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sports for special needs child

Original post made by a parent of a special needs child, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2010


I have been reading the Pleasanton weekly and am very impressed with the community. You are all so helpful and concerned for eachother. I am hoping this Pleasanton Weekly community can help me.

I have a child with special needs (severe anxiety disorder). I want them to join a recreational sport. Are there any sport leagues that are specific to helping special needs children?

Any comments or ideas welcome.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Call City Hall. Pleasanton Parks and Community Services R.A.D.D. program may suit your needs. Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled. They also would have more specific information about other specialized services in the area.


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Posted by Sports
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Depending on how much anxiety your child faces, you might want to look at sports that rely on the individual and not a team. My daughter is a very timid young lady and we were shocked one day when she told us she wanted to try rock climbing. She was incredibly successful and was always challenging herself. As a result, her self-esteem has skyrocketed. It's been an amazing experience to see her go from a child who was too afraid to ask someone if they were feeling fine, to a child who has the self-confidence to walk into a room and talk to almost anyone. I've had my memories as a mom watching her determination.

Good luck!

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm

There is a baseball league in the Tri Valley area called the Challenger division. Web Link
I believe you can find out more from the link or call the PNLL for contact info, the boys teams all volunteer for this great organization.

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

If your child likes horses. There is a place in Livermore that does Adaptive riding. I have seen first hand how well the children do and adults also. The place is on Tesla road and its at Rancho Cerro. Peggy is the instructor. She can be reached ay pdjames101@sbcglobal .net. She certified by NARA . Horses have a way of soothing anxiety.

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Posted by a parent of a special needs child
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thank you.....

I am looking into all your suggestions!!!!

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

There's a yahoo group for parents of special needs students in the Tri-Valley area. It's called "trivalleyspecial" They post all kinds of links to local sports activities for children with special needs - bowling, soccer, baseball etc. Also they post many different activities, special movie events at Regal & contact with seminars and Special olympics.

My daughter goes to the adapted horseback riding in Livermore - it's awesome. There's also local camps for all abilities, and the swim school at the Aquatic Center is very willing to adapt classes.


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Posted by Peggy
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:18 am

I run a therapeutic riding center; called ENN-Horse Sense for children with disabilities and we have many children with anxiety issues. We are located on Tesla road. The horse helps with this and helps the child have a Can Do Attitude. The horse befriends the child and doesn't expect any thing back in return. Just loves the child unconditionally. We use games,singing and learning to control the horse and just have fun. I am also connected with the Exceptional Needs Network and we offer overnight camps, day camps, grants for special ed teachers and now a therapeutic riding and driving program. Visit our webpage. You can contact me at 925-413-4739.

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