Autism in Ocala:   We wish to open an Autism center here in Ocala Florida.  As previous board members of Ocala Autism Support Network, we were able to see first hand what families who have children on the Autism Spectrum needed and were missing.  In an effort to be able to provide these services, therapies and assistive devices, KidGenius was born.

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Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), with it's Self-Rescue™ program, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. With over 45 years of research and development, highly trained certified Instructors committed to safety, and a proven history of success, parents can rest assured that their children are receiving the best possible instruction in the world today.  Your donation will provide a child with this life saving instruction.
Aqualads Survival Swimming Lessons
The Challenger Division provides opportunities for boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges to enjoy the benefits of Little League participation. Any boy or girl ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in a school program, with a physical or developmental challenge may participate. Flexibility and adaptability are key during these games but safety and fun are our main priority. Every child should have the opportunity to be part of a team and play ball and receive assistance from a buddy. With the help of your donations, we can provide this experience at zero cost to the families involved!
Challenger League - Adaptive Baseball
Your donation will allow a child with special need to be able to participate in the Xceptional Youngsters Chess Program.  Chess activates critical areas of the brain involved in visual processing, memory, planning and judgment, while activating both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain.  Chess looks at the intellectual capability and not academics. Children with learning disorders have shown an improvement in their cognitive skills.  For many children after a year of playing chess they then have the ability to focus and do not get mentally tired of tasks as easily.
X-ceptional Younsters Chess Club
Funds raised will provide therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum.  The PLAY Project is evidence-based. Research shows that in addition to improving language and interactional skills in children with autism, The PLAY Project actually reduces autism severity.  Donations can be made in increments of $5.
Play Project
Your donation will allow a child  with special needs to participate in a ten week session of the Flying Knights Karate programas well as provide them with a uniform to wear during class.  Martial Arts can “help ease the symptoms of [ADHD]: impulsiveness, inability to concentrate and, in some cases, hyperactivity.  a 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin found that in the process of learning martial arts, children became more socially assertive and cooperative. In addition, the study found that the children demonstrated better balance and coordination; eye contact improved; and better play skills developed. Children who practice martial arts  generally have strong social skills, fight less often, and perform well in school. And this effect is particularly pronounced in at-risk children or those with special needs.
Flying Knights Karate
Your donation will allow a child with special needs to participate in an 8 week season of the Oa Arts program Art integration has proven to be beneficial on many levels for special needs students. Art helps special needs kids in their self-expression, life skills, literacy and coordination. It can to help them better cope with behavioral problems. Engaging in work with clay and paints stimulates children with special needs and helps them become more aware of their senses and emotional capacity for self-control. Art can help foster development and coordination. As kids learn to connect to their world by painting, their development and coordination accelerates and helps engage special needs kids with their expressive side and nurtures channels of openness for socialization.
Oa Arts
Group swimming lessons is a safe and fun way for older children to learn how to swim and respect the water.  Your donation will provide an entire 10 week season of lessons for a child who has special needs.
Aqualads Group Swimming Lessons

Put on your cape and become a KidGenius sidekick!  Every hero needs a sidekick and your monthly contribution will ensure that KidGenius will always be able to answer the call to action!  Please consider providing KidGenius with a consistent and reliable source of funding that will allow us to continue to grow and provide our local community with the services and assistance crucial for successful development of our special needs community.

Funding

As a 100% volunteer organization your donation goes right into the services that KidGenius provides. You may also choose to donate on behalf of a child or you can choose to sponsor an entire season for 6-8 children.  Each season provides 8-12 weekly sessions that will enrich and empower our little heros.  Please click on the various catagory options below and choose which way you would like to help KidGenius.