Recreation & Activities

Our recreation program allows students to participate in structured activities where they may learn a new skill, develop balance in their social interactions, increase self-esteem, gain new experiences, and increase their awareness of leisure resources to help them develop culturally and grow emotionally.

Play, Laugh, Connect

By scheduling recreational activities in the community, we can teach our students social awareness and allow for communication and opportunities to use skills they have learned in the dorms and classrooms in the mainstream environment.

Staff is available for in-the-moment learning on social communication and perspective-taking. Our recreation program is student-driven; therefore, we encourage students to advocate for activities or events they enjoy.

The Recreation Coordinator, in collaboration with the recreation staff, monitors student activities. Parent and student suggestions for activities are always welcome.

Our Actvities

A safe place for students to experience and strengthen social connections through our recreational services.

On-Campus Activities

Our expansive gym and 50-acre campus facilitate a variety of activities including:


Floor Hockey

Biking and Roller Skating

Frisbee Golf



Stage Perfmormances

Off-Campus Activities

Our students are able to explore Carbondale and the community through the following:

Hiking Trails



Stage Plays and Performances

Access to Southern Illinois University - Recreational Center, Campus Lake, Students and Art Center

Book Stores

Board Game and Comic Stores

Out-of-Town Trips

Beyond the immediate community and campus students are able to experience the following:

Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest, Giant City, and Natural Wonders Across Southern Illinois

Historical Sites

Lakes and Rivers


Day or Over-night Trips to Cities - St. Louis, Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Memphis, and Nashville

Individual lessons

Individual lessons and recreation are also available for those with interests that extend beyond what Brehm provides on campus. They include but are not limited to:

Horseback Riding

Private Art Lessons

Musical Instrument Lessons

Vocal Coaching

Tennis Lessons

Community-based programs such as boxing, personal training, dance, fitness, gymnastics, and martial arts are available.

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