Teens Having Fun

Exciting Happenings for Teens

Summer is over and your teen is probably adjusting to a new school year. The Arc is here to support their development with one of several teen programs. Whether your teen could use some assistance with their social skills, or they just want to stay active and meet new friends, the Arc’s Leisure department has…

Register Now for Fall Leisure Programs

Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time to register for the next set of Leisure programs. The Fall 2017 Leisure Times and Registration Form is available and the deadline to register for programs is September 4, 2017. Highlights for Fall 2017: Awake, Aware, Alive. Learn about the elements of a balanced life, including mind,…

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Nights at the St. Louis Arc

The St. Louis Arc offers many opportunities for our participants to engage in various activities including sports, music, volunteering, employment training, and more. But the Arc offers more than just programs for our participants – we also offer opportunities for participants and their families to have fun together and spend time with other families, too….

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July is Parks and Recreation Month

Parks and Recreation Month Individuals experience things differently, and the activities that the Parks and Recreation month provide are no exception. There are many benefits of Parks and Recreation month including: increasing physical activity, relaxation of the mind, bringing people closer together, and fostering collaboration. Parks and Recreation month encourages fun through the use of…

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Each year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition encourages all Americans to #MoveInMay. Why? It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! What a perfect time to focus on being more active, and becoming a healthier you! National Physical Fitness and Sports Month were designated to…

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Join the Arc for Children’s Music Groups

What are Children’s Music Groups? Children’s music groups utilize music therapy techniques and principles that support children in developing abilities that are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Classes assist children in learning to be successful in a small group setting, while having fun. A music therapist leads the classes, bringing with…

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Creative Music Making

For the past six years, the St. Louis Arc has partnered with the St. Louis Symphony and Maryville University Music Therapy program for Creative Music Making. Grace Mehan, a long time Arc participant shared her experience as a musician in this year’s program. My Experience in Creative Music Making I was one of the many…

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Summer 2017 Leisure Times

Registration is now open for summer leisure programs! While it may be snowing outside, summer is just around the corner. The leisure team at the St. Louis Arc has planned plenty of fun and active programs for people of all ages and abilities. A few highlights for the summer season: Children’s Music Groups Children’s music…

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Supporting Positive Behavior in Teens

Lindsey Moore, Behavior Specialist and Carly McElvaine, Leisure Coordinator offer strategies they use to support positive behavior in teens.  Each topic will follow the story of an individual who is dealing with a specific problem. While this article will relate to situations at the St. Louis Arc’s summer programs, the strategies can be adapted to other…