After-school programs can turn aimless hours after school into productive learning time. Participating in after-school programs offer many benefits such as giving a sense of belonging, improving social skills and learning while having fun.
The problem is that not every children benefits from these programs, especially children with self-regulation difficulty such as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder).
One of the issues faced by these children is the complete lack of after-school programs equipped to welcome them. Many children with high-functioning autism and ADHD are simply not ready to join regular after-school programs right off the bat. This is very unfortunate knowing that with proper training and guidance many typical after-school programs can create a very positive environment for these children and have a significant impact on their life. Places where they are given the chance to learn, collaborate and build impactful memories. Places where their differences are welcomed and turned into strengths. Places where compassion, creativity and mutual aid would be at the center.