Social Recreation Programs

Special thank you to the Waterville Community Foundation for providing scholarship opportunities to the individuals who participate in Friday Night Fun.

Bittersweet Farms’ Social Recreation Program for Teens consists of therapeutically-based programs and activities that focus on community integration and social interactions, as well as developing independence. The program consists of various types of events and sessions including community events, therapeutic groups, and the social skills group at the University of Toledo.SLC 081518 4

We offer authentic community-based experiences for teens 13-22 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Each experience allows a teen to access their community in a way they may not have done so before. We pair teens with typical teens or mentors to model appropriate social interactions that are desired in different community experiences.

Past activities include Mud Hens games, yoga, cooking classes, art classes, flag football, soccer, Walleye hockey games, and a homecoming dance, just to name a few of the activities.

Click here to download and complete the Social Recreation Program Registration Form. 

Contact Meghan Oberle at for more information about Bittersweet's social programs or to become a teen mentor volunteer. 


Teen Friday Night Fun

Once a month, our group meets at Hope Methodist Church in Whitehouse, OH for an evening of a meal, games, activities, crafts, and a movie. It is held on the second (2nd) Friday of each month, unless otherwise specified. The teens play an active role in the planning of this monthly event. Cost: $35

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Therapeutic Groups/Sessions

These session(s) provide opportunities for teens with disabilities to participate in activities that may not always be offered to them. These activities also have intrinsic therapeutic value, and can improve social/communication skills, gross/fine motor skills, self-awareness/self-expression, and more. Some examples of therapeutic groups/sessions include creative arts programs, sports programs, and other hobby/interest areas.

Community Events

These events provide the opportunity to get out into the community and develop friendships. These events promote inclusion and advocacy, and provide opportunities to practice life skills and independence.

Art Advocacy with Syvlania Art Commission: The art advocacy program will provide teens in the SRP the opportunity to create a variety of arts and crafts, improve executive functioning, and self-advocate at the Sylvania Red Bird Art District.  Beginning July 3, the program will meet every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitehouse Village Hall to plan a final project and work on various arts and crafts projects.  The teens will be selling their artwork at a booth during the August 2nd Sylvania Red Bird Art Walk.

The cost for this five-week program is $10.  Participants interested in the program must be registered with Bittersweet’s SRP.  Sign-up for the art advocacy program is no later than one week prior to the event start date.  If personal assistance is required, the participant must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Contact Meghan Oberle at or 419 875 6986, ext. 1209 for more information or to register.


Friday Night Fun

Friday Night Fun is a recreational program for individuals with autism to enjoy an evening of leisure, community activities, and relationship building.  There are two groups to choose from:

Totally Awesome Group (TAG) 

Named by the participants of the program, Totally Awesome Group (TAG) is for adolescents ages 16-19. The group meets one Friday per month. TAG participants enjoy activities at the Lima campus, as well as off campus activities such as bowling, putt-putt golf, and movies.

The Edge

The Edge program is held one Friday per month for adults age 20 and older. The group participates in activities at Betty’s Farm, as well as off campus activities such as bowling, putt-putt golf, movies, and going out to eat.

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Please note that funding for these programs must be finalized prior to participating in these services. For additional information on social and leisure activities please contact Kristen Kirkpatrick at 815.295.4596 or