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Special Needs Activity Programs You May Not Know About

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At Milestone Consulting, we have helped many families protect the financial futures of their children with special needs. We implement plans that involve trusts, Medicare set-asides and much more in order to ensure their settlement and other income are being used as appropriately and efficiently as possible. Through the relationships I have built over the years with these clients, I have seen parents’ dedication to giving their children the best life possible.

Unfortunately, information about special needs activity programs isn’t as readily available as it should be in some areas of the country. But many organizations out there offer outstanding programs that bring joy and other lasting benefits. Below are two we find particularly noteworthy, as well as a list of resources we hope you’ll find helpful.

horseback riding for special needs

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Equine-Assisted Therapy [EAT], also known as equestrian therapy, uses horses to help promote emotional growth in people with special needs. Equestrian therapy has been particularly noted for assisting children and adults with special needs stemming from the following:

  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Autism
  • Behavioral and mental health issues
  • Brain injuries
  • Dementia
  • Delay in mental development
  • Genetic syndromes

Click here for more information about some of the facilities around the country that offer equestrian therapy programs.

Sports Leagues Specifically Designed for Special Needs

No matter your child’s level of physical or cognitive ability, there is likely a sports league nearby that will welcome them to the team. For example, the Miracle League is a national organization that’s dedicated to welcoming all people with special needs to play baseball. The league removes the barriers that keep children and adults with mental and physical limitations from playing on conventional baseball fields. Since 2000, the Miracle League has grown to include 300 Miracle League groups across the country and in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia. More than 200,000 people with special needs participate, so chances are, there’s a field near you.

More Resources

There are numerous organizations that help families connect with programs and activities best suited for their special needs children. When looking for options near you, consider connecting with some of the below.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)

www.ncpad.org

BlazeSports America (U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund)

http://www.blazesports.com

Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA)

http://www.dsusa.org

National Recreation and Parks Association

http://www.nrpa.org

National Sports Center for the Disabled

www.nscd.org

National Ability Center

www.discovernac.org

 

 

About John Bair

John Bair is an experienced settlement planner and financial consultant. He helps families develop strategies to provide lifelong financial support for children with disabilities, catastrophic injuries, special needs, and congenital abnormalities. Read more about John’s work and his firm, Milestone Consulting, at http://milestoneseventh.com/.

 

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