Special Needs Family Friendly Activities in Saint Louis


The Fourth of July has come and gone and for many of us it's the ceremonial marker of summer's half-way point. Some parents may be feeling relieved knowing that they only need to entertain their children for another 6 weeks or so before the kids head back to school. Others may be feeling a surge of energy to squeeze just a little more fun out of this summer time break. However you are feeling, The Speech Spot has done some research and complied a list of family friendly activities to do in and around Saint Louis. The list below highlights activities and organizations that cater to families with children who have special needs, such as Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, or a physical disability.

So check out our list because it's time to soak up these hot, humid summer days and nights while we can and make this the most memorable summer yet!

We Rock the Spectrum- Kids Gym

2075 Bentley Plaza Dr

Fenton, MO 63026

(636) 529-8282

The unique sensory equipment found at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms includes ten pieces of specialized equipment that is specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders. This equipment aids them in the improvement of their sensory functions while they learn and play. The equipment is specialized, but all children can and will benefit from the use of this equipment at our gym in order to grow, improve skills, learn, and master their own body weight and movements while using this unique, dynamic and exciting equipment.

AMC Theaters

AMC Esquire 6 AMC Creve Coeur 12 AMC Chesterfield 14 6706 Clayton Road 10465 Olive Blvd. 3000 Chesterfield Mall Saint Louis, MO 63117 Creve Coeur, MO 63141 Chesterfield, MO 63017

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where your child can feel free to be themselves! AMC turns the lights up, and turns the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! They have expanded their Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month. The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday. Family-friendly movies are shown Saturdays, starting at 10am local time. They have also added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

Dwight Davis Tennis Center

5620 Grand Drive

St. Louis, MO 63112

314-361-0177

The Dwight Davis Tennis Center runs a wheelchair tennis program for students of all ages with mobility needs / physical disabilities. They offer wheelchair private lessons and clinics that are free of charge. In addition they are always happy to create clinics and group lessons based around a family or a group of people that come with a desire to play tennis. They can customize a tennis program for any group. Also every year the Dwight Davis Tennis Center hosts the US Open Wheelchair Championships. This year it's October 4-9, 2016 and the price of entry is $5 at the door. Contact Jess at jess@dwightdavistennis.com for more information on any of the listed programs/events.

The Trout Lodge/Camp Lakewood

13528 State Hwy AA

Potosi, MO 63664

The lodge and camp offer special accommodations as far as room and board and activities. Contact Nicolle Wright, the lodge and camp Guest Services Director at 314-241-9622 ext. 204 or nicolle.wright@gwrymca.org to reserve your spot at the lodge or camp and to further discuss your family's needs.

T.A.S.K Sports- Team Activities for Special Kids 980 Horan Drive

Fenton, Missouri 63026

636.343.TASK (8275)

Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit 501(c)3, year-round instructional sports program that provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. The purpose of the program is to help build self-esteem and skills in children with special needs. Each athlete receives a team t-shirt and trophy upon completion of the sport. Contact info@tasksports.org for more information regarding these programs.

These are just some of the amazing resources and activities around the Saint Louis area available to kiddos and familes. Tweet @thespeechspotstl or leave a comment on our Facebook page if you have a family favorite that hasn't made our list. Enjoy the rest of summer, friends!

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