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Melanie Barnett
BY Melanie Barnett

Free Resource: Virtual Programming for Kids with Special Needs

Keeping your child busy during the day, especially while quarantining at home, can be difficult. And so can preventing social isolation for your child. That’s why Friendship Circle created FC Goes Virtual — an online community for individuals with special needs and their families to stay connected during this uncertain time. 

Families from Friendship Circles around the globe participate in virtual programs happening all day Sunday through Friday each week. Programs are run by Friendship Circles from all over and they are free to join. With over 2,600 members, the Friendship Circle Goes Virtual Facebook group has become a virtual community families can rely on.

Choose from a wide variety of virtual activities available including music, baking, karate, crafts, yoga and more. Read more about the programs offered:

Music and Movement

Join Risa Cohen, a music teacher from Toledo, Ohio, on Facebook live each week for 30 minutes of music and movement. Perfect for younger kids who want to get up and move.

Rise and Shine with Friends

This hour-long morning program is the perfect way to start your day — with friends, games, conversation and crafts. 

Songs with Benji

Benji Rosenzweig is a Friendship Circle of Michigan parent who got involved in FC Goes Virtual in a major way. After videos of Benji and his daughter singing together on Facebook went semi-viral, Benji now hosts this sing-along virtual program.

Tai-Chi Meditation

These meditation sessions and Qi-Gong/Taichi workouts are perfect for kids and caretakers who could use some stress relief. The practice involves synchronizing physical movements and deep breathing exercises.

To learn more about Friendship Circle Goes Virtual, visit friendshipcircle.org/virtual.

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