to be changed during the session
Kids Club meets one time per week on Monday or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Each session lasts for approximately seven weeks in both the fall and spring semesters.
Kids Club is organized and run by graduate level physical, speech-language, music, and art therapy students with supervision from licensed faculty and community-based therapists who work in pediatrics.
Children are referred to Kids Club from any number of sources, including other families with children in Kids Club, community therapists, and teachers.
Eligibility and Fees
Kids Club appreciates a voluntary donation of $15 to cover materials.
The Kids Club takes place in the physical therapy clinic on the first floor of Carroll Hall. Parking is convenient to the clinic and accessible.