Play and Recreation 6-12 years old

Grandparents teaching a boy and girl to ride their bikes

Parents tell us...

"Sometimes I need to push him to try new things and sometimes I need to push myself to try new things too."

"My son was terrified to ride a bike and it took forever to teach him; once he learned, he had so much fun!" 

"My daughter had trouble moving as fast as the other kids so she was always getting run into, or hit with a ball. Occupational therapy helped a lot."

multicultural family of five sitting in the grass at a park

Getting Outside

Explore your local parks! Check out Oregon's State parks and recreation sites.  The National Park's Lifetime Access Pass is free for national lands and parks.

Consider camp!  Check out our camp list, and read helpful articles like: Choosing Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities from special needs alliance, Camps for Kids With Special Needs from Kids, and from Friendship Circle Seven Resources on Finding a Summer Camp for Your Child With Special Needs.

Bikes and Trikes: AMBUCS provides adapted therapeutic tricycles sent to your occupational therapist.

Theme Parks have accessible options or try Morgan's Wonderland which fully accessible.

Sister's planting a garden together

Join In

With planning, your child can join many groups, such as Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts and 4-H.  There are tee-ball, little league, and soccer leagues that would love to include your child no matter their physical or intellectual challenges.  Many schools have sports teams and clubs for special interests.  In your community there are activities your whole family can enjoy.  Remember what you enjoyed as a child, then, look online for ideas and activities.

Any community center that accepts federal funds also provides access and support for children and youth with special health needs.  Most call it adaptive recreation call your local parks and recreation or community center or look at their on line listings

If your child receives Developmental Disability Services you can write camps and classes into your Individual Service Plan (ISP).  This allows them to help support the activity with money and/or a support person to go with them. 


Inclusion of resources on our site does not imply endorsement nor does exclusion mean we do not think it is valuable. We work to keep our list of resources current and relevant but it is not exhaustive.

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