I also was introduced to a local support group by a friend. This group has educational meetings, parent meetings, mommy lunches, fun runs and activities for the kids. I really searched for activities outside of home and school that Asia could participate in. Going out and participating in public activities is a whole different experience with a child who has special needs. I worry about her behavior, is she going to throw tantrums, scream, pull some ones hair, throw things... the list keeps going. It may be very difficult to find activities for special needs kids and I have found that there are actually quite a few to be a part of. I never had information on any of this and with these amazing groups and connections made- I do hear about them. With referral from Asia's physical therapist, we applied to another local support group that is so great for having activities for these special kids. We just joined and they have had something special to do each month so far. I LOVE having something fun for her to do-this changes our world. Finally some things just for Asia. She has new friends with their own unique disabilities and she gets to be part of a group as herself. There is so much understanding in these groups and no one will judge on behavior- so there is no hesitation to go out and join the party.
If you need something like this you could email me and I can get you some info. I live in Utah so my support groups may not work for you but, I am sure there are groups wherever you may live. Look for ways to become connected to others in similar situations-when I did that I really starting to hear about different types of activities, meetings, education, product info, therapies & treatments, diet, etc.
This last weekend one of our support groups treated Asia (and her family) to a REAL Soccer game in SLC. I unfortunately had to go out of town but I heard she had the time of her life! Before the game her group got to go out on the field for the National Anthem and I am sure that was thrilling for her:) She got loaded up on snacks and daddy decked her out in official MLS gear.
She's actually really happy in this picture-she puts her hands up to her face and gets all serious when she's excited:)