Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum know that finding a class your kiddo enjoys and thrives can sometimes feel like the search for the Holy Grail. Been there, done that. You need folks in the know to understand the challenges and count the wins just as much as you do and that’s where we hit the jackpot. The DMV plays host to a lot of tiny tyke classes and experiences but these six are in a class of their own. Check them out.

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Create Arts Center
Create Arts Center located in Silver Spring, Maryland offers a little bit of everything to entice the smaller set into the art scene. Through a combination of classes, camps (check out winter break camps and classes now) and workshops the environment allows small ones to explore their own creativity, build confidence and work at their own pace. Over thirty years of experience shows as the grade school set grow and create.

Create Arts Center
816 Thayer Ave. (Silver Spring, Md)
301-588-2787
Online: createartscenter.org

Drama Kids International
With numerous locations throughout Virginia and Maryland, including Potomac, Drama Kids International sets the stage for fun and development. The programs various drama classes teach kids of all ages and levels confidence, self-esteem and leadership while working together as a team. Their motto is “the difference is dramatic” and parents of toddlers to tweens see their kiddos find their space in these classes. Three locations in Virginia (Richmond, Loudoun, Prince William County). Four Locations in Maryland (Howard, Central, North Prince George’s, Potomac).

Drama Kids International
9812 Falls Rd. (Potomac, Md)
240-669-5881
Online: dramakids.com

Sensory Swim
Dive into the aquatic world of swimming with one on one instruction from a team that knows the value of private lesson for little ones on the spectrum. Created by Mary and Andrew, Sensory Swim establishes an environment for tykes to thrive at their own pace and comfort level. The 2-1 class ratio focuses on physical and emotional needs while learning the triggers per kiddo. Locations throughout Northern Virginia (Chantilly) and one in Bel Air, Maryland make it easy to find one near you.

Sensory Swim Springfield
5238 Port Royal Rd. (Springfield, Va)
443-500-6894
Online: SensorySwim.com

Potomac Horse
Parents and kiddos alike can find a sense of calm at Potomac Horse. Riding lessons are therapeutic here and guided by Certified Instructor Nancy Heller who allows riders to learn at their own pace. Learning independence and self-esteem while caring for a horse in a beautifully wooded location also offers tranquility which so many kids on the spectrum need. Sensory integration, balance, proprioception and more are all part of the program.

Potomac Horse Center, Inc.
14211 Quince Orchard Rd. (North Potomac, Md)
301-208-0201
Online: potomachorse.com

Do you know of any other great classes or programs for kids on the autism spectrum? Tell us about them in the comments below. 

–Victoria Mason