About Active Connection

Active Connection provides therapeutic and recreational activities for children of all ages. These programs promote physical activity, body awareness, confidence and health education. Active Connection also provides access to common childhood activities and recreational sports programs for youth with special health needs. These sports and physical-based activities help promote strength, coordination, and teamwork amongst peers.

 
Aquatics
 
Adaptive Aquatics  
Ages 3 to 15 Years Old  
The adaptive aquatics program is offered to children with special health care needs, ages 3-15 years old. These classes are designed to provide children with special healthcare needs with a positive experience in the water, introduce& teach fundamental aquatic skills, promote water safety, and provide an opportunity for physical activity and social interaction. Please note that this is not a learn-to-swim program, although fundamental swim instruction is incorporated. Instructors combine traditional Red Cross Learn-to-Swim methods with sensory and recreational strategies to match the needs of each child.
 
Supported Swim
Ages 5 to 21 Years Old
The supported swim program provides children and youth with disabilities access to a warm water therapy pool and support staff. Children register weekly to swim, play, and have fun! Siblings without special needs are able to register as additional swimmers as space permits.
 
 
Martial Arts
Ages 7 to 21 Years Old
 
This class provides instruction on basic martial arts techniques and listening skills. Coordination of movement, balance, body awareness, strength, and thought are also incorporated. This program provides children with an opportunity for positive peer interactions and promotes a sense of independence, confidence, and belonging. 
 
Playgroup  
Ages 18 Months to 4 Years Old

Come play with us! Our playgroup is a play and social group program for young children with special healthcare needs and

their parents or caregivers. Our Recreational Therapists provide structured social and play activities for all children. These include but are not limited to circle time, crafts, gross motor play, pretend play, song play, exploration and more! These activities provide opportunities for children to explore and learn in a safe and supportive environment. Information on developmental milestones, home and child safety, and play ideas are also provided to parents. We hope all participants find this group fun, engaging, and a great way to connect with other families!  

 

Panda Prep
Ages 4 to 6 Years Old

Panda Prep is a fun program for young children to develop and build on the fundamental gross motor skills. These skills include basic body awareness, coordination, balance, fitness direction following and attention to task. They are fun, structured and offer and opportunity for growth to children with developmental delays and other cognitive or physical challenges, while introducing basic martial arts concepts.
 
Sensory, Balance and Body Awareness
Many young children require support with organizing their body, thoughts, and sensory inputs first, in order to lay the foundation for the high-level  skills that martial arts requires. This program led by our Recreational Therapy staff provides gross motor activities, sensory activities, and incorporates music and movement.  The group is structured and incorporates routine and repetitive skills for reinforcing fundamentals. This class provides a therapeutic opportunity that promotes body awareness, basic motor coordination, attention to task, direction following, and turn-taking. Participants may be introduced to basic martial arts concepts.   
 
Fit and Fun
Recreational Therapy staff focus on providing therapeutic opportunities through gross motor movement and coordination, balance, exercise, direction following and attention skills. Students must demonstrate an organized, calm body state, and the ability to participate in group drills and games. New exercises are introduced and taught frequently. Participants will be introduced to basic martial arts skills and terminology.
  
Soccer Stars 
This is an opportunity for youth to have a positive sport experience and gain exposure to basic soccer skills. Children will be grouped by age and participate in soccer drills and games in an instructional and non-competitive environment.  
   
 
Yoga
Adaptive Yoga
Ages 5 to 21 Years Old
Our adaptive yoga program is designed to introduce the practice of yoga to children with special healthcare needs while teaching basic fundamental skills such as regulating emotions, managing stress, and providing an opportunity for physical activity and social interaction. Our goals are to create a safe and supportive place for your child to practice and study yoga, to foster creativity and self-understanding, and to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 

Parent/Child Yoga
Ages 4 to 10 Years Old
This class is designed to provide parents/caregivers and children with the opportunity to learn and practice yoga in a safe and sensory-friendly environment. Sessions will focus on stretching, mind-body connection, self-care and spending quality time bonding with your child. Parents and caregivers are expected to participate in light exercise while providing hands-on assistance to their little yogi. You and your child will receive the most out of this program by focusing on that one on one bonding time. Siblings and friends are encouraged to participate with an additional adult over the age of 18. Please contact us with any questions. 
 
Zumba
Ages 4 to 21 Years Old  
 
Let's Zumba! Yolo Moves Studio dedicates itself to providing dance fitness to all levels of clients. Zumba Fitness uses Latin Rhythms, POP, Hip Hop, and other genres which we turn into cardio exercises. Each song is carefully choreographed to make sure we stay on the beat while we do jumping jacks, squats, and other very easy exercises. 
 
To register for Activity Connection programs click here.