Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation offers programs and activities designed to meet the neurodiversity needs of individuals who have developmental delays, cognitive impairments, physical impairments, or autism. All our programs through Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department are inclusive and we welcome anyone to enjoy all that is offered!

The sports and activities you find within the Adaptive Recreation program are specialized to meet the community integration, social, and recreation needs of residents and non-residents who are looking for non-inclusive opportunities.

The Adaptive Recreation program is coordinated by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist who understands the medical, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of those looking for community integration opportunities. 

Make sure to visit our registration page here to sign up and check out the Sterling Special for full program descriptions!

  • Kickball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Fitness Classes
  • Monthly Themed Events (Dance/Game Night)
  • Art Classes
  • Cooking
  • Adaptive Summer Amped Up program - CI Senior, CI Junior, POHI, ASD

Amped Up Summer Camps

Sterling Heights “Amped Up” Summer Camps are sure to bring excitement to your summer! A variety of camps are offered to best suit the needs and abilities of campers.

Camp descriptions are listed below:

CI Junior

This camp is designed for children ages 5-13 who have been diagnosed with a developmental delay or cognitive impairment. Participants must be toilet trained.

CI Senior

This camp is designed for teens and young adults ages 14-26 who have been diagnosed with a developmental delay or cognitive impairment. Participants must be toilet trained.


This camp is designed for teens and young adults ages 10-26 specifically who have physical impairments. Qualified, trained staff are in place to address these specific needs.

The Autism Camp will be cancelled for 2023 due to low staff.

All campers will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of recreation activities, including arts and crafts, sports, group games and field trips, centered around weekly themes. Each camp will be staffed with qualified staff members chosen specifically to provide your camper with an inclusive, supportive, exciting summer! All staff members have passed a criminal background check, are certified in CPR/First Aid, and have undergone training to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all campers.

If you are unsure which camp will be most appropriate for your child, please contact the Adaptive Recreation Specialist Becca Lynn, CTRS at (586) 446-2703 or

Program Details:

Dates: Tuesday, June 27 through Friday, August 4.

No camp: July 4, 27, 28

Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday

A $25 late fee will be assessed to the parent if a child is picked up after 3pm. The fee must be paid prior to the child returning to the program. 

Location: Havel Elementary School (41855 Schoenherr Sterling Heights, MI 48313)

Fees:     $255 for Sterling Heights Residents

               $382 for Non-residents

               Field trip cost not included

Field Trips: All Summer Playground field trip registrations will be completed online or in-person at the Community Center during regular business hours which are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. Stay tuned for more details.

Sterling Special Newsletter

This seasonal guide promotes the upcoming events in our area for residents of all ages.

The Adaptive Recreation Registration form can be found here.

Sterling Special Spring 2023