The Adventure Club
Since 2009, The Adventure Club has been hosting monthly events for older children with high-functioning autism disorders. Terri Pesek is currently the coordinator for the monthly get-togethers for middle and high school-age children. Terri took over at her daughter Michaela’s suggestion, after club founders, Steve and Carolyn May, could no longer continue.
So once a month, the club now consisting of 12-15 kids, gets together for 2-3 hours and does something fun like swimming, laser tag, bowling, cook-outs, hayrack rides, or holiday parties. It’s a way for the kids to develop relationships and make friends in a safe environment. It can be hard for children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome to make friends in a school setting. The Adventure Club allows them to hang out and socialize with peers and have some fun on the weekends outside of school.
While the Adventure Club is coordinated and maintained by the parents, the Autism Family Network donates some funds, which helps families finance the monthly activities. With the financial assistance provided, parents don’t have to worry about money as a factor in having their child participate in the club. The Adventure Club is always accepting more children from Lincoln or surrounding areas to join in.
The Adventure Club is a fun way for peer connection. Getting together adds that social aspect that can be missing at school, Pesek said. It’s the piece that’s sometimes missing to be successful later in life. To get involved, parents can contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next up for the Adventure Club is a trip to roller derby in Lincoln on April 30th! Group rate tickets are available.