2016 Pre-School Fall SB Special Needs Adaptive Programs –Inclusive

Community Activities for Children with Special Needs


Art From the Heart

An inter-generational program to encourage diverse expression of all ages through the ARTS!
Dance, Dream, Paint & Play!
Activities are designed to 
welcome participation  
from all ages, backgrounds and abilities through creative dance, music, drama and art. 

Peer Buddies

Our Social Skills Groups offer an array of activities for all ages, preK through high school.  Similar to the private sessions, your child will be matched up with a same-aged or slightly older peer who will serve as your child's "buddy" throughout the program.

Swim Lessons

 Wendy Fereday Swimming School

Children are a gift from God and it is our honor and privilege to have your children in our program...We believe that with patience and positive reinforcement, all children can learn to swim at an early age.  

Wilson Swimming

    We will begin the 2016 season of lessons in May. Sign-ups will begin April 1. Lessons will continue through October.

    We generally start private lessons at age two to three.When your child is at least 6 years old and swimming independently, we offer two one week day camps at UCSB.

    We do take children with special needs. Please be sure we are aware of any limitations your child may have. Our instructors can work more patiently and productively with your child when they know what the limitations are.


    The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports. Programs and classes vary by location.


    Fall registration full, but keep an eye for the future sessions!

Cottage Hospital Rehabilitation Center

    Youth Adapted Open Swim Program
    For children 6 years of age and older. Parent / guardian or caregiver must be present on pool deck or assisting the child in the water as needed.

    Saturdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    FEE: $6 per hour or $3 for 30 minutes after initial orientation.
    Orientation Options:
    $15 orientation (15 minutes)
    $35 orientation and personal training (30 minutes)


Flag Football and Cheer Programs

El Camino School, Santa Barbara (near Turnpike and Hollister)  Oct 1 - 22; and moving to Bishop Diego High School Oct 29, Nov 5,12,19; Dec 3,10,17, Jan7,14, 21 and 28 SUPERBOWL!

For kids aged 5-18


Fall T-Ball and BASEBALL 5 week clinics with UCSB Gauchos 

Sundays from 2 – 3:15 at Girsh Park, Goleta. Season Starts Oct 2 thru Nov 6. Gauchos volunteers support and serve as buddies. Teams for all abilities - hit, run, cheer!          

Basketball at Page Youth Center (PYC)          


Eight Tuesdays  9/6 – 10/25 , 3:45 - 5 pm; ages 5 & up; Spring  & Fall Clinics-$20;  Volunteer support

Lessons from Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department

Offering inclusive classes such as dance and yoga lessons. Contact Julie Thomas, Inclusion Coordinator to enroll your child in a variety of classes and camps, at (805) 564-5421 or

Monster Ball

Surprises for all!

HUGE inflatable Baseballs, Basketballs, Volley Ball and more to engage kids in a reallyfun Halloween Sports themed event! Kids and teens ages 5 -highschool, with physical, developmental and/or intellectual

challenges can join in this "spirited" game on Oct. 16.

Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (Goleta MOPS) 

MOPS meets every other Friday morning at SB Community Church on alternate Fridays throughout the school year.  If interested in being involved, or in helping out, please contact Becca Eliason at                     


 "321 Playhouse" Family Support Group

Our goal is for families who have children with Down syndrome aged 0-5 to get connected and stay connected, we are all on the same journey. Let’s come together to celebrate, encourage and have fun! Refreshments will be provided. At: 

Calvary Chapel – “Children’s Area”

1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez Suite 21
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

For more information (se habla español) contact Tara Vasquez at (803) 269-6313



For MORE  Activities, Events and Information – or 805/681-9165

A parent run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Reid's Gift  sign up for summer camp internship!

Best Day Foundation Santa

Barbara sign up for helping out with some ocean funs!

"321 Playhouse" Down Syndrome Family Support always welcome volunteers. Call Tara Vasquez at (803) 269-6313 to  register.


Hearts Therapeutic Santa Barbara is looking for dedicated volunteers who are willing to commit to a weekly 4-hour shift.

See their webpage for details


Hidden Wings, a non-profit for autism, welcomes volunteers of all talents

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