Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach

Pawley Hall, Room 425C
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2424
oucares@oakland.edu

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Seasonal Programs

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. To learn more, visit OU's Youth Protection webpage.

OUCARES has been working hard to plan and prepare for in-person programs that allow for a safe and healthy environment for our participants with autism, their families, and our staff.  Please review OUCARES' strict safety protocols with further details on how we plan to maintain health and safety during our programs.

If you are a new participant to OUCARES Programming, complete the Participant Information Form

Ages 4-5

Basic Social Skills
This program is designed to teach social skills in a purposeful, small group setting. Activities will include play-based lessons, interactive practice of new skills, role playing, behavior modeling and positive social interactions with peers. Open to participants who are working on developing communication skills (verbal communication not required). Two groups for 4-8 year olds offered.  Parents and caregivers must be able to assist during the program if necessary. 

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
Ages: 4-8 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Ages: 4-8 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Indoor Soccer
Participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games.  Goals include strengthening motor skills, following directions, cooperative interaction with peers, and having fun in a supportive environment. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Saturdays, September 17 - November 5 
Ages: 4-9
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am 
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Music and Movement
This class offers children a gentle introduction to music and movement. Through the use of songs, instruments, and stories, children will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences that promote interaction, communication and the development of motor skills. Come prepared to sing and move!

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10  
Ages: 4-8
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Ages 6-12

Acting Club 
Acting Club is for adolescents to build their confidence and social skills through the fun hobby of acting. Through interactive social activities, participants will work towards gaining abilities in voice control, movement and presentation skills with theatrical performance. Open to participants who are working on developing communication skills (verbal communication not required).  Parents and caregivers must be able to assist during the program if necessary.

Mondays, September 19 - November 14 (No Session October 31)
Ages: 12-16
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online


Basic Social Skills
This program is designed to teach social skills in a purposeful, small group setting. Activities will include play-based lessons, interactive practice of new skills, role playing, behavior modeling and positive social interactions with peers. Open to participants who are working on developing communication skills (verbal communication not required). Two groups for 4-8 year olds offered.  Parents and caregivers must be able to assist during the program if necessary. 

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
Ages: 4-8 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Ages: 4-8 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills in a supportive environment.  Developing these skills will involve listening,  following directions, and interacting with teammates. Learn a fun sport while engaging in social interactions with peers. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Fridays, September 16 - November 4
Ages: 10-15 
Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Saturdays, September 17 - November 5
Ages: 6-12 
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Gaming Club
Gaming club is an exciting opportunity for adolescents on the autism spectrum to develop social skills while playing MineCraft interactively. Participants will practice social skills and improve communication while learning to build a MineCraft world together! Parent or guardian must be available to help guide their focus and on-line activity during the class. Program requires access to a computer with Windows 10 and internet. Minecraft Java edition will not be compatible with the version being used for the club. Minecraft Bedrock edition will be needed. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 (optional Wednesday night group gaming September 21 - November 9)
Ages: 10-14
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: $225 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Individual Social Coaching 
OUCARES is excited to now offer one-on-one individualized virtual coaching! Using the Charisma social coaching platform, trained social coaches will teach invaluable social skills to help understand social norms and learn to navigate social situations appropriately. Given the nature of the coaching, participants must be able to verbally communicate and independently use a computer (once instructions have been taught).  Individual social coaching can occur based on your own schedule, and includes 10 one-hour sessions.

Registered participants will be contacted to schedule their individual days / times 
Ages: 12+ years
Location: Virtual
Cost: $400 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Indoor Soccer
Participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games.  Goals include strengthening motor skills, following directions, cooperative interaction with peers, and having fun in a supportive environment. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Saturdays, September 17 - November 5 
Ages: 4-9
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am 
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Judo
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience  teaching individuals with ASD.  Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordination and controlled movements.  Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Mondays, September 19 - November 14 (No Session October 31) 
Ages: 7-13
Time: 5:45 - 6:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $125 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Music and Movement
This class offers children a gentle introduction to music and movement. Through the use of songs, instruments, and stories, children will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences that promote interaction, communication and the development of motor skills. Come prepared to sing and move!

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10  
Ages: 4-8
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Robotics
Learn the fundamentals of Robotics and basic computer programming in this interactive social club. Participants will work with Lego Mindstorm robots and computers to introduce the concepts of building a robot, introduction to programming, demonstrations and competitions, all while working on teamwork and social skills. This program is designed for individuals on the Autism spectrum who can follow multi-step directions with minimal prompts and do not need a 1:1 support.

Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9
Ages: 10-14
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

SNAG Golf 
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment.  Goals include improving motor skills, following directions, and social skills.  This program is for people on the Autism spectrum.  We will be using OU's par 3 golf course & driving range throughout the program.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Mondays, August 22 - October 3 (No Session September 5) 
Ages: 8+ years
Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Location: OU Driving Range and Golf Course (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Teen Social Club 
This program offers an opportunity for pre-teens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The facilitator will use a variety of techniques to encourage & demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, shared interests and activities.  This program is for participants with Autism who possess conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 
Ages: 11-14
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm  
Location: Virtual
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Yoga
Taught by a certified yoga instructor, this fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses and movement activities to benefit the individual with ASD.  The gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation and motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Grab your yoga mat and join the meeting for a relaxing class. Individuals without verbal language of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants will benefit from having a caregiver with them to guide their focus and physical activity during the class.  

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 (No session October 11)
Ages: 8+ years
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Teens and Adults

Acting Club 
Acting Club is for adolescents to build their confidence and social skills through the fun hobby of acting. Through interactive social activities, participants will work towards gaining abilities in voice control, movement and presentation skills with theatrical performance. Open to participants who are working on developing communication skills (verbal communication not required).  Parents and caregivers must be able to assist during the program if necessary.

Mondays, September 19 - November 14 (No Session October 31)
Ages: 12-16
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

After Hours Adult Social 
This is a social group for adults on the Autism spectrum and related challenges of all abilities. If one-on-one assistance is needed, parents/caregivers are required to provide support. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able.

Tuesdays, September 27, October 18 and November 15
Ages: 18+ years  
Time: 6 - 9 pm 
Location: Oakland Center (Oakland University Campus)
Cost: No cost for this program

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills in a supportive environment.  Developing these skills will involve listening,  following directions, and interacting with teammates. Learn a fun sport while engaging in social interactions with peers. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Fridays, September 16 - November 4
Ages: 10-15   Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Ages: 16+ years   Time: 7 - 8 pm
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Saturdays, September 17 - November 5
Ages: 6-12 
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  
Location: Recreation Center Gym (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $80 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Bowling League
OUCARES' Oakland "Strikers" Bowling League provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals with ASD to bowl in a supportive and controlled environment. Social participation is encouraged to help participants develop friendships in a community setting. Price includes 2 games/week, bowling ball & shoes, and a pizza party. The parent/caregiver will need to remain with the bowler if one on one assistance is required.

Saturdays, September 24 - November 12
Ages: 16+ years
Time: 10 am - 12 pm 
Location: Classic Lanes (2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills) 
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Creative Photography 
Participants will learn how to best utilize the main functions of a digital camera in different settings. Participants will use photographs taken in this program as tools to learn basic editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop.  Instructed by professional photographers, this program is designed for individuals on the Autism spectrum who do not need 1:1 support.

Mondays, September 19 - November 14 (No Session October 31)
Ages: 13+ years
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $200 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Gaming Club
Gaming club is an exciting opportunity for adolescents on the autism spectrum to develop social skills while playing MineCraft interactively. Participants will practice social skills and improve communication while learning to build a MineCraft world together! Parent or guardian must be available to help guide their focus and on-line activity during the class. Program requires access to a computer with Windows 10 and internet. Minecraft Java edition will not be compatible with the version being used for the club. Minecraft Bedrock edition will be needed. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 (optional Wednesday night group gaming September 21 - November 9)
Ages: 10-14
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: $225 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Individual Social Coaching 
OUCARES is excited to now offer one-on-one individualized virtual coaching! Using the Charisma social coaching platform, trained social coaches will teach invaluable social skills to help understand social norms and learn to navigate social situations appropriately. Given the nature of the coaching, participants must be able to verbally communicate and independently use a computer (once instructions have been taught).  Individual social coaching can occur based on your own schedule, and includes 10 one-hour sessions.

Registered participants will be contacted to schedule their individual days / times 
Ages: 12+ years
Location: Virtual
Cost: $400 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Judo
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience  teaching individuals with ASD.  Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordination and controlled movements.  Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Mondays, September 19 - November 14 (No Session October 31) 
Ages: 7-13   Time: 5:45 - 6:30 pm 
Ages: 14+ years   Time: 6:45 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $125 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Movie Club
This program offers participants the opportunity to watch a common movie at their leisure each week, and come together virtually to discuss it.  Each week the facilitator will design activities around a theme of the week's movie while moderating a discussion of the movie encouraging social connections between participants.  So grab your snack and join the meeting for some movie talk!  This program is for participants with Autism who possess conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10 
Ages: 14+ years
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Robotics
Learn the fundamentals of Robotics and basic computer programming in this interactive social club. Participants will work with Lego Mindstorm robots and computers to introduce the concepts of building a robot, introduction to programming, demonstrations and competitions, all while working on teamwork and social skills. This program is designed for individuals on the Autism spectrum who can follow multi-step directions with minimal prompts and do not need a 1:1 support.

Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9
Ages: 10-14
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

SNAG Golf 
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment.  Goals include improving motor skills, following directions, and social skills.  This program is for people on the Autism spectrum.  We will be using OU's par 3 golf course & driving range throughout the program.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Mondays, August 22 - October 3 (No Session September 5) 
Ages: 8+ years
Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Location: OU Driving Range and Golf Course (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Social Connections for Adults 
This program offers adults on the Autism spectrum an opportunity to meet new people and socialize while learning about relevant topics each week.  The facilitator will address important issues such as making and maintaining relationships, workplace etiquette, social media and internet safety, community interactions, and other timely topics.

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
Ages: 18+ years
Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Structured Social and Communication Training for Adults
Developed and led by a successful adult with ASD, participants will learn and practice skills that can be applied to all types of relationships, including family, friends, romantic partners, acquaintances, and colleagues. This is a highly structured training and participants will be expected to complete practical "homework" activities each week which will be discussed at the following week's class. This training is designed for participants who are able to interact independently on a computer, can follow directions with verbal prompts, and who want to improve their social and communication skills. OUCARES is partnering with Full Spectrum Agency for Autistic Adults to run this program.

Mondays, September 12 - November 14 (No Session September 19 and October 31) 
Ages: 18+ years
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $200 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Teen Social Club 
This program offers an opportunity for pre-teens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The facilitator will use a variety of techniques to encourage and demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, shared interests and activities.  This program is for participants with Autism who possess conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 
Ages: 11-14    Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm  
Ages: 15-18    Time: 6:45 - 7:45 pm 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $150 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Uniquely Me: Women on the Spectrum Connect 
The facilitator will lead discussions on relevant women's topics including finding and keeping relationships, employment challenges, daily sensory issues, independence, and embracing life on the spectrum. This program is for adult women with Autism who possess conversational language skills.   

Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9
Ages: 18+ years
Time: 6 - 7 pm 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online

Yoga
Taught by a certified yoga instructor, this fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses and movement activities to benefit the individual with ASD.  The gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation and motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Grab your yoga mat and join the meeting for a relaxing class. Individuals without verbal language of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants will benefit from having a caregiver with them to guide their focus and physical activity during the class.  

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 (No session October 11)
Ages: 8+ years
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus) 
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available 
Register Online