special needs

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Nearly three weeks into the softball season at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, special needs adults are already feeling like all-stars. They were all smiles on opening night May 11 and couldn't wait to get on the field.

Provided, Cincinnati Dragons

All children benefit from physical activity and the enjoyment that can come with sports and teamwork. But for those who are disabled, participating in these activities is a bit more challenging. Special needs or adapted sports programming give all kids, regardless of ability, the chance to engage in various forms of physical recreation.

Provided, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Horseback riding is a fun, recreational activity kids and adults alike can enjoy. But horse-assisted activities go beyond leisure; they can provide therapeutic benefits for those who are disabled. Equine therapy can help individuals with disorders ranging from spina bifida to Down syndrome to ADHD.

Melodic Connections

  Music can have immense therapeutic value in improving the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of an individual. Those taking part in music therapy programs can gain self-confidence, discover new ways to express themselves, and learn social skills that can help them be successful in other aspects of their lives.