December 18, 2019 | Blog, News Article
Spring 2020 Recreation Schedule Is Now Available!
The Spring 2020 Recreation Schedule has been released! The Foundation is now offering chorus, art, and the Canine Connection recreation programs–in addition to the mainstay recreations programs of golf, tennis, yoga, music, dance and theater.
Recreation for Autism and Special Needs
Each group class is specifically designed for individuals with autism and special needs and are all held at the Els Center of Excellence located in Jupiter, Florida. These classes are led by qualified instructors, promote an active lifestyle, and provide opportunities for socialization and friendship. Classes are open to anyone in the community. You do not need to be enrolled at The Learning Academy or The Learning Center to enroll.
Music Therapist, Erica Lyles piloted the Inter-Ability Chorus this past fall to great success. “The Inter-Ability Chorus featured adults of various abilities and special needs in Palm Beach County,” said Erica, “Whole Vibes Music Therapy and The Palm Beach Opera collaborated with the Els for Autism Foundation to launch this amazing group! It was an honor to work with this group and to see them shine at our first concert in December.” Participants gained confidence, self-esteem, and signing skills throughout the semester. The chorus is a wonderful addition to the Foundation’s recreation programs for adolescents and young adults. “For the upcoming Spring session, we will have adults that are verbal and nonverbal, and we would love to include adults with communication devices,” said Erica.
Art is back! This is another program for adolescents and young adults and will be taught by The Learning Academy’s art teacher, Michelle Naccarato. The art group will be creating two individual pieces, and one group piece. On the last day of the class, Session 1, March 19 | Session 2, May 14, will be an art show, showcasing the great work completed by this group.
Canine Connection, formerly known as Walk the Pup, will provide participants the opportunity to have a hands-on interactive experience with trained therapy dogs. During the program, participants will learn how to approach and interact with a dog. This will provide them with the knowledge to safely interact with people and their dogs in the community. Individuals will also learn and practice skills including, walking a dog, grooming, feeding, and basic obedience. Megan Weinberger, Rescue Life and The Hometown Foundation, will be the instructors for this program.