Classes and Programs

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Dean Road Rec Center

307 S Dean Rd

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Elizabeth Kaufman

Therapeutic Programs Coordinator

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2939
  2. Email: [email protected]

Therapeutic Programs include Bingo and Fitness, TR Game Night, Mystery Trips, and more. Watch for programs in the quarterly brochures. If you have program ideas or would like to host a program/rent a space at Dean Road Recreation Center, please contact Elizabeth Kaufman. Our programs are also listed in the monthly Therapeutic Newsletter which can be found here.

Spring Therapeutic Programs 2021:

Bingo & Fitness

Let’s get healthy together! After we have enjoyed some exercise we will play bingo and take home fun prizes. FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants. *COVID-19 note: this event may be moved to a virtual platform. If it is held in-person, masks and social distancing will be required.

Age(s)         Day(s)                Date(s)                   Time(s)                Location

12+                W                      3/3-5/12             5:30 – 7 p.m.             DRRC

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • [email protected]

TR Game Night

Join us for virtual games, educational and travel videos, and more online fun! The night will be filled with fun and friendship! FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants. This program will be held virtually for fall.

Age(s)           Day(s)                Date(s)                   Time(s)                   Location

8+                      F                 3/12, 4/9, 4/30      5:30 – 7:30 p.m.      Virtual

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • [email protected]

PEERS™ for Teens

PEERS™ (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills developed at UCLA) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention course. PEERS is a great way to engage your child in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and will learn how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network. Parents will also learn about providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Parent participation is required. The cost is $175.00.

Age(s)           Day(s)                 Date(s)                      Time(s)                   Location

13-18                T                       1/12-4/27                 5:30 - 7 p.m.              HC

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • [email protected]

TR Dance Class

Join us for a Virtual Costume Contest! Dress up in your best costume and email a picture to [email protected] It will get posted on the Special Olympics Lee County Facebook page. Three winners will be chosen at random. FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants.

This is a 45 minute class for children ages 5-12 with differing abilities. We will work on getting the heartbeat pumping and enhancing our motor skills while dancing to fun, upbeat music. Through simple sequencing, repetition and technique, children have the opportunity to learn basic dance skills. Several things we try to focus on are balance, foot movement, active engagement and memorization. TR dance class will accommodate any needs so that each child can have their best experience. Above all, children are encouraged to come ready to express their creativity through movement and dance.

*COVID-19 note: Masks are required while participating. Participants will be spaced 6 feet or more apart during activities. There will be no sharing of any equipment between participants used during the class. Everything will be sanitized after each use and at the end of each class. FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants.

Age(s)              Day(s)               Date(s)                Time(s)            Location

5-12                     F                      2/12 – 4/16        4-4:45 p.m.           HC

*Does not meet on 3/5  or 3/12

Contact: Emily Ann Smith • (205) 213-4591 • [email protected]

TR Picnic

Join us for a picnic and walk in the park!

We will be having sandwich boxed lunches and taking a

walk around the park. *COVID-19 note: Masks are required and social distancing will be

maintained throughout the program. Equipment is sanitized before and after use, and no

equipment is shared. $5 to Therapeutic Program Participants. Payable to COA.

Age(s)                 Day(s)                 Date(s)                      Time(s)                              Location

15+                           F                       3/26                       11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.            KP

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • [email protected]

TR Mystery Trip

Join us for a mystery trip! Who knows where we will go? Sign up and find out your destination a

week beforehand. Trip will begin mid-to-late afternoon. *COVID-19 note: Masks are required and

social distancing will be maintained throughout the program. The location chosen will support

social distancing and safety of the participants. $5 to Therapeutic Program Participants. Payable

to COA.

Age(s)                 Day(s)                      Date(s)                     Time(s)                      Location

15+                          SA                           4/10                          TBA                              TBA

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • [email protected]