Neurodiversity Education Research Center
Neurodiversity Education Research Center

Extracurricular Activities

Our extracurricular activities include adaptive recreation opportunities through a partnership with the Arizona Special Olympics (Unified Sports), using a unique education model and school culture help to produce social, emotional, and academic achievement for our students.

Adaptive Recreation

Our physical education program includes fitness training, basketball, soccer, track & field, and softball. We provide opportunities for students to express creativity and discover new social skills, a physical aptitude that indirectly increases their motivation. Our athletic program is supported by our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) model that helps to increase self-confidence for our students.

Participation in adaptive recreation activities allows individuals with autism to learn skills specific to a particular sport or activity. But more importantly, participation in these programs also helps improve more general skills that can be applied in settings like school and work. So progress can be seen not just in the specific programs, but in other areas of life as well. Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

The Benefits

  • Promotes inclusion and quality of life.
  • Increases self-esteem and confidence.
  • Gives people the opportunity to make their own choices.
  • Provides satisfaction, enjoyment, and pleasure.
  • Provides an opportunity to develop team skills.
  • Provides the opportunity to gain and develop new contacts and friends.
  • Sports and exercise programs improve physical and mental health.
  • Reduces reliance on teachers, parents, and other adults.
  • Increases independence which leads to increased opportunities.