Kinney Sports ProgramCost: $265.00
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We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 Soccer session.
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.
Soccer will be offered the second half of the Spring Semester. Athletes will be paired 1:1 with a Kinney SCHOLAR and work on athletic skills and behaviors essential for good sportsmanship and socialization. Throughout each session, staff members will collect data on gross motor skills and self-management skills. These skills may include greeting peers, following directions, asking for help, taking turns, eye contact, and modeling of skills, such as kicking, running, and other various soccer skills. The soccer program is held outside on one of Saint Joseph's University's Athletic Fields. Athletes should be dressed in warm clothing dependent on the weather. Please provide your athlete with a bag of additional clothing and a water bottle.
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.