February 7, 2017: Giant Steps, in partnership with the Kids Golf Foundation and Amita Health Alexian Brothers, will be hosting a free golf clinic for individuals with autism. The clinic, which will be held at the Alexian Brothers Group Practice in Hoffman Estates, will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings beginning February 22nd through March 29th.
The specially designed, six-session clinic, create an inclusive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum where they can learn a sport that can be enjoyed throughout their life. Participants will be exposed to a variety of recreational and life skills as they practice golf fundamentals.
“We designed the golf clinic to support Giant Steps’ ongoing efforts to teach lifelong recreation skills to students on the autism spectrum,” said Giant Steps Senior Director of Canopy Development Garrett Slemmons. “With this in mind, we incorporate a curriculum component to the lessons, so that participants develop recreational skills while also learning life skills at the same time.”
According to Slemmons, it is important to meet students where they are and always look for new opportunities to engage them in learning activities.
“Our students learn in unique ways because their minds intake and process information different way than neurotypical individuals,” he said. “Golf provides us with a unique venue to teach our students, where more traditional environments may not be as successful at getting through.”
“Through key partnerships, like this one with Kids Golf Foundation and Amita Health Alexian Brothers, we’re able to extend and enhance our ability to effectively serve our community far beyond what we can do as individual organizations,” Slemmons added.
The clinic is limited to 12 seats which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To sign your child up or for more information, contact Garrett Slemmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 864-3801.
About Giant Steps:
Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High, High School students and young adults affected by autism, their families and the community. Our goal is to improve a child's ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills.