Kinney Recreation ProgramCost: $265.00
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Registration for the Fall 2014 Theater and Karate programs are now open.
The Kinney Sports Program is a recreational sports program on the Saint Joseph's University campus for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The program is offered on Saturdays in the fall and spring and will meet for 2 hours each day for 5 weeks. Saint Joseph's University students (SCHOLARS), trained and supervised by a certified behavior analyst and a licensed psychologist, will staff the program. Participants are provided with 1:1 support.
Athletes with ASD from ages 7 to 18, regardless of ability level, will come together as a team to learn new skills and develop friendships. Players are divided into groups with other athletes of similar age and ability level. Every Saturday, the players meet to socialize, exercise, learn a sport, and be part of a team. All the while, they are building stronger self-confidence and developing a sense of belonging.
Theater is offered during the second part of the Fall semester. “Thespians” will not be paired 1:1 with a Kinney SCHOLAR and should be able to manage their own behaviors and participation in the theater program. SCHOLARS will work to support learners in creative development and participation throughout the program, including socialization skills such as greeting peers, following directions, asking for help, taking turns, eye contact, and modeling of theater skills such as script reading, set building, and creativity. Staff members will collect data on occurrence and nonoccurrence of behaviors however; data will not be collected on theater skill development. The Theater program will be held in the O’Pake Recreation Center Multipurpose Room. Thespians should be dressed in athletic clothing and sneakers. Please provide your learner with a water bottle and small healthy snack.
Karate is offered during the Fall semester and will be taught by Dave Medina and Suzy Merkins of Kenpo Karate; specializing in teaching children with autism the basics of Karate. Karate cultivates courage and develops physical and mental health through its practice. Athletes will be paired 2:1 with a Kinney SCHOLAR (2 athletes to 1 SCHOLAR) and work on athletic skills and behaviors essential for good sportsmanship and socialization. Participants should be able to manage their own behaviors and participation throughout the karate program. Throughout each session, staff members will collect data on gross motor skill development and self-management of behavior skills. These skills may include greeting peers, following directions, asking for help, taking turns, eye contact, and modeling of Karate skills such as, demonstrating respect for Sensei, and remaining disciplined through the acts of Karate. The Karate program will be held in the O’Pake Recreation Center Multipurpose Room. Athletes should be dressed in athletic clothing and sneakers. Please provide your athlete with a water bottle and small healthy snack.
The Kinney Sports Program promotes an atmosphere where everyone is accepted and each player leaves feeling successful.
Due to the educational component of the Kinney Center, at various times, students enrolled in the autism minor or certificate program will be observing Kinney Center programs as part of their coursework.
In the case of inclement weather where a program must be canceled, sessions will not be made up due to time and space restrictions.
Please note that this program can accommodate only a limited number of participants. Applicants must be behaviorally ready to participate in the Kinney Sports Program. At this time, individuals who exhibit severe behavioral problems such as aggression may not enroll in the program. Upon acceptance, the program fee of $265.00 per child must be paid two weeks prior to the beginning of the first session to guarantee a child's spot in the program. A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available to families with strong financial need, subject to approval. The Kinney Center also offers a "sibling discount" to families with more than one child enrolled in the same program.