The Arya Foundation

The Arya Foundation

The Arya Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that provides need-based adaptive equipment to children with special needs in St. Louis.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Sensory Story Times

St. Louis County Library

St. Louis County Library offers Sensory Story Time for families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities. The program uses props, toys and tactile objects, to offer children a variety of ways to process the information being presented. In an effort to help kids feel more comfortable, SLCL also provides noise canceling head phones and blue light covers to mitigate sensory stimulation such as fluorescent lighting and loud noises.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Sensory Story Times

St. Louis City Library

Select St. Louis Public Library locations offer Sensory Storytimes. Designed for children ages 3-9, Sensory Storytimes are more interactive and provide built-in time for sensory play. Literacy-rich environments are essential to the development of all modes of language for children and public libraries help caregivers provide this exposure to all children from a young age. Sensory Storytimes include freedom of movement with more visual aids, action and sensory experiences. These Storytimes are also smaller, reducing the group size and noise level for those with sound sensitivity.

Service Area: St. Louis City
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

Respite Social Skills Groups

Judevine

Judevine provides support both in the natural home environment & in the community while addressing specific goals designed by the family and the Judevine team. They also provide social skills groups in a group setting to children and/or adults.

Service Area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

1810 Craig Rd. Ste 109, St Louis, Missouri 63146
1-800-780-6545
www.judevine.org

Short Term Care

Family Forward

Flexibility and support for families in an encouraging environment that gives children receiving respite care for positive social interactions with other children and adults. Family Forward moves vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Social Group

Friendship: Adults with Special Needs

The Friendship Ministry meets Sunday 9am and Thursday 7pm to reach out in love to the greater St. Louis community, leading adults with special needs. By God’s word, through God’s love, and with God’s promises to individuals, we train these unique people to live within a church community. Each week, we gather for a variety of learning experiences led by a team of gifted, trained, loving, and enthusiastic Friendship Class ministry team members.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Chesterfield Presbyterian Church
15037 Clayton Road
Chesterfield MO 63017

Respite

The Synapsory

The Synapsory provides rest, regulation, and renewal for special needs families through innovative products for the home, church, and community in Chesterfield, Ellisville, South County and Wentzville MO. Illinois locations include Edwardsville and Freeburg IL.

Service Area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Go to their website for locations or email terrie@thesynapsory.org

Adult Social

Concordia Adult Fellowship

Concordia’s Special Needs Ministry offers a weekly Bible fellowship class for adults with special needs ages 18 and up. The class will begin with Biblical instruction delivered in a way that is accessible to adults with special learning needs. Concordia also has a Special Needs Buddy ministry, CK Deaf ministry and summer VBS for kids with special needs.

Service Area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Concordia Lutheran Church
505 S. Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood MO 63122
Jessica Crawford
314-374-0682
jcrawford@ckhome.org

Adult Social

Felice Cuores Party Time

Felice Cuores Party Time! A party for adults, 18 and older, with mental handicaps or developmental disabilities.  The parties are from 7pm to 10pm in the dining hall usually on the second Saturday of each month from September thru May.  A $5 entry fee includes DJ, soda, snacks and door prizes.  The parties are chaperoned by the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies’ Auxiliaries.  There is no charge for parents or caregivers who choose to stay. Contact Bill Lukas

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church
15642 Clayton Road
Ellisville MO 63011
Parish office: 636-394-7307

Adult Social

Heart and Soul Adult Group

Join us for an evening of praise and worship, prayer, bible stories, crafts and ministry projects. We meet the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Social Groups
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Bonhomme Church
Chesterfield, MO