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Golf, Fitness, Soccer, Tennis and Yoga Classes

Physical activities are vitally important for children with and without disabilities. They promote healthy lifestyles, but can also benefit individuals with autism in unique ways. In the U.S., the prevalence of overweight among children with ASD increases by 19% with an additional 36% at risk for being overweight. Being overweight can put children at increased risk for numerous health problems including; diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, and even depression. (1)

Keeping our campus participants active and healthy, through golf, fitness, soccer, tennis and yoga is our key goal.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd – Registration closed

Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th – Registration deadline is March 16, 2018

(1) Source: Autism Speaks: Sports, Exercise, and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Program

The innovative golf program started in 2013, in collaboration with The First Tee ® and PGA REACH.  Infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with ASD, #GameON Autism Golf is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment; encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts including communication, emotional regulation, motor and social skills.

Participants will learn and practice foundational motor skills through fun athletic games and golf activities while practicing social/communication skills each class.

 

Instructor: The First Tee of the Palm Beaches is the service provider for the all sessions

Spring 2018 Dates:

  • Spring Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd
  • Spring Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th

Spring 2018 Times: 

  • Ages 22+: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:10pm-2:50pm
  • Ages 6-10: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm-3:40pm
  • Ages 11-15: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:50pm-4:30pm
  • Ages 16-21: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:40pm-5:20pm
  • For the Spring Terms, private instructions are available $20.00 for 30 minutes of instruction

Fee: $60 per session ($5 per class), advance payment required. Discount available when you register for both terms up front.

A minimum of 4 participants are required for groups. Participants must be able to take part in a group setting of 4 to 1 therapist  or come with an assistant for duration of each class.

Now available –  Ernie Els #GameOn Autism™ Golf manual is now available for instructors, schools, and other autism organizations to integrate into their own curriculum.  The #GameON Autism Golf Program is specially designed so that participants learn efficiently and practice effectively to achieve their individual golf successes. To find out more or to become an Official Program Provider:

Contact: Dan Hulsey, Recreation Services Coordinator
Email: Daniel.Hulsey@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512

 

 

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Fitness

Ernie Els #GameOn Autism Fitness is an innovative, family-supportive, research-based fitness and wellness program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It incorporates the use of traditional fitness equipment, as well as music, dance, and video games as a means of motivating student participation in fitness activities including cardiovascular, strength training, flexibility, and common recess games. Individuals with ASD often lack opportunities for physical activity due to high levels of intensive therapy involving stagnant activities throughout each day. In addition, many individuals with ASD have high incident deficits in motor planning and coordination leading to an aversion to organized sports activities.  Although these individuals may shy away from physical activity and organized sports, it is imperative to create programs that use evidence-based practices to get them active, moving and practicing social skills. Individual and group classes are available.

We’re thankful for the $6,500 grant received from the Autism Services Grants Council to assist in funding this program as part of the Adult Services SALSA cooking class.

Spring 2018 Dates:

  • Spring Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd
  • Spring Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th

Spring 2018 Times: 

  • Ages 22+: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30pm – 2:10pm
  • Ages 14-21: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:20pm – 3:00pm
  • Ages 7-13: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10pm – 3:50pm
  • For the Spring Terms, private instructions are available $20.00 for 30 minutes of instruction

To find out more:
Contact: Dan Hulsey, Recreation Services Coordinator
Email: daniel.hulsey@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512

Soccer (Free!)

Our spring soccer program was developed by Luis Gajardo of Pure Sports Foundation. This program is aimed at bringing a team sports to those on the spectrum, rather than an individualized sport, which targets children to work on coordination, communication and leadership skills.

This project is geared towards including youth with disabilities in the community with nondisabled peers, coaches and travel soccer players to provide individualized attention to each player. By creating this match between all those players, the youth on the spectrum are developing interpersonal relationships, motivation, and self- esteem which is supported by positive reinforcement.

Physical Goals

  • Improve reciprocal play skills, (example: throwing and catching a ball with another person)
  • Develop motor imitation skills (example: seeing another person perform an action and then copying that action)
  • Increase fitness and stamina
  • Build and strengthen physical core
  • Increase functional mobility and coordination
  • Ability to change between different activities
  • Strengths and challenges in making large body movements (example: jumping, hopping, skipping)

Social Goals

  • Learn personal boundaries
  • Develop self- awareness
  • Increase listening skills
  • Develop interpersonal relationships with peers in the community
  • Increase communication skills
  • Develop assertiveness
  • Build confidence to reduce anxiety

Spring 2018 Dates:

  • Spring Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd
  • Spring Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th

Spring 2018 Times: 

  • Ages 7-15: Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00pm-4:45pm
  • Ages 16+: Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:00pm-5:45pm

Fee: Free!

 

Tennis

A structured tennis learning experience that includes: basic strokes, eye hand coordination, racket handling; putting strokes together, and components of the game-based process. Games and rally ball included.

Spring 2018 Dates:

  • Spring Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd
  • Spring Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th

Spring 2018 Times:

  • Ages 7-13: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00pm-3:45pm
  • Ages 14-21: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-4:45pm

Fee: $180 per session ($15.00 per class)

Instructor: Lisa Pugliese, MS, CCC-SLP

 

Yoga

Special needs Yoga/Fitness enhances stamina, flexibility, energy, and strength in a fun and motivating social environment. Classes include warm ups, breathing exercise, cardio routines, developmentally appropriate yoga poses and relaxation techniques while offering a full body experience of physical fitness and philosophical traditions of yoga.

Spring 2018 Dates:

  • Spring Term 1 runs January 22nd through March 2nd
  • Spring Term 2 runs April 2nd through May 11th

Spring 2018 Times:

  • Ages 18+: Tuesdays from 4:15pm-5:00pm
  • Ages 11-17: Tuesdays from 5:15pm-6:00pm

Fee:  $120 per session ($20 per class)

Participants must be able to take part in a group setting of 4 to 1 therapist  or come with an assistant for duration of each class. Advance payment required to secure your spot.

Instructor: Yael Lawrence, MS, BC-DMT

 

All Sessions

  • Registration for Term 1 is closed, deadline for Term 2 is March 16, 2018
  • All class are at The Els Center of Excellence, 18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, FL 33458
  • A minimum of 4 participants are required for groups
  • Participants must be able to take part in a group setting of 4 to 1 therapists or come with an assistant for the duration of each class
  • Advance payment required, discount when you register for both Spring terms up front

To Register

Contact: Dan Hulsey, Recreation Services Coordinator
Email: Daniel.Hulsey@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512