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ERIC Number: EJ766505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Fun Hour: A Social Program for Kids with Disabilities
Reinke, Tom
Exceptional Parent, v37 n6 p38-39 Jun 2007
In this article, the author describes Fun Hour, a social program for kids with disabilities. This YMCA program in Pennsylvania focuses on social interaction and peer relationships. The Fun Hour program started in March 2006 on Friday nights with 20 kids and their families. It has celebrated its first anniversary, and the kids that have been in the program for a while have come together. As a group they know each other's individual personalities, and they interact spontaneously. On an individual level, many of the kids have revealed different sides of their personalities--there is a clown who turns different activities into slapstick fun, and there are a couple of girls who are natural group leaders. The Fun Hour fits a specific need and niche. It is most appropriate for ambulatory kids and those with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. It has not been a good fit for children with certain autistic disorders who have difficulty with transitions from one activity to another. Some of the techniques and specific activities that have worked in the Fun Hour are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania