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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ages 5 to 21 Years Old