Recreational Activities in Tulsa for Kids with Special Needs
A resource guide for Tulsa families looking for extracurricular activities for children with special needs.
Aim High Academy
Aim High Academy provides opportunities for children with special needs to improve their strength, balance, and coordination. Activities and specific types of movement include the back and forth movement in swinging, the rotational movement as in twisting, and the up and over movement used for rolling. An hour of activities combined with social interactions of friendships developed makes this a very special and fun time for all. Call or visit their website for more information.
7020 E. 38th St.
Ainsley’s Angels provides opportunities for kids and adults with special needs to participate in endurance events from 5ks to Marathons. Volunteer runners push our Athlete Riders in special racing strollers and incredible friendships are created. We have at least one event here in Tulsa every month and participation is always free for our Athlete Riders. Register your child at no cost on our website and see our website or Facebook page for a list of all upcoming events.
Tulsa Ambassador: Jana Rugg, 918.899.4117
American Therapeutic Riding Center
ATRC provides opportunities for people with varying ability levels and physical disabilities to challenge themselves physically and emotionally by setting goals to improve quality of life through equine facilitated therapy. For more information, watch this video.
395 N. 177th W. Ave.
Sand Springs, OK
BA Challenger Sports
BA Challenger Sports has developed sports programs for mentally and physically disabled youth and adults to enjoy the full benefits of participation in athletic environments structured to their abilities. They also have a Special Olympics Team, BA Challenger.
7613 E. Broadway St.
Broken Arrow, OK
Bit By Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center
This program is designed to meet the special needs of individuals that cope with challenges in their daily lives. Special needs or considerations may be in the areas of cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical or a combination of several disability areas. Bit by Bit provides a safe, regularly scheduled equine experience based on the individual goals of each student.
14674 S. Hwy 169
Clark Youth Theatre: The Penguin Project
The Penguin Project® provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the arts. Informational meetings will be held on August 5 and 19, 2018, at 2 p.m.; September 9 and 16, 2018 at 2 p.m., and October 1 at 6:30 p.m. All Informational Meetings are held at Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Participants do not need to attend all meetings, just choose one that best fits your schedule.
4825 S. Quaker Ave.
Discovery Lab: Sensory-Friendly Family Time
Every second Sunday of the month, Discovery Lab hosts Sensory-Friendly Family Time, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This event is held before the museum opens for the day for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and/or who have sensory processing disorders. Families can enjoy the museum before the rush and play together in a supportive environment.
560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Green Country Shining Stars: Special Athletes Cheerleading Program
This is a competitive cheer squad for special needs students ages 5 and up. For more information contact Michelle Adams at (918) 289-1071 or go to www.greencountryshiningstars.com
Activity group for Kindergarten through 5th grade serving children with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. The group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
2516 E. 71st St., Suite A
Contact: Sherilyn or Steve
Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church and Kirk Crossing Special Buds Program
The Kirk in Tulsa offers a unique special needs ministry that allows children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to attend church activities at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church
4102 E. 61st St.
11420 S. James Ave.
Metro Tulsa Soccer Club: Special Needs League (SNL)
Open to 4 through 18 year-old-youth athletes from any school district with special needs (physical or developmental disabilities). The focus is on player participation, fundamentals of soccer, appreciation for the game, team friendships and fun.
10715 S. Delaware
Miller Swim School
Private lessons for children with developmental disabilities are available. Call for more information.
6415 S. Mingo Rd.
Miss Shelly’s School of Dance
A class for children with special needs meets on the first and third Saturday of each month for 45 minutes. There is no tuition for this class and enrollment is open all year.
8032 S. Sheridan Road
Oklahoma Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
6835 S. Canton Ave.
The Right Path Riding Academy
This program is designed to help children with special needs achieve their highest potential — physically, emotionally, and cognitively — through the unique avenue of therapeutic horseback riding, cart driving, and other equine-assisted activities. Therapeutic riding is offered for children 4-18. We also offer a youth enrichment program for at-risk teens and a literacy project for elementary aged children.
16620 Old Shamrock Highway
Teen Connections is a social skills group for middle and high school students on the autism spectrum. They meet together for fun activities such as board and video games where they can practice social skills. Teen Connections meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4:30-6 p.m. at the TARC Office in Tulsa.
2516 E. 71st St., Suite A
Contact: Sherilyn or Steve
The Owasso Soccer Club is proud to support the local TOPSoccer program in this area.
TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a community-based soccer program for athletes with physical and mental disabilities that provides a safe and fun environment for these children to participate in organized sports. Learn more here.
TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access)
TSHA hosts several social events, both yearly and monthly, for individuals of all ages with hearing loss. Monthly events include Silent Dinner at Woodland Hills Mall and Deaf Teen Club. Special events include a Children’s Holiday Party and Summer Camp. Visit www.tsha.cc/events for more information.
8740 E. 11th St.