Social clubs for teens and young adults

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Take Flight Clubs

Take Flight Clubs (TFC), a division of 3 Bluebirds Farm, are a host of community-based programs for teens & young adults with intellectual and developmental learning differences to build social skills, community and life-long friendships in a loving and supportive environment. 

 

The uniqueness of our programs is that we adjust to the changing needs of our participants. Our goal is to deliver services that support the unique needs of teens with social differences.

 

3 Bluebirds Farm offers opportunities to practice life skills and social skills through our Take Flight Clubs:

Pizza & Movie Nights at the farm

Bowling

Cooking Classes

Art, Music & Dance

Gardening

Holiday Events

Restaurant Outings  

Volunteer Days -- Giving Back to the Community

And much more as our programs continue to expand! 

1. Two

Groups

We provide two separate Take Flight Club groups (Group A & Group B) in order to better accommodate all participants. By offering two groups, we are able to tailor activities more specifically so that individual participation in each teen/young adult might increase and, as a result, be more enjoyable. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to read about which group is best for your child.

If this is your child’s first time participating then we must have an application packet on file, so please click on the link below and fill out all information and submit. The link will automatically take you to 3 forms upon submitting: Application, COVID-19 Protocols, and our Agritourism & Equine Waivers. Note: We must have all completed Information before you can register your child for a program. Thank you!

Click Here to Apply

2. Apply

Now!

3. Register for the next Event

We need all new and returning families to register for EACH Take Flight Club if you wish for your teen to participate. Please click on the appropriate link below to register your teen.

Groups A & B:
Saturday, June 12th

Water Fun with Friends!

We're combining groups this time for an evening of water play outside, games & good times. Due to COVID-19, we are only allowing a

limited number participants,

so sign up SOON!

Which Group To Register your Teen/Young Adult?

Our goal is to provide a social club that is fun and meaningful for each participant. In the past year, we have held several social club events that have provided opportunities to observe and consider how well we are meeting our goals and how participants are responding. Our observations have led us to understand that we can provide a better, more enjoyable experience for participants by organizing activities into two different groups. By offering two groups, we are able to tailor activities more specifically so that individual participation in each teen/young adult might increase and, as a result, be more enjoyable. Therefore, we provide two separate Take Flight Club groups in order to better accommodate all participants. We understand that you know your child the best and we feel confident that you will choose the best group for your child. However, if you feel that you need our guidance in helping you with your decision, we are more than happy to help. We might also request that your child switch to another group if we feel that he/she would have a more positive, meaningful and enjoyable experience in a different setting. If you have questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to give us a call. 

Group A

Criteria for Group A Participants (teen or young adult on the autism spectrum demonstrates all of the following):

  • Does not require a 1:1 aide. 

  • Does not eat inedible objects (Pica)

  • Ability to participate in activities without disruptive behaviors that interrupt the event.

  • Can be paired with other participants.

  • Willingness and ability to participate in group activities that require conversational skills.

  • Ability to follow verbal directions.

  • Usually is able to verbalize wants and needs.

  • Independence in all daily living skills (toiling, eating, dressing).

  • Ability to remain in open space without wandering or running.

Group B

Criteria for Group B participants (teen or young adult on the autism spectrum who demonstrates some or most of the following):

  • Is non-verbal, or mostly non-verbal, and does not consistently respond to requests or instructions.

  • Is unable to participate in a reciprocal conversation with others and/or answer open-ended questions.

  • Requires 1:1 supervision at all or most times.

  • Unable to verbalize wants and needs.

  • Tendency to wander or run away. 

  • Noise sensitivity, or tendency to become easily over-stimulated and stressed.

  • Tendency to have “meltdowns.”