Programs

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Building on the Spectrum

This four-week program is designed to provide a creative environment for participants to collaborate on the various aspects of designing and constructing a building using LEGO® bricks. Through organized and facilitated teamwork, participants work together to assemble various projects with an emphasis on communication and listening skills, attention and task focus, collaborative problem-solving, sharing and turn-taking.

Dancing on the Spectrum

A four-week Saturday program for boys and girls on the spectrum and their siblings that explores music and movement through a variety of dance techniques. Through structured games and movement activities, children will develop body awareness, rhythm, flexibility, coordination, and confidence.

Friday Night Teen Socials

A monthly program where teens ages 14 to 19 with autism who are often isolated and left out of typical Friday night activities with their peers can hang out, sing dance, and play games. These popular Teen Nights provide both a structured program and a variety of social activities including music, dancing, karaoke, games, refreshments, and most importantly, friendships.

Playing on the Spectrum

AFC’s original, signature program. Each four-week session serves dozens of children with autism ages 3 to 13, as well as their siblings in their own Sibling Club. The goal is for children to exercise in a safe, appropriate environment where they can make friends, practice social skills and master basic sports skills.

Running on the Spectrum

A six- or eight-week running program held at an outdoor track in the greater Hartford area runs on Sunday afternoons in the spring and the fall. An additional indoor track program is offered in the winter. Dozens of parents and children, including siblings, walk or run the track for an hour each week, providing excellent exercise and social opportunities for the whole family.

Swimming on the Spectrum

AFC offers two popular swim programs. Swimming on the Spectrum, a four-week program, is for children with autism to learn to be comfortable and safe in and around water. Families appreciate water programs as their child enjoys dedicated swim time with volunteers helping them increase their swim skills. AFC also offers a four-week Family Swim, where the whole family can relax and enjoy water fun together.

Young Adult Hangouts

A monthly program for individuals ages 20-29 on the autism spectrum designed to give them the opportunity to socialize and develop friendships with peers on the spectrum. Young Adult Hangouts are a fun and social evening for that follow a structured plan to include preparing and cooking a light meal, social activities, and games. Much of the structure will be Young participant-driven and planned, as independence and group ownership will be encouraged. As always, a team of highly skilled and enthusiastic AFC clinicians will be guiding the group of young adults through the activities! This program meets the first Friday of every month.