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Challenge Air

Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a not-for-profit organization, offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation.

It’s A Sensory World

13617 Neutron Rd

Farmers Branch Tx 75244
(972) 239-8100


“It’s a Sensory World!” caters to the recreational and social needs of children with special needs. Our facility is intended to fill the gap between therapy and main stream recreation, where children regardless of their developmental level can participate in fun-filled activities. Our MISSION is to provide a high-quality, affordable, venue for children who present sensory dysfunction and thus better assist them in meeting their sensory needs. To provide an appropriate, parent guided sensory-motor and social-skills program for children of all abilities.

Adaptive Sports Foundation
Windham Mountain, upstate New York

(518) 734-5070
1:1 winter program for skiing and snow boarding - summer program for horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, golf, tennis, cycling, camping, sled hockey & special hockey

Frisco Miracle League
(214) 296-2017 (877) 683-6085

The Miracle League of Frisco is a sports league for special-needs children, ages 5-18, from throughout North Texas. We offer spring/fall baseball and soccer, winter/summer bowling and other sporting opportunities to children with all levels of disabilities. We are a “nopractice” league – we just focus on having fun at game time!  Registration fees (per six-week season) run about $35 and include uniform and a trophy. However, scholarships are available to all who need them – simply ask! The Miracle League of Frisco: “Because every child deserves the chance to play.”

University of North Texas Physical Activity Program
(940) 565-3403

The program provides physical activity services to reinforce what your child is learning in PE or at home.  Children are partnered up with 2+ undergraduate students who are enrolled in Movement for Special Populations. The students will then write lesson plans and teach your children skills/games etc across the course of the semester.


Special Needs Cheerleading “Texas Cutez”
(469) 233-2882

Classes are held at Rosemeade Recreation Center in North Carrollton on Sundays from 2:30 to 3:00 pm.  Fee is $50 for a 9-week session, scholarships are available. Dr. Angela Patton For all ages and abilities Teams for typically developing children/siblings also available.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Capers
801 S. Greenville, Suite 103

Allen Tx 75002
(972) 822-1659
Cooking Capers offers cooking parties specifically tailored to special needs children.


Footlights Dance Studio
1165 S. Stemmons Frwy. #154

Lewisville Tx 75067
(972) 436-7455

Frisco Dance Force: Creative Movement Class
3221 Preston Rd, 33

Frisco Tx 74034
(972) 712-6829

The Dance Space
1681 Justin Road Suite 102

Flower Mound Tx 75028
(972) 899-3032
Not just for special needs but able to accommodate some children in typical classes

The Dancer’s Workshop
750 S. Mill St.

Lewisville Tx 75057
(972) 420-1314
New creative movement class for mid-to high-functioning children called “Move With the Flow”Wednesdays from 4:14 to 5:15 3:1 ratio

Fitness Center

Angel League Athletics Association of Texas
1404 Pearson Avenue

McKinney Tx 75069
(972) 548-7898
Committed to providing athletic programs and recreational services that meet the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities nation wide. Cost is $40 per child per season, scholarships available

Bachman Recreation Center
2750 Bachman Drive

Dallas Tx 75220
(214) 670-6266
Offers recreation programs specifically for individuals (ages 6 and up) with disabilities. Program offers arts and crafts, sports, fitness, aquatics, socialization, music, drama and outdoor activities. Call for specific information regarding programs. Program fees are based on a sliding scale. Part of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.

Coppell YMCA Lewisville YMCA “Buddy Sports”
2021 Cross Timbers Road

Flower Mound Tx 75028
(972) 539-9622 (972) 393-5121
Contact: Bryce Merrill brycem.lewisville@ymcadallas.org
Parent Coordinator: Keny McClurg kwmc41@msn.com
Offers soccer, basketball and baseball. Special Needs Programs Available

Dore Achievement Centers
4851 Merlot Ave., Suite 530

Grapevine Tx 76051
(817) 526-1337 (866) 784-4377
A clinically proven, drug-free treatment for children and adults focused on the root cause. Specialized, tailored exercises can enable you to maximize your potential.

EveryBody Fits
200 Fitness Court

Coppell Tx 75019
(972) 471-2345

Excite Gym “Superkids”
32510 Parker Square

(972) 874-9663
Offering classes for children with special needs with an OT, with or without parent participation.  Wednesdays and Fridays $75/month

Therapeutic Recreation Programs offered by Plano Park and Rec.
(972) 941-7327


Therapeutic Recreation Programs offered by Plano Park and Rec.
Class on Sunday Afternoons

Carrollton, TX 75005
P: 214-731-1108(972) 941-7272

3000 Waketon Road

Flower Mound Tx 75028
(972) 355-9988 (972) -899-9991


North American Gymnastics Special Needs
1023 E. Seminole Trail

Carrollton Tx 75005
(214) 731-1108

Play Options – in partnership with ASI Gymnastics
P.O. Box 1777

Wylie Tx 75098
(214) 207-6161
Wendy Williams - wendywilliams@playoptions.com
Cari Harvey - cariharvey@playoptions.com
Locations in Allen, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Lake Highlands, Mesquite, Plano West, Rockwall, and Wylie

Special Needs Gymnastics Denise Anderson
(806)438-3227 (214) 813-7047

Currently meeting at North American Gymnastics. New location to open in old Hobby Lobby on Main St. in Lewisville

The Little Gym of Carrollton
1025 W. Hebron #148
Carrollton Tx 74010

(972) 446-1122
Kay LeBlanc-Owner (Masters In Special Education with 16 years experience working with special needs students in the public school setting)

Karate / Martial Arts

Red Tiger Karate

$35 for an 8-10 week session Taught at different schools and community centers throughout Denton County and now into Tarrant County. www.redtigerkarate.com

Movies & Special Screenings

Movies for families with Autism & other Special Needs
Plano Studio Movie Grill Reagan Roth

Saturdays at 11 am. Call for scheduling: Brandon Jones, 972-964-3789

Horse Riding

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship
P.O. Box 192747
Dallas Tx 75219

(972) 412-1099 (800) 208-2136
A therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with sessions in fall, spring, and summer.  Funded through donations

Rocky Top Therapy Center
660 Keller Smithfield Rd.

Keller Tx 76249
(817) 379-5717
Taught by NARHA-certified instructors, Trail Blazers is a developmental riding therapy program. The Trail Blazers program utilizes horseback riding for clients with physical, mental, cognitive, social or behavioral problems, and often serves as a continuation of the treatment an individual received previously in hippotherapy.  Beyond just improvement in the individual’s confidence and discipline while improving gross and fine motor skills, posture, balance, and coordination, Trail Blazers participants develop more refined horsemanship skills and many go on to compete in are and state Special Olympics, Top Hands in Houston or Chisholm Challenge in Fort Worth.

Roller Skating

Roller Skating Lessons for Special Needs
1408 S State Highway 121 (just west of I-35)

Lewisville Tx 75067
(972) -221-4666
Shona $5 for a 15 minute lesson, $10 for a 30 minute lesson once a week


AquaKids Swim School
3409 Cross Timbers Rd

Flower Mound Tx 75028
(972) 724-1528

AquaKids Swim School
4313 Heritage Trace Parkway

Keller Tx 76248

Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center
(972) 304-7032


Coppell Family YMCA
146 Town center Blvd

Coppell Tx 75019
(972) 393-5121, ext 220
This program provides swim instruction and water exercise for individuals with physical or mental disabilities. It is a one on one instructional program. Contact Mary Blankenship.

Paige’s Swim School
2301 N_ Central Expwy_ # 140

Plano Tx 7575
(214) 558-7946

Water Skiing

You Can Ski- Adaptive Water Sports
(214) 634-9810 ext. 106

Wayne Holt, Speaker
E: wayne@oneleggedwonder.com

Camps / Summer Camps

ARC Day Camp Plano and McKinney

Runs during summer and spring break

ARC of Dallas Summer Adventure Camp