HOW SOCIALIZING IN THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
By J. Marie
All adults with special needs have a civil right to be included in the larger community and enjoy all types of typical activities. Recreation and Leisure are important components of the quality of life and enhances continual intellectual and social development.
Friendships are created in groups with their peers when they actively participate in a variety of activities. Some activities can be visiting museums, attending sports events, joining athletic teams, viewing theater musicals, ballets, and plays, movies, enjoying dances, and being part of a restaurant club.
Visiting museums stimulates cognitive development by expanding knowledge of the arts, along with history and promotes an opportunity to practice reading new material. Attending sports events creates a sense of belonging, conversation, and cheering for their favorite teams. Some individuals have the ability to join typical sports teams. The Special Olympics are available to most individuals with disabilities who meet their requirements. Athletes continue improving their muscular strength, endurance, and the chance to socialize with other athletes.
Theater musicals, ballets, plays, movies are part of the arts and provide continual intellectual enrichment to help prevent cognitive regression. Exposure to the visual and musical arts generates more conversation between peers and provides an opportunity to extend vocabulary as well. Cultural events provide intellectual enrichment and understanding other heritages.
Attending dances are a safe, delightful way to meet the opposite sex in the special needs community. Dances provide an opportunity to dress up and have a chance to meet many different people to interact with in an elegant setting. It is a nice to make new friends with shared interests and practice social skills. Dancing is also good exercise, healthy, and the social interaction of dances builds positive self-esteem.
Dining at restaurants with peers is a pleasurable, social activity with many benefits for adults with special needs. It offers a chance to practice good manners and conversation. Dining at a variety of restaurants can expand cultural knowledge and affords the occasion to sample a wide range of cuisines.
Social activities with peers help adults with special needs interact in the community and help them benefit with their overall emotional, physical and intellectual development. Friendships can blossom into partnerships. Adults will develop more ease in public places and reinforce their social graces in a typical environment. Leisure and recreation are positive endeavors for the special needs population.